Skip to comments.Perry endorses Romney after Gingrich signals an exit
Posted on 04/25/2012 7:20:59 PM PDT by VinL
Texas governor Rick Perry announced Wednesday night that he would endorse Mitt Romney's presidential bid, hours the campaign of Newt Gingrich Perry's previous choice announced that the former Speaker would be ending his bid for the White House.
"Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration," said Gov. Perry in a statement released by his campaign. "So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party than I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama."
..."American jobs, economic stability and national security depend on electing a new president. Mitt's vision and record of private sector success will put America back on the path of job creation, economic opportunity and limited government," Perry said.
Perry was one of the last prominent holdouts to announce support for Romney, opting instead to stay pledged to Gingrich while the former Speaker remained in the race. Other Gingrich supporters, including fellow former presidential hopeful Herman Cain, had signaled that they were coalescing around Romney.
Romney and Perry shared some of the primary campaign's most bitter moments, with Perry accusing the eventual nominee of flip-flopping and Romney's campaign saying he had resorted to "dishonest tactics in order to prop up his flailing campaign."
While Perry struck a supportive tone in his statement Wednesday, he might not be rooting too hard for Romney to succeed. The governor said as recently as last week that he is interested in running for president again in 2016.
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To my fellow Newtsters, stand tall- we know we were right. And props to Gov. Perry. But, here's where I part company with them- it'll be a cold day in Hell before I vote for any GOP-e.
I'm in, til Newt's out (got a few more days).
I have to hold my nose again.
Sorry Jim, but I can’t let obozo have this one because we have fielded obozo light.
My stomach hurts — I mean physically hurts — but it will hurt a lot more if barry and mooch have another 4 years. At least Romney will re-establish our ties with Israel and maybe scare our enemies in the UN at least a little bit.
But the physical pain is palpable.
Fantastic, so I actually can stay home when the primary finally comes to Texas.
Well, you gotta do what you gotta do. Personally, I can’t vote for an abortionist/homosexualist statist. No way in hell.
Well, I’m still going to make an effort to vote in the primaries, just to give me the distinct pleasure of voting ‘against’ Romney. It will ultimately be the only vote I particularly care about this year, because there will certainly be no compelling reason anymore to bother in November.
I know exactly what you mean.
Well, back to the religion and prepper threads for me.
Me either! Screw Romney and the GOP-E he rode in on!
Gunning for that VP spot, is he?
Perry said “So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents and, what was the third thing?......”
Ron Paul: “Your wife?”
Perry: “No, uh....”
Newt: “The Commerce Department?”
Given that Zero has a lock on California, isn’t it time to organize a campaign for somebody we do want?
You do know you'll go to Episcopalean Hell if you tell lies on behalf of Romney, right?!
We disagree on whom to write in, but I will write in the man who has given voice to the most voiceless: The unborn.
What a JOKER this Clown is!
First Newt now Mitt.
Find a Backbone in this aMEba!
“I have to hold my nose again.
Sorry Jim, but I cant let obozo have this one because we have fielded obozo light.
My stomach hurts I mean physically hurts but it will hurt a lot more if barry and mooch have another 4 years. At least Romney will re-establish our ties with Israel and maybe scare our enemies in the UN at least a little bit.
But the physical pain is palpable.”
Very well put-I feel exactly the same way. As much as the though of voting for Mittens sickens me, we must remove Obozo from the White House. So I will vote for him, but I will volunteer or donate money to his campaign. I’m going to focus my energies on electing conservatives in down ticket races.
I would imagine Perry just wanted to get it over with, endorse now instead of having to do so in October. I am still planning to vote for Santorum in the TX primary even though I dislike Santorum’s attack on George Zimmerman without knowing the full story.
I like Newt but I actually like Perry better. He was my first choice when he first announced and I gradually had to give him up when he appeared unable to debate. I’ve since learned it had a lot to do with back surgery and pain, but that’s all irrelevant now, isn’t it? Anyway, I switched to Newt but now that it’s all over I’m back to wishing Perry could have done it. He is definitely the best choice we had, of all of them. He would definitely make the best president. Just not a good campaigner. Too bad.
You had better vote Down Ballot!
