“Mary Landrieu needs to be replaced in 2014. Her record is abysmal. She’s turned her back on Louisiana values and become a full-fledged devotee of the Obama agenda.
“I’m grateful for the many Louisianians who have urged me to challenge Senator Landrieu in 2014. We share a desire to replace her in the U.S. Senate. That desire is so strong, that for me to enter the race now would risk a contest between two experienced Republican Congressmen, potentially offering Senator Landrieu a path back to Washington. I can’t let that happen. My friend, Bill Cassidy, has long prepared and now stepped forward to challenge Mary, and he offers Louisiana’s voters a Republican alternative necessary in 2014 to replace a big-government Washington liberal. Therefore, with prayerful analysis, my family and I have decided to step aside for this Senate race to optimize the chance for Republicans to win this vital seat.
“This past week I have met with great people from all walks of life in the Fourth District. I continue to hear from them about how the Obama years have hammered small businesses, cost jobs, and increased taxes. Many have told me of their serious concerns about the Obama gun control agenda. And now business owners and individuals are asking questions about the damaging effects of Obamacare. I am convinced that the best thing we can do to stem this dangerous tide is to end the reign of Senate Democrats, and Louisianians can take a step in that direction by replacing Mary Landrieu.”