Rick Perry Drops Out, Endorses Newt Gingrich

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As the presidential field shrinks, keep in mind the four crucial roles of the office: the veto pen, appointment of federal judges, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces in a time of war, and proposing a budget.

The power of the purse lies in the legislative branch. We MUST take back the senate and send more fiscal conservatives to congress. The Executive branch is only part of the battle.

Alex Pappas reports at The Daily Caller:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race on Thursday, two days ahead of the South Carolina primary, and endorsed Newt Gingrich in an apparent effort to stop Mitt Romney from winning the nomination.

“As I have contemplated the future of this campaign, I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign,” Perry told reporters in a small room at a hotel in North Charleston. “Therefore, today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States.”

Perry didn’t mention former Massachusetts Gov. Romney by name, but made it clear that he’s withdrawing so former Speaker of the House Gingrich could consolidate conservative support in order to beat Romney, who tied in Iowa and won New Hampshire.

“I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement,” Perry said.

Read more at the Daily Caller

Erik Erickson observes at RedState:

I’m told reliably that Governor Perry will head up a 10th Amendment project for Speaker Gingrich to rally Governors and state legislators toward a plan of devolving power from Washington. This project will include helping shape the Republican platform for the general election, something small government conservatives have been concerned about.

Governor Perry will also campaign for Speaker Gingrich in Texas. Texas has more than enough delegates at 155 (and they are winner take all they are proportional) to offset Newt Gingrich not being on the Virginia ballot, which only has 49 delegates.

Open Letter to Gov. Perry

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