Texas Governor Perry salutes as he stands next to his wife Anita after announcing he is dropping his run for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination during a news conference in Charleston, South

 
Texas Governor Perry salutes as he stands next to his wife Anita after announcing he is dropping his run for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination during a news conference in Charleston, South
Texas Governor Rick Perry salutes as he stands next to his wife Anita after announcing 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)