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Republican presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham has announced he is dropping out of the race for GOP’s nomination.

The South Carolina senator said in a video posted on YouTube: “Today, I’m suspending my campaign for president.” 

Lindsey graham, 60, said it had been “a campaign we can be proud of” that was focused on US security.

He has performed well in the second-tier televised debates but failed to make an impact in the polls.

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When Lindsey Graham launched his campaign earlier in the year, the foreign policy hawk emphasized his national security credentials, and he did so again when quitting the race on Monday.

He said the centerpiece of his campaign had been “securing our nation” and he had tried to “turn back the tide of isolationism that has been rising in the Republican Party”.

In this he said he had made enormous progress because some fellow Republicans had come round to his thinking that more US troops were needed on the ground in Syria and Iraq to fight ISIS.

Lindsey Graham’s departure leaves 12 main Republicans left in the contest, six weeks before the battle for each party’s nomination begins in Iowa.


Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said it is “not his job” to defend President Barack Obama, after criticism from fellow Republicans for not correcting a supporter who said the POTUS was a Muslim.

Donald Trump tweeted there was “no chance” Barack Obama would defend him if he was similarly attacked.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has said Donald Trump should apologize.

Donald Trump canceled his appearance at a big Republican event on September 18.

The tycoon’s campaign team said he had pulled out of the Heritage Foundation because of a “significant business transaction” that needed his attention.

The criticism has been piling up since a man at Donald Trump’s rally in New Hampshire on September 17 prefaced a question by saying Barack Obama was a Muslim and “not even an American”.

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The supporter went on to say: “We have a problem in this country – it’s called Muslims.”

Donald Trump let it go unchallenged and within a few hours, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton said his failure to denounce “hateful rhetoric” was “disturbing and wrong”.

On September 18, his Republican competitors for the nomination waded into the row.

“He’s playing into this hateful narrative and he has to set it right,” said Lindsey Graham, who said he would never question the president’s faith or patriotism.

Leaders have an “obligation” to correct such statements, said another Republican presidential hopeful, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Donald Trump hit back in a series of tweets: “Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!

“If someone made a nasty or controversial statement about me to the president, do you really think he would come to my rescue? No chance!”

Donald Trump added that if he had challenged the man he would have been accused of interfering with his right to free speech.

Barack Obama, who has spoken openly about his Christian faith, was born to an American mother and Kenyan father in Hawaii.

In 2011, Donald Trump challenged Barack Obama to produce his birth certificate to disprove rumors that he was born in Kenya, which the president did.

Donald Trump has signed a GOP loyalty pledge agreeing not to run as an independent candidate if he loses the Republican nomination for the 2016 elections.

The presidential hopeful said on September 3: “I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands.”

Donald Trump had earlier refused to rule it out.

The billionaire business mogul, who has been soaring in the polls, has come under pressure in recent weeks from the Republican Party to sign the pledge.

Donald Trump’s announcement will be seen as a victory for the party, who may have seen a split in its support and given the Democrats a boost had Trump pressed ahead as an independent candidate.

He said he had received nothing for signing the loyalty pledge, aside from the assurance that he would be treated fairly in the race.

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Donald Trump was booed by audience members during the Republican presidential debate last month after he refused to rule out a third-party run. He was the only candidate not to commit to back the winner of the party’s primaries.

The Republican Party National Committee has since sought a loyalty pledge from each of its presidential hopefuls, in what is believed to be a first for the party.

“The best way forward… to win, is if I win the nomination and go direct against whoever (the Democrats) happen to put up. So for that reason, I have signed the pledge,” Donald Trump told reporters gathered at his campaign headquarters in New York’s Trump Tower.

“I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge,” he added.

The Republican Party pledge asks presidential candidates to “endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is”.

Donald Trump has come under attack from his rivals in the race who have questioned his conservative credentials and liberal leanings in the past.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said on September 3 Donald Trump’s views on illegal immigration were “too pessimistic”, despite vowing to support his rival if he won the party race.

