Skip to comments.Rick Perry is rethinking his pledge not to run for president
Posted on 05/25/2011 9:20:37 PM PDT by UniqueViews
"In a press conference Tuesday, the Texas governor notably declined to "rule out" a White House bid, amid calls from Rush Limbaugh and others that he should enter the 2012 race."
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Pardon for repeating myself from another thread, but Perry can beat Romney and can beat Obama. If Perry is not in the race, Romney walks away with the nomination, then loses big to Obama -- in my opinion, of course, but also common sense would indicate that these are the two most plausible scenarios.
Perry or Romney
And Perry or Obama.
There are other scenarios...
I don’t know much about Perry. Is he a Constitutional Conservative or just another big government conservative?
You're not from Texas, are you?
born March 4, 1950 in Paint Creek, TX (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)
Joseph Ray Perry born 1925 in TX
Amelia June Holt born 1928/9 in TX
Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)
Rick Perry is a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN unlike Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama.
Those who squeal “RINO” at everything moving believe 90% of the party is RINO and generally are the Lovers of Losers whose favorites are either: A) unknowns; B) amateurs; C) both; D) so far to the Right that they won’t get more than 2% of the votes in a general election.
Come on in Rick, the water’s fine. Besides every additional name on the ballot makes it easier for Sarah to win since it makes her cadre of devoted supporters more important. No other candidate has as many devoted to them.
Perry is a Politician. First and foremost.
If I had to describe him, I'd say that he's a RINO who will do the right thing when enough conservatives twist his arm to the breaking point.
The rest of the time, he talks real good. He's got good hair, too.
Anita or Michelle? :)
I am fed up with then overused Rhino cliche smear with no facts behind the claims !
Nobody will vote for Romney in the primarys..
He's the NEW McLAme.. the NEW Graham.. the new some other RINO..
The primary will be won by whoever the TpCaucus selects..
2010 was just rehearsal.. 2012 will be the main event..
Its MAY and many have forgotten Nov. 2010..
Multi millions have not forgotten..
AND the TpCaucus IS GROWING........... GROWING.......
Noticed how Obama has SHUT UP ABOUT the TpCaucus?..
THEY KNOW... (in the White Hut) the TpCaucus is the 900 lb GORILLA... ugh.. Grizzly..
I would vote for Perry over anybody else that is in now. I do agree he is a politician but he does the right thing more often than most politicians do.
I can't see a single quality Perry would add to the existing 2012 field. As for the existing 2012 choices, he's actually sort of a hybred of Romney (good looks, smooth talker, flip-flopper ex-liberal) and Pawlenty (boring, dry, somewhat acceptable right-of-center record), although both of them have won in RAT states and all Perry has proven is he can win in a heavily GOP state with an "R" next to his name when he has weak "opponents". Maybe he'll draw votes from both of them and split the establishment GOP vote more.
Now if we can only recruit a GOOD reliable conservative with little baggage and a track record of beating tough RATs to run for President. I have yet to see any emerge.
That’s all we need toll roads all over the country.
I agree .
The rhino smears are overused and gotten tired.
The goal is to defeat the Soros puppet before he kills off the US and the West including Israel.
Sure he does - when we're watching him like a hawk and raising holy hell over an issue. He's not a reliable conservative.
That said, I'd rather deal with twisting his arm and getting results over the next four years, than watch Obama continue to dismantle what's left of our country.
Hopefully, Sarah will step in and walk away with the election, and I won't have to bother with either of those scenarios.
Well, Perry is a very mixed bag. Good on life, 2nd Amendment, opposing Obamacare; terrible on immigration; not really tough on spending; he’s been sodomite friendly; he signed the gross revenues tax. On balance, better than McCain, but not all that much.
Bingo. You are right on that. At least 56 of the 57 states are not Texas from my count. When you factor in Perry as a well spoken, good looking guy from a one of the few states doing well in this recession, he will be acceptable in mildly Conservative places and even in PA or OH.
I don't think this guy should be summarily dismissed for being soft here and there. Everyone else is who is running or thinking of it has a hole here or there. This guys greatest asset is keeping TX strong in this disaster of an economy. Not a bad thing running against Myth and then Obummer.
