Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating Scraps Presidential Bid

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 16, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 16
, 2007

Washington, DC ( — Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating is no longer considering a bid for the Republican nomination for president in 2008. Keating, who opposes abortion, has been mulling a possible presidential run but decided against it on Tuesday.

In a news conference with reporters he said he seriously weighed a candidacy but indicated he was too far behind the front-runners in putting together the kind of campaign needed to capture the GOP nod.

He cited Arizona Sen. John McCain, who opposes abortion but backs embryonic stem cell research, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a recent pro-life convert, as the leading candidates.

"First, the train is far down the track in terms of organization, and John McCain has done a brilliant job of doing that," Keating said, according to an AP report.

Keating added that Romney is able to "write an exceedingly large check to himself," referring to his ability to fundraise.

"I have great respect for John McCain and Mitt Romney, and at this time I’m deciding where my loyalty will go," he said, according to the AP story.

Keating, who is Catholic, was the governor of Oklahoma for two terms and signed a bill in June 2001 to prevent teenagers from having an abortion unless they first received the consent of their parents.

The measure also would hold abortion practitioners liable for "physical and emotional injuries" suffered by a minor if they do not notify or receive consent from a parent prior to performing an abortion on a girl under 18 years of age.

Keating also signed a bill in May 2002 authorizing the state’s "Choose Life" license plates.

Other possible Republican candidates for president include pro-life Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, pro-life Reps. Duncan Hunter of California and Tom Tancredo of Colorado and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, who opposes abortion but supports embryonic stem cell research.