Pawlenty Is Out, Perry Is In!

The competition heats up in the Republican primary race.

The results of the Iowa straw poll took all of the wind out of Tim Pawlenty’s presidential bid.  On Sunday he announced that he is suspending his campaign:

After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday.

“We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward and that didn’t happen, so I’m announcing on your show that I’m ending my campaign for president,” the former governor said on “This Week.”

The Minnesota Republican revealed his decision on an early morning conference call with supporters, an aide told POLITICO.

“I wish it would have been different, but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist, so we’re going to end the campaign,” Pawlenty told ABC’s Jake Tapper.

News of this couldn’t be better for Michele Bachmann.  The two slugged it out during the last debate, but it was Bachmann who came out on top in the Iowa straw poll.  Despite all his efforts Pawlenty managed third.  However, Bachmann’s momentum will be challenged by the newest candidate in the Republican primary race – Rick Perry.

It has been long speculated that Perry would enter the race after the Texas legislature wrapped up its business.  Perry has been testing the waters by making frequent trips to key primary states to promote his states’ rights, pro-business image. This Texas: Open for Business video was released last month advertising Texas’ growing economy under his leadership.

On Saturday Perry put all rumors to rest by formally Perry casting his hat in the ring of Republican presidential contenders.  Strategically (likely) or ironically that was the same day of the Iowa straw poll.  Perry’s first campaign video has been released – Time to Get America Working Again.  He asks, “Is this the change America voted for?”

Perry polls well among conservatives.  He is well spoken, has been in the fight against the oppressive Obama regime, and has a proven track record to back up his conservative views.  That being said all is not lost for the other Republican frontrunners.  Mitt Romney’s campaign war chest still tops all other candidates and Bachmann’s momentum will serve her well going forward.  One thing is for sure – Perry will spice up the race.  I look forward to seeing him at the next debate.