MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire, who bolted the Republican Party a month ago, said Wednesday he may soon end his longshot quest for the presidency.
He made the comment shortly after announcing he is ending his week-old campaign for the presidential nomination of the U.S. Taxpayers Party.
Smith said he decided he would rather remain an independent senator and White House contender than join the U.S. Taxpayers Party, which will pick its 2000 presidential nominee at a St. Louis convention next month. Leaders of the party had encouraged Smith to be its standard-bearer.
"It would not be fair for me to attend their convention and accept their nomination, given my unwillingness to join," Smith told backers in Bedford, N.H.