On Tuesday night after the Iowa caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he wanted to reassess his campaign. Perry got just 10 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, finishing fifth.
“I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight’s caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race,” said Perry to his supporters Tuesday.
But Wednesday morning, Perry tweeted on his personal account, “And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina.”
Perry included a photo of himself with a thumbs up.
“There is no example in modern history of fifth in Iowa, being out of the money in New Hampshire and then doing any good at all by going on. So I'm surprised that he is doing this,” said SMU political science professor Cal Jillson.
Then Perry said to reporters Wednesday afternoon, “We’re going to go into places where they have actually primaries, and there are going to be real Republicans voting, so I’m excited to get out with the real Republicans.”
From the debate to the “Strong” ad to the Iowa Caucus and his meeting with reporters Wednesday, was all of it embarrassing for the proud Lone Star State?
“I've talked to a lot of Democrats this morning who think that Rick Perry embarrassed Texas. I haven't talked to very many Republicans who feel that way,” said Jillson.
Voters CW 33 News spoke with weren’t sure how Perry’s image reflected on Texas.
“Maybe he needs a little bit of polish too on his professionalism and kind of what to say and what not to say in the public eye,” said Don Goshorn.
“I do think there has been some embarrassment, but I think a lot of times things are taken out of context so it sounds worst than it is and that's not fair to him or to Texas,” said Shannon Frink.