Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose campaign for president has been mired in financial troubles, announced Friday that he’s leaving the race, prompting kind words between him and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Appearing at the conservative Eagle Forum in St. Louis, Missouri, Perry told the crowd he considers Louisiana among the pioneers, along with Texas, of the “limited-government/freedom state.” He contrasted that with states like California and New York, which he sees as “government-run welfare states.” (Note: Louisiana’s mention there was an ad-lib and doesn’t appear in Perry’s prepared remarks.
He also specifically name-checked Jindal at one point, saying Louisiana’s term-limited governor “(stood) up for school choice.”
“We 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,” he said.
Jindal’s campaign responded with a tweet praising Perry’s leadership in Texas.
Jindal’s campaign also used Perry’s announcement to continue itsfeud with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
After Trump tweeted out a complementary message about Perry, following his departure from the race, Jindal responded with:
Perry’s decision to bow out leaves Jindal, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former New York Gov. George Pataki as the only four candidates in next week’s lower-tier presidential debate that will air on CNN. Eleven others have been picked for the “prime time” event.