Texas Governor Perry stands next to his wife Anita and his son Griffin as he announces he is dropping his run for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination during a news conference in Charleston,

 
Texas Governor Perry stands next to his wife Anita and his son Griffin as he announces he is dropping his run for the Republican U.S. presidential nomination during a news conference in Charleston,
Texas Governor Rick Perry stands next to his wife Anita and his son Griffin (L) as he 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)