Perry on Mitt's 'worst nightmare'
August 14th, 2011
03:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry on Mitt's 'worst nightmare'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry refused to attack the man who may have the most to lose from his entry into the GOP primary: Mitt Romney.

Perry was asked about the former Massachusetts governor Sunday, the morning after he announced his candidacy and managed to edge ahead of Romney in the closely watched Ames Straw Poll.

Perry's name was not on the ballot, though an outside group, Americans for Rick Perry, worked to woo Iowa voters attending the poll.

Romney, who won the poll in 2007, did not put resources into the event this year.

At a press conference Sunday, Perry was asked by a reporter about a story in the tabloid newspaper The Boston Herald that suggested he could be "Mitt's worst nightmare."

"I hope I'm not anybody's worst nightmare. I hope I'm a very worthy competitor," Perry said. "We're going to have a lot of time to discuss, I'm sure, Governor Romney's record. Today's not the day."

Perry, a tea party favorite whose social conservatism makes him appealing to many voters in Iowa, also aims to pick up fiscal conservatives in New Hampshire.

Romney, who owns a summer home in the state and has planned a raft of events here through August, draws on a deep well of support from locals and views New Hampshire as a must-win.

When asked about Perry last Friday, before he had officially entered the race, Romney said he wasn't a political pundit.

"He could do real well and if he does, why, that will make it a more interesting contest," Romney said. "I just don’t know how that will all work out."

Perry now heads to Iowa, but his campaign has been aggressively courting local GOP officials and will return for a series of events later in the week.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. RJWTimes Bradford England

    The worst nightmare of mItt and Parry is the fact that Bachmann is doing so well in the polls. AN intersting article.

    August 14, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Lindsey

    Michele Bachmann will be Romney's and Perry's worst nightmare when she dusts them both off in the Iowa caucuses! Then it will be Bachmann- Paul! THAT will be interesting!!!!!

    August 14, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. I'm a GOP Hostage and so are you

    Republicans are America's worst nightmare. The time for games has come and gone. The truth is out. The Republican Party is EVIL. They are even perverting the central tenets of Christianity and Christ's teachings. These people are NOT Christian, they are drunk on the kool-aid of a new pseudo- "Christian" cult. All that stuff about Rick Perry's friends at his event. The "apostles" who think Perry is an "instrument of God". SICK SICK SICK. Vote Democrat in 2012 up and down the line. From President to your local sherrif and everywhere in between. NO MORE RELIGIOUS SICKOS, NO MORE CORPORATE STOOGE SICKOS. Obama + the Dems all the way so we can fix this country from the mess that the GOP left us.

    August 14, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Irrma in North Carolina

    All the tea party people are out in full force spreading their lies and hate.

    August 14, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Sean

    I'm a GOP Hostage and so are you

    Republicans are America's worst nightmare. The time for games has come and gone. The truth is out. The Republican Party is EVIL. They are even perverting the central tenets of Christianity and Christ's teachings. These people are NOT Christian, they are drunk on the kool-aid of a new pseudo- "Christian" cult. All that stuff about Rick Perry's friends at his event. The "apostles" who think Perry is an "instrument of God". SICK SICK SICK. Vote Democrat in 2012 up and down the line. From President to your local sherrif and everywhere in between. NO MORE RELIGIOUS SICKOS, NO MORE CORPORATE STOOGE SICKOS. Obama + the Dems all the way so we can fix this country from the mess that the GOP left us.

    This is the reason that nothing gets done in Washington. Both parties just look at each other with so much bias and hatred that they are unwilling to discuss viable options or reach a solution. Instead they just talk about how horrible the other party is and point the finger

    August 14, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  6. Poppy

    I live in Texas, lifelong. I am a graduate of his alma mater and a current longtime employee of it. Rick Perry (Slick Parry) is one of the scariest people imaginable. He has done little to nothing in the State of Texas for which he can take credit and if we lead in any area of human energy, employment or production, it is only because Texas is so big. This man could very well be the death of America if elected. Please don't. He's been in the governor's office to the destruction of so much that's dear to Texans. He'll do the same thing to so much that is dear to Americans!

