Rick Perry drops out of 2016 presidential race

Republican Rick Perry announced Friday during a speech in Missouri that he is ending his campaign for president after just over three months.

The former governor, in an apparent slap at rival Donald Trump, said the conservative movement "should be about principles, not personalities." He said he had no regrets regarding his run for the White House and expressed hope for the Republican party, describing the current group of candidates as "the best in a generation." He did not endorse any particular candidate in his speech.

Perry had been polling at less than 1 percent among Republicans and had been excluded from next week's debate on CNN.

"When I gave my life to Christ, I said, 'your ways are greater than my ways. Your will superior to mine.' Today I submit that His will remains a mystery, but some things have become clear," Perry said, according to prepared remarks released by his campaign. "That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States."

Perry added: "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. I share this news with no regrets."

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