Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Perry Says He'll Stay in Presidential Race

Despite a disappointing fifth place finish in Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses that led Rick Perry to say he was returning home to Texas to reassess his candidacy, the Texas governor surprised everyone — including some of his own staff — by announcing this morning that he would stay in the race.

"I just said I was going to reassess," Perry told reporters gathered at an Iowa hotel this morning, after a morning run in which he made up his mind to stay in the race — and then tweeted it. "We are headed to New Hampshire and then to South Carolina." 

In his brief, quickly orchestrated meeting with reporters this morning, Perry also took a shot at Iowa and its caucuses. 

"This is a quirky place and a quirky process to say the least," Perry said, noting that he believed Democrats were voting in the Iowa caucuses. "We're going to go into, you know, places where they have actual primaries and there are going to be real Republicans voting." 

Asked if he would change up his campaign team, on a morning when his staffers appeared largely dumbfounded about the Texas governor's plans, Perry deferred, saying it wasn't his "area of expertise." He said he would leave it up to campaign manager Joe Allbaugh. 

Curiously, multiple sources close to Perry said this morning that Allbaugh was the biggest proponent of Perry leaving the campaign trail to reassess — and that First Lady Anita Perry pushed for her husband to stick it out. 


I says he's done, and good riddance. Let the attention fall on Ron Paul who actually strives for practicality and responsibility in government (and honesty).

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