GOV. MARIO M. CUOMO

"The Democratic Party offers a number of candidates who can prove themselves capable of leading this nation . . . . I will not add my name to that list. I will not be a candidate." Feb. 19

DONALD H. RUMSFELD

"For a dark horse, the probable imbalance of revenues and expenses early in the campaign raises the specter of a deficit of several millions of dollars . . . . I simply don't see any way to get there from here." April 2

GARY HART

"I refuse to subject my family and my friends and innocent people and myself to further rumors and gossip . . . . Under the present circumstances this campaign cannot go on." May 8

GOV. BILL CLINTON

"For the past six months my head has told me to enter this race, but my heart says no . . . . In order to wage a winning campaign {we} would have to leave {our daughter} for long periods of time. That would not be good for her or for us." July 14

GOV. RICHARD F. CELESTE

"I do not want to risk the momentum or the message of Ohio's progress on an uphill presidential campaign. Consequently, I have decided not to pursue the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination." Monday

PAUL LAXALT

"While the political response was encouraging, the financial outlook was not as bright . . . . The money in my opinion would have been inadequate to conduct a viable presidential campaign." Wednesday

SEN. SAM NUNN

"I have decided not to enter the 1988 presidential race . . . . I have concluded that if I attempted to run for president and also carry out my Senate duties I would wind up doing neither well." Thursday Compiled by James Schwartz