Skip to comments.Second chance? Perry in Iowa again courting voters
Posted on 07/19/2014 3:08:56 AM PDT by iowamark
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago.
Perry, 64, hasn't said if he plans to run again in 2016. But he's clearly considering it and is meeting Saturday and Sunday with veterans and conservative activists in the northern Iowa communities of Algona and Clear Lake.
Perry has been raising funds for GOP candidates and seeking advice from political insiders since November. He is signaling he's committed to the grassroots politicking that Iowa's Republican faithful expect and that many felt he didn't prioritize when he ran two years ago...
Perry's last presidential campaign began with great promise but quickly faltered. He parachuted into the race relatively late, in August 2011, but quickly went from being a front-runner to an also-ran because of a series of gaffes and poor debate performances most notably his "oops" moment, when he could only list two of the three federal agencies he said he would close if elected president.
Perry aides have said he simply wasn't prepared when he entered the last presidential race, which was already well underway. They blamed his poor debate showings on Perry's busy schedule he was very busy wrapping up a Texas legislative session and pain medication he was taking following recent back surgery.
After finishing fifth in the Iowa caucus and sixth in New Hampshire's primary, Perry quit the race...
Several other prominent Republicans are also testing Iowa's political waters, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who visited the state Thursday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum...
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He’s got a steep hill to climb considering his performance in the last primaries.
La Raza Rickie? ROFL.
Glad that whole border thing is under control so he can have time to kiss the rears of those self-important idiots in Iowa.
Now that he wears glasses, maybe the stupid think he is less stupid.
Not-a-chance, Perry! We have long memories. Did you seal the border areas yet? Are your agents still babysitting and catching diseases while you play candidate games?
His eyes are almost completely obscured.....and voters like to read the eyes of a politician. Who's ever going to vote for a guy with no eyes?
The specs are almost cartoonish.
The Dems like killing off our best candidates but they need not take the time....plenty of freepers taking them down.
>> The Dems like killing off our best candidates but they need not take the time....plenty of freepers taking them down.
Hear, hear. I pray FR doesn’t become the asinine circular firing squad it was in the runup to 2012.
His performance in Texas is questionable. Nice photo op confrontation, with the President joking, but Perry dead serious about the Texas invasion, but only talk and no action about calling up the national guard, etc.
Hope he would not be an all talk President. Still, he would be light years better than what we have.
My vote goes to the union busting Scott Walker...
I’m sure those glasses are the result of a long heated discussion among Perry’s consultants. Probably the result of polling data showing Perry is not considered bright by a chunk of voters. I bet the argument pro and con would have been fascinating. Might still be going on.
The purity crowd seems to think their "perfect" candidate can win over the majority of americans even republicans, many who vote on looks, charisma, gender, sexual identity, handouts and the candidate who have the best gibsmedat platform...
I'd take a incomplete conservative candidate with a couple of asterisks by their name...
>> The purity crowd seems to think their “perfect” candidate can win
Who *is* that perfect candidate?
Well, that depends on what particular "sin" they are not guilty of...
In reality, there is no "perfect" candidate ...we should pick the best candidate who can beat any dem that is tossed at the country...
I know the "lesser of two evils" argument, but at the rate we are going downhill as a country...time is short...
Who *is* that perfect candidate?
One who looks to God Almighty for strength and guidance, boldly stands for righteousness and follows the original intent of the U.S. Constitution.
I wholeheartedly agree with your qualifications list. Well said.
Do you have a name for me?
“Not-a-chance, Perry! We have long memories. Did you seal the border areas yet?.... Are your agents still babysitting and catching diseases while you play candidate games?...”
Amen to that....Can’t handle a crisis on his own border!!...I don’t understand how he doesn’t feel ashamed that he HAS let the invasion to continue through HIS state border...And he wants to be president?...Man the GOP continues to play the base like they are some kind brain dead....Have a 79 year old aunt who thinks Boehner is doing a good job and STILL sends them money when they call.....
If Rick Perry is your definition of one of our best candidates then you've set your standards pretty low.
Do you have a name for me?
Perry should be back in Texas dealing with the Childrens’ Invasion.
Otherwise, in the primary debates and on the campaign trail, he will get pummeled with questions about HIS failure to handle that situation. There is only so much blame he could put on the Obama Administration.
