Perry prepares to speak with voters attending the West Des Moines caucus in Iowa on Jan. 3. Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images hide caption itoggle caption Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images It's All Politics Perry Sees 'No Viable Path Forward': The Fall Of A Once Promising Front-Runner January 19, 2012 Rick Perry garnered instant front-runner status in some polls when he joined the GOP presidential race. But he slid to the back of the pack after embarrassing debate performances. All along, his bid for the nomination seemed outsize. So, too, were the expectations, which ended Thursday.