Perry: Republican presidential field is far from set
May 17th, 2011
04:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry: Republican presidential field is far from set

Dallas (CNN) - With former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee taking a pass on a second presidential bid and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin still only eyeing the race for the GOP nomination from the sidelines, there remains room for a plain-spoken, Tea Party-friendly Republican to jump into the mix.

But Texas Gov. Rick Perry insists he isn't giving the race a second look, despite a new report that some of his political supporters still want him to join the presidential fray.

"I have made my decision," Perry told reporters following a speech to Republican National Committee members in Dallas, re-emphasizing earlier pledges to stay out the race.

Perry also has an important job on the side to worry about: chairing the Republican Governors Association and overseeing three statewide races this year ahead of a busier election season in 2012.

But in surveying the presidential race, Perry said he expects the Republican field to grow beyond the current crop of candidates. He did not name names.

"It's a bit early to be identifying who is going to the choice of the Republicans," he said. "I think there are still a number of folks out there who have not made a decision about it."

As he described the kind of Republican he would support for the nomination - an outspoken foe of federal money and regulations - Perry sounded very much like he was talking about himself.

"I believe in the 10th Amendment," Perry said. "I hope someone comes into play who believes it, lives it, implements it, and makes Washington as inconsequential as it can."


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  1. nintex

    Believe it or not, there are actually some smart, liberal people in Texas. We tried to elect a good governor in 2010, but were outnumbered by the you-know-who's that voted for Good Hair Perry. The likes of him and Sarah Palin have done more to get me off my apathetic rear end and work for the Democratic party than anything else has ever done. Just don't judge all Texans by the politicians in the news.

    May 17, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Danny Cali

    Rick Perry, I think you better stay with "COWBOY" because J.W.B. is enough for your GOPer and the United States already have enough problem because your GOP and TEXAS man.

    May 17, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Wait, Pompadour Perry has not killed all the elderly poor here in Texas yet!, His budget will close 800+ nursing homes in TX with his 4 billion cut to Medicaid.

    And he is still dumbing down the electorate by his 8 billion cut to TX education.

    But we still have a 9 billion dollar state "slush fund"!

    So, he cannot move on to destroying all of America, as he has not quite finished destroying the United State of Texass!

    May 17, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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