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rick perry in south carolina Kid Reporter Zach Dalzell interviews Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry at a campagin stop in Charleston on January 13. (Photo courtesy Zach and Faith Dalzell)

Election 2012: Rick Perry Talks Issues in South Carolina

Candidate meets voters, Kid Reporters in Charleston

By Zach Dalzell and Faith Dalzell | null null , null

UPDATE January 19, 2:40 p.m.: Hours before a scheduled debate and with only two days remaining until the South Carolina primary, Texas Governor Rick Perry suspended his presidential campaign.

Perry made the announcement at an event in North Charleston, South Carolina, earlier today. In the same speech, he announced his support for Newt Gingrich and formally endorsed the former Speaker of the House.

"I've never believed that the cause of conservatism is embodied by one individual," Perry said. "Our party and our conservative philosophy transcends any one individual. I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer."

With Perry's exit, the Republican field is now down to four candidates: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich. The remaining candidates will debate tonight in Charleston, and voters will head to the polls on Saturday.

Stay tuned to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps for the latest from South Carolina, including coverage of tonight's debate.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry visited the Charleston Crab House on James Island in South Carolina on January 13 to give a meet and greet for Republican Primary voters.

Perry spoke to a group of roughly 60 people on his views on issues ranging from border security to energy sources.

"Within a year of putting my hand on that Bible our borders will be secured," Perry promised.

Perry informed voters how illegal aliens, weapons, and substances, were crossing America's borders in outrageously large numbers and were threatening our nation’s security.

The Texas Governor also shared his views on the Keystone Pipeline. The pipeline is a project that would bring crude oil from Candada all the way to refineries in Texas. President Barack Obama has yet to commit to the project.

Perry pointed out that without the pipeline, the oil would go to China. This would force the United States to buy oil from unstable countries in the Middle East such as Syria, Iran, and Iraq.

He added that the pipeline would provide jobs in our struggling economy.

"Mr. President, build that pipeline," exclaimed Governor Perry.

At the meet-and-greet, these Kid Reporters asked Perry how his military experience influenced his decision-making. He told us that serving your country and community is one of the greatest ways to give back.

"Touring in the Air Force helped me realize just how blessed I am to live in this country," Perry said.

He added that serving in the military is one of the greatest things you can do, but that it is not for everyone.

Perry had a strong speech and seemed to connect with the voters at the event on a personal level.   

But the real test of how well he did here will be on January 21 when voters head to the polls for the South Carolina primary.


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