Some of the measures Donald Trump has outlined to combat illegal immigration include raising visa fees to pay for a wall along the Mexican border and ending the automatic right to citizenship for US-born children of families living illegally in America.

The latest poll by Monmouth University puts Donald Trump way ahead with support from 30% of Republicans, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson running a distant second with 18%.

The rest of the Republican pack is trailing far behind, with Jeb Bush currently tied with Texas senator Ted Cruz at 8%.

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has defended his relations with women, calling them “tremendous”, but stopped short of apologizing for attacking Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly.

Donald Trump was criticized for seeming to suggest that Megyn Kelly was tough on him in Thursday’s first GOP debate because she was menstruating.

In an interview with ABC’s This Week on August 9, the tycoon said that only a “sick person” would interpret his remarks that way.

Donald Trump is running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

The billionaire, who spoke to a number of news outlets on August 9, said he had an “amazing” relationship with women in business.

“They are phenomenal. And I have many executives that are women,” he told ABC’s This Week.

“They are doing a phenomenal job. I pay them a tremendous amount of money. Donald Trump scandal with Megyn Kelly

“They make money for me. They make money for themselves. And in many cases, they truly are really talented and they can be killers.”

On August 6, Donald Trump was one of 10 Republican hopefuls taking part in a debate on Fox News, co-hosted by Megyn Kelly.

Megyn Kelly asked Donald Trump why voters should elect a man who has called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals”, a question the tycoon later said was “nasty”.

On August 7, Donald Trump told CNN: “You could see there was blood coming out of her [Ms Kelly’s] eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

Many of his challengers called on him to apologize, and a major US conservative forum dropped him as a speaker in the wake of the remarks.

In the ABC interview, Donald Trump repeated his assertions that he had been misunderstood, saying he had “nothing against” Megyn Kelly, while declining to apologize.

Donald Trump also attacked rival Jeb Bush, who himself is under fire after having to backtrack on comments that the US government was spending too much on women’s health.

“What he said about women and women’s health issues was ridiculous, and I’m the exact opposite,” said Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is ahead of the 16 other Republican candidates in several recent polls despite a string of controversial remarks since launching his campaign.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has officially launched his bid to become the next president of the United States.

The Republican said both political parties “have failed our country” and called for more compromise at a rally on Tuesday.

Many Republicans sought out Chris Christie, 52, to run in 2012, but he is now considered a long shot.

He is the 14th Republican to enter the race for the party’s nomination.

Chris Christie said he was running because Americans were “filled with anxiety because of bickering in Washington” and it was time for a strong leader to set the country on a new path.

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“I mean what I say and I say what I mean, and that’s what America needs right now,” he added.

The outspoken governor said he was now heading out on the campaign trail to New Hampshire where he will hold the first of what is expected to be a series of town hall meetings with voters.

Chris Christie is hoping to use these sessions to turn around his political fortunes and launch a comeback in the polls.

His image was badly by a scandal in New Jersey known as “Bridgegate” that involved politically motivated lane closures on a busy bridge to New York.

A close ally of Chris Christie’s pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges last month but he has denied any wrongdoing.

Mitt Romney has decided he will not run for president again.

The 67-year-old Republican was beaten by President Barack Obama in the US 2012 election.

Mitt Romney said he had decided it was “best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee”.

His statement comes weeks after a surprise announcement saying he was considering another bid.

The decision not to run frees up donors to support other Republican candidates.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul are among those who are considering a White House bid.

On the Democratic side, the presumed front-runner is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, although she has not made any announcement about campaigning.Mitt Romney will not run for White House 2016

Hillary Clinton previously ran for president in 2008 but lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney’s campaign raised more than $1 billion in the 2012 election, when he unsuccessfully challenged President Barack Obama.

He also lost the 2008 Republican nomination to Senator John McCain.

In a statement made during a phone call to donors, Mitt Romney said he was “convinced that we could win the nomination”, but added that “one of our next generation of Republican leaders… may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee”.

