Skip to comments.Rick Perry making modest gains in Iowa
Posted on 12/20/2011 7:20:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
..Fueled by a bigger pile of campaign donations than most of his rivals, Perry is blitzing Iowa in a 42-town bus tour that enables him to personally deliver his campaign message and capitalize on his skills at retail politics. Team Perry is also saturating the state with radio and TV ads and plans to import hundreds of Texans, including Republican state officials and pro-Perry lawmakers, to woo caucus-goers.
"Were certainly hearing his name a lot with radio and TV commercials, probably a lot more than the other candidates," said Dr. Bill Davidson of Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. "I like the commercials, particularly the one about his not being afraid to speak about his faith."
Davidson said last week that he is undecided but is likely to vote for Perry or former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
"Those are my two guys," he said. "It may come right down to caucus day."
Craig Robinson, a former political director for the Iowa Republican Party, said that Perrys wall-to-wall campaigning appears to be giving him a bit of a boost. "I think people are starting to give him a second look," said Robinson, who is founder and editor-in-chief of The Iowa Republican, a political website. "His bus tour is good for him, and I think it will help him."
...In one silver-lining aspect in his fall from the top, Perry has escaped the harsh scrutiny that falls on front-runners, giving him more freedom to promote key themes. Robinson said a fellow Republican who approached him at a recent political event told him that he initially supported Perry, then switched his allegiance to Gingrich and is now back to supporting the Texas governor.
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Perry is far from being out of the game...
The latest from RCP national average.
Paul’s begun to slide.
Perry is trending up.
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Perry is saving the pretzels for the gas jets!
If he drops his opposition to illegal immigration enforcement, call me again.
Otherwise, i like him. He is also publicly opposing ethanol subsidies unlike our ethanol lobby prostitute. In IA that is courageous and principled conservative stand. I prefer Perry over Mr. Amnesty.
I think no one is out of the game, with the exception of Huntsman. This thing can go anywhere.
Go Perry!Go Bachmann!Go Santorum!
Perry will be the last one standing.
Perry has been demanding enforcement; wants the border sealed; wants the cartels killed off; say's NO amnesty.
Perry has launched ahead by 3 tenths if a Percent! Now that's some serious “trending” there Tonto!
And Newt is down a whopping 3 points in spite of the MSM’s best effort to take him down with bogus Polling propaganda.
Newt is also planning on hitting 45 Iowa Towns with a bus tour over the week end.
Perry can spend millions (And is) but his pathetic campaign is still going nowhere. The man is permanently damaged. The sooner you learn to accept that and go on, the sooner you can get back into the real world.
Well, everybody including Obama say that they want to secure the border, so it does not mean anything.
I know there are few proven enforcement tools:
3: strict state laws, like those in AL, AZ
He is against all of them. Instead, he supports tax subsidies for illegals and has been in touch with hate group La Raza. Imaginary wall is the non-solution supported by all amnesty activists since they know it does not work and besides, future admins can end it anytime.
Perry is still better than Newt. At least Perry is publicly against amnesty and big gov initiatives.
Too bad for Perry. Without La Raza policies he would be leading and I would be his most loyal fan.
I got two weeks to decide, and between Perry and Gingrich I’m probably going to go with Perry.
I don’t watch The View.
You inspire me AB.
Other than TX in-state tuition rates, what has he done other than fight to keep the border secure?
Posting lies doesn't help the conversation.
Gov. Perry supports states having the right to enact laws to combat illegal immigration. He knows that until something is done on the federal level, filing lawsuits will only cost the states legal fees. Perry and the state of Texas (along with other states) have filed with the court to support the AZ law.
Perry has always supported strategic fencing in urban areas as well as surveillance and lots of boots on the ground.
Rick Perry on E-verify:
"I agree that some kind of electronic verification system is needed so we can make sure employers comply with the law not to hire illegal immigrants. E-Verify is a federal government created and run program, and as a result there have been a number of problems with it so far. The Department of Homeland Security estimated the system could fail to identify more than half of all illegal immigrants.
