(For story about Romney, see below) By Jack Davis. Republican presidential Ben Carson responded on Wednesday to a dismal showing on Super Tuesday with an announcement that he will not attend Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Detroit.
In the statement posted on his Facebook page, Carson said, “I do not see a political path forward” for his campaign. Carson said he will address his political future during a speech on Friday at CPAC in the Washington area.
“Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America,” Carson said on Facebook, noting the Super Tuesday results.
“However, this grassroots movement on behalf of ‘We the People’ will continue. Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to Saving America for Future Generations. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation,” he posted.
“I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America. Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interests of the American people,” he posted.
Carson’s supporters left messages of gratitude for his efforts. (Read more from “Presidential Candidate Stuns by Effectively Dropping out of the Race” HERE)
Mitt Romney to Deliver Speech on the Presidential Race
By Leigh Ann Caldwell. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2012, will deliver an address Thursday on “the state of the 2016 presidential race.”
In a news release sent to press, no further details on what he will say were provided. But aides to the former Massachusetts governor say they expect him to speak out against Donald Trump, and praise Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. Romney’s comments will be focused on “the state of the race,” likely echoing past criticism of Trump for failing to release his tax returns, and not decisively distancing himself from the Klu Klux Klan.
Romney has been inserting himself into presidential politics recently. He has taken to Twitter to challenge Trump to release his taxes, saying that the returns will contain “a bombshell.”
Close @MittRomney aide says he won't endorse or get in, but tomorrow's speech "will be worth covering"
— Andrew Rafferty (@AndrewNBCNews) March 2, 2016
(Read more from “Mitt Romney to Deliver Speech on the Presidential Race” HERE)