Thursday, January 19, 2012 , Updated 11:20 a.m., January 19, 2012
UPDATEDx2: Rick Perry quits presidential race, endorses Newt Gingrich
The inevitable is finally happening.
Rick Perry will end his bid for the White House today.
A news conference has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Central time.
The decision comes a day after spokesmen defiantly said that Perry was "in it to win it" and called talk of a surrender "nuts." Perry made the decision overnight and informed top aides Thursday morning.
"He is pulling out," a top adviser told the Texas Tribune.
Sources say Perry will endorse former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
UPDATE at 10:13 a.m.: Perry is holding a news conference right now.
UPDATE x2: Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race on Thursday morning, saying he knows "when it's time to make a strategic retreat."
"As I've contemplated the future of this campaign," Perry said in a morning press conference, "I've come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me."
Flanked by his wife and his son, Perry endorsed former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, then said he would leave the trail and head home to Texas.
"The journey leads me back to Texas, neither discouraged nor disenchanted, but instead rewarded highly by the experience, and resolute to remain in the arena and in the service of my country," Perry said.
Perry's decision comes a day after a spokesmen defiantly said that Perry was "in it to win it" and called talk of a surrender "nuts." Perry made the decision overnight and informed top aides Thursday morning.
During Thursday morning's press conference, Perry said he got into the race to ensure President Obama was defeated. Despite his differences with Gingrich — Perry has long attacked him for being an out-of-touch Washington insider — the Texas governor called the former House speaker a “conservative visionary who can transform our country.”
“We’ve had our differences ... and Newt is not perfect,” Perry said. “But who among us is? The fact is, there is forgiveness for those who seek God.”
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