WASHINGTON—Saying the tumultuous process to gain support during the initial stages of the race was not one they found attractive, Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-CT), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and Barack Obama (D-IL) announced Thursday that they would not continue their campaigns for the presidency. "From the start, we vowed to run a positive campaign, and when our lengthy vetting and appeal to voters turned into a lengthy and arduous process of persuading members of both parties and the press to take our candidacy seriously, we knew our efforts had reached a halt," Clinton said, adding that she had undergone long, in-depth questioning about what she might do with John Edwards' $174,000 per year speaking contract, which infuriated her campaign manager, her notepad, and a few other things that didn't make her look too great. "It's been exciting watching Sen. Obama evolve as a leader in the Senate and to follow his tremendous vision for a world of peace and economic opportunity, but after a lot of back and forth with my team and our top staff, we have decided we will no longer be a part of this race." [Cited from Associated Press]