Perry making early splash at major GOP gathering
June 18th, 2011
01:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Perry making early splash at major GOP gathering

New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) – Rick Perry doesn't speak for a few hours here at the Republican Leadership Conference, but the longtime governor from neighboring Texas, who's flirting with a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, is already getting positive reviews from this partisan crowd.

As Perry arrived Saturday morning for a book signing, the crowd of at least 100 people briefly chanted "run Rick, run." His book, entitled “Fed Up,” was released last year.

Perry, who is scheduled to address the conference later Saturday afternoon, looked and sounded a bit like a presidential candidate this past week when speaking at Republican party gathering in New York City and an anti-abortion event in California.

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  1. Tubby the Tuba TEXAS

    Perry has to cover up his and his cohorts misdoings in Texas as they try to balance a 27+ Billion Dollar shortage in Texas on the backs of the hard working teachers of the state. Perry and his Repuglicans are pushing to become #50 in health care and Education. Of course this won't be mentioned at the rally as the good ol boys whoop it up in New Orleans. The state's unemployment will sky rocket this coming August when the thousands of teachers and administrators lose all their benefits because of the Repuglicans. Like most of the Republican run states, he and his cohorts have mandated that teachers lose professional rights, allowing for teachers to be furloughed for six days, and to strip them of wages at will. Too, the Republican platform seems to be rubbing our NASA as an industry....no more support for space flight...no NPR so goodbye to the fine arts. You, your family and your jobs could be next!

    June 18, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. jae

    Couple questions rick. First, when u asked, "are u ready to take this country back" does this tie into ur wanting to sucede from the union? If u become president will u allow this to happen?

    June 18, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    There is no excuse for printing an out-of-focus photo these days, unless you are symbolizing that Perry is an out-of-focus candidate.

    June 18, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. B

    All splash and bravado and nothing more, like most of the Republican wannabes..

    The stats on Texas tell the whole story about this fraudulent character !

    June 18, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Dean,co

    "If your not a millionaire,and you vote Perry, Wecome to something other than what we saw as "America" Your new fate is "Corporate Rule", your wage is "What you get,and Capped also!!!! Enjoy?????

    June 18, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Joe

    First there was Dubya. Now there is Perry. The Texas Teapublican Taliban have arrived.

    June 18, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Larry L

    The male version of Sarah Palin. He ruined Texas now moves on to finish what "W" did to America.

    June 18, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. WiseLady

    “Rick Perry doesn't speak for a few hours here at the Republican Leadership Conference, but the longtime governor from neighboring Texas, who's flirting with a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, is already getting positive reviews from this partisan crowd.”
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    I wonder, does this “partisan crowd” know the REAL rick perry? The one who plays up his religion but seems rather skimpy when it comes to donations to his church? According to a June 12 story from the San Antonio Express-News: “Perry has not overburdened the collection plate–Governor's modest religious donations are raising eyebrows”, perry plays up his faith with speeches at prayer breakfasts and inviting the nation's governors to a prayer meeting, etc. YET rick perry doesn’t seem too fond of church tithing. From the San Antonio Express-News piece:

    “Perry's top income year since becoming governor came in 2007 when he reported $1,092,810 in adjusted gross income ..... His total charitable cash contributions that year totaled $413.”

    Why would anyone ever trust this hypocrite?

    June 18, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |