Skip to comments.Perry says he's not done; slams Obama
Posted on 02/07/2012 7:17:50 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
ROUND ROCK Gov. Rick Perry came out swinging Monday in his first speech since dropping out of the presidential race, attacking President Barack Obama for misguided socialist policies and vowing to remain in the public fray.
I'm not slipping off into the sunset, Perry told a friendly GOP audience. We've got plenty of work to do right here in the state of Texas. ... And I've got plenty of fighting left in this old 61-year-old body.
Perry was accompanied by his wife, Anita, for his speech at the Williamson County Republican Party's fundraising Reagan Dinner.
The governor said he wouldn't trade his unsuccessful presidential run for anything that I have ever done in my 60-plus years of living and called this the most important election of our lifetime, whether I'm on the ballot or not.
Republicans nationally are united in knowing that we cannot afford four more years of ... misguided socialist policies from President Obama, said Perry, who has endorsed Newt Gingrich but said that any of the GOP hopefuls would be better than the Democratic incumbent.
Perry was introduced by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for U.S. Senate. He praised Perry for entering the national arena, saying, If it doesn't kill you, it'll make you stronger.
The governor seemed determined to show strength Monday after his disastrous national candidacy, touting his stands against raising taxes and what he terms excessive regulation, and his support for policies that restrict abortion.
Perry talked up states' rights and hit the Obama administration on regulatory and energy policies. He accused the administration of trying to appease pro-abortion radicals who fund their campaigns by not allowing a waiver for Texas to exclude Planned Parenthood from a family-planning program.
Stop it, Mr. President, Perry said.
Perry left the presidential race more than two weeks ago after a series of faltering debate performances and campaign-trail stumbles sank a candidacy that started late but high in the polls.
Since dropping out, Perry has used the social media site Twitter to showcase activities including target practice (he said he hit an egg at 100 yards), morning runs and prayers for Rick Santorum's daughter Bella, when she was hospitalized.
On Monday, Fox News aired an interview with Perry and his wife.
I haven't left the fight. I just went home and rearmed and reloaded my mags, and I'm going to be fighting on a different front, Perry said in the interview.
If anyone is intersted, that is....
Zero will get more flak from Perry than from Romnuts...
Thanks for the post. I will always be in Governor Perry’s corner. This will be an election, regardless of the nominee, where the best man didn’t win. IMHO.
“Angling for a Veep job”
I assume you are referring to this quote from Perry....called this the most important election of our lifetime, whether I’m on the ballot or not.
That’s the way I read it too. Except, in Perry’s case, he puts thing differently than the way he means them sometimes.
Anyway, if such were the case, since he actually endorsed Gingrich I would think he would be angling for Veep under Gingrich, not Romney. And I do not think Romney would offer it to Perry under any circumstances, in that there are reasons it is personal between those two. JMHO.
If only the other 56 states had a year between legislative sessions, not to mention the Congress. That's always been part of my reform platform, besides term limits; reduced Congressional session timeframes, sunset clauses for all legislation except for national defense, and many others I've suggested in articles I've written.
Where was this during the campaign?
"Don't retreat, reload"--SP
I’m still interested. The race has had many twists and turns. I wish he didn’t drop out.
Gotta like a guy not afraid to throw a 2A analogy in the face of the enemedia !
Perry / Palin independent Tea Party 2012?
What we got now, sure as heck ain’t working.
“This will be an election, regardless of the nominee, where the best man didnt win. IMHO.”
” We’ve got plenty of work to do right here in the state of Texas. ... And I’ve got plenty of fighting left in this old 61-year-old body. “
Good, then start preparing for secession from the USSA, because if the current resident is put back in for another 4 years, what we’ve experienced for the last 3 will be nothing. We have oil, gas, lots of agriculture, 50 million guns, fishing, tourism, etc. We don’t need the rest of the USSA as much as it needs us. Oh, and Rick, don’t forget to solicit OK and a few like-minded states - its always better to stick together.
Rick Perry, angling for a veep job with Willard? No way.
I’m glad to hear from Governor Perry. For me, he will remain the man who would have been our best choice for president. I really hope he’ll run again nationally at some point.
