"Clearly, under present circumstances, this campaign cannot go on. I refuse to submit my family and my friends and innocent people and myself to further rumors and gossip. It's simply an intolerable situation. I believe I would have been a successful candidate and I know I could have been a very good president, particularly for these times. But apparently now we'll never know."

Denver, May 8

"You should be very unambiguous with people who ask. I'm not a candidate {for president}. I don't have any intention of being a candidate."

Ireland, Aug. 21

"I'm not a candidate for president, and I'm not making any plans to become one, and I also want to say that I don't float trial balloons, it's not my style. And if I've got anything to say about running for office, I'll be the one to say it . . . . I'm not running for president. I have no plans to run for president."

"ABC News Nightline," Sept. 8

"Do not wait . . . to demand serious information and serious leadership . . . . We lead only by the soundness of our purpose and the strength of our democratic ideals . . . . Do not permit your leadership or your nation's goals to be trivialized."

New Haven, Conn., Nov. 11

"Sometimes the best thing to do is what you feel you must do . . . . I intend to resume my presidential campaign to let the people decide . . . . There is no shame in losing, only in quitting. If you believe in yourself and if you believe in what you're doing, then we believe, I believe you don't give up . . . . Let's let the people decide. I'm back in the race."

Concord, N.H., yesterday

"Sometimes the best thing to do is what you feel you must do . . . . I intend to resume my presidential campaign to let the people decide . . . . There is no shame in losing, only in quitting. If you believe in yourself and if you believe in what you're doing, then we believe, I believe you don't give up . . . . Let's let the people decide. I'm back in the race."

Concord, N.H., yesterday

"Sometimes the best thing to do is what you feel you must do . . . . I intend to resume my presidential campaign to let the people decide . . . . There is no shame in losing, only in quitting. If you believe in yourself and if you believe in what you're doing, then we believe, I believe you don't give up . . . . Let's let the people decide. I'm back in the race."

Concord, N.H., yesterday