Speaking to reporters in Des Moines, IA, Texas Governor Rick Perry played down his fifth-place caucus finish as being down to “quirky” Iowa’s “loosey-goosey process.”
"I'm excited about getting out with real Republicans... Not that there aren't real Republicans here in Iowa, but the fact it is was a pretty loosey goosey process and you had a lot of people who were there that admitted they were Democrats voting in the caucuses last night."
Late Tuesday night, Perry announced in a speech to supporters that he would be heading back to Texas to “reassess” the campaign. But that reassessment does not seem to have lasted long at all. On Wednesday morning Michele Bachmann confirmed she was “suspending” her campaign, and Rick Perry apparently tweeted from his personal account a message saying that he would press on to South Carolina.