I agree with you 100%.
“Perry / Palin independent Tea Party 2012?”
There’s no more certain method to assure Obama’s reelection. I am beginning to be resigned to (yet again) have a Republican candidate who clearly isn’t conservative - yet is, nonetheless, head and shoulders above whomever the Demonrats could ever nominate.
That is what the media is doing now, except the gophers are giving up, one by one.
"Theres no more certain method to assure Obamas reelection."
"I am beginning to be resigned to (yet again) have a Republican candidate who clearly isnt conservative - yet is, nonetheless, head and shoulders above whomever the Demonrats could ever nominate."
.Interesting set of thoughts. Perhaps the first set is the cause of the second, which is then the cause of the first?
I’m not giving up, mind you. But looking at things objectively, any time a conservative (or at least more conservative than Romney) candidate takes the lead, he/she is immediately subjected to withering fire from the entire Republican establishment - and not a few Dems (which can only lead to one conclusion). IOW, it looks like the fix is in, same as in ‘08. I hope and pray to be wrong, and I will not give up until everyone but Romney is no longer standing.
We are being herded towards having a fool as a candidate again. Romney reminds me of John McCain. I was around McCain several times and he is without a doubt a crazy old SOB. His wife is smoking hot though:) The problem with McCain and the probloem with Romney is that they are in their own little worlds and really think they know what they are doing. They think they are right about everything. McCain was bat $hit crazy in that regard. If he thinks something is so that is it. No matter what information there is to the contrary staring him in the face.
At the end of the day unless something dramatic happens we have a classic situation where our options are a douche bag or the turd sandwich Obama or whatever his real name is. In that regard I believe Obama gets his head handed to him. He has done such a good job of killing the USA that even Democrats like my aforementioned friend won't support him. Obama, simply put, scares people. And that will be his downfall.
He was also my choice for president. I think he will make an excellent VP choice for any of the others. He is everything that Obama is not and would bring the large Texas vote with him.
Similar to a great many posters even here, on this site.
Others want someone pure, just like they see when they look in the mirror, except you will never see them shoot for any elected office. They only orate and pontificate as to the weaknesses shown by the candidate actually in the fray, helping dems do the personal destruction routine.
Then, we have left what, some low life warmed over squishy mouthed pol, who is declared by the media and their stooges on the right as "the only one electable in this environment", and this phrase is parroted as the gospel by none other than the very voters who the media has pulled the wool over the eyes of.
Hell, the entire flock.
He put his presidential campaign "on suspension".
This keeps the door open to many interesting possibilities in the near future.
From the Texas Tribune:
“The governor said he would remain engaged in the fight against what he sees as federal overreach and the misguided socialist policies from President Obama.
This movement is bigger than any one man or woman, Perry said. It goes forward at a ballot box near you in 2012.”
Perry said he would continue to promote Texas nationally as a beacon of responsible conservative governance.
What role he will play isnt exactly clear, but Perry is still seeking the national spotlight.
He travels to Washington this week to address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, and he will serve as the Republican speaker at the spring dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation in Washington in late March.
Perry hasnt ruled out running again for governor in 2014 or for president again, perhaps in 2016.”
True. Hmmm - hopefully we haven’t seen the last of him.
Perry always gave fire-brand speeches. The fast paced interruption filled sound byte TV debate format was difficult to handle.
We are happy to have him back, taking care of Texas business.
Give us a break on anything “TexasTribune”, no matter what they say now this Soros backed rag remains tainted with all the leftist BS lies they poured on Perry while he was running.
I agree with you about The Texas Tribune being unfair to Perry when he was running. Unfortunately, Perry was subjected to a lot of deliberately unfair media bias. The Texas Tribune was one of the worst in this regard.
FINALLY-—Something to hope for and look forward to. Who cares if Gov. Perry doesn’t like to DEBATE; neither did Thomas Jefferson! If Perry could run this Country half as well as he runs Texas, we’ll be getting somewhere. This is the Best News I’ve had in ages and hope to goodness it’s for real. GO PERRY GO!!!