TORONTO – Texas Governor Rick Perry has abandoned his presidential bid Thursday, two days before the South Carolina primary.
Perry is now endorsing Newt Gingrich, despite having launched various disparaging remarks against Gingrich in the past. Perry told a news conference, “Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?”
Decide how close to perfect Rick Perry is, as Global News looks at some of his most memorable quotes.
Forgetting his own platform to cut the Department of Energy: “It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: commerce, education and the um– what’s the third one there? Let’s see. … Okay… So commerce, education and the uh… The third agency of government I would — I would do away with the education, uh the uh … commerce and — let’s see — I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”
To New Hampshire college students: “Those of you that will be 21 by November the 12th, I ask for your support and your vote. Those of you who won’t be, just work hard.” Perry is either unaware or forgetful of the fact that the voting age has been 18, not 21, since 1971.
On education: “I don’t think the federal government has a role in your children’s education.”
On evolution: “It’s a theory that’s out there. It’s got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both Creationism and evolution.”
On the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill: “From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.”
On the Mexican city of Juarez: “Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.”
To bloggers and social networkers: “You can always follow me on Tweeter.”
On himself versus Obama: “If you’re looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that. He’s destroying our economy. I’m a doer, not a talker.”
And perhaps most memorable for YouTube users was Perry’s “Strong” Presidential campaign video which states “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, and your kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas.” Check out the video below.