Political Expert: End of Perry's Campaign is Strategic
EL PASO - Governor Rick Perry's announcement to end his campaign came as no shock to El Pasoans or a local political expert.
"I know when it's time to make strategic retreat," Governor Perry said.
He officially suspended his presidential campaign. Now, he's throwing support behind Newt Gingrich.
"Newt is not perfect, but who among us is," Gov. Perry asked.
"You know, there's this old saying in politics that there are no coincidences," Political Expert Dr. Gregory Rocha said.
Rocha believes Perry's announcement this morning was a calculated move to take away from Rick Santorum's primary win in Iowa and to create trouble for Mitt Romney. Although he's not sure why Gov. Perry is supporting Gingrich.
"[Perry's] Super PAC spent significant amounts of money tearing down Newt Gingrich, and so it's kind of ironic that he would support Mr. Gingrich right now."
While Gov. Perry's endorsement was a surprise to many, the end of his campaign was not.
"From very early on it became apparent he wasn't going to make a comeback," Bob Poley said.
"I was expecting him to do that, if not now, sometime soon," Joan Kern said.
El Pasoans have been watching the race closely, because the governor kept throwing the state, and El Paso, in the limelight. On national debates he flubbed his lines, and he falsely claimed car bombs were going off in El Paso.
"It was early on that he made a couple of statements that were probably not liked by the public, and he never really recovered from that," Poley said. "He's a good man, and he's done a lot for Texas."
"I really don't think he stood a real good chance," Kern said.
Neither did a majority of the folks in the first primary states of New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina. Dr. Rocha says those states are important because they weed out the candidates, and it looks like that's exactly what happened with Gov. Perry.
"There wasn't much talk about Rick Perry. I think the damage had been done in the debates," Rocha said.
Campaigning among the final four candidates continues tonight with another debate on CNN. If you don't have cable, you can watch it live by clicking here.