Theodore's World: America's Finest True Conservative Texas Governor Rick Perry Suspends Campaign, Endorses Gingrich

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January 19, 2012

America's Finest True Conservative Texas Governor Rick Perry Suspends Campaign, Endorses Gingrich

Gov Rick Perry's Speech:

As I have stated numerous times on the campaign trail, this campaign has never been about the candidates.

I ran for President because I love America, our people and our freedom. But the mission is greater than the man.

As I have traveled across this great country: from New Hampshire to California, from Iowa to Florida, and to numerous states in between, I have discovered a tremendous purpose and resiliency in our people. They have never lost hope despite current circumstances.

They haven’t stopped believing in the promise of America or the American Dream.

Americans are down, but we can never be counted out. We are too great a people. What is broken in America is not our people, but our politics.

And what we need is a Washington that is humbler, with a federal government that is smaller so our people can live freer.

I entered this campaign offering a unique perspective: a governor who has led a large state leading the nation in job creation, an executive leader who has implemented conservative policies, a son of tenant farmers born with little more than a good name, but who has experienced the great possibilities of freedom.

But I have never believed that the cause of conservatism is embodied by any one individual. Our party, and the conservative philosophy, transcends any one individual. It is a movement of ideas that are greater than any one of us, and that will live beyond our years.

As a former Air Force pilot, 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 with a conservative leader who will bring about real change.

Our country is hurting with more than 13 million unemployed, nearly 50 million on food stamps and a debt of more than $15 trillion and growing.

We need bold, conservative leadership that will take on the entrenched interests and give the American People their country back.

I have always believed the mission is greater than the man.

As I have contemplated the future of this campaign, I have come to the conclusion that there is no viable path to victory for my candidacy in 2012.

Therefore, today I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president.

I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country.

We have had our differences, which campaigns inevitably bring out. And Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?

The fact is, there is forgiveness for those who seek God and I believe in the power of redemption, for it is a central tenet of my own Christian faith.

And I have no question Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement and the courage to tell the Washington interests to take a hike if it’s what is best for the country.

As a Texan, I have never shied away from a good fight, especially when the cause was right.

But as someone who has always admired a great Texas forefather -- Sam Houston -- I know when it is time for a “strategic retreat.”

So I will leave the trail, return home to Texas and wind down my 2012 campaign organization. And I will do so with pride knowing I gave myself fully to a cause worthy of our country.

And as I head home, I do so with the love of my life by my side, a woman who makes every day a good one when she is by my side, my wife Anita.

Thank you Anita for all you have done.

I also want to thank my son Griffin, my daughter Sydney, and my daughter-in-law Meredith for standing with us in this great effort.

With a good wife, three wonderful children, and a loving God in my life, things will be good no matter what the future holds.

I’m proud of the policies we put forward to the American people and believe they provide the right path forward for our party and our nation: overhauling Washington and returning power to state and local governments and to the people, creating energy jobs and energy security, cutting spending and eliminating unnecessary federal agencies and cutting taxes to a flat, fair 20 percent.

And I will continue to fight for these conservative reforms because the future of our country is at stake and the road we are traveling today – President Obama’s road - endangers our future.

I want to thank some wonderful individuals who have stood by my side in this state: Katon Dawson, Ambassador Wilkins, and a strong and good man serving you in Congress, Mick Mulvaney.

I want to thank all my supporters from across the country, in particular Governor Bobby Jindal, Steve Forbes and Governor Sam Brownback, as well as Senator Jim Inhofe, Congresswoman Candice Miller and Congressman Sam Graves.

And I want to say a special thanks to three distinguished veterans who have joined me on the campaign trail: Medal of Honor awardee and Navy SEAL Mike Thornton, Navy Cross recipient Marcus Luttrell and Purple Heart recipient, Marine Captain Dan Moran.

I began this race with a sense of calling.

I felt led into this arena to fight for the future of this country.

I feel no different today than I did then, knowing a calling never guarantees a particular destination, but a journey that tests one’s faith and character.

So now the journey leads us back to Texas, neither discouraged nor disenchanted, but instead rewarded for the experience and resolute to remain in the arena and in the service of a great nation.

Our country needs bold leadership and a real transformation.

We must rise to the occasion and elect a conservative champion to put our nation back on the right track.

And this I know, I am not done fighting for the cause of conservatism. In fact I have only begun to fight.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.


Wild Thing's comment.........

GREAT sadness today for my beloved country. America has a GREAT loss today with Rick Perry pulling out of the campaign. He is a man of Honor, integrity and the ONLY true conservative that has been running for President.

I ask one thing , do not ask me about supporting Newt Gingrich because I will not. There is no way I will vote for Newt and his Mistress wife to be in our White House.

We had a chance to set America back on track and too many so called conservatives chose to ignore the person that they had begged for at all the Tea Party rallies...a conservative that wanted small government , to get rid of Obamacare and all the other things Rick Perry would bring to his Presidency. Perry gave 100% and always have and always will. Texas is blessed to have this GREAT man as their Gov.

Every day supporting Rick Perry was a joy and a deep feeling America could be saved and rescued and brought back to the America we all have loved so much. It was an honor to support Rick Perry and I always will.

I love you my dear friends, you mean so very much to me. Pray for our country because 4 more years of Obama will end our country completely. His election will give him the go ahead to do more damage then imaginable.

I love you all! (((hug)))

Posted by Wild Thing at January 19, 2012 11:44 AM


My vote was only going for Rick Perry. Not sure what I will do now.

Posted by: TexasBarb at January 19, 2012 02:17 PM

Not just the only true Conservative, but the only true honorable man running. It's sad when people say they want the person who could beat Obama instead of the person who can do best for America.

I fear the nominee will be Romney or Newt. Neither one of them will be able to beat Obama as him minions will have a field day with their questionable business practices, ethics, wealth, etc.

Posted by: BobF at January 19, 2012 04:15 PM

Hugs and more hugs!

Posted by: cuchieddie (enemy of the state) at January 19, 2012 07:44 PM

Perry’s biggest problem was the press and the late night comedians. Perry was getting it together so the media and the funnymen stepped up their attack. Jay Leno is by far the worst. Here is the sad fact of life,
If the Republican Party doesn’t get behind whomever the nominee is Obama gets 4 more years. All the arguing and the petty nastiness is turning voters off. Between the Democrats and the Republicans 2 and a half million voters have switched to independent, today It was announced the disapproval of Congress
was 85%. If Obama gets back in the Republicans have only themselves to blame.

Posted by: Gator at January 19, 2012 08:06 PM

Sad sad day in America. The only candidate who was truly conservative and a genuinely good man. I wonder what the hell is wrong with the people in this country certainly one of the others can and most likely will beat Obama however the best man for American was Rick Perry. He certainly didn't help himself early in the debates but the press buried him and didn't want him to succeed. However the ultimate goal is defeat Barack Obama so lets rally around whomever is the nominee and lets get the worst president in U.S. history out of office. Thank you Gov. Perry you are a true American patriot and try again please.

Posted by: Dennis at January 19, 2012 09:54 PM

Thank you everyone.


Posted by: Wild Thing at January 19, 2012 11:18 PM

This hurts. I really wish Gov. Perry had given the S. Carolina primary a shot. Who knows. There is so much baggage coming out on both Gingrich and Romney that Perry might have picked up steam. The fact Perry endorsed anybody is salt in the wound.

The GOP primary may well be decided before we in Texas get to vote. We were supposed to be part of Super Tuesday, but a federal court set our election back a month because our redefined districts did not guarantee three minorities in our four new districts. Just the kind of crap we needed a President Perry to fight against.

At least we get Perry back as our governor. I will vote for somebody other than Gingrich or Romney in the primary just as a sign of defiance. Then I will vote against obama in the Nov. election. Meantime I will be buying more ammo and maybe some more gold and silver as the dollar becomes worth less than Charmain.

For now I am going to try to turn most politics off for a while. Nothing in it for me before my state primary in April.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at January 20, 2012 01:58 AM

Tom, thank you and I feel the same way about Newt and Romney.
Thank God Perry is your are very fortunate.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 20, 2012 11:04 AM

I cannot support the opinion of not voting just because one does not have their favorite candidate in the race.

As Dennis said, "the ultimate goal is to defeat Barak Obama". This is what we must keep in mind over the next 10 months.

The Conservative movement can still be a major force during the next election. What we as Conservative voters need to do is to make sure that the Congress and the Senate are in the hands of the Republican Party.

Granted there are a number of RINOS in there, but even they will not hand the next President an open pathway and a blank check, to continue the downward spiral.

On thing to keep in mind, as bad as Newt Gingrich is, he still has a sense of what America should be and will not allow this blatant form of "Marxism" to continue.

Posted by: Sean at January 20, 2012 11:06 AM

Sean I will always vote. I would never just hand it over to Obama, that is why I worked so hard and supported Rick Perry. That is why I have worked hard with my blog to post things about what Obama is doing to our country. I hate him despise him more then I can even say online or I would go to jail. You should never be concerned that I would do anything to put Obama back in office.
Sean, none of the candidates left are what I would support ( that means push at omy blog, send money to etc) , that is not saying I would not vote for the one that wins the Primary to beat Obama. Saying the word support and saying I would vote are two different things.My husband is going to vote for Romney in the Primary. I have not decided yet my choice other then no way Ron Paul.

Please do not even think I would just let Obama be president again if I could vote to stop him. That is telling me you have not even paid attention to my hundreds of posts and my comments and the things I have done to try and stop him.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 20, 2012 11:16 AM

Sorry WT. I was reacting to your statement above that says, "there is no way that I will vote for Newt and his mistress wife to be in the White

I have been a faithful reader of your blog for some time now,and will continue to do so. And I have paid attention, ergo my reaction.

Now let's all get back to destroying the growing Marxist Government, in Our Country.

Posted by: Sean at January 21, 2012 11:44 AM

Sean, thank you, I apreciate what you said. You are right and I stand corrected. I did say that and it will be horribly hard to vote for anyone other then Perry. But like you said and I have always felt too we have got to beat Obama.

Sean thank you for you kindness. (((hug)))

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 22, 2012 02:44 AM

I thought Palin would come out swinging for Perry. Boy was I wrong. Its almost as depressing as the night we learned Obama won. I just could not believe it.

Posted by: Eden at January 22, 2012 04:16 PM