Rick Perry suspends campaign for President

Photo courtesy Rick Perry.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry.

ST. LOUIS — Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced the suspension of his 2016 campaign for President while addressing the Eagle Forum in St. Louis on Friday, September 11.

"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," Perry said.

"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."

Leading into the announcement, Perry said, "For me, the message has always been greater than the man. 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."

Perry also stated that he believes the problems in America can be corrected with new leadership.

"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," Perry said.

"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."

He concluded with a plea for voters to take action.

"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," Perry said.