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Gingrich: 'I'm humbled.' Romney: 'He's a nice guy'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry today finalized the inevitable and got out of the race for president of the United States. He's throwing his support behind former Speaker Newt Gingrich, who, according to the latest polls, has the best chance of beating Romney in South Carolina, Saturday.

In a statement Gingrich says, "I am humbled and honored to have the support of my friend Rick Perry." See Gingrich's full statement below.

Meanwhile former Gov. Mitt Romney's first campaign event of the day looked like an episode of "Dancing with the Stars." South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman all joined Romney on stage.

Romney sang "Happy Birthday" to Gov. Haley who is turning 40. The gesture was nice, but Beltway Buzz recommends Romney stick to politics. When asked by reporters what he thinks about Perry getting out of the race, Romney said, "He's a nice guy."

Gingrich Statement on Governor Perry Endorsement

BEAUFORT, S.C. - Newt Gingrich released the following statement responding to Governor Rick Perry's suspension of his campaign and endorsement of Gingrich and withdrawal from the race.

“I am humbled and honored to have the support of my friend Rick Perry. His selflessness is yet another demonstration of his deep sense of citizenship and commitment to the cause of limited government, historic American values and greater freedom for every American.

“Governor Perry will continue to be a leader for the cause of conservatism, especially for more American energy and for implementing the 10th Amendment across the country.

“South Carolinians have a chance this Saturday to nominate a bold Reagan conservative who will offer a dramatic contrast with President Obama this fall in the general election.

“I ask the supporters of Governor Perry to look at my record of balancing the budget, cutting spending, reforming welfare, and enacting pro-growth policies to create millions of new jobs and humbly ask for their vote.”

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Comments on this post

# RE: Gingrich: "I'm humbled". Romney, "He's a nice guy"

Now all we need is Ron Paul to do out!
Left by KellieC on Jan 19, 2012 12:31 PM

# RE: Gingrich: 'I'm humbled.' Romney: 'He's a nice guy'

Sure wish he of stuck around a little longer, going to miss him in those debates.
Left by quirky on Jan 19, 2012 11:10 PM

# RE: Gingrich: 'I'm humbled.' Romney: 'He's a nice guy'

Good for the SC people they sure did speak on Saturday! We don't have to go for the Republican establishment. Glory to God.
Left by KellieC on Jan 23, 2012 12:03 PM

# RE: Gingrich: 'I'm humbled.' Romney: 'He's a nice guy'

Gingrinch is about what the GOP/TPers deserve, and I'm sur he hasn't forgotten those who ran him out of DC in the 90's.
Left by quirky on Jan 23, 2012 10:49 PM

# RE: Gingrich: 'I'm humbled.' Romney: 'He's a nice guy'

President Obama sends his most sincere thanks to the people of S C
Left by quirky on Jan 23, 2012 11:06 PM

# RE: Gingrich: 'I'm humbled.' Romney: 'He's a nice guy'

Newt Gingrich will never be the Republican nominee. Even if he gets the necessary number of delegates the RNC will never allow it to happen. The only thing more palpable in DC than the simmering resentment of the Tea Party is the Republican moderate's hatred for Newt. They'll broker the convention and crawl to Mitch Daniels feet and beg him or Christie, or Jeb Bush to take on the task of unseating President Obama.

If Gingrich keeps winning, there's going to be a big mess because every Republican pundit's heads are going to explode. It's gonna be ugly.

And so much fun for Democrats to watch ;-)
Left by quirky on Jan 24, 2012 8:25 AM