BREAKING- FRIST TO PULL OUT OF RACE FOR PRESIDENT
While most thought that Frist was a longshot to begin with, he had some things going for him: Conservative credentials (minus the stem cell flip flop) and his background as a doctor which was different and appealing. Frist also has had the most success fundraising outside of the Big 3.
This move leaves Frist's Iowa staff- Brian Kennedy and Marcus Branstad- without a home. Some have speculated that Kennedy will challenge Bruce Braley for the IA-01 seat in 2008.
Frist's departure is good news for a second tier candidate like Mike Huckabee or Sam Brownback. It will allow them to shine more in what was to be an already crowded field.
More on the Frist announcement later- with a line change.