Bil Browning

GOP Clown Car Loses Another: Rick Perry Calls It Quits

Filed By Bil Browning | January 19, 2012 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: GOP presidential campaigns, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republican presidential candidates, Republican primaries, Rick Perry

I feel a Queen song coming on...

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry has proven conclusively that George W Bush is not the Thumbnail image for Rick-Perry-caricature.jpgdumbest Texas governor to run for the highest office in the land, but he didn't prove he had what it takes to win. Perry has officially dropped out of the race and endorsed Newt Gingrich.

Speaking at a news conference in Charleston, South Carolina, Perry said there was "no viable path forward" for his campaign. He said Gingrich has the "heart of a conservative reformer."

The move comes two days before the South Carolina primary and hours before the final debate ahead of the voting, which will take place Thursday night and be broadcast on CNN.

The campaigns of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum reached out to the Perry campaign Thursday morning in an "aggressive effort" to get his endorsement, according to a source close to Perry.

With Huntsman, Bachmann, Cain, and Pawlenty now out of the race, that only leaves Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum as potential winners. Openly gay Fred Karger is still trudging on but has never polled enough to make it into a debate.

What does it say that the candidate who put out a campaign ad specifically attacking LGBT people didn't endorse Rick Santorum, the most anti-gay candidate in the race? Who do you think will be the next to hit the road?

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