Skip to comments.Perry vows a fight for social conservatives' votes [Obama shows disdain toward military]
Posted on 01/15/2012 3:24:33 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday that he is undaunted by his failure to win the backing of leading social conservatives and expressed confidence that he can still rally conservative voters in Saturday's South Carolina primary with his message of job creation and economic recovery.
....Perry was unapologetic about describing front-runner Mitt Romney's business activities as "vulture" capitalism, despite criticism from a number of leading Republicans, who warned that Democrats could exploit Perry's use of the term if Romney becomes the nominee.
Perry said the issue of job creation and Romney's record at Bain Capital is certain to come up in the general election campaign, telling Stephanopoulos that "it's better to be talking about it here in January in South Carolina than it is in September and October with the nominees."
On another topic, Perry said that possible criminal charges against Marines shown urinating on dead Taliban fighters would be "over the top" although he said they should be reprimanded and appropriately punished for what he called a "dumb" mistake.
"When you're 18 or 19, you do dumb things. These kids made a mistake, there's not any doubt about it," Perry told Crowley.
But he said the Obama administration's possible pursuit of criminal charges shows "disdain" toward the U.S. military.
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Perry has an ego as large as Texas.
His time has come to get behind another person.
This is turning out to be silly. His numbers are just not there. End of story.
Wow, so handsome! Now I understand why 99% of his supporters are women.
Why do you say that?
Here's a partial list. Let me know how you tell the men from the women.
Closing poll. Added missed votes and made corrections.
Final results of the Free Republic 1/9/2012 non-Romney Conservative Straw Poll as of post 543:
Newt 225 59.7%
Perry 77 20.4%
Santorum 75 19.9%
Recorded vote by user screen name:
(Vote key: 1=Newt, 2=Perry, 3=Santorum)
I guess I should’ve specified, 99% of Perry’s most vocal supporters are women.
But as you Perry fangirls have found out, beauty fades, dumb is forever. ;)
Perry’s my governor, and I love his energy and tax plans. BUT, because of the multiplicity of his gaffes, it’s just not going to happen for him, and all he is doing is insuring a Romney nomination. He needs to get out ASAP.
Yes. I know that’s the MSM talking points.
But it doesn’t change the facts or Gov. Perry’s record.....or the other candidates’ records (or lack thereof).
I see him as having not much of a chance to win. His personal polling data would have to show him this. I think he is not thinking of the bigger picture (too stubborn) which is to stop liberal Romney. He blew it long ago when he governed as a liberal republican. He would gain more respect by supporting one of the others. Apparently, he wants to go down in flames with some ridicule. What else is there to say.
I guess that is why I am libertarian in nature and generally Republican when it comes time to vote.
All you other folks can exercise your principles to your heart's content.
You see, that would be an attack on one of the candidates. That is off limits here. In fact, your ego must be pretty big itself, since you think you can speak for all the voters.
I would be more worried about Ron Paul helping Romney than Perry. You’re from TX, what’s up with that?
You see Perry's mom taught him about honoring his country and respecting women. Apparently, something your mom failed to do.
Rick Perry is not a dumb man, but he sometimes plays one on T.V. I have tried not to be negative since the last time I talked but your continual drival about the other candidates drives this thing. I have better chance to be the nominee than Rick Perry. And I am from Texas. Right now with the way he has run his campaign he could not even win his own state. WE are embarrased. Rick please come home.
Hey, I wish Paul, Perry, and Santorum would all get out. But Paul is out there in his own separate reality, so I tend to forget about him.
Good article. I’m happy to support the real conservative in this race, Rick Perry.
Just another anti-Perry troll with nothing better to do than type until their mommy tells them to go to bed...put it on ignore !
Newt, Santorum, Romney, Huntsman, and Paul are so modest and have invisible egos.
I am not embarrassed by him, but I am embarrassed by you. I guess you want Romney to be president. If you think for even a second that Gingrich or Santorum have even the slightest chance of becoming president we are living in alternate universes. This isn’t about Perry. This about a msm who destroys anyone with core values who sticks to them. During the last campaign, President Obama lied and if honestly reported messed up and did much worse than Rick Perry has ever done. No matter how he messed up, it was overlooked because he shared their values.
Perry was nicer than I would have been, I wish they had poured pig urine on them.
Well, that's just it. Conservatives should be shaking their heads at him and Huntsman, first.
Unless the country’s small band of Perry supporters can quickly persuade the majority of his greatness, all you are doing is giving the nomination to Romney. Perry may be the right person for the job, but he is not going to be the nominee. Sorry.
Right now it has to be Santorum or Gingrich to stop Romney.
Paul is nuts and Perry just doesn’t have the support.
Not bashing him. Just trying to be realistic.
I finally got a chance to watch the Huckabee forum 2. Wow.
Gov Perry Rocked. He was great on all questions and all issues. I hope South Carolinians and the rest of the country have listened to him and vote for him in the primaries and national election. Jobs, energy, tax reform, Christian values. Gov. Perry will be a GREAT POTUS.
I never saw that Straw Poll, and I’m in here every single day. If I had I would have voted for Perry, and I’m too old to be swayed by good looks. This poll was not on the bottom of the sidebar as they all were in 08, or I would have seen it. So where are they hiding the polls, do you know?
This is a bad move on Perry’s part. Social conservatives have more orthodox candidates to choose from... one’s that don’t scare them with the possibility of seeing a federal government too weak to enforce their demands.
Perry should be going after those that see the federal government as an overreaching behemoth, harassing little girls for selling lemonade and then demanding our taxes to pay for it.
Just look at how many voters are so concerned about this that they are actually voting for Ron Paul, despite his lunacy on foreign policy and the military.
Perry could seriously deflate Paul’s bubble by offering a sane version of that future. Plus, it’d also take many voters from Gingrinch. And that is possibly enough to overtake Romney.
I only knew about the FR poll because someone pinged me.
Perhaps it would have been a good idea to leave it up for 3 days and HIGHLIGHTED on threads and at the top of the page — like the fundraising bannner.
Not enough true RED WHITE and BLUE history is taught.
It’s sanitized to be PC and it makes us sitting targets.