Rick Perry

Perry Drops Out

Sep 11, 2015
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Texas Governor Rick Perry has become the first among the Republican presidential candidates to drop out of the race.  NPR is reporting that Perry is suspending his campaign.  

"We have a tremendous field – the best in a generation – so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands, and as long as we listen to the grassroots, the cause of conservatism will be too," he told a gathering in St. Louis Friday.

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  Former Texas Governor Rick Perry drew a crowd on the state fairground’s grand concourse today, taking his turn at the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox and making his case he should be the Republican nominee for President.     He drew cheers with a strong anti-Washington message.  

 “I think what this country needs is a proven leader day in and day out who will go to the Oval Office and make Washington D.C. as inconsequential as we can make it,” Perry says.   “I can do this.”     

He says Washington’s only role should be to secure the borders, and to build up the military:

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These are the remarks, as delivered, by former Texas Governor Rick Perry at the Iowa GOP's Lincoln Dinner on May 15, 2015.

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Three potential Republican contenders for the White House spoke at the "Road to 2016: Informing the Energy Debate" today at the World Food Prize building in Des Moines. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania all say that regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hinders U.S. economic growth.