    August 14, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Billy

    So the guy who wants Texas to leave the US also wants to be president? Sorry, but presidents from Texas don't seem to work out well for the rest of us.

    August 14, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. I'm a GOP Hostage and so are you

    No, Sean, you are the problem. Democrats have bent over backwards to save the country from the mess we're in. The GOP's response, c/o Michelle Bachmann, "I don't compromise." That is sickening. The GOP pushed our country to default. Michelle Bachmann, in fact voted to default. The Democrats didn't force her to do that, that was HER choice. They don't care about America one iota. They are dangerous and destructive and anyone who votes for a Republican is voting to make America a Third World country. These people are SICK. You DON'T vote for America to default unless you want the American economy to be destroyed. There is no "both sides do it" to that. It is ENTIRELY the GOP who voted for default. They are liars and they are very dangerous. Just look at Mitt "Corporations Are People" Romney. Just look at the Ryan Plan. It ENDS Medicare. Ends it. Any working person right now who is paying into Medicare and SS better vote Dem or you're voting to kill YOUR OWN future benefits. Wake up, America. Dems may not be perfect, but Republicans ARE evil. Period.

    August 14, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. thomas

    Mitt Romney has 5 sons , none did any military service.

    Rick Perry took and kept money from Enron energy , knowing they were committing fraud
    He also did what every governor in Texas must do , Execute an innocent man !

    The big and only question is which one will be vice president , Mitt or Rick !

    August 14, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Julie

    GAWD – another GOP Texas Governor! We must be paying penence for something.

    August 14, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Perry threatened to secede from the Union when he didn't get his way – treason, in my book – and now he wants to be POTUS? To do what, completely tear our country apart and sell it to the highest bidder?

    Oh, I forgot, Jesus talks to him, so it must all be OK ... *sarcasm*

    August 14, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    GOP approval ratings in the low to mid 20s yet some are clamoring for a person like Perry in the White House. Either the polls are incorrect or there is a very serious disconnect with our country and reality.

    August 14, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Indy

    Republicans once again prove that they work for their party and not the people, they stick togethr like a gang of thugs and would not dare to say something bad about another gang member. Anyone else notice they are all lockstep in only using President Barack Obama when talking about the President, they never call him President Obama anyomre vecause they are thugs that think his funny name is going to scare people into not voting for him again. They pander to the stupid people constantly. How often did you hear President Bush,President Clinton,President Carter addressed by the opposite party with first and last name. If you care about your country you have to do the right thing and vote out this gang that refuses to listen to the will of the people.

    August 14, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Bud Tarken

    Republicans are America's worst nightmare. The time for games has come and gone. The truth is out. The Republican Party is EVIL. They are even perverting the central tenets of Christianity and Christ's teachings. These people are NOT Christian, they are drunk on the kool-aid of a new pseudo- "Christian" cult. All that stuff about Rick Perry's friends at his event. The "apostles" who think Perry is an "instrument of God". SICK SICK SICK. Vote Democrat in 2012 up and down the line. From President to your local sherrif and everywhere in between. NO MORE RELIGIOUS SICKOS, NO MORE CORPORATE STOOGE SICKOS. Obama + the Dems all the way so we can fix this country from the mess that the GOP left us.

    I LIKE IT!!! As much as I think the Democrats are all bought out now thanks to the right wing Supreme Corporate Court decision my gut say's stay far away from the Republican party. Last thing I want is something dictating how to run my life which seems to be the first few things out of thier mouths. If myself or someone wanted assisted suicide, an abortion, a doobie to smoke for ailments, view some porno, an alcoholic beverage in a park and or a host of other "immoral" activities these Republican right wingers keep leaning toward Taliban like rules I want no part of it or them.

    August 14, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |