2012 Presidential Election
10:10 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Live Blogging Rick Perry's Announcement

Word that Gov. Rick Perry is bowing out of the GOP presidential primary will soon be confirmed by the man himself. Perry's team called a press conference in South Carolina for 10am Central Standard Time this morning, where he should confirm what aides told The Texas Tribune this morning: That Perry "is pulling out."

We'll be liveblogging the announcement from the KUT Newsroom in Austin, and via Ben Philpott's tweets on the ground in South Carolina.

Ben Philpott, 10:32am: Press corps writing up "Perry drops out" stories. http://t.co/Z6BDGdBC

10:22am: After promising he's not "done fighting," Perry concludes his speech.

Ben Philpott, 10:20am: No supporters in the room. Just campaign staff and press.

Ben Philpott, 10:20am: Now he's on to campaign staff and supporter thank you notes

10:19am Perry: "The road we're traveling today -- President Obama's road -- is a very dangerous one." Calls for flat 20% tax, streamlined government.

Ben Philpott, 10:18am: Perry says he's heading home to wind down campaign. And says he's heading home with "love of his life" thanks Anita Perry for all her work

Ben Philpott, 10:16am: "there is no viable path forward" Perry drops out and endorses Newt Gingrich. "Newt is not perfect...but who among us is."

Ben Philpott, 10:15am: Perry listing the reasons he got into the race. Talking about Paint Creek..mentioning his time in the Air Force.

Ben Philpott, 10:13am: "this campaign has never been about the candidate. It's because I love this country."

10:11am: The press conference is underway.

Ben Philpott, 10:09am: KUT has live coverage of Perry press conference on the air now. We'll have analysis from TX Tribune's Evan Smith and me after the presser.

Ben Philpott, 9:59 am: Getting ready for what's expected to be Gov. Perry dropping out of the GOP presidential race.