Rick Perry is "suspending" his campaign to be the Republican nominee for president.
It was only a matter of time. Things just didn't work out.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas dropped out of the Republican presidential race here on Thursday and announced his endorsement for the candidacy of Newt Gingrich, a man he called a “conservative visionary.”
“I’ve never believed that the cause of conservatism is embodied by one individual,” Mr. Perry said at a news conference here. “Our party and our conservative philosophy transcends any one individual.”
Mr. Perry, who opened his bid for the Republican presidential nomination five months ago here in South Carolina, conceded that “there is no viable path forward for me.” He urged Republicans to support Mr. Gingrich, who he conceded was not a perfect candidate, but was the best conservative alternative in the race.
“Newt is not perfect, but who among us is,” Mr. Perry said. “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 Christian faith.”
Mr. Perry reached the decision on Wednesday night, his aides said, and informed Mr. Gingrich of his plans to leave the race. He was planning to fly home to Texas shortly after his announcement.
...In a brief announcement here, as Mr. Perry was surrounded by his wife and family, he did not acknowledge Mitt Romney by name. But his praise of Mr. Gingrich, along with his repeated calls for Republicans to elect a true conservative, seemed to be a direct shot at Mr. Romney.
Perry collapsed in the national spotlight. He wasn't ready.
Of course, he didn't have the fawning media to prop him up the way the inexperienced Obama did in 2008.
If Perry had the media defending him and virtually creating him, he could have been the nominee. He could still be in the race. Instead, he was systematically dismantled.
The media didn't help him and Perry wasn't able to help himself. It just wasn't going to work.
Rick Perry announcing he dropped out of the race is like me emailing Gisele Bundchen to tell her I'm not interested in dating her anymore.