Yikes! I didn’t expect this. Perry just faked everybody out. After sounding (and looking) like a loser last night, and mumbling about going home to lick his wounds and reassess (with New Hampshire a week away), suddenly Rick Perry tweeted this out:
And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!!
Oh, and the above picture was included with the Tweet. I think he’s trying to give a James Bond impression. Like he just climbed out of that pond, and he’s going to take off that wetsuit-looking thing and have a tux on underneath or something.
Here’s what National Journal is reporting:
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa –- Just hours after announcing via Twitter that he would be continuing his presidential bid in South Carolina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted Iowa’s caucus process and blamed it for his fifth-place finish.
“This is a quirky place, a quirky process to say the least, and we’re going to go into places where they have actual primaries and there are going to be real Republicans voting,” he told reporters. “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 ton of people who were there that admitted they were Democrats voting in the caucuses last night.”
Sshhh! Don’t anybody tell the governor that we have open primaries here, and don’t register by party! Let it be a surprise!
More from National Journal:
The governor announced that he would be returning to Austin on Tuesday night to reevaluate his campaign after getting only 10 percent in the Iowa contest. But barely 12 hours later, he arrived at a final decision while on a run through Raccoon Creek Park. “And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State … Here we come South Carolina!!!,” he tweeted, alerting people to the decision…
Though Perry declined to elaborate exactly what that path forward is, South Carolina is rich in both evangelical voters and veterans — two key groups for Perry. He said he felt “comfortable” with the state, its people and their values…
What does it all mean, Mr. Natural? What will a last-ditch, back-from-the-dead Alamo-style stand by Perry look like on our turf — with Romney anxious to sew it up, Santorum eager to prove Iowa was no fluke, and Gingrich desperate to save what’s left of his candidacy?
I think this is where the GOP Armageddon will take place. Everybody (maybe even Huntsman) assumes that Romney will win N.H., and then the real free-for-all happens here.
Fasten your seat belts, folks.