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Posted January 3, 2012
Perry reassessing after finishing fifth in Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry is interviewed during a caucus night watch party on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


By Steve Dinnen/Freelancer

West Des Moines, Iowa – Gov. Rick Perry has put his campaign on hold to “assess whether this is the path” forward in the 2012 Republican Presidential race.

After finishing a distant fifth place in the 2012 Iowa Caucus, Perry to said he will go back to Texas and use a little prayer and reflection to decide whether to commit to the grueling campaign that would lie ahead.

To the astonishment of some campaign volunteers who just two hours earlier had heard him said he intended to fly on Wednesday to South Carolina for further campaigning, Perry foreshadowed his announcement by saying that becoming president “was not my purpose in life.”

Instead, Perry said, he saw that his his country was in trouble, with economic woes and high unemployment. A former U.S. Air Force pilot, he said he saw the campaign as an opportunity to once again serve his country.

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