Governor Perry drops presidential bid

Governor Rick Perry
Governor Rick Perry

AMARILLO, Texas - A lot of people are asking "What's next?" now that Governor Ricky Perry has dropped his GOP presidential bid. Now, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are left with their hats in the ring.

Some Republicans say even though they liked Perry, they think it is for the best.

"I think he would not do as good a job as Romney or some others that were running," Wales Madden, Jr. said. "... but I would have had no fear at all of his being president."

Potter County Republican headquarters chairman, Tom Roller, talked about Perry's strengths.

"I think he would be a strong leader in reducing the size of government and trying to balance the budget," Roller said.

Still, Republicans in our area continue to look forward. Texas Representative John Smithee, of Amarillo, says he sees potential with the remaining candidates.

"Newt Gingrich is obviously an innovative thinker and a good debater. He's very good about articulating issues and positions," Smithee said. "Former governor Romney has experience in the economic area that I think would be helpful."

Perry is now endorsing Newt Gingrich, who hopes it can help him in this Saturday's primary.