Campaign Buzz January 19, 2012: Texas Governor Rick Perry Ends Bid for Republican Presidential Nomination & Endorses Newt Gingrich

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced on Thursday that he will end<br /> his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Luke Sharrett for The New York TimesGov. Rick Perry of Texas announced on Thursday that he would end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

IN FOCUS: RICK PERRY DROPS BID FOR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION & ENDORSES NEWT GINGRICH

Rick Perry to drop out of presidential race Thursday: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has announced an 11 a.m. press conference amid reports that he will abandon his pursuit of the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.

Gov. Rick Perry to Drop Out of Presidential Race, Two Republicans Say: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is poised to end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, according to two Republicans close to Mr. Perry, a decision that comes two days before the South Carolina primary…. – NYT, 1-19-12

Rick Perry expected to end presidential campaign (Live video, tweets): Perry is expected endorse former House speaker Newt Gingrich upon his withdrawal from the race…. – WaPo, 1-19-12

  • AP sources: Texas Gov. Rick Perry to abandon presidential bid and back Newt Gingrich: Rick Perry will abandon his presidential bid and endorse Newt Gingrich, two Republican officials said Thursday, a move coming just two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary as Republican front-runner Mitt Romney struggles to fend off… – WaPo, 1-19-12
  • Perry to End Bid for Presidency: Mr. Perry speaking at a campaign event in Mason City, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2011. Mr. Perry is poised to end his candidacy and endorse Newt Gingrich on Thursday. … – NYT, 1-19-12
  • Perry closes campaign, endorses Gingrich: Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his campaign for president today and endorsed Newt Gingrich as the best conservative to take on President Obama in the fall…. – USA Today, 1-19-12
  • Texas critics cheer as Rick Perry drops White House bid: When news broke Thursday morning that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, longtime Texas progressive pundit Jim Hightower was positively jubilant…. – LAT, 1-19-12
  • Perry bows out of GOP race, seeing ‘no viable path to victory’: Texas Gov. Rick Perry abruptly quit the Republican presidential race Thursday and threw his support behind Newt Gingrich, a move aimed at slowing Mitt Romney’s drive toward the GOP nomination. … – LAT, 1-19-12
  • In up-and-down day, Gingrich wins Perry endorsement but faces ex-wife allegations: In an up-and-down kind of campaign day, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich picked up an endorsement Thursday from former rival Rick Perry but also faced new accusations from one of his former wives that he had asked her … – WaPo, 1-19-12
  • Gingrich welcomes Perry nod, discounts character questions: Newt Gingrich welcomed Rick Perry’s endorsement today — but not questions about his ex-wife’s allegations that he once sought an “open marriage.” Speaking with reporters after an event at a bayside park…. – USA Today, 1-19-12
  • GOP contest has a day full of upheaval: The Republican presidential contest took a series of unexpected twists Thursday as Texas Gov. Rick Perry quit the race and endorsed Newt Gingrich, while officials in Iowa declared that former senator Rick Santorum had in fact won … – WaPo, 1-19-12
  • Perry announced decision to drop from GOP presidential race, endorse Newt Gingrich: Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination and endorsed Newt Gingrich, adding a fresh layer of unpredictability to the campaign two days before the South Carolina primary. … – WaPo, 1-19-12
  • Perry ends presidential bid, endorses Gingrich: Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his campaign for president today and endorsed Newt Gingrich as the best conservative to take on President Obama in the fall. “I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our … – USA Today, 1-19-12
  • Rick Perry to end presidential candidacy, expected to endorse Newt Gingrich: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination today and is expected to endorse former House speaker Newt Gingrich, according to two sources familiar with his thinking. Gingrich himself said via email this morning … – WaPo, 1-19-12
  • South Carolina uncertainty: Uncertainty is the theme of the morning. Iowa can’t tell who won the caucuses. We don’t know where the supporters of Texas Gov. Rick Perry will go. Perry has decided to end his run and endorse Newt Gingrich before he has to endure … – WaPo, 1-19-12
  • Rick Perry drops out: Who benefits?: Rick Perry is expected to end his campaign for the Republican nomination today. Perry’s announcement will be just hours before candidates are to gather for the 16th televised debate and two days before the South Carolina primary…. – WaPo, 1-19-12
  • Rick Perry Ends Presidential Run, Endorses Gingrich: Perry who entered the race to tons of buzz last fall today announced the end of his presidential campaign. He will hold a press conference in Charleston, SC today to announce his plans…. – The Root, 1-19-12
  • CNN: Perry to end campaign: CNN is reporting that Rick Perry today will suspend his campaign for the GOP nomination. The Texas governor has been lagging in national and South Carolina polls, and has been battling with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum … – USA Today, 1-19-12
  • Perry likely endorsing Gingrich for president: sources: Texas Governor Rick Perry is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, and is likely to endorse Newt Gingrich, two Perry campaign sources said on Thursday. … – Reuters, 1-19-12
  • Perry to drop out of GOP presidential race: The Texas governor’s decision comes after a disappointing campaign and just days before the critical South Carolina primary… Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to announce he is dropping out of the Republican presidential … – msnbc.com. 1-19-12
  • Report: Perry abandoning bid, backing Gingrich: Rick Perry will abandon his presidential bid and endorse Newt Gingrich, two Republican officials said today, a move coming just two days before the pivotal South Carolina primary as Republican front- runner Mitt Romney struggles to fend off a challenge … – The Tribune-Democrat, 1-19-12
  • Rick Perry exiting GOP race, backing Gingrich: Rick Perry, who parachuted into the 2012 Republican presidential contest on a surge of upbeat expectations, is expected to exit the contest Thursday, two days before a South Carolina primary in which he was trailing far behind the leaders…. – Torrington Register Citizen, 1-19-12

