With Tommy Thompson ending his campaign for the presidency, I'm reminded of his commitment to substantive policy-making and positive leadership. I worked with Governor Thompson both as a governor and in President Bush¹s first term cabinet. Day-to-day partisan bickering was inconsequential to him compared to important issues such as healthcare and disease prevention. We always had a productive relationship and I was glad that he later joined the Advisory Board of the It's My Party Too organization. Tommy Thompson would study every aspect of a new issue whether it was welfare reform or healthcare and he always put policy before politics. Governor Thompson was a tremendously successful governor and cabinet secretary; while he may not now be elected president, I'm confident that he still has a lot more to contribute to our country. I congratulate him on a well-run campaign and look forward to his next endeavors.