Skip to comments.Conservatives Call on Rick Perry to Exit Race
Posted on 01/18/2012 1:22:00 PM PST by TBBT
GREENVILLE, S.C. Several prominent conservatives have called for Rick Perry to call his presidential bid quits, with one blogger urging the Texas governor to end his campaign and throw his backing toward Newt Gingrich.
Erick Erickson, the founder of RedState.com, the website that hosted the event where Perry announced his presidential bid in August, penned an entry today calling Perry a potential kingmaker in the South Carolina primary if he drops out before the weekend.
Barring a miracle, this is Rick Perrys final act in the 2012 elections. On Saturday, he will come in last in South Carolina, Erickson wrote in a diary entry on RedState today. Perry, however, has a potential trump card up his sleeve as he rebuilds political capital. Its simple: he can drop out today, and endorse someone else. Doing so today, before the CNN debate tomorrow, gives the news time to sink in.
Erickson suggested that the Texas governors choice of an endorsement would likely be Gingrich, not Romney or Santorum.
Earlier in the day, radio host Laura Ingraham urged the Texas governor to leave the race in order to boost another social conservative over front-runner Mitt Romney. Its time for Rick Perry to drop out of the race he is only helping Romney by splitting the vote, Ingraham tweeted.
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Both Sarah Palin and Mark Levin urged all candidates to stay in for now. Sarah said we need to know more before anyone drops out. Mark said it’s still early.
So what is with all this pressure for Perry to drop? Newt can do it alone, he’s surging and Romney’s tanking.
Listen to Sarah & Mark, they’re the smartest ones in the room.
It depends why he’s running, I guess. There has been some speculation that he may be working as a spoiler for Romney and the Establishment, in hopes of future reward. No idea if that is true. I hope not, because this whole business has been getting more and more dismal, with even RuPaul managing to cause more trouble than usual.
We’ll see. If he selfishly stays in despite having no chance, it sure won’t do his reputation any good. And I think he is diminishing his reputation in Texas by doing this, too. Kay Bailey Hutchinson pretty well destroyed her rep in Texas by going more and more RINO over the years. Let’s hope Perry doesn’t try the same ploy. It won’t work for him.
RINOS Call on Rick Perry to Exit Race.
There, fixed it...........
Eric was so in the tank for Perry initially and so Anti-Palin it is nice to see him eating humble pie.
Erickson KNOWS Perry. Call him up and git r done, Scott!!
Eric Erickson is a RINO. Stay in Perry.
Oops, I mean Erick ;~)
I still wouldn't be surprised if Perry is the last man standing.
He doesn't have the personnel baggage Newt had and he doesn't have the political baggage Santorum has.
The downside is he isn't a good speaker although he did pretty well at Mrytle Beach.
I do fear a Newt implosion.
The pressure comes from short-sighted morons who are hysterical to stop Romney. It is a noble desire to drop Romney, but they are hysterical in that they let the every day motions of the wind, when we are only 3 states into this, cause them to make irrational demands.
But no one ever said that our political system worked according to rational laws. Conservatives are no better than the libs when it comes to bandwagons and judging things based only on the appearance.
Beat me to the punch!
Stay in and get 5% in dead last while Willard beats Newt by 2-3%???
I’m not convinced we should have primaries any longer.
We work for months to put these dog and pony shows on, watch one open caucus and one primary, and then announce who the leader is.
What a sham this process is.
It looks for all the world like we’re going to have another di—weed this time around. I may not even vote for the jackass we’re headed towards.
Give me a choice folks. Let’s go third party in 2013. The Republican party has proven it has nothing at all to offer us.
As for Red State, I stopped reading them when they were all too happy to harp on the Herman Cain hit job. Erickson is a fool who doesn’t understand the candidates or himself.
What has Newt won at this point?
It makes no sense for Santorum to drop out and endorse Newt, considering that he won a primary and Newt has not.
