Friday, January 20, 2012

Rick Perry Dropped Out of Race as Expected

As expected, Perry is out! Endorse Newt. Let the battle begin!

(National Journal) Rick Perry dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Thursday and endorsed rival Newt Gingrich. "Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?" Perry said.

The move by the Texas governor to end his flailing campaign comes two days before the primary in South Carolina, where he has been unable to gain a foothold among the state's many evangelicals and social conservatives. The endorsement of Gingrich also comes as polls suggest the former speaker is closing in on front-runner Mitt Romney as voters prepare to vote in the state on Saturday.

“As I’ve contemplated the future of this campaign, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign. Therefore today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States,” Perry said at a press conference. “I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country. We’ve had our differences, which campaigns will inevitably have. And Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?” he asked.

Perry appeared before a packed room of reporters and a handful of campaign staff. He was accompanied by his wife, Anita, his son, Griffin, and a military veteran, Marcus Luttrell, and his wife, with whom Perry has a close relationship.

"I know when it's time to make a strategic retreat," he added.

Polls show Perry running dead last in the Republican pack, with only 4 percent support among likely GOP voters in South Carolina in a poll by NBC News/Marist published on Thursday.