Perry announces presidential bid
August 13th, 2011
01:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry announces presidential bid

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry aimed Saturday to shift the focus from Iowa's straw poll to South Carolina, where he told conservative activists that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

The Texas governor made the announcement at the RedState Gathering in Charleston, one day after meeting with Alabama Republicans.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Anyone should be able to beat Obama, and his dictatorial Dems, who seek to set up a monarchy government.

    However, the spirit of Freedom is one of Perry's strong points........and that is going to resonate big time, with American voters.

    August 13, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. B

    Is everyone ready for Bush II ? Lots of swagger, bluster, pistol twirling , and talk about Succession or anything else that pleases the the base of Right Wing extremists ..

    Been there, done that, didn’t work out to well !

    August 13, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. My Name is Gregg and I`m Running For President

    If I were President, I would deploy Biden. Kerry and H. Clinton to Saudi Arabia to present them with a deal. If you increase oil flow by 25% for the next 18 months, the United States will sell you F-35 Joint Stike Fighters. I would deploy B. Clinton to Israel to assauage them.

    Drill, baby, drill can not add a drop of oil to the market for 7 years but an infusion like this would put sustained downward pressure on prices that might give the economy a positive jolt.

    You can bet the GOP / Obama haters would find 100 reasons not to do this. I can think of 1 reason to do it – it will unshackle one of the legs of the US economy.

    My name is Gregg and I`m running for President.

    August 13, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. denice

    I like that "Dictorial Dems" Rehtoric??? Whos holding the United States Financial integrity Hostage??? Teaparty!!! Gop Teaparty to be exact!!! This kind of "Lunacy" will die in 2012,maybe sooner?? Rick Perry is as "Dangerous as they come!! You don,t want good education,no retirement, no Medical Care,and no rights for Women, he,s your Man!!! WOW?

    August 13, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    As former republican this is what sees in the party
    Lack of leaders because of that many idiots are jumping in the race

    August 13, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Atlanta Independent

    Perry is another 4 more years of Bush which we dont need in office

    August 13, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    Listening to Perry NOW – he started off by praising the RED STATES only – BIG mistake!!! STRIKE ONE!!

    He blames THIS administration for the downgrade and ALL of the DEBT from the beginning of time – really??? STRIKE TWO!!

    He blames THIS President for NOT protecting the borders of the US even though President Obama sent many guards to the border – MORE THAN any other President!! STRIKE THREE!!

    He's OUT!!! And he's saying much more that does not make sense... Job creation to HIM is bringing illegal aliens over the border and paying them below minimum wage.........Yes he did!

    Please Perry – you BARELY won the govern-ship in TX and you will NOT win the Presidency – REMEMBER, you wanted to secede from our nation and NOW you want to represent ALL????

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    August 13, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. lanwood

    Of all thr right wingnut wackos on the GOP ticket, Perry is by far the nuttiest
    He's so far right, he makes Rush loojk like a laft winger
    Perry would be the most dangerous thing to ever be elected president
    His "religious views are so extreme aas to exclude 95% of the voting population
    This will become very apparent in the coming weeks

    August 13, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. The Unsub

    looks good, but sounds too much like Bushy! Sorry Repubs. come again.

    August 13, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. SecedingfromTexas

    Hope he resigns as Governor – you know, the old 1 bird, 2 stones adage. Works for me.

    August 13, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Elliott

    The last thing we need is another "yahoo" from Texas like George Bush was to perpetuate more ill-gotten and already disproved policies that got us into this mess in the first place. We don't need a chest thumping, zealot of a leader at this point in our nation's history but rather a calm, even-tempered, deliberative thinker with a sophisticated and global perspective. Perry represents those with an outmoded perspective trying to preserve a way of life built on exclusion, while President Obama represents inclusion and the hopes and dreams of average Americans of all stripes. He seeks to unite and not divide the nation.

    August 13, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. Monto

    Perry Blablabla another Bush hahahahahahhahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 13, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Anthony

    Perry begged the federal government for disaster aid. This was after he said that Texas can leave the union if it wants to.

    August 13, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    OBAMA 2012!
    Absolutely.

    August 13, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. The Lone Okie

    Perry is a joke and a fraud. Big Oil is happy. They say everything is big in Texas, I know stupidity is.

    August 13, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. Albo58

    Perry actually has executive experience BEFORE running for President...what a concept! America made a HUGE mistake almost 3 years ago by electing the current President and we must right this wrong NOW!

    August 13, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. diridi

    in 2012, It is Obama going to win, Rick Perry is not going to win....Another idiot like Bush...Look, at texas, drinking sewage, Education is cut, all hamburger jobs no health insurance...etc, o.k, don't be fools,

    August 13, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    funny thing is iif you believe in polls is that the only person that beats Obama is Rudy and he's not even running. So your theory of ANYBODY can't be able to beat Obama just isn't true at this point.

    August 13, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Rick, lay off the drugs, 'mkay? They're messing your brain up really bad. You accidentally wrote "Obama" when you meant "Bush" and "Dems" when you meant "GOBPbaggers."

    Also, can you define this "spirit of freedom" and how you believe it's "one of Perry's strong points"?

    August 13, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. Darrell

    First, to my follow American,Rick McDaniel...you somehow missed those days in 6th grade social studies classes...your lack attendance truly show your ignorance about the different types of governments. Yet, if you get a library card you can go to the library, in the history section, and take out of a free books on the different types of government. Then you will learn that President Obama is leading a democracy, voted by the people.

    Second, Mr. Perry welcome to the race. It is true that they do things big in Texas, then your failure will very big. Oh, that is right your big failures in Texas educational system and healthcare services are already showing...In the 21st Century Americans need to well-educated and healthy to compete in the world. At least President Obama recognize this and is spending money to educate our children and working to get them proper access to healthcare so that they can compete and win.

    August 13, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |