Perry to return to Texas to reassess candidacy
January 4th, 2012
12:22 AM ET
10 years ago

Perry to return to Texas to reassess candidacy

(CNN) - Following a disappointing projected fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he'll return to Texas on Wednesday to reassess his candidacy.

"With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," he told supporters late Tuesday night at his Iowa headquarters in West Des Moines.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Thank God you lost. You are not smart.

    January 4, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  2. Luke

    this will only boost Santorum. if Perry wasn't in Iowa, Santorum would have beaten Romney easily.

    January 4, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  3. William dodge

    Good sport

    January 4, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  4. Unknown

    Stay in Iowa, Perry. You are a disgrace to Texans.

    January 4, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  5. tommytd

    Do yourself a favor...drop out and take MB along. You're both toast.

    January 4, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. Mike

    Sounds more like Perry needs to get back to Texas to see if he can get another round of campaign financing from the Koch brothers.

    January 4, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  7. Bruce in Dallas

    Maybe he can return to Texas and use his coffers to repay the State of Texas the 400K per week security detail expenses he incurred.

    January 4, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  8. Tim in MN

    The best path forward, Rick? One foot in front of the other right into the Gulf of Mexico and don't stop until you reach the Yucatan. Goodbye, Rick. We are rid of you.

    January 4, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    I think Parry should pray for a good showing in NH before he leaves the race. After all, that worked so well when he prayed for rain during the Texas wildfires .... wait ... OOPS!

    January 4, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  10. Hank

    He should return to TX and then throw his endorsement and support behind Ron Paul. But he is not smart enough to do that.

    January 4, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  11. myklej

    Oops any suprise george jr ? lol

    January 4, 2012 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  12. NoGr8rH8r

    Close up shop, it's over!

    January 4, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  13. Jeff in Oregon

    Going home to assess the results? Funny, they have already been assessed. Bye bye Rick.

    January 4, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  14. D

    Translation: "I'll be dropping out shortly. Those voters weren't as dumb as I hoped they'd be."

    January 4, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  15. Dan

    Loser! Loser!! Loser!!! Looooooooooooooooooser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 4, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  16. Alan

    He came off looking desperate after his debates, it was clear he wasnt in contention after listening to his commercials etc, best thing for him to do is go back to texas and stop embarrassing the GOP....

    January 4, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  17. Wes Scott

    Perry: All hat and no saddle, all boots and no cattle. He talks a big show, but what he produces is amateurish and without substance. He cannot even win over the Tea Party, and those guys will fall for anything.

    January 4, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  18. Obama 2012

    Im from San Antonio, Tx and i must say im rather happy that Governor Perry is coming home instead of running around the country... He was making Texans look like idiots

    January 4, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  19. Will

    One down!

    January 4, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  20. MichaelB

    I kind of feel sorry for Perry, in the way you feel sorry for someone that was given the ball on the one inch line and had four tries to just fall into the end zone. Guess you can't skate through life all the time. Wonder how he got this far.

    January 4, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  21. m

    If he ain't got the dough he will have to hang it up.

    January 4, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  22. Tannim

    IOW, he's Texas Toast.

    So long, Slick, we wouldn't say it's been fun–because it hasn't!

    Please take Bachmann and Santorum with you.

    January 4, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  23. Mark N

    It is so sad for the folks that Perry and Bachmann represent. It is like buying a new car and then finding out that the car is being discontinued because it is ugly / not selling. Yet, you are stuck with the ugly car!

    January 4, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  24. PatriciaD

    See ya!

    January 4, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  25. Lee

    Perry is finished but his supporters are NOT going to go to Romney (or to Ron Paul).

    It's anyone but Romney from now on.

    January 4, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
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