Perry decides to 'leave the trail'
Texas governor suspends campaign, endorses Gingrich
- Duration 10:58
- Date Jan 19, 2012
Texas governor suspends campaign, endorses Gingrich
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-- here now the governor of Texas Rick Perry the question is who will he endorse -- -- thank you offer coming out and and particularly to.
Incredible staff that's here -- that is let's say thanks to each of you for the work that you've done and and Mari you and Rick -- -- -- the over also Nelson thank you.
This has been -- a real privilege to be able to.
Learn and to grow under funded under your work and -- as I've stated numerous times during the campaign.
This campaigns never been about the candidates.
Now ran for president because I love America I have.
A lot are people -- -- our freedom.
And matter fact this mission is greater than any one man.
As I've traveled across this great country starting here in Charleston go -- to New Hampshire and Iowa.
Down end of Florida.
Numerous states in between obviously and I discovered this tremendous purpose and resiliency of our people.
They've never lost hope.
Despite the circumstances that we fighters shows him.
They had stopped believing in the promise of America.
They haven't stopped believing in the American -- Americans are down.
But we can never be counted out.
-- too great -- people for that.
What's broken and America is not our people.
To our politics.
And what we need in Washington.
Is a place that is -- With the federal government that is smaller.
So that -- people can live free year.
Iron this campaign offering a unique perspective the governor who had led a large state leading the nation -- job creation.
An executive leader who had implemented conservative principles.
A son of tenant farmers.
Who is barn with a little more than a good name.
But who has experienced.
The great opportunity and freedom.
Of this country.
But I've never believe that the cause of conservatism.
Is embodied by one individual.
And the conservative philosophy.
-- -- any one individual.
It's a movement of ideas that are greater then any one of us and will Lil in long past.
Any of us in our lives.
For the former air force but I don't.
I know we can't lose track of the ultimate objective.
In carrying out our mission.
And that objective is not only to defeat President Obama.
But to replace him -- -- conservative leader who will bring about real change.
Our country's heard him make no mistake about that thirteen million people out of work.
Fifty million of our citizens on food stamps.
Trillion dollar national debt and growing.
We need bold conservative leadership that will take on.
The entrenched interests.
And give the American people their country back.
I've always believed the mission.
Is greater than the man.
As I've contemplated the future of this campaign.
I've come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this point twelve campaign.
I am suspending my campaign.
In endorsing Newt Gingrich for president United States.
I believe -- is a conservative visionary who can transform our country.
We better differences which campaigns will inevitably.
And it is not perfect but who among -- it is.
The fact is.
There is forgiveness for those.
Who seek job.
And I believe in the power redemption for it is a central Tenet.
Of my Christian thing.
I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative.
Reformer the ability to rally.
And captivate the conservative movement the courage to tell those Washington interest to take a hike.
If that's what's in the best interest of our country.
As a Texan.
I've never shied away from -- five.
Particularly when I considered the cause to be righteous.
But as someone who's always admired.
-- great if not the greatest Texas governor Sam Houston.
I know when it's time.
To make a strategic retreat.
So I'll leave -- -- return home to Texas.
Wind down much -- twelve campaign.
And -- do so -- pride.
Knowing I gave fully.
-- myself of a cause.
Worthy of this country.
I do so with.
The love of my life.
By my side.
Who makes every day good.
When she is there -- me that's my wife and it.
I -- thank you for all you've done.
She has been an incredible patriot.
During this process.
Also want to thank my son Griffin.
Beautiful wife Meredith.
Sydney who is not -- -- here today.
But the fact is.
With a good why.
With three loving children.
And a loving god.
Who is in my life things.
-- be good no matter what I do.
I'm proud of the policies we put forward to the American people and -- believe that we provided.
The right path forward for our party and our nation.
I think fit the road map for that.
Proclaiming the tenth amendment.
And all the goodness of allowing the states to be more competitive in the local governments.
Creating energy and energy security energy jobs and energy security.
Cutting spending eliminating these unnecessary.
Cutting taxes to that flat and simple 20%.
And I'll continue to fight for these conservative reforms.
Because the future of our country is at stake.
And the road were traveling today.
Is a very dangerous form.
I -- thank some wonderful individuals who I've come to know and admire and who stood by my side in in this state.
-- -- Thank you brother for all the work that you've done in the loyal.
This just be in the loyal supporter that you bin.
Strong and a good man in the United States congressman -- -- Ambassador Wilkins.
Talked to all of -- this morning and and and that is want to thank my supporters the men and women who have come across the country to to be here in South Carolina they were in New Hampshire and Iowa.
God bless you for loving your country for.
You know for volunteering.
In and being here and and and making a difference.
In particular -- say thanks to governor Bobby Jen doll who there's just been a fabulous spokesperson Steve Forbes to.
-- -- As I -- Know him more I admire him greatly.
What a fabulous patriotic American and governor Sam Brownback.
Senator -- man off.
Congresswoman Candice Miller.
Sam graves congressman Sam graves all just great American to.
We have come to have such great respect for and -- reflect their love of country.
Analysts -- a really special things.
Veterans who have joined me on the trail.
Medal of honor recipient.
Might form -- spent the last two days with us as we traveled across South Carolina.
Navy cross recipient Marcus Latrell.
Thank you brother.
Appreciate you and -- -- and being with us today and my Christian brother who's up in Greenville.
And -- -- so many miles with -- Young marine captain.
What is best.
America -- Give love so much of themselves.
And they have been.
For me is.
A citizen is the commander in chief of -- protects us forces and again.
They are truly.
You know I began this race with a sense of call.
I've fell led into the arena to fight for the future of this country.
And I feel no different today than I did then.
Knowing a calling.
Never guarantees a particular outcome.
But the journey.
That tests one's faith.
And once care.
So now that journey leads me back to taxes.
Neither discouraged and are disenchanted.
But instead rewarded highly.
By the experience.
And resolute to remain in the arena and in the service of my country.
Our country needs bold leadership.
And real transformation.
Deserves that we must rise to the occasion and elect a conservative champion to put our nation back on the right track.
And this sign up.
I'm not done fight.
For the cause of conservatives.
As a matter of fact I have just begun to fight god bless you.
God bless this great country of America thank you for coming out -- this.