NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 19: Republican ...POLITICO reports:

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his campaign for president Thursday morning and endorsed Newt Gingrich.

“I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform this country,” Perry said.

Making what he called a “strategic retreat,” the Texan obliquely referred to Gingrich’s checkered personal life just hours before an interview with the former House speaker’s second wife was to speak out in a TV interview.

“Newt is not perfect, but who among us is?” said Perry.

Citing his Christian faith, Perry said of Gingrich: “I believe in the power of redemption.”

Perry kept an upbeat note as he ended his campaign. He talked about his plan for jobs, his commitment to conservative principles, his time in the Air Force and his roots in Paint Creek, Texas. He thanked his staff, supporters and family throughout the event.

You can watch the video of his remarks below:

Update: Debate Flashback from the ABC News Debate in December at Drake University in Des Moines, IA .  Perry – “If you cheat on your wife, you’ll cheat on your business partner.”

HT: Breitbart.tv

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