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Perry quits Republican race and endorses Gingrich

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-01-19

Texas Governor Rick Perry has pulled out of the race to be the Republican nominee for the 2012 US presidential election, calling on his supporters to rally behind conservative candidate Newt Gingrich.

AP - Texas Gov. Rick Perry abandoned his presidential bid and endorsed Newt Gingrich on Thursday, just two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary, while Republican front-runner Mitt Romney struggled to fend off a growing challenge from the former House speaker.

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“I know when it’s time to make a strategic retreat,” Perry told a news conference. He called Gingrich “a conservative visionary who can transform our country” and added, “Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?”

Perry had faced calls to drop out of the race to compel conservative voters, whose support has been divided among several conservative candidates, to rally behind Gingrich in hopes of stopping Romney. Recent polls show Gingrich gaining steam heading into Saturday’s contest, but he still trails Romney by about 10 percentage points.

Romney has benefited so far from having several challengers who are considered more conservative than him competing for the same segment of voters.

Perry’s decision to endorse Gingrich does not necessarily mean conservatives will rally behind him. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, a champion of the anti-abortion issue, is still in the race and over the weekend was endorsed by a group of evangelical leaders.

Perry entered the race last August to great fanfare and high poll numbers. But his standing quickly fell after a series of mistakes called into question whether the Texas politician, who had never lost a race during his three-decade career in elected office, was ready for the national stage.

Perry’s biggest error came in a nationally televised debate in early November, when he could not remember the name of the third Cabinet department he pledged to eliminate.
“Oops,” he said. Making fun of himself afterward, he told reporters: “I stepped in it.”

The showing gave the impression that Perry couldn’t articulate his own policies.
A Perry speech to a New Hampshire audience in October led to a damaging video, during which he appeared unusually animated - “loopy” to some observers - a stark contrast to the image of the serious, starchy governor he had projected.

He also urged college students in New Hampshire to support his candidacy, “those of you that will be 21” on election day, though the voting age is 18.

Perry, 61, was relatively unknown outside of Texas until he succeeded George W. Bush as governor after Bush was elected president in 2000. A former Democrat, Perry went on to win election to the office three times to become the state’s longest-serving chief executive.

 
 

 

Date created : 2012-01-19

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