Rick Perry has been on stage next to Sarah Palin at a fundraiser she did for him that attracted thousands. He knows there is no way he can compete. She runs. He endorses.
Now for VP, Perry is a possibility.
Toll roads are no big deal.
The only to build road so quickly in boom states is toll roads.
Feel free to take the overcrowded free roads .
“ toll roads “is your big complaint about Perry.
The Tea Party did wonderfully yesterday in New York....actually it didn’t. It was tragic that their was even a candidate. It would have been better to have just the Republican this time.
Wait ... what? Rush wants Perry to run?
“He’s got good hair, too.”
Heh heh ... that line is too funny. A Mitt/Perry ticket would put us into executive hair overload.
He was just re-elected. During the campaign he stated Texas has 5 Billion budget surplus. After he wins, he discloses the budget is negative in the Billions. Yeah he is a politician.
Perry is a open borders RINO, in the mode of GW. People were hating all over him 4 years ago, but he has rehabilitated his image. Think of what he didn’t do when the Mormon women had their kids stolen and abused by the state of Texas. HE DID NOTHING, and it turned out that no laws were broken by the women, but those broken by the state have completely been erased.
I have often said I will vote for Satan himself to beat this enemy of the country.
Sure he does - when we're watching him like a hawk and raising holy hell over an issue.
Well, respectfully, isn't that the way a Representative Republic SUPPOSED to work? Isn't that why we're lost, because we haven't been the people who deserve such a republic??
You honestly don't know his record in Texas? I'm surprised, since every time his name comes up, several Freepers will take the time to list off his most egregious offenses.
For starters, he attempted to get a law passed here, that would have mandated that every minor girl over the age of 12 had to take the drug Gardasil, which was supposed to protect from ovarian cancer(?).
The problem, of course, is that such a law would have been about the worst violation of American constitutional rights in our nation. When the sh!tstorm over it erupted, Perry quickly backed down. Most of us living here, never forgot it, though.
Another issue is his long-standing buddy-buddy relationship with foreign companies who want to build toll roads all over this state, on the backs of Texas taxpayers.
There's also the Trans Texas Corridor project, which would build a monstrous superhighway from Mexico, right up into the Midwest (and possibly to Canada). That's a controversy all unto itself.
No honest conservative would support any of those things, but Perry does (or has).
I’m pretty sure Sarah and Rick speak on a regular basis. He’ll ask her if she’s running before he makes a decision. I may be totally wrong, but I just don’t think he’d want to run against Sarah.
All the Texas Freepers seem to think Perry is a RINO. They should know. He sponsored the Trans Texas Corridor and he was invited to and attended the 2009 Bilderberg meeting. Not great conservative credentials. I did hear Rush speaking about Perry the other day and I was suprised he was so positive about him.
If Perry had come out today swinging at the DOJ over that TSA bill I might have been able to get a little tingle down my leg but as far as I know he did not.
He's an enigma.
One minute, he's a RINO, the next minute, he's talking tough conservatism.
I don't know what to make of him, but I will say this: He's pure 100% Texan. His roots go back to the mid-1800s.
” I may be totally wrong, but I just dont think hed want to run against Sarah.”
If he did he would lose.
Haven’t you figured out yet that anyone who is not named Palin is a Rino in the eyes of most on FR. Unfortunate that Palin is falling into line with other great Free Republic love affairs like Duncan Hunter and Ron Paul.
Texas Gov. Perry is Fed Up with Washington
Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry has penned a manifesto against big government, taking dead aim at Washington, the courts, the bureaucracy, and both political parties.
In Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington (Little, Brown and Co.), Perry offers up a list of what has gone wrong with America and gives a blueprint on how the country can reverse course.
His main gripe is federal government intrusion into every aspect of life.
We are fed up with being overtaxed and overregulated, Perry writes. We are tired of being told how much salt we can put on our food, what windows we can buy for our house, what kinds of cars we can drive, what kinds of guns we can own, what kinds of prayers we are allowed to say and where we can say them, what political speech we are allowed to use to elect candidates, what kind of energy we can use, what kind of food we can grow, what doctor we can see, and countless other restrictions on our right to live as we see fit.