Did you hear PERRY say this - or just read it in this article?
I’ve been reading lots of articles over the past week about Newt dropping out and last night he said NOTHING about it, just mitt’s arrogance and his plans for his campaign next week.
The Perry hate here is strong.
Herman Cain stabbed Newt in the back and got love here.
Come to think of it he stabbed Perry in the back too, to accolades.
I have no pain - perhaps if you $upported Newt you wouldn't either. I did the right thing, no pain, no remorse, clean hands.
Let the weak suffer and live with pathetic maybe's and maybe scare our enemies in the UN at least a little bit. After all, you never know what a LIAR will do. Only what he is capable of - deceiving.
Don’t forget the fact that Mittens ran one of the most dishonorable, unprofessional, mean spirited and underhanded primary campaigns in recent history.
GOP-E’s that I know claim it is all part of the process. I say it reveals the true character of a person. F for Fail, Romney.
Just wondering - did you actually HEAR Newt say he is all over? Or you read it?
I won’t be voting “for” Romney, only against Obama. That’s a real shame, really. I’m not sure what kind of SCOTUS nominees Romney will put up...but already know what kind Obama will. That’s about the best I can say...
Regardless, instead of sitting on the sidelines or having bitterness things didn’t go our way and engagin in scorched earth as some may want to do out of spite, it would probably be best to ignore Romney and focus energy to positive things, like individual conservative House / Senate candidates to make the Congress as conservative as possible, whether Romney or Obama is in there come next year. There’s a special election coming up in AZ soon, for example, with a very good conservative in Jesse Kelly who would be worth peoples time and money to support. Other opportunities for positive action will certainly be forthcoming.
Do a search on my name. Earlier today a posted a quote of him basically saying it, not exactly “it”, but so close you’d have to have the IQ of a paulbot not to get it.
>>I have no pain - perhaps if you $upported Newt you wouldn’t either. I did the right thing, no pain, no remorse, clean hands.<<
It was worse than that — I was a Santorum guy (and before that a Cain guy and before that a Palin guy).
The pain comes from the practical realization we have to vote for Romney, since any other vote is a vote for obozo.
If that doesn’t hurt you then you aren’t seeing the situation clearly.
>>Just wondering - did you actually HEAR Newt say he is all over? Or you read it?<<
His campaign announced it will be over next Tuesday (probably to get the $ needed to backfill the $5M he is in the hole).
Don’t hold out any hopes.
PNSN, Newt didn’t say specifically that he was dropping out- but he did say Romney will be the nominee. Here’s a link to his speech today- it’s 37 minutes long. It’s worth listening to- he was excellent.
I was hoping to hear something that would indicate that he was staying in- but to my ear, I heard the opposite. You can check it out.
>> Personally, I cant vote for an abortionist/homosexualist statist. No way in hell.<<
As opposed to a socialist who wants to destroy 200+ years of the greatest nation and force for good ever seen in the history of humankind?
That is the pain of which I speak. It is worse this time than in 2008 — at least then we could point to a handful of McCain perspectives that were in accord with Conservatism.
You have been crystal clear that you won’t support Romney. I appreciate and respect that. I just don’t see a way out.
IMHO the only strategy left for us is to FORCE Romney to be a Conservative.
I suspect I am not alone in feeling physical pain between now and November. Can you cut us some slack or think about a new strategy where we can relink our collective Tea Party/Sons Of Liberty perspective?
But this is your forum and I won’t try to shout you down (a useless endeavor). Many of us are now in the wilderness and see only one set of prints in the desert...
Vote for conservatives in all of the other political races, at each and every level, and vote for Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party for ‘12 POTUS, as a “protest vote” against the major political parties! Don’t allow the left to win, overall! Also, BO as POTUS along with a conservative U.S. House, a conservative U.S. Senate, conservative state legislatures, and conservatives all the way down to the most local levels of political office will prevent BO from doing as much harm to the entire country as he could end up doing with too many leftists from both major political parties winning in ‘12 and beyond, instead!
I agree with you. The best thing about Perry is that he’s from a large dynamic and successful state. That’s a solid contrast, but I don’t know what happened to him during the debates - bright lights? crowds? national media?