But just because it has problems doesnt mean we should throw employee verification out. It means we should make it work. Employee verification needs to be accurate so American citizens arent denied jobs based on bad data and undocumented immigrants dont slip through the system. And it needs to be less cumbersome for employers to use, so its not costing them money they could be using to create jobs.
So as president, Id work to put in place an E-Verify system thats more accurate, less burdensome and really delivers the results we need it to." "
Thanks for posting this. Perry has apologized often and profusely for his “heartless” comment; I accept his apologies and move on, certain that he is a solid Constitutional conservative with a decade-long record of leadership. And I love his promise that he will have the border sealed within a year.
As for Newt, I find him far too untrustworthy. When Hannity asked him about his support for cap and trade, he replied that he now “wouldn’t go QUITE that far” to combat global warming. That, along with his new book about manmade global warming (coming out AFTER the election), is fully enough to disqualify him, IMO. Anyone who supports that mess will help to bankrupt the country. Perry, OTOH, has called it what it is-—a hoax.
Glad to hear it because Gov. Perry has a strong, conservative stand against illegal immigration.
To me that should be the deal breaker for conservatives.
You can’t trust Newt.
Ok, that sounds a bit better. maybe I need to check him again. I just remembered his few public comments when he entered the race and my recollection was that he opposed both fence and e-verify. He did not push az like state laws in TX, a gop state, so I took it as an opposition.
If he really is committed to enforcement he would be a great candidate. I’m not too worried about debates.
I could easily support Perry or Bachman, or Santorum.
Nice turd -- but it's fake.
Gov Rick Perry spoke to LaRaza about the drug cartels, shared responsibility of border security and that it is Washington's responsibility to secure the border -- that the Federal government should support the military, deliver the mail and secure the border -- and they aren't doing their job. [HE RECEIVED a lot of applause] He spoke of the money Texas spends securing the border, that it must be sealed and then we can sustain legitimate commerce...He told about protecting the sanctity of the vote and strengthening our shared values, family, faith, hard work -- they are TEXAS values and we should unite as citizen's of one Nation under God and concentrate on what unites us. He told his Cuervo joke and they found it funny unlike the Liberal Latino Leaders Give Perry Lukewarm Response (or more likely they'd heard it before).
Then you need to make your case for saying that.
Same ol’ same ol’ from the anti-Perrys...right down to the DNC talking points...
“To me that should be the deal breaker for conservatives.
You cant trust Newt.”
Exactly. How soon conservatives (convince themselves to) forget.
I am leaning towards casting my vote in the caucus to Perry, trying to get myself used to it. Like you said, we have 2 weeks. Just this morning I thought ‘maybe I will just write-in Palin’...first time in a long time my heart felt good when thinking about this upcoming caucus...
Hope you are still laughing when this is all in the history books. Nobody knows for sure.
I think the RCP numbers at this time are pretty well meaningless. Pay attention to Iowa because Iowa is the only one really paying attention right now. Everyone else is more concerned with bowl games and Christmas shopping.
If Perry takes care of business in Iowa then everything else will follow. Right now his Iowa numbers are moving in the right direction.
“Right down to the DNC talking points.”
But voters are starting to look at the facts.
The ugly spectre of FOX News freezing out Perry has them scratching their heads and wondering why.
I wish people would get over the notion that Perry is against illegal immigration enforcement. He tried hard to shut down sanctuary cities, even called a special session.
Sheriff Joe has endorsed him and you know how he feels about illegals.
A lot of truth to that.
You’re always good for a laugh, Psycho.
Haven’t seen you post before. Have you been lurking?
Why do you choose to make a sarcastic personal remark to CW?
We’re talking about the future president here.
I have thought of writing in Cain or Palin as a protest, but then I thought, no, this is a serious election and there is no luxury for that.
Do I like Perry’s in-state tuition deal and the Guardasil thing? No, I don’t. Looking at his record v. Gingrich, not just what is said, I have to go with Perry. There is too much of a lack of mental discipline and poor leadership in Gingrich’s past.
