AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has suspended his run for the White House, becoming the first major Republican candidate to leave the field.
The Republican made the announcement in St. Louis Friday afternoon.
In a copy of his remarks as prepared for delivery, Perry credited his decision to the depth of the field.
“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.”
.@GovernorPerry is a terrific guy and I wish him well- I know he will have a great future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2015