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Perry Ends Presidential Bid

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Rick Perry became the first to fall out of the Republican presidential field Friday.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry today announced that his 2016 presidential campaign has come to an end.

“(Republicans) 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 told The Eagle Forum in Missouri.

Perry, who also ran unsuccessfully in 2012, seemed to take a swipe at frontrunner Donald Trump, saying, “Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant, it betrays the example of Christ. We can enforce our laws and our borders, and we can love all who live within our borders, without betraying our values.”

“It is time to elevate our debate from divisive name-calling, from soundbites without solutions, and start discussing how we will make the country better for all if a conservative is elected president,” he said.

His full remarks are published online.