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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On Friday afternoon, Rick Perry became the first candidate in the congested Republican field to drop out of the presidential race.

In a concession speech delivered to the Eagle Forum in St. Louis, Missouri, the former Texas governor took aim at Donald Trump — without directly mentioning the business tycoon’s name. He challenged voters to resist the lures of celebrity, nativism, racism, false conservatism, and candidates who did not have true Christian faith.

He asserted that the U.S.-Mexico border can be secured “without inflammatory rhetoric, without base appeals that divide us based by race, culture, and creed.”

“Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant,” he said. “It betrays the example of Christ.”

He nodded to Martin Luther King, Jr., saying in his prepared remarks: “We need to get back to the central constitutional principle that, in America, it is the content of your character that matters, not the color of your skin – that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you are going.”

“We have a tremendous field of candidates,” he said, faltering. “Probably the greatest group of men and women. I step aside knowing our party’s in good hands.”

“It is time to elevate our debate from divisive name calling, from soundbites without solutions, and start discussing how we will make the country better for all if a conservative is elected president,” he said, emphasizing the word “conservative.”

Perry launched his campaign for president (his second) in June with the promise “to revive this American Dream again.”

He was one of the first to publicly attack Trump’s qualifications, releasing a statement in July saying that what Trump was “offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.” He memorably called Trump’s brand of politics a “cancer on conservatism.”

And so, in what has become a familiar pattern, he became one of The Donald’s first targets.

Perry had “failed on the border,” Trump tweeted. “He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”

As it happened, Ohio governor John Kasich, a late entry into the race, edged Perry out in the polls to capture the #10 spot in the top-tier Fox News Republican debate in August, relegating Perry to the warmup act. Perry was slated to appear in the minor-league debate on CNN next Wednesday as well.

In the weeks leading up to his suspension of his campaign, Perry was dogged by reports that his operation was critically short on staff and money. He flailed in the polls, and appeared unable in a television interview to affirm that he was still in the running. After his concession Friday, television pundits were quick to note that Perry’s stump speech was likely to garner him the most media attention he had received in weeks.

“For me, the message has always been greater than the man,” Perry said. “The conservative movement has always been about principles, not personalities. Our nominee should embody those principles. He – or she – must make the case for the cause of conservatism more than the cause of their own celebrity.”

His written remarks concluded:

I remain as convinced as ever: there is nothing wrong with America today that cannot be fixed with new leadership. Leadership that champions conservative ideas.

As great as our greatest Republican presidents were – from Lincoln to Reagan – it is their ideas that remain greatest.

Those ideas live on through the spirit, idealism and optimism of this generation of Americans.

We must return to great ideas, to our belief in the power of free individuals, free markets, and free Americans standing watch for liberty wherever it is threatened.

This is up to us. It is up to you. And to me. Let’s roll up our sleeves. Let’s get to work. Let’s make America, America again.

Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.

Trump was quick to respond:

This article has been updated.

Photo: Rick Perry, via Facebook.

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  • Scooter Livingston

    Adios, Schmuck…hope you enjoy your future…

    • DOC

      Hell no..

  • Denny Parkstone

    u tell em scooter,now we need walker and christe to drop the soap !!!!

  • Otto Greif

    Trump hit him and he never recovered.

  • groversyck

    Good ridence. He should have NEVER been in the race.

  • Murray Steinard

    Get the hell on you halfwit knuckle head.

  • Bren Frowick

    As expected. Christie will be the next Clown tossed out of the Car. And Trump is so stupid, he probably thinks this means he is “winning”…

  • Dominick Vila

    Jindal, Santorum, Christie, Kasich, and a couple of others should do the same.

  • bfg

    So is he saying that only a Christian can be President?


    Lets make America, America again? Come on Perry what does that mean?

    • dtgraham

      That was his campaign slogan?



        • dtgraham

          Let’s make America, America again? It sounds like a Stephen Colbert parody. He might as well have used Colbert’s “I am America (and so can you)”, or “Americans for a better tomorrow, tomorrow” for his campaign slogan.

  • jmprint

    Clown Oops is gone, I’m glad, I feel sorry for him, every time he speaks, it sounds stupid. One down, or is that 2.

  • MichelleRose3

    Well, sure, Ricky. NOW you can say that a wall isn’t such a good idea when just last year, you were in agreement with McCain that it should be strengthened. NOW you have no dog in this fight, so you can at least approximate the truth.

    Damn, you ARE slow, aren’t ya?

  • Independent1

    “We have a tremendous field of candidates,” he said, faltering. “Probably the greatest group of men and women. I step aside knowing our party’s in good hands”

    Wow Rick!! If the 17 clownshow candidates the GOP has fielded for 2016 are “Probably the greatest group of men and women” – I’m guessing you mean ‘America has to offer”. If that were really true, then America would be in serious trouble because there isn’t one of those 17 clownshow candidates that are really qualified to run a dump. – and that includes you, Rick.

    And then you made this troubling statement: “The conservative movement has always been about principles, not personalities. Our nominee should embody those principles. He – or she – must make the case for the cause of conservatism more than the cause oftheir own celebrity.”

    If you mean by “must make the case for the cause of conservatism”, doing something to in any way turn America into what YOUR CONSERVATISM did to Texas while your were governor, that’s the last thing that America needs. Your failed governance Rick, turned Texas into the cesspool of America -into the only state that compares as one of the 10 worst in the nation, in 100% of 23 subjective measures: measures such as corruption in its government; the lack of sufficient police and fire protection; being the worst in the nation for health care coverage and for its healthcare delivery system; having one of the 5 worst road systems in the nation; being last in people with health insurance; being 6th in the nation with the percent of its people living in poverty; having the most polluted overall environment in the nation – and on and on. No true American, would want all of America to look like Texas – if they really realized just how poorly Texas compares to virtually every other state in the nation – and that’s because of your failed governance, Rick!!

  • Lynda Groom

    The beginning of the end to a terrible candidate who will most likely fade from view from this day forward. He was always amusing in his own inept way and of course never presidential timber. Over the next couple of weeks the field will become smaller as the also rans see the light, or run out of funding, whichever comes first. The final five or six will continue the charade until the primaries when the next presidential race loser will be crowned.

  • Eddie J Jordan

    I’m glad Perry’s no longer in the race. Perry’s vitriolic rants against President Obama during his tenure as governor demonstrate how small he is and unworthy to be elected president. That being said, I like his concession statement, except for the part about the merits of conservatism, the notion that the GOP has ideas, the notion that there is something wrong with America under President Obama, the notion that the GOP’s field of candidates is tremendous, the notion that the GOP does not appeal to racists, religious zealots and those who hate Hispanics, and the notion that Trump is not representative of the GOP’s heart and soul. Otherwise, he was right on the money.

  • FireBaron

    Perry never developed the traction he needed. His message was pretty much the same as everyone else’ and folks could not forgive him his gaffes during the last campaign. Hopefully his supporters migrate to Kasich or Bush, and not to the Thug.

    • 777Unicorn

      Gov “Oops” had supporters?

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Perry didn’t “drop” out of the race…he FELL out of it. He never had an icecube’s chance in hell of winning and he knew it. But, as a GOP political prostitute, he turned enough tricks to keep the GOP campaign coffers flush.

    Next to fall out of the race? One Chris Christie…now being tied to the NY/NJ Port Authority fraud for putting a political crony, Samson, in a plum position.

  • The lucky one

    I like Trump’s idea of an IQ test for candidates. I wonder who he would hire to take his for him.

    • latebloomingrandma

      They also need need psychological testing.

      • RED

        No point in that, we already know they are all sociopaths.

  • 777Unicorn

    Gov. “Oops,” with the incredibly stupid retro glasses – he thought they’d make him look intelligent – is but the first of the 17-delusional (R) wannabes returning to nothingness. That’s correct; none of these 17-delusional megalomaniacs is going to be our next President and leader of our corrupt free world.

    I do find it totally disingenuous, that a man who has a huge rock with the name blazoned in massive white letters – NIGGER HEAD RANCH.- adorning the entrance to his retreat in Texas, to be mouthing the words of Jesus and the great Martin Luther King in his swan song.

    I guess, however, coming out of Texas, I should really not be at all surprised…

    • latebloomingrandma

      Don’t forget how many prisoners he executed.