Complete transcript of Rick Perry’s withdrawal announcement

Source: Houston Chronicle, 1-19-12

This is the prepared text of Rick Perry’s presidential withdrawal announcement. He diverged slightly from this text in his speech in North Charleston, S.C.

Thank you. As I have stated numerous times on the campaign trail, this campaign has never been about the candidates.

I ran for President because I love America, our people and our freedom.

But the mission is greater than the man.

As I have traveled across this great country: from New Hampshire to California, from Iowa to Florida, and to numerous states in between, I have discovered a tremendous purpose and resiliency in our people.

They have never lost hope despite current circumstances.

They haven’t stopped believing in the promise of America or the American Dream.

Americans are down, but we can never be counted out. We are too great a people.

What is broken in America is not our people, but our politics.

And what we need is a Washington that is humbler, with a federal government that is smaller so our people can live freer.

I entered this campaign offering a unique perspective: a governor who has led a large state leading the nation in job creation, an executive leader who has implemented conservative policies, a son of tenant farmers born with little more than a good name, but who has experienced the great possibilities of freedom.

But I have never believed that the cause of conservatism is embodied by any one individual.

Our party, and the conservative philosophy, transcends any one individual.

It is a movement of ideas that are greater than any one of us, and that will live beyond our years.

As a former Air Force pilot, I know we can’t lose track of the ultimate objective in carrying out our mission, and that objective is not only to defeat President Obama, but to replace him with a conservative leader who will bring about real change.

Our country is hurting with more than 13 million unemployed, nearly 50 million on food stamps and a debt of more than $15 trillion and growing.

We need bold, conservative leadership that will take on the entrenched interests and give the American People their country back.

I have always believed the mission is greater than the man.

As I have contemplated the future of this campaign, I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path to victory for my candidacy in 2012.

Therefore, today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president.

I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country.

We have had our differences, which campaigns inevitably bring out. And Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?

The fact is, there is forgiveness for those who seek God and I believe in the power of redemption, for it is a central tenet of my own Christian faith.

And I have no question Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement and the courage to tell the Washington interests to take a hike if it’s what is best for the country.

As a Texan, I have never shied away from a good fight, especially when the cause was right.

But as someone who has always admired a great Texas forefather — Sam Houston — I know when it is time for a “strategic retreat.”

So I will leave the trail, return home to Texas and wind down my 2012 campaign organization. And I will do so with pride knowing I gave myself fully to a cause worthy of our country.

And as I head home, I do so with the love of my life by my side, a woman who makes every day a good one when she is by my side, my wife Anita.

Thank you Anita for all you have done.

I also want to thank my son Griffin, my daughter Sydney, and my daughter-in-law Meredith for standing with us in this great effort.

With a good wife, three wonderful children, and a loving God in my life, things will be good no matter what the future holds.

I’m proud of the policies we put forward to the American people and believe they provide the right path forward for our party and our nation: overhauling Washington and returning power to state and local governments and to the people, creating energy jobs and energy security, cutting spending and eliminating unnecessary federal agencies and cutting taxes to a flat, fair 20 percent.

And I will continue to fight for these conservative reforms because the future of our country is at stake and the road we are traveling today – President Obama’s road – endangers our future.

I want to thank some wonderful individuals who have stood by my side in this state: Katon Dawson, Ambassador Wilkins, and a strong and good man serving you in Congress, Mick Mulvaney.

I want to thank all my supporters from across the country, in particular Governor Bobby Jindal, Steve Forbes and Governor Sam Brownback, as well as Senator Jim Inhofe, Congresswoman Candice Miller and Congressman Sam Graves.

And I want to say a special thanks to three distinguished veterans who have joined me on the campaign trail: Medal of Honor awardee and Navy SEAL Mike Thornton, Navy Cross recipient Marcus Luttrell and Purple Heart recipient, Marine Captain Dan Moran.

I began this race with a sense of calling.

I felt led into this arena to fight for the future of this country.

I feel no different today than I did then, knowing a calling never guarantees a particular destination, but a journey that tests one’s faith and character.

So now the journey leads us back to Texas, neither discouraged nor disenchanted, but instead rewarded for the experience and resolute to remain in the arena and in the service of a great nation.

Our country needs bold leadership and a real transformation.

We must rise to the occasion and elect a conservative champion to put our nation back on the right track.

And this I know, I am not done fighting for the cause of conservatism. In fact I have only begun to fight.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.

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