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Perry stays in presidential race, says it ‘wasn’t a hard decision’
Austin American Statesman ^

Posted on 01/04/2012 10:50:05 AM PST by wk4bush2004

Gov. Rick Perry said today he will continue his presidential campaign despite a fifth-place showing in the Tuesday Iowa caucuses and serious questions about whether he can continue. “I re-assessed,” Perry said as he left his West Des Moines hotel at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. “We’re headed to New Hampshire and South Carolina.” Perry surprised the political world - and many of his advisers - when he Tweeted this morning that he would stay in the race. His Tweet included a photo from his morning jog.

“I was out on the trail when it kind of came to me,” Perry said.

Perry has scrapped campaign events over the next couple of days in South Carolina but will take part in two weekend debates in New Hampshire. He is unlikely to do well in New Hampshire’s primary next week, so he will instead focus on South Carolina’s Jan. 21 primary.

“It’s clearly there,” Perry said. “South Carolina is a place where I feel very comfortable that the values and the people and the time that we spent there. We’re going to give the people of South Carolina, New Hampshire and America a choice in this election.”

(Excerpt) Read more at statesman.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: larazarick; perry4amnesty; perry4romney; singledigitsperry
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To: af_vet_rr

Perry was the only candidate in Iowa other than the “big three” to cary a county - he carried 2, and was a strong second place finisher in several more.

He needs to send his campaign pollsters into these counties to find out what went right - and use that information to tweak his campaign message.

I think SC could be very fertile ground for Perry. He is absolutely right on each and every issue that I care about, and he has the executive experience to back that up. I think that he could be the most electable candidate on the field. He certainly does not have any of the negatives that plague Romerry, Gingrich, and Santorum - all talkers. Or Paul, either, whose cotton stuffing is showing through the seams.


51 posted on 01/04/2012 2:13:07 PM PST by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: South40

So who are you supporting this week?


52 posted on 01/04/2012 2:16:21 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (We Can Take OUR Country Back--Perry 2012)
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To: rbg81
My guess is that GHWB & Son made calls to Perry and asked him to stay in the race to siphon votes and $$ from Santorum.

The Bush clan and Perry don't like each other. At ALL. Perry views them as northern transplants who are an integral part of the "GOP-Establishment-Elite D.C.-Insider" club. (Don't bother googling; i just made that up).

Likewise, GHWB and kin (and Rove et al) think of Perry as a hayseed Texas plowboy who couldn't possibly live up to their elite standards.

That phone call would never happen, not even by proxy. I have as much chance of winning the Texas Lotto this week, which is NO chance because i didn't buy a ticket.

53 posted on 01/04/2012 2:36:18 PM PST by naxetevitan
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To: World'sGoneInsane
So who are you supporting this week?

You say that as if to imply I have switched many times. We both know that isn't true...nor is who I support relevant in this discussion of RINO Rick Perry and his abysmal performance both as governor of Texas and as a presidential candidate. I support Santorum and did before yesterday. And I do so because he's a conservative, not a RINO turd like your hero Perry.

54 posted on 01/04/2012 2:42:15 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: John Valentine
Perry was the only candidate in Iowa other than the “big three” to cary a county - he carried 2, and was a strong second place finisher in several more.

He needs to send his campaign pollsters into these counties to find out what went right - and use that information to tweak his campaign message.


You didn't bother looking at the actual results, did you?

Out of the two counties he won, in Taylor County, he beat Ron Paul by 18 votes. In Union County, he beat Rick Santorum by 7 votes.

If he tweaks his campaign message for South Carolina or the nation on the basis of 25 votes in Iowa or the counties in which he was close, then it would be undeniable proof that he's an idiot. Iowa is not SC or the rest of the nation.

If Perry wants to learn anything from Iowa, he should try and figure out why it cost him $480 per vote, while Willard Romney only had to spend $155 per vote and Santorum only had to spend $20 per vote. He should try and figure out why those hundreds or possibly a thousand volunteers from Texas couldn't help him do any better than 5th place.

He should try and reassure his money people that it will not cost him nearly $480 per vote in future contests.

He should also try and figure out what to do about the fact that the polls in Iowa leading up to the caucus had him consistently between 8 - 14 percent, with the end result being him getting 10.3% of the votes, and how that might be reflected in SC showing him at under 6% and FL showing at 4%.

He benefits from Bachmann dropping, but she had already been polling low in both SC and FL, and he definitely won't get all of her supporters, which could still leave him in 4th or 5th place behind Romney, Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum. Bachmann tried to poison the well when it comes to Perry, so her supporters probably won't flock to him.
55 posted on 01/04/2012 6:41:02 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: John Valentine
He certainly does not have any of the negatives that plague Romerry, Gingrich, and Santorum - all talkers. Or Paul, either, whose cotton stuffing is showing through the seams.

If he doesn't have any of the negatives, then why has he done so poorly, so consistently in the national polls and then in Iowa? For months Perry supporters have been talking about a surge and some even pushed Iowa as that surge manifesting itself, and that surge turned out to be not even a ripple in a small pond.

Which brings up another point that I forgot to mention in my other post to you: Some FReepers claimed that Perry's internal polling had him doing much better in Iowa than what the MSM polls were showing.

Given that he actually did worse than several of the MSM polls, either those FReepers were lying, or Perry's pollsters are incompetent.

Perry should be deeply concerned that they were so far off, if in fact his internal polls showed him doing better. I wouldn't put it past a few of those FReepers to claim that his internal polling showed him doing better just to try and help his image out.
56 posted on 01/04/2012 6:46:01 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: South40

Santorum shot his wad in Iowa. Won’t see another first place finish...ever.


57 posted on 01/04/2012 7:00:12 PM PST by MissouriConservative (Voting "None of the Above" in 2012.)
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To: South40
And I do so because he's a conservative, not a RINO turd like your hero Perry.

Wow, out of the mouth of a supporter of Christian conservative. I'm sure Santorum and the Duggars would be so proud, not.

58 posted on 01/04/2012 8:41:46 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (We Can Take OUR Country Back--Perry 2012)
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To: John Valentine
Perry was the only candidate in Iowa other than the “big three” to cary a county - he carried 2, and was a strong second place finisher in several more.

He needs to send his campaign pollsters into these counties to find out what went right - and use that information to tweak his campaign message.

I think SC could be very fertile ground for Perry.

Exactly! Good seed and good ground. Spread it wide.

59 posted on 01/04/2012 9:09:19 PM PST by thecodont
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To: World'sGoneInsane
I'm sure Santorum and the Duggars would be so proud, not.

I don't post to make Santorum or the Duggars proud, I post the truth. If you or any other RINO Perry supporter don't agree, that's good also.

60 posted on 01/04/2012 9:46:27 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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To: MissouriConservative
Santorum shot his wad in Iowa. Won’t see another first place finish...ever.

You are confused. Rick Santorum has never seen a "first place finish". He placed second in Iowa and I have no unrealistic expectations for how he will do in the future.

61 posted on 01/04/2012 9:49:48 PM PST by South40 (Just say NO to pro-ILLEGAL alien RINOS!)
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