  • 777Unicorn

    The GOP had a truly great plan for this presidential season: Run 17-candidates, all wearing KKK outfits, and burning crosses, then, just before the nomination vote, drag out some innocuous unknown clown – Charlie or Davie Koch – and Viola, they look reasonable by comparison…

  • rednekokie

    About time. Even with his “oops” moments, though, he probably had more common sense than all the others in the clown car put together — but not a chance with the general public.
    I sincerely hope he stays in the closet from now on.

  • 788eddie

    NOW what happens to the millions that have been contributed to the PAC that supported Rick Perry (I remember it being north of fourteen million). Rick Perry can’t get that money to pay off campaign workers, and, by law the PAC controllers can’t give any of that money to Perry directly.

    So, who gets the money if Perry is no longer running? Can the PAC directors now give themselves large raises? Can the money be funneled to other campaigns? Who makes the decisions? Do we even have laws that govern this eventuality (that’s now a reality)?

    I think everybody has a stake in knowing.

    • Polana

      Republicans do not believe to pay for anything, they expect you to work for free because they are entitled to that, and most morons waste their time and own money to push their agenda against themselves. I hated when they bring Jesus/God into equation, God/Jesus is not running mate for any of them, and using Jesus/God name in vain. Freedom is the distance between church and state.
      Jesus once said. Give hand to the poor and ask for nothing in return.
      He thinks he is poor and he will keep the money (Jesus did not have any silver or banks account to his name – that’s the modern times if comes to money but when comes to peoples lives we have to go back 5K years back BC.
      He is a moron like most of them, they just playing the jesus/god card to get the votes of hypocrites like him. He said he created millions of jobs, yeah at minimum wage and for the illegals. Maybe that’s why Texas and like Kentucky , people eat road kill and abuse animals. It’s different world in the south and ALL REPUBLICAN – poor, ignorant,stupid,bigoted and gun happy. They breed and they vote.

      • dtgraham

        Remember Mike Huckabee giving an Iowa stump speech recently where he mused whimsically about when you find a turtle on a fence post, you know that it didn’t get there by itself. That’s how you know you’re in the heartland.

        Of course the turtle, at that point, will then die a slow death or a grievous injury from the fall if it tries to get off. Yet Huckabee spoke about this peculiar local amusement with a joyous tone. Nice.

  • dtgraham

    Analysts can come up with all of the well thought out political theories on his demise that they want to, but it was never possible to recover from that oops moment. I always thought that. That was the single worst moment, and the worst meltdown that I’ve ever seen a politician have in my lifetime. Plus it happened in a nationally televised debate. It was career destroying, at the national level anyway. One gaffe is always recoverable, unless it reaches that level. There was no recovering from that. That was a remarkable moment.

    It’s amazing that he was able to carry on successfully in state level politics after that. What does that say about Texas voters?

    • Polana

      They R just dumb as he is.

      • dtgraham

        At least nuts anyway. Perry followed up that oops moment 4 years later by calling Ronald Reagan, “Ronald Raven” in a debate and then saying that a broken clock is right once a day (instead of twice) in an interview. You need big time money to run for President, and big time money was laughing at Rick Perry.

  • nana4gj

    If Texas had not been gerrymandered into red districts years ago, Perry would never have been Governor, nor would “W” Bush. At least, “W” did no harm as Governor, but, Perry was disastrous in every way.

    • John Murchison

      Hopefully this gerrymandering can be unwired.

  • Perry finally came to his senses(I believe he still has some vestiges remaining) and will no longer waste his money by literally throwing it away on a fool’s errand in quest of a venture doomed from the start.

  • Perry uses the term “false conservatism” and stated(while under the influence of a mind-altering drug) that the Republican Party is in good hands.
    “Conservatism” on a fundamental level leads to false assumptions and encourages a mind-set that bodes ill for society, in general, across the globe. It is a moribund ideology and presents a “false” sense of security and an irresponsible attitude towards “progression”. Therefore, it is a false doctrine in the context of the needs of the USA and of those of the world.
    Let us hope that the numbing influence of the braying of the rest of the herd of clowns will be further attenuated and that the number of “false” wannabes will be quickly whittled down to ZERO.

  • RED

    Fascinating how when a Con quits politics he always lectures the Cons on being more inclusive, less bigoted & racially divisive. But it’s always after they quit because to say such things would doom their prospects for election by the Republican “base” who truly represent the most base and vile elements of the United States.

  • BiteMeLiberals

    Need Hillary the Benghazi Murderer to drop out,