Texas Governor Perry announces he is dropping his run for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination during a news conference in Charleston, South Carolina

 
Texas Governor Perry announces he is dropping his run for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination during a news conference in Charleston, South Carolina
Texas Governor Rick Perry announces he is dropping his run for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination during a news conference in Charleston, South Carolina January 19, 2012. Perry entered the race in August and briefly was at the front of the pack of Republican candidates, but a series of gaffes and controversial statements during the campaign undermined his standing in polls. Perry also announced he is endorsing Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)