And then there were 14. The overcrowded GOP field of candidates vying for the party’s nomination for president for 2016 just became slightly less crowded. Former Texas governor Rick Perry told the Eagle Forum in St. Louis this afternoon that he is suspending his presidential campaign.
According to ABC News, Perry said:
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.
That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States.
The Real Clear Politics average had Perry at 0.8% at the time of his announcement.
Before he left, the former governor took a shot at frontrunner Donald Trump, saying, “Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant, it betrays the example of Christ.