Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry appeared on "Hannity" tonight to discuss his decision to drop out of the 2016 presidential race.

Perry explained that he knew it was going to be a difficult race, but two things in particular impeded his campaign and hurt his ability to raise money.

The first was his indictment on two felony charges that he abused his power to cut off funding for Texas' ethics agency and that he tried to coerce a public servant. The second was not making the cut for the main stage at Fox News' Aug. 6 GOP debate.

"It’s kind of like flying an aircraft. When you run into unexpected headwinds, you better find a safe place to land and that’s exactly what we did last Friday," Perry said.

Perry added that it's too early for him to decide which remaining candidate(s) he plans to back, but he said that inflammatory rhetoric like Donald Trump's is damaging to the GOP.

"We need to have conservative principles, not hot rhetoric. And all too often we heard this rhetoric out of Donald Trump that was very offensive to individuals. We need to be bringing people to the Republican Party who believe that there are principles."

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