Rick Perry ends His 2016 White House bid.
By: James West, Xiro Xone News September 11, 2015
Texas Gov. Rick Perry becomes the first Republican candidate to end his 2016 White House bid,
he announced Friday that he is suspending his presidential campaign.
"When I gave my life to Christ, I said, 'Your ways are greater than my ways. Your will is superior to mine.' Today I submit to you His will remains a mystery, but some things have become, and become very clear to me." Perry said in a speech at the Eagle Forum in St. Louis. "That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States."
Perry's struggling campaign failed to gain momentum in the crowded GOP field. A CNN/ORC poll released this week found Perry getting less than one percent support from Republican voters.
Last month his campaign stopped paying staffers amid fundraising troubles, but super PACs supporting his bid had raised nearly $17 million and hoped to help compensate for the money woes.
"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."
"I share this news with no regrets. It has been a privilege and an honor to travel this country, to speak with the American people about their hopes and dreams, to see a sense of optimism prevalent despite a season of cynical politics."
Perry, who also sought the White House in 2012, was unable to reassemble the Texas political and financial base that made him, at one point, the party's front-runner in the last presidential cycle.