Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., that Republicans must unite to ward off plans by Democratic candidates Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to withdraw troops from Iraq.
“In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney said.

In his parting speech Romney mentions the war which while important has seemed to lose its preeminence as the issue of choice for voters. With a pending recession, economy is at the top of everyone’s wishlist for the next president. With regards to the economy, Romney was the most experienced presidential candidate. His viability as an economic candidate far surpasses the socialism of Clinton, the enrich the poor attitude of Obama, and the liberalism of McCain. Had Romney campaigned on his strengths as the economic candidate, we would have seen an entirely different race. Romney chose to focus on weak conservative ideals and lost the most ground to Huckabee whose only strength was his supposed conservative resume.

Romney’s devastating loss is sure sign that economy and not the war will continue to dominate the race. Romney has already thrown his support behind McCain, and it will be hardly surprising if McCain uses Romney to strengthen his economic platform. Romney could likely score a treasury position in a McCain administration. Romney made a wise choice in dropping out before sapping to much energy from his potential new boss.

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