Tommy Thompson 2008

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Tommy Thompson has no regrets about his presidential bid that came to an end this weekend.

The former Wisconsin governor says he takes comfort in the thought that his campaign made a difference for people.

He says by running he was able to raise important issues, including the challenges of improving health care and welfare.

The 65-year-old Republican was disappointed by his sixth-place finish in the Iowa straw poll Saturday. For weeks before the event he had said he'd drop out of the race unless he finished first or second out of the eleven candidates.

His campaign made the formal announcement last night.

He hasn't endorsed another candidate, although he says several have approached him.

Thompson says he'll take some time off before returning to the private sector and his nonprofit work.

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