Santorum and Bachmann are great conservatives, but Bachmann and Santorum have serious character issues in the way they’ve conducted themselves in this process. That and Santorum has no gravitas.
Romney and Huntsman are out from the start.
Perry to me is a solid B candidate that is the best of conservatism, ability to raise money and electibility of the hand we’re dealt.
That’s my logic process on this.
Thank you, heiss.
You actually read and considered the post CW made about Perry’s true feelings and statements about the immigration problem.
A lot of people don’t bother to do that but just cling to their pre-conceived notions.
Kudos to you !
Yep, but it is Perry’s job to educate. Everybody knows where Bachmann and Newt stand, but Perry has been confusing. When he entered, he defended tax subsidies for illegals and clearly opposed fence and e-verify. He said those himself. So you can’t really blame voters for thinking he is pro-illegal. Maybe he changed his opinion on everify (still opposed to fence i believe) or he meant to have stricter version of everify, I don’t know
His communication sucks.
Anyway, I like him more now. Better than NewtRomney. Either Perry or Bachmann, maybe Santorum.
I’ll vote for Rick if he makes it to the Texas primary and I’d vote for him over Obama.
If Newt or Romney are the nominee I’ll leave the Presidential field blank. I’ll just have to hope we can take the Senate and usher in gridlock again.
What's even sadder is everyone believing they can't vote for the candidate they want if everyone else isn't supporting said candidate. These polls are ruining our country because the people are now a collective group being driven by the numbers instead of the candidate.
Why the heck you think he's opposed to illegal immigration enforcement? His policies in trying to deal with the existing mess aren't much different from anybody else in the race.
Even Cain was talking 10th Amendment before he dropped out.
Perry has gotten Sheriff Arpaio's endorsement, for Pete's sake.
Keep listening. Perry doesn’t have time in debates to explain all those theories you mentioned.
He has explained them in other venues. You might consider going to his website to see some of his positions.
He’s never supported subsidies to illegals. That is a complicated issue that actually dates back to Newt Gingrich’s time in Congress when a law was passed that children of illegals born in the US were eligible for certain benefits. It’s not just in Texas.
If you are talking about the in-state tuition thing, I can explain it if you’re interested.
As far as the fence goes, Perry is more familiar with the Texas border than any candidate possibly could be. Because of the length and terrain of the border, you can’t just say, ‘build a fence,’ and he’s fully aware of that. It’s gonna require some advanced thinking and technology to close that thing, but he says he’ll do it in a year if elected and I believe him.
CW’s post gave a quote of his feelings about e-verify. It’s pretty plain that he is not opposed to it at all.
I need to call Fox News again today and give them a piece of my mind.
A small piece... I need to have a little left.
“La Raza policies”
Congrats for having the most cliche ridden, bumper sticker quality, mind numbed, false sloganeering on this thread so far.
It doesn’t illuminate what Perry has done in real life to secure the border, it doesn’t illuminate his plan to secure it, once and for all, within one year, as President.
It covers up the truth with ridiculous words.
Fortunately, we are here, too.
We elucidate and we illuminate.
Words are terrific tools, when used for truth and good.
I like the fact that he served his country honorably, but faltered in that belief by being a Democrat. I over looked his faults on Immigration, etc, but I still supported him and took a great deal of flak for it.
But then, I started watching him speak, “debate” (Oxymoron) and read his writings. I came away feeling that there was a huge void in the image of Rick Perry. All of his speeches seem to lack something. He fails to inspire. He also sounds somewhat limited in intellectual scope. He tries to exude that, but he is just not capable of it.
In short, I came the the conclusion that Perry is trying desperately to be someone he clearly is not. He lacks Presidential Gravitas, intellect and insight. He is a good man, don't get me wrong, but he will not make a good President and he certainly has no chance of winning against Obama.
No other way to put it. Don't even try to convince me otherwise. I see what I see and Perry is what he is.