Candidates at Eagle Forum surprised by Rick Perry’s announcement in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Eagle Forum Group founded by St. Louisan Phyllis Schlafly is known to draw national political figures eager to reach conservative activists. No one was expecting to be the center of a breaking national news story.

Governor Perry announced he was leaving the race for the republican presidential nomination at the end of a patriotic and reflective speech.

“I step aside knowing our party is in good hands as long as we listen to the grassroots, listen to that cause of conservatism. If we do that then our party will be in good hands.” said Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry, who ran for president four years ago, had spent considerable time preparing for a second bid.

“I was very surprised, I didn’t see it coming. I had no inkling it was happening. We`ve all heard stories he was shutting down offices, cutting back staff, but it`s a long way out.” said Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“I think our people were stunned. None of us saw it coming. He got on the stage and gave me a hug and said we`ll make a little history here at Eagle Council. It`s kind of a big deal for us to be at this center of a national story.” said Ed Martin.

The Eagle Council, sponsored by the conservative Eagle Forum based in St. Louis, offered a platform to all the Republican presidential candidates. The first to speak was Dr. Ben Carson, one of the Washington outsiders. He did so after touring Ferguson and holding a private discussion with protestors, police and civic leaders.

“We need to de-emphasize race and emphasize respect for everybody in our society, fairness and justice for all. I can`t think of a better place than Ferguson to do that.” said Dr. Ben Carson.

Dr. Carson urged everyone to show respect for each other and to use intellect and good will to solve problems.

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