September 18th, 2009
11:41 AM ET
10 years ago

Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled out of conservative straw poll

Gov. Rick Perry is currently battling Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination.

Gov. Rick Perry is currently battling Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry was originally included on 2012 Presidential Straw Poll ballot at this weekend's Values Voter Summit in Washington, but his staff requested that his name be removed.

A spokesman for Perry's re-election campaign told CNN that the request was made because the two-term governor is not thinking about running for President, but is instead "focused on running for governor." Perry is currently battling Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination.

The governor, however, is still attending the conference and is slated to speak on Saturday.

The potential Republican candidates on the straw poll ballot are: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Four of the Republicans on the ballot will actually attend the event.Pence, Huckabee and Pawlenty will address the conference on Friday morning, while Romney will deliver remarks on Saturday.


Filed under: Republicans • Rick Perry
soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Sara Palin what a joke!

    September 18, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. diridi

    this texan idiot is just like Bush....

    September 18, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. JHG

    This idiot has been talking secession! Doesn’t he want to be the President of Texas? A straw poll is a long ways away from the Whitehouse.

    Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Pence, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are all out of the mainstream. Neither one has a snowballs chance in hell of unseating President Obama.

    All they have is the far right of their base and those dogs can’t hunt!

    September 18, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. gl, From Pittsburgh

    The potential Republican candidates on the straw poll ballot are: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

    WHAT A JOKE OF A LIST! NOT ONE OF THEM HAVE A CHANCE.

    RICK SANTOURUM NEED HIS HEAD CHECK IF HE REALLY THINK HE IS PRESIDENTALY MATERIAL.

    September 18, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Pam

    Maybe he should resign so he can help the people of Texas from outside Texas.

    September 18, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Allen from Texas

    This Texas resident doesn't think Perry is fit for President, Governor, Mayor, City Council, or even PTA. GO Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison!!!

    September 18, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. GOPer

    Rick "seccession" Perry has bigger concerns to worry about it. The other GOPers, however, will gladly continue their obsessions with power. How about another straw poll? For an election over three YEARS away. Forget governing...Party First! Sad.

    And we have seen the fundamentalist, so-called "values" (i.e. hypocrisy) from C-Street. Thanks, but no thanks.

    September 18, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. DonnaLee

    Let 'em all pull out. The Rethuglican party is tied to the wingnut right.

    And after the 2010 election cycle has been completed the Rethuglicans will be no more.

    Then we'll all be singing: Ding dong the witch is dead ...

    September 18, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Angie in PA

    He wants to pull out of the USA Too Doesnt he?

    September 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Andi

    Wow. They figure no one will vote for a Black guy twice, so they could have anyone run, right? Screwy rabbits..

    September 18, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Karen - Missouri

    Hey, is this the governor who wanted Texas to leave the U.S.? At any rate, you couldn't pay me ANY amount to EVER vote for a Republican again and I hope Texas wakes up, too!

    September 18, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. BUTTACAVOLI

    the republicans are getting ready to take stuff back over.

    enough with these democrats get'em out as quick as you can.

    September 18, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Perry is a bigger fraud than the WWF.hahaha

    September 18, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. 'coiny'

    The only one in the entire group, who has any sense ,at all, is Ron Paul, and most people think he's crazy......,

    September 18, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Susan

    I guess he wants to become President of Texas. Afterall, he wants secession. Had his dream been fulfilled 9 yrs back, we would had been saved from Bush.

    September 18, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Edna

    I doubt that my comments will be accepted, but here they are anyway. What a joke!!!!! Rick Perry is scary, as are all of the aforementioned names. They are no match for our President. I can not wait for the election in 2012. I am a 63-yr. old woman and have enjoyed watching these nuts try to bring President Obama down. He is on the right of the people and is working for the American people. He is concerned for us, whereas, the Republican party cares nothing for us. They continue to use scare tactics and haven't figured out yet that the majority of us are laughing at them!!!!!! Once they are out of power for a few years and we get some younger, more common sense people in Congress, hopefully things will turn around. President Obama is the best thing that has happened to this country and some people can not stand it. He will succeed in all that he attempts because he was put in place for a reason and for two seasons.

    September 18, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. SY

    Rick is waiting for his chance to be President of Texas.

    September 18, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. notfooledbydistractions

    Boy, the republicans are really scraping the bottom of the barrel. I guess intelligence isn't a requirement for republican leadership. It's a conglomeration of village idiots.

    September 18, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. M.M. Miller

    LBJ wasn't a Republican ... get your facts straight. If he was, Brown vs Board of Education would not have been signed. FACT.

    September 18, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. There is still hope

    I noticed in all the rabid bashing, that no one coud think of anything bad to say about Mike Huckabee. He may not become president, but he is a voice of reason that is good to hear while everyone else is foaming at the mouth.

    September 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. TexasGuy

    I want so bad to unseat Obama, but with that list of Republicans I don't think it can be done. Republicans need to come up with a strong respectable candidate. (And for goodness sake, please put "Palin" out of your vocabulary).

    I was forced to vote for Obama in the last election because of a lack of good conservative candidates. I hate Obama, (no, liberals, it is not because of his race) and I want him gone. Please, DO NOT make me vote for him again.

    A smart conservative peacemaker is what we need. Maybe the Libertarians can give us a decent candidate.

    September 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Bed time for Raygun

    As they say here in Texas,"this guy is all hat and no cattle or brain'.

    September 18, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Minnesotan

    C'mon! Put Perry IN! He's just as delusional and as much of a joke as the rest of these Republican 'candidates!'

    September 18, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. M.M. Miller

    I'm sorry but isn't Huckabee the one who suggested we throw out the Constitution and just use the Bible instead?!!?

    NEXT!

    September 18, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Rich

    I do wonder what the Democratic straw poll for 2012 looks like - anyone really betting these days that Obama is a lock to be the Dem's candidate. By that time he will have about the same amount of real executive experience that he had when started his run the last time around.

    I do agree that straw polls at this time are worth about the value of a handful of straw. But at least in this list there are five state governors. generally successful in their terms, and a former Speaker of the House who actually performed that role with great success. The "Clinton" years were reasonably successful only because of the Republican Congress and Gingrich's leadership. Ron Paul is at least a principled representative which is more than I could say about 80% of Congress (R's and D's)

    September 18, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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