While making clear that he believes in the greatness of America, he writes that a wrong turn was made. I wrote this book because I believe that America is great but also that America is in troubleand heading for a cliff if we dont take immediate steps to change course.
He calls Congress arguably one of the most incompetent regimes with one of the worst track records of mismanagement in the history of mankind and says the Supreme Court long ago wrested away from the people the power to decide what is right and what is wrong and at the most fundamental level how we should live our lives.
Perry gives a lengthy history lesson for what went wrong with America.
Enacting the 16th Amendment, which allowed levying a tax on income, was the great milestone on the road to serfdom.
The 16th Amendment was the birth of wealth redistribution in the United States. It created a giant faucet of money for the federal government and ensured that state cooperation in federal programs would not be necessary, he writes.
He blames Franklin Roosevelts New Deal and Lyndon Johnsons Great Society for growing the federal government and laments that the election in 2000 of a Republican President and congressional majority did nothing to stem the tide of big government.
He offers a word of warning to the Republican Party: If Republicans dont get it right this time, I am afraid we will go the way of the Whigs, because the American people are looking for leaders who will stand athwart history and fight.
And regarding President George W. Bush, he writes: he turned a blind eye to undisciplined domestic spending.
Perry returns to the principles of the Constitution and makes a case that the Founding Fathers had it right by granting key power to the states, which he says should be laboratories of democracy on issues ranging from education to taxes.
In a chapter entitled Why States Matter, Perry writes that the Founding Fathers recognized that the preservation of liberty requires a government located closest to the people.
Fed Up is not just a litany of anti-government complaints but contains a blueprint for fighting back.
We know that the route to success is lower taxes, smaller government and freedom for every individual, Perry writes.
First and foremost, Perry says that ObamaCare must be repealedthe future of America depends on reversing this law.
His prescription includes electing leaders who respect the constitution and hold[ing] them accountable and restricting federal spending and the unlimited power of the courts.
The key for Perry is for the states to stand up to Washington and to assert their constitutional rights. States need to band together to fight against the intrusion of the federal government and to quit blindly accepting money from Washington.
He cites Texas as a successful model, saying that Texas has weathered the recession better than most states with pro-growth economic policies and has taken stands opposing federal government policies that intrude upon state sovereignty.
We in Texas are proud that so many of our fellow Americans have sought relief from the heavy taxation and burdens of some of our sister states, he writes, noting the influx of people moving to Texas from other states.
If you dont support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol, dont come to Texas. If you dont like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, dont move to California.
He sees hope in the Tea Party movement and echoes the concerns of its supporters for smaller government and fiscal responsibility.
The good news is that the people are taking action, Perry writes. The Tea Party movement began in earnest as the result of boiling frustration among Americans, triggered by the dramatic expansion of government in their private affairs.
Perry, who just won his third term as governor of Texas, says that the future of the country is at stake unless government intrusion in the lives of Americans is reversed: The American people have never sat idle when libertys trumpet sounds the call to battleand today that battle is for the soul of America.
You know what they say about the size of things in Texas? Well Perry's love of what our govt. and taxes can do, especially concerning aiding Mexican citizens both here and in their own country, knows no bounds.
You may find this a bit long, but it will give you a good idea on what type of "conservative" Perry is.
All Perry did was (wisely) kept his hands off a well-oiled machine that was already working just fine.
The economy is the one area that I lean toward giving him some credit for. He could have very easily killed the goose that laid the golden egg, but somehow he did whatever a governor has to do, to keep it laying.
Yes, Rush wants him, breaking his history of no Primary endorsements.
We’re going to get Rick. It’s what the establishment wants, it’s what Sarah wants, possibly what the media wants (notice they have said squat) and certainly what back east establishment Republicans want.
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I think Perry is light years better than any of the declared republicans at the moment.