If Newt really has what it takes, he can win South Carolina. If he doesn’t, we’ll find out in just a few more days.
Everyone knows the Perry campaign is over. At this point I think Even Perry knows it. He’s just staying in to show he’s a guy that doesn’t quit when the going gets tough.
But, another masculine quality is self sacrifice. If Perry would frame it that he’s getting out for the greater good, he come out of this a winner.
If he gets creamed in SC & Fla, what does it really gain him?
Conservatives unite to defeat the establishment RINOs and the Marxist!!
Romney is simply a big government, business as usual RINO and thats why the establishment RINOs are trying to shove him down our throats. They want to hold on to their power!!
The media and the demoncrats love Romney too, because they believe he will lose to the Marxist, and he will.
If conservatives remain split three ways it’ll be a repeat of 2008 and the establishment RINO Romney waltzes in (and loses to Obama a la McLame).
We are the resistance!!
We are the grassroots!!
Dont let the establishment and the Marxist have their way with us!!
Rebellion is brewing!!
NO RINOS!! NO ROMNEY!! NO WAY!!
NOT ON OUR WATCH!!
TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVES UNITE!!
If he can’t win then I guess he wasn’t the one, eh?
Wait, wasn’t it just last week that everyone on this board HATED Erik Erikson and Redstate?
47 states have not voted for a nominee yet! I would like to actually have my vote count.
STAY STAY STAY STAY
I don’t see him dropping out just yet, maybe after SC not before.
Afterwards, it’s clear he and Santorum have no money.
I think Newt should STFU about asking people to drop out. There’s a slim chance, depending on tomorrow, that he might be able to beat Romney or come close.
I’d be sorry to see Perry leave the debates because he adds a lift to them, and Romney seems to get flustered by him.
I think we should let the people of South Carolina have the option of supporting Perry.
We heard that argument from the Newt supporters before that we shouldn’t let Iowa and New Hampshire decide the nominee.
If Newt can stay in, then so should Perry. Let the folks in the South have their say, and then go from there.
Sure, it would benefit Santorum if Perry were to drop, but that’s not the point.
Perry polling at 4% is not a factor and it does not matter if he stays in or drops out.
Do you actually know who Eric Erickson is?
He’s is the editor of Red State and has been one of Perry’s largest supporters (literally as someone point out, in the tank for Perry). Perry announced at an even sponsored by Erickson.
This isn’t some random RINO calling for Perry to leave, it is perhaps his largest and most consistent supporters in the press.
“I think Newt should STFU about asking people to drop out. Theres a slim chance, depending on tomorrow, that he might be able to beat Romney or come close.”
And there’s also the chance that he implodes and Santorum passes him again.
Let the people have their say. If Newt really is the candidate, then the people will say so. So far they’ve shown that they really don’t like Newt.
Perry got 2% in NH.
If it turns out Santorum wins Iowa after recount he did so because of the last few days of the lies Romney's PAC hit Newt with. Santorum did nothing but ride on the back of these killer adds. Maybe you forgot that Newt was way the winner until Romney's crap.
I still think Rick Santorum is the best candidate standing but you don't hear us whining for somebody to drop out. You don't hear that out of the Perry supporters either.
LOVE THIS TWEET :
“Newt calls for other candidates to drop out. Other candidates call for newt to drop dead! ;) “
Even if he wins, they still don't really lose that much because of his liberal record which requires no elaboration around here. He's their win/win republican candidate and it's no surprise at all that they are working hard to clear a path to the nomination for him.
Thank you! I love the way a few people want to dictate the terms of the election. Don't drop out, guys. The rest of the country would like to also be able to choose.
I’m getting pretty sick and tired of being battered by the Newt supporters telling us to GTFO.
“Newt was way the winner until Romney’s crap.”
Newt was at 36 percent nationally, and then imploded.
I haven’t forgotten. We should give Santorum credit for the work he did to actually defeat Romney in a primary, something Newt has not achieved.
