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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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Thompson says he won't run again, but not going away

Tommy Thompson told supporters in his concession speech that he will not run again, but "I'm not going away."

"I certainly am going to be supporting people do to the right things for the right reason, to build Wisconsin and build America," Thompson said.

The former guv and Health and Human Services secretary began his speech by thanking a series of people in the crowd that he has known over a political career that spans almost five decades.

He also thanked his family and told the crowd he ran because he was worried whether they would inherit a country that is free, fair and strong.

"I thought that was slipping away, and I wanted so much to help lead back America, to be the country of growth and opportunity, to build America for future generations," Thompson said. "That's why I ran."

Thompson joked with the crowd, "I certainly didn't need the job, and I guess I'm not going to get it" and that he'd already accomplished more than anyone in his hometown of Elroy every thought he would.

"I ran for the right reason, ladies and gentlemen, because I care so much, just like you," he said.

-- By Arthur Thomas


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