‘Daggummit’: Perry's Texas twang on the trail
August 14th, 2011
05:03 PM ET
7 years ago

‘Daggummit’: Perry's Texas twang on the trail

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - You can take Rick Perry out of Texas, but the governor's down-home roots aren't fixin' to go anywhere.

The charismatic presidential candidate's twang and tell-it-like-it-is manner were hard to miss this weekend as he met voters at two public events in the state.

He tossed off only-in-the-South terminology like "y'all" and "daggummit."

He told stories about helping his family grow corn and wheat on a farm in a tiny Texas community called Paint Creek, reminiscing about "living my first few years in the luxury of a house that didn't have indoor plumbing, wearing clothes that my mother had hand-sewn, a lot of them," he said.

And he shared some colorful pieces of home-grown wisdom.

On disagreeing with the state legislature: "When you get too far out in front of the parade they will let you know," he said.

When calling on a man who wore pants dyed a bright salmon color that is popular in tony New England but not common below the Mason-Dixon Line: "Anybody that wears that color pants, you gotta win."

On his visit to the New Hampshire Energy Freedom Family Festival in Manchester, Perry clapped voters on the back, chatted with teenage boys about sports teams and squatted to tousle the hair of many of the children he met. Then he served himself a lunch of a hamburger and pasta salad - and paused to mug for the media as he scooped up some baked beans. Making his way to a picnic table, he insisted on remaining standing until all the ladies were seated.

Then the socially conservative governor, who is not shy about his evangelical Christian beliefs, asked the table if he could bless their meal.

"Father, thank you for the day and we thank you for all your blessings. Bless this food to the nourishment of our life. Bless us all in your name and we ask for wisdom and grace in this country. Amen," he said.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. GOP hates Middle Class

    "Newcular" "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice....um uh, we won't get fooled again"
    Seen it before with the Shrub, no thanks. Can't support a not-so-scholarly C and D student that's a a governor from Texas.

    August 14, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Huge Crank

    What's so special about this guy, why is the media making such a fuss? Is it his looks? What is so special about his policies? (honest question)

    August 14, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Name king

    Hey these repugs are bent on getting rid of government and turn every thing over to the private industry. That means Medicare and social security will be on the stock market. I only hope that the stock market don't be having too much of those wild swing like last week. Oh the infrastructure modernization will be taken over by the corporations, I only hope normal folks like me can afford to still drive on the high ways, because you know how greedy corporate share holders can get. Well this is what the gullible people wants. I only hope this won't turn into Wisconsin times 10.

    August 14, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. paul

    Campaign slogan: Perry and Palin and were "PACKIN" for the white house....... Conservatives and guns rights advocates would love this team. They could save money by getting rid of the secret service as they wouold be able to protect themselves. Coyotes, wolves, and other "critters" would not stand a chance. Late night t.v. and comedy channels would have material for four years.

    August 14, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. thomas

    One worrd ENRON !
    Rick Perry TOUGH ON CRIME !

    Rick Perry devoted to tracking down the whereabouts of the former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay, who was convicted of helping perpetuate one of the most sprawling business frauds in U.S. history.

    August 14, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Former Republican

    Just what we need, another Texas cornball!!!!!

    August 14, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. janice cowley

    This is it???? This is the best you republicans have to offer, this narcistic christian, who makes the comment that spreading wealth is somehow a bad thing, I suppose the environment is a dirty word too. Texas is the biggest polluter in the whole country, no wonder tea party candidates want to get rid of the environmental protection agency. Not only that but that he thinks he has divine connections, what are you doing to prevent another spill in the gulf then, while you rub shoulders with BP..... please GOD help us all............

    August 14, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. bjn72

    after looking at pictures of this guy, he has the same smile as george w bush. i dont think we can handle another texan for president. lbj took us further into vientam, george w bush us from the postivie to the negative. god only knows what perry would do. toss us into a third war, another great depression. i just have a hard time see him as president

    August 14, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. moxylady

    Be afraid, very afraid.............

    August 14, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I am not sure if I prefer Perry's job creating bumper sticker, "Do ya'll want fries with that, daggummet?" of Michele Bachmann's bumper sticker, "Submit, don't compromise."

    August 14, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    now just WHERE have we heard a Texas twang before? Oh yeah I remember now and that didn't turn out too well in the end from what I recall.

    August 14, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. ADW

    Rick Perry is not presidential in appearance, attitude, and intelligence. His policies have been destructive to the state of Texas and he has been just a down right embarrassment to many of us Texans. He perpetuates the stereotype that all Texans speak with twang, shoot straight from the hip, own a gun, wears cowboy boots, and have an oil well in the back yard. If elected president, instead of being an embarrassment and destructive to one state, he will embarrass and destroy all fifty.

    Can you imagine at the G-20 Summit meeting with all the heads of government coming together to discuss the global financial system and the world economy, and he takes to the podium before the whole world representing the U.S.A. saying " y"all and daggummit".

    August 14, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    Explain to me one more time, why a self professed secessionist and a publicly known religious bigot should be elected President of these UNITED States?

    Has anyone informed Rick the Dick, that there are Jews, Muslims, Mormans and even Methodists in those other 49 states?

    He has already said liberals need to get out of Texass, so can concentration camps countrywide for liberals be far behind?

    August 14, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Well how "folksy" of you Ricky?!?! That con ought to be good for a few votes of the less informed- those thinkin' that you're like them...

    August 14, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. A Real Patriot

    Just what we need-less literacy and more swagger....

    August 14, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Landdy

    Middle class America must be vigilant because those right wing will take away everything you have and give it the rich.
    Mr. Perry is talking about jobs that he created in Texas minimum wage without benefit (working poor)

    August 14, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. Landy

    Mr Perry is going to take the litlle bit the middle class has and give it to the rich very soon.

    August 14, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  18. Mike

    Do you respect people of other religion and their beliefs if you were to be elected? Or would you use our military as our previous president Bush to destroy people of other faith on false pretext?

    August 14, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. chris

    THats not the only thing on trial. Ask the residents of Texas. MOST of them dont like him.

    August 14, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  20. Na

    If this is all the Repub party has I will vote for Obama in 2012!


    August 14, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. Jess C.

    Just what this country needs....another folksie President. It worked so well the last time (not!). Bad memories need to stay as just memories....not our future.

    August 14, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |