YNN’s Alana Rocha shares more from Charleston, South Carolina in the video above.

Gov. Rick Perry suspended his presidential campaign in South Carolina Thursday morning.

“There is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign. Therefore, today, I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States,” he said.

During his speech Perry said, he believes the mission is greater than the man. He said the mission is not only to defeat Obama, but replace him with a "conservative leader who can bring about real change."

“The future of our country is at stake, and the road we are on, President Obama’s road, is a dangerous one,” he said.

Perry said he believes Gingrich is the man to do beat Obama, calling him a "conservative visionary."

“I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer [and] the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement,” Perry said.

Perry ended his campaign by saying he was following Sam Houston’s lead of strategic retreat.

“I will leave the trail, return home to Texas, wind down my 2012 campaign and I will do so with pride knowing I gave fully of myself of myself of a cause worthy of this country,” he said.

Click the video above to see Gov. Perry’s full remarks from South Carolina Thursday.