Watch: Rick Perry Announces He Is Suspending His Presidential Campaign

Friday at the Eagle Forum in St. Louis, former Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), announced he was formally suspending his campaign for the presidency of the United States.

“When I gave my life to Christ, I said your ways are greater than my ways,” Perry said. “Your will is superior to mine. Today I submit to you his will remains a mystery, but some things have come and become very clear to me. That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States. We have a tremendous field of candidates — probably the greatest group of men and women. I step aside knowing our party’s in good hands, as long as we listen to the grassroots, listen to that cause of conservatism. If we do that, then our party will be in good hands. And I want to share with you — I give you this news with no regrets. It has been a privilege for me. It has been an honor to travel this country, to speak with the American people about their hopes and their dreams, to see a sense of optimism being prevalent, despite this season of cynical politics.”

Perry struggled in national, Iowa and New Hampshire polls in recent weeks and will be the first to bow out in the crowded 2016 Republican presidential field.

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