2012 Presidential Election
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: 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, 10:15am: Perry listing the reasons he got into the race. Talking about Paint Creek..mentioning his time in the Air Force.
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.