Call it shoe leather, call it whatever you want to call it. But the point is that he won and we need to give him credit for it rather then diminishing his accomplishments.
He tied Santorum in NH and was undone in Iowa by millions of dollars in negative attack adds that were directed solely at him. Furthermore, who really cares what a couple of blue states think in a Republican primary anyways? Now we get to SC and, despite Romney's negative attack add blitz, Newt is still closing in on him. RCP polling averages have him polling in second place behind Romney. Yesterday's Rasmussen poll has him within 3 points of Romney in fact and 12 points ahead of Santorum in third place. I think it's pretty difficult to argue that people don't like the man.
“Perry needs to endorse Newt and then get on the next bus back to Tayhas!”
Right, because dissing Texas is the way to draw Perry supporters into your bus.
As far as I know, Newt has not asked anyone to exit the race. The thing about Santorum was a question posed to him from a reporter, where he answered that he would love Santorum’s endorsement IF he exited the race.
Until I actually hear him directly ask for candidates to drop out, I will not fall for the media spin. My guess is that it is coming from the Romney camp. They are dirty players.
“He tied Santorum in NH”
Actually, he lost after the count was finished. Santorum came from behind once again and overcame the deficit.
“undone in Iowa by millions of dollars in negative attack adds that were directed solely at him.”
Sounds like an excuse. Newt wilted in the heat.
“Furthermore, who really cares what a couple of blue states think in a Republican primary anyways?”
Sour grapes. I didn’t really want them anyways.
“Now we get to SC and, despite Romney’s negative attack add blitz”
Newt was +20 in SC before.
“RCP polling averages have him polling in second place behind Romney.”
This was supposed to be a Newt blowout.
“I think it’s pretty difficult to argue that people don’t like the man.”
Some people do like the man. But his favourability is far lower than Santorum. Newt has very high unfavourability. Call it baggage, but that is why the attacks are effective.
If you think that the attacks are going to let up now, you’re mistaken. If Newt can’t beat Romney in South Carolina, it’s over for him.
The message is clear. If Perry drops out now, he has at least a bit of political capital he can trade for influence down the road. If he finishes a dismal last in SC he will drop out and have zero influence. The choice is his. If he genuinely believes the GOP needs a conservative nominee, now is the time for him to act decisively.
Much the same way Herman Cain had from the beginning
We've just cast our early ballots for Newt here in Florida
Sadly, Perry needs to exit while it can still do some good. Santorum's supporters need to look deeply at his establishment, big gov't record and W 2.0 proposals and not just get swept up in his "pro family" happy talk.
Newt definitely still has a path forward even with a second place win in SC.
Newt polls higher than Santorum even after the attack adds and despite his "baggage". what's that say about the rest of the field?
He did win Iowa - clearly it’s not something to brag about. ;)
Newt folks would be ecstatic if he were anywhere close to Romney in SC, let alone beating him as Santorum did.
Considering many Perry supporters were heavily dissing everyone else during this election cycle I don't think anyone cares to even open the doors on the bus but would rather he be underneath it.
Since he's polling so badly right now, any of the slag left behind after his eventual exit wouldn't be enough to matter anyway.
He’s within 3 points of Romney according to Rassmusen yesterday. Nobody else is anywhere near that. Santorum squeaked out a tie in Iowa. Good for him; however, as predicted, he started to slip right after that. We’ll see what happens after SC I guess. I don’t dislike Santorum btw, I just question his viability in a general election against Obama. I want the most conservative candidate that can win and I think that’s Gingrich after you have weighed and measured everyone. I’m not in love with Newt for that matter. It isn’t personal, it’s just politics. Hopefully it doesn’t rip us apart which is what the Dems are obviously hoping for.
Perry doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit.....or a lot of other words either.
When there’s a 3% difference in the polls between the two leading candidates, 4% is very much a factor.
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