Once the party gets a likely nominee, it is traditional for the members of the party to support their nominee.
That its not being a clown or a sellout, but it is simply the business of politics.
Santorum pretty much endorsed Romney yesterday on The Piers Morgan show when he said "He's the person that is going to go up against Barack Obama it's pretty clear and we need to win this race. We need to beat Barack Obama." Santorum will meet with Romney next week to work out the details of his formal endorsement. Newt spoke with Romney over the phone today and promised him to help him defeat Obama, and find ways to try to be helpful.
I dont like Romney - but hell NO, I wont be voting for Obama, and I won't be sitting at home soiling my panties, either, so I'll come out to vote and do my part to run Obama out of DC!
After seeing that stunt Obama pulled on the Jimmy Fallon show yesterday ... I’m almost to the point I would pull the level for Romney JUST TO RESTORE the dignity of the presidency, alone.
Romney is bad ...but I’m pretty sure he won’t “slow jam” the news.
Perry is so hot.
Good job Perry on waiting till theres one candidate left before endorsing one. Is Santorum breathing a sigh of relief now that he doesn’t have to piss off the Tea Party by endorsing Romney with Newt still in it? Seriously every single politician in Washington can go straight to hell!! All they do is feed us big plates of steaming S**t and we all just smile and eat it.
Me either, Jim.
>>. I’m done bending over and voting for candidates like a good little sheep just because they have an (R) next to their name.<<
obama thanks you for your vote.
It is called we have a right to vote as we see and as we decide to. We are not under a/this rule yet. Tolerance, this is a conservative forum.
And the GOP and their ability to continue piling libs on us thanks you for yours.
To date, none of the ABO/Romney supporters can answer the simple questions of how voting for a man whose values are liberal is a conservative action...how one does not have to abandon their morality to vote for him...how voting for a man telling you daily that he will give you the polar opposite of what you want... who mirrors Obama in most policy positions; is a good idea. For the country, or anything else
Not one. Gee...why not?
All we get are fear filled excuses about “Obama thanks you” and other illogical crap. You ABO types can spin it till the cows come home, but you are willingly putting aside everything you claim to believe in with your vote for Romney. That’s your choice. Just don’t call yourselves conservatives. I have no idea why you are on a conservative website that does not remotely agree with you.
And as a side note: Anyone willing to explain how any of these former candidates and others, regardless of their name or fame, suddenly going 180 and backing Romney against everything THEY claimed to believe in isn’t an act of pure liberal hypocrisy?
Just politics? Well, it’s just principle and reputation so no biggie I guess...
Um, just wondering, do I now put Perry on the “Evil” list? I can’t keep up with the constant changes:
1) Ann Coulter now evil.
2) Paul Ryan now evil.
3) Marco Rubio now evil.
4) Karl Rove now evil.
5) Sean Hannity now sorta evil.
6) Newt Gingrich now sorta evil for dropping out.
7) Joe Lieberman was evil, then said something we liked so he moved to less evil.
8) Gov. Perry now ???
Boy oh boy, we do like to shoot our wounded.
And as a side note: Anyone willing to explain how any of these former candidates and others, regardless of their name or fame, suddenly going 180 and backing Romney against everything THEY claimed to believe in isnt an act of pure liberal hypocrisy?
I dropped the GOP when Bush 1 caved and raised taxes and did the 'assault' weapon ban.
I'm done with the GOP.
>>We are not under a/this rule yet. Tolerance, this is a conservative forum.<<
If you hit a nail with a hammer, it will drive said nail into a board.
Vote as you wish, I suggest no other option. But know the result of the hammer blow which you strike.
Eyes closed is NOT a conservative value.
Oh the irony...
“If you hit a nail with a hammer, it will drive said nail into a board.”
“Vote as you wish, I suggest no other option. But know the result of the hammer blow which you strike.”
Voting for a liberal does not result in a remotely conservative outcome, nor can it in any logical way be considered a conservative action. Ergo, one who votes for liberals cannot be considered conservative.
“Eyes closed is NOT a conservative value.”
I completely agree.
Ya got black eyes and busted teeth and ya keep coming back for more. Ya got the political battered wife syndrome.