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Updated: Mitt Romney Suspends Run

The Republican candidate said that although he disagrees with McCain on many issues, his prolonged candidacy would make it easier for a Democrat to win.

Mitt Romney suspended his bid for the Republican nomination today.

He said that if he continued, it would "forestall the launch of a national campaign, making it easier for Sen. Clinton or Obama to win."

"If this were only about me, I'd go on. But it's never been only about me. I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, in this time of war I feel I have to now stand aside for our party and for our country. This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose."

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic describes how the crowd did not know it was coming and began to boo after they figured it out.

"Now, I disagree with John McCain on many issues," he said, drawing a chorus of anticipatory boos – they thought Romney was going to start to attack McCain. "But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq."

See the full transcript for Romney's comments on religion in his speech.

"Americans love God, and those who don't have faith, typically believe in something ...
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