What do you think about Christie and Fiorina exiting the race?

11 February 2016   
What do you think about Christie and Fiorina exiting the race?

The Iowa caucuses eliminated four presidential candidates from the race, as poor performances in the first showing of true electoral support forced Martin O’Malley, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, and Mike Huckabee to suspend their campaigns. Pundits predicted that the New Hampshire primaries would have a similarly disruptive effect on the race, and Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina have proven them correct.

While Christie’s performance in the most recent GOP debate gave his campaign and its supporters a reason to believe that their candidate would be in it for the longhaul, his poor performance in the primaries forced him to drop out of the race. With only 7% of the vote in New Hampshire, a state where he was expected to poll very well, Christie announced on Wednesday that he would be suspending his efforts toward the White House.

“I ran for president with the message that the government needs to once again work for the people, not the people work for the government. And while running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed - that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough and that’s ok. I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win and what that means is you never know what will happen. That is both the magic and the mystery of politics - you never quite know when which is going to happen, even when you think you do. And so today, I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I’m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way. Mary Pat and I thank you for the extraordinary display of loyalty, friendship, understanding and love,” Christie wrote on his Facebook page.

Carly Fiorina’s team also announced on Wednesday that she would be bowing out of the race. New Hampshire’s primaries proved dismal for the former HP executive. She received a meager 4.1% of the vote, indicating that it was time to suspend the campaign.

She, like Christie, posted a Facebook status with her notice. “This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.

Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential.

To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.

As I have said to the many wonderful Americans I have met throughout this campaign, a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others. I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential.”

Just seven candidates remain on the GOP side – less than half the amount in the race in August. And, with South Carolina’s primaries approaching (February 20), it is inevitable that more candidates will suspend their campaigns amidst poor polling.

What do you think about Christie and Fiorina suspending their campaigns?