Mitt Romney said it was a tough decision for him and his wife, Ann, “but we believe it is for the best of the party and the nation”.

He reportedly discovered after floating a potential run three weeks ago that several of his key fundraisers had decided to support Jeb Bush, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Jeb Bush – the son of a former president and brother of another – announced in December he was “exploring” a run.

After Mitt Romney’s announcement Jeb Bush tweeted: “Mitt is a patriot and I join many in hoping his days of serving our nation and our party are not over.”

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Former Republican candidate Mitt Romney has retreated into “seclusion” after his failed presidential run and has so little to do he is offering to change bedpans for sick friends to ease his boredom.

In a huge step down from the campaign trail, Mitt Romney is said to have reached out to a friend going through a liver transplant and offered to care for him.

Gone are Mitt Romney’s daily briefings with top aides and Secret Service entourage – now he spends his days alone on his iPad as he grapples with crushing disappointment.

An article in the Washington Post paints a picture of a man going through the awful low that presidential candidates have to deal with after they lose – in his case after six years of campaigning.

Exacerbating Mitt Romney’s plight is that unlike other failed contenders like John McCain and John Kerry, he does not have a job in the Senate to go back to.

Mitt Romney has also had to endure seeing wife Ann, who publicly admitted the campaign was very hard on her, cry in private as she takes it even worse than him.

According to the Washington Post, Ann and Mitt Romney thought it was their destiny to end up in the White House but are instead dealing with the wreckage of what went wrong.

Mitt Romney, 65, is holed up in his mansion on the seafront in La Jolla, an exclusive area of San Diego in California, taking visits from business colleagues and friends.

He has been going on bike rides to stay fit and recently welcomed his family to the home for Thanksgiving but ordered dinner from Boston Market as there were too many relatives to cook for them all.

Plans to renovate the home have been put on hold and the only construction going ahead is at Mitt  Romney’s neighbor’s mansion.

Mitt Romney has retreated into seclusion after his failed presidential run and has so little to do he is offering to change bedpans for sick friends to ease his boredom

Mitt Romney has retreated into seclusion after his failed presidential run and has so little to do he is offering to change bedpans for sick friends to ease his boredom

Mitt Romney also spends a lot of time emailing friends and wrote to the one going through the liver transplant: “I’ll change your bedpan, take you back and forth to treatment.”

His adviser, Ron Kaufman said: “Is he disappointed? Of course he’s disappointed. He’s like 41.”

The reference is to President George H.W. Bush, who lost his reelection bid in 1992 to Bill Clinton.

“Forty-one would hate to lose a game of horseshoes to the gardener in the White House, and Mitt hates to lose. He’s a born competitor.”

Mitt Romney has ruled out taking up another position within the Republican party because of the way it treated him after the election.

When he claimed that President Barack Obama won a second term because of “gifts” he bestowed on the minorities, the Republican leadership effectively exiled him.

Now Mitt Romney is said to be considering a Clinton Global Initiative style organization which would allow him to do some good.

Robert Shrum, a senior strategist on Democratic presidential campaigns, said: “Nothing so unbecame his [Mitt Romney’s] campaign as his manner of leaving it.

“I don’t think he’ll ever be a significant figure in public life again.”

Recent pictures of Mitt Romney looking haggard do not tell the truth, friends say, and Romney is not letting himself go or holding a grudge.

Bitterness is “not in the Romney genetic code”, the Washington Post claims, and the worst thing he is going through right now is seeing Ann Romney so upset she can barely ride her beloved horses.

During the campaign Ann Romney, 63, who suffers from MS, attacked those who were criticizing the Romney camp and in one outburst said: “Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring.”

John Miller, a meatpacking magnate who co-chaired Mitt Romney’s finance committee and owns the beach house next door, said Romney was not a poor loser, but confirmed he was struggling.

He said: “He’s not crying on anybody’s shoulders.

“He’s not blaming anybody…He’s doing a lot of personal introspection about the whole process – and I’m not even sure that’s healthy.

“There’s nothing you can do about it now.”