Careful you don’t make the term RINO meaningless by attaching it to everyone you don’t like. I am not a fan of Perry. I don’t even like the guy, but he is probably more conservative than the Speaker or the Lieutenant government, or Senator Cornyn. He is certainly more conservative than Kaye Bailey whom he just defeated, and the Bushes hate him. Ideologically he is probably close to Palin. She and he have been “buddies.” Right now he is trying to get a budget through that does not dip into the “Rainey Day” fund, which is the posture of the House but not the senate. He speaks of a $10,000 college degree, which is causing screams from the higher education fat cats.On margin he is conservative, though not a minimalist. Historic comparison: Calvin Coolidge or Taft.
New York!?... The TpCaucus in New York?.. Are you joking?..
The TpCaucus is “EVEN” growing in New York.. even in New York City..
Even in San Fransicko and Los Angeles..
BUT... in coherent areas of the country the TpCaucus STRONG and organized..
You know.. coherent areas like the south and any State with right to work laws..
FREE... areas where you have a RIGHT to NOT BE a member of a Union... (and still work).
Dead on correct. I watched Perry with Sarah on stage, and the difference between their demeanor and ability to connect with the crowd were stark.
I believe that, without Gov Palin's endorsement at that rally, Perry would have had a much tougher fight against Kaye Bailey Hutchison in the primary. The Bush clan were running non-stop ads for her, all over the state.
Sarah was the megaton power that put Perry in the unassailable lead position in that race.
Perry also came out and spoke at a couple of Tea Party rallies during that time, and said a whole lot of the sorts of things that we want to hear. Since he won the election - not so much.
If Rush is in, I’m in. Now I realize how that sounds, but there it is.
Why does he want these “toll roads”? To help Mexico export illegals all over the nation and to send US money to their country and aid those who are illegally here. Do you want proof? Go right to the source himself.
He has the amazing RINO ability to say he supports one thing and then when it’s convenient to his election, be completely against what he said he supported, until he gets elected and it no longer matters to him. Then he goes back to what he really wanted. He’s a politician, not a principled conservative at all.
Yes, he seems bi-polar at times. But there's a very simple method to the madness. Perry's mood swings depend entirely on what time of the year it is.
Campaign season = "Save the babies, seal the border & deport the illegals, drill baby drill, let go huntin', I'm killin' big government, Texas should secede and declare war on Obama! Yee-haw I'm a red blooded texas patriot!!!"
Safely in office for a while = "Gosh darn we gotta reach out to hispanics more and not offend 'em, and ya know I really feel bad for them gay folks trying to live their lives. And heck, I can't cut money for the kiddies and for grandma. Ya know we Republicans and Democrats gotta put aside partisanship and work together..."
I'm not one of those who throws the term around loosely. It's got a specific meaning, and I use it precisely in that way.
Rick Perry strikes me as a politician who is a Republican more for reasons of opportunism, than because of holding any bona fide core values that are in alignment with our basic principles.
How is Perry in immigration? Not another W, I hope.
BS. Perry is a Rino. He wanted the open highways corridor. If that isn’t one world government; I don’t know what is.
Where is all this hate and venom spewing coming form re;
Rick Perry? Every time he is mentioned, this board turns into something resembling DU.
A lot of it is coming from my fellow Texans- and the fact that you would tear apart our own governor is puzzling and embarassing.
What is it, really?
Is it the sour grapes Debra Medina fans?
Look, I love Sarah as much as any of you, and I think Cain is a nice guy and a fine American, but sadly, we have to face the facts that these two are not electable.
They are just not.
Do you WANT another four years of the Marxist/Muslim usurper?
If not, then we need to start thinking of a man who CAN defeat him.
Rick Perry makes mistakes.
They all do.
He knows he should not have pushed the vaccine and the hiway thing. If thats the worst thing hes done, I can live with that.
Its true he seems to slide to the left now and then, but a good slap upside the head by the people sets him straight back on the Conservative course. At least he LISTENS to the people.
Rick Perry is not a perfect candidate, but such a candidate does not exist and never has. But Perry is one of the few potential candidates with both the skill and record to build a credible national effort quickly, and turn the national political landscape around in his favor. If he were to run, Rick Perry would be a very strong candidate.