>> Ted Cruz
I agree, and IF he runs, I will not only vote for him, I will work hard for him in both the primary and the general.
IF he runs.
So far, however, he has not said he will run.
I’ll tell you what I *won’t* do, however. I won’t join a repeat of 2012 on Free Republic and be a “groupie” for a candidate that won’t announce her intentions and plays with the base right up until the very end; meanwhile, the groupie corps viciously destroys every other “impure” candidate.
That whole process was disgusting beyond words.
By the way, I do not expect Sen. Cruz to play that game. He’ll either run, and run effectively — I hope he chooses to — or he’ll carefully consider his options and EXPLICITLY decline to run. IOW Ted Cruz will NOT “palinize” us in 2016.
I hope he chooses to...
Ted Cruz got my vote when he courageously stood for hours in Congress and told the American people the truth about ObamaCare.(without notes) EVERYTHING he said proved true.
He’s the closest to Ronald Reagan we’ll ever get -
Jesus! Only if Jesus runs will I vote!
“Perry should be back in Texas dealing with the Childrens Invasion.”
Another foreign born, junior Senator with a Harvard law degree?
A snowball’s chance in hell.
I agree with everything you said. I just wish Texas voted earlier in the primary, it is always decided and over by the time we vote.
C’mon Texas, nail this guy and demand he do the right thing.
I've already looked and made my decision based on history...
I'd skip the primary in my state unless a Tea Party candidate is running...my vote in a primary will be meaningless anyway since the dems play dirty politics and switch side to skew the results...
If Walker doesn't run...there are several candidates who I would endorse...
If it winds up being Romney, Christie or Bush...I'd be watching reruns election day...
Every time, during an election cycle, I see “no one is perfect but ...”, I know a propaganda post follows.
NO BODY IS ASKING FOR PERFECTION!
Many are questioning whether there is a better, more conservative, stronger candidate.
In the early 2012 GOP primary election cycle with nearly a dozen wannabes, I asked “Is this the best the GOP can offer?” Apparently, it was, and at the end result was disastrous — another term for Obama.
You are so right. Ted Cruz Is the closest to Ronald Reagan that we will ever get.
>> I just wish Texas voted earlier in the primary
You and me, both.
In 2012, due to the legal shenanigans, our primary vote counted for absolutely NOTHING.
Not clear to me why the ethanol RINOs in Iowa and the total liberal losers in NH are where a constitutional candidate has to go to get traction. It shouldn’t be that way, and we shouldn’t put up with it. Texas is a powerhouse that dwarfs the value and productivity of both of those RINO enclaves put together!
I will say one thing for him, he’s the only one out there looking and acting presidential at the moment. Border crisis and he’s there. If something doesn’t start happening, that could work in his favor ... or it could keep him away from campaigning.
The glasses are a huge mistake. Better to have gotten those half reading glasses - something that at his age he probably needs. Those large Clark Kent glasses look fake.
I couldn’t agree with you more. Texas should lead the way not the states that currently demand sucking up to. I’m going to refuse to pay attention to any of these caucuses and early primaries - they don’t even select the candidates that go on to become the nominees.
You may be right .either way .i’m sure it was a consultant driven political decision to wear them. GOP consultants often are wrong.
I didn’t vote in the 2012 primary because their was no point, the decision was already made by other states. Very disappointing. I don’t know why all of the states cannot vote on the same day. Has anyone suggested that?
Wake up...Those “kids” are under the protection of the Federal Government. Not a damn thing Perry can do to stop the Feds.
Perry needs to be on the Texas border...and not courting voters there either
La Raza Rick ping.
So who did you back in 2008?
(I am sorry that Fred Thompson and Ronald Reagan were just too moderate for you.)
BS. That is the lamest excuse since "Its Bush's fault".
You cut down on voter fraud if you have everyone voting on the same day.
Better pray REALLY hard.....
It’s suggested all the time.
What it would do is eliminate every potential candidate without tens of millions of dollars already bankrolled before the contest really starts. Think there’s a TEA Party-type that’s going to get that kind of money against a Romney or Bush?
Sorry, but Thompson was not the reincarnation of Reagan.
Too many on this board ‘projected’ what they wanted Thompson to be, not what he actually was.