Perry picks up South Carolina endorsements
August 20th, 2011
09:14 AM ET
7 years ago

Perry picks up South Carolina endorsements

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) – Rick Perry received his most significant endorsements Saturday in South Carolina since jumping into the race for the White House one week ago.

Former U.S Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins will join the Texas governor at a campaign stop at Tommy's Country Ham House in Wilkins' hometown of Greenville, said Katon Dawson, former South Carolina GOP chairman who is leading Perry's campaign efforts in the state.

Wilkins was a top fundraiser for George W. Bush in his critical 2000 presidential primary win over John McCain. He served as Bush's state campaign chairman in 2004.

Longtime South Carolina Republican campaign consultant Chip Felkel said this endorsement is a sign that Perry is on a roll in the state that has a reputation for choosing the eventual Republican presidential nominee.

"[Wilkins is] the former speaker of the House, respected Republican in the state. It's a very significant pick-up for Perry," said Felkel, who is not affiliated with any candidates this cycle but previously worked on Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush's campaigns.

Felkel said President Bush visited the Ham House during the 2000 primary.

Wilkins served 25 years in the South Carolina General Assembly and was House speaker for 11 years. In 2005, Wilkins was appointed ambassador by President Bush.

Perry picked up another endorsement in the Palmetto State later Saturday from Harvey Peeler, the majority leader in the state Senate.

The presidential candidate and Senate majority leader met on Perry's campaign bus in transit from the morning event in Greenville to his afternoon event in Rock Hill. Peeler will not join Perry in Rock Hill.

"He's excited about it and he will be a tremendous asset to our team in South Carolina," Dawson said.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. annie s

    I have a simple way of choosing Presidents – whoever the people of South Carolina pick, I pick the other one.

    August 20, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Clwyd

    How can any American support a man who wants to do away with Fed. income taxes for all Americans and try to run a country that way. How can any American support a man who doesn't want Senators directly elected by the people! He is talking like the Confederate he is! Drawl and all!

    August 20, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. malabar

    Anyone but Obama 2012. regardless of who the nominee will be, we will know more about their personal life and plans for our country than we ever knew about the current President. we do not have a leader in the white house, we have a person who lacks the courage of his convictions. we continue to sit idle, even sliding back, instead of moving forward. obama 08 was 1 of the biggest cons ever pulled off. it should have been hillary. it may have been better, perhaps worse, who knws, but more people would have confidence in their President today if the better qualified, more experienced candidate had won. no doubt

    August 20, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  4. Marie MD

    The cheerleading secessionist LOL He is REALLY a personal joke. Let's now see what else he has taken from the federal government while bashing it and wanting texas to secede. Thank you Time magazine. Buy it and turn to the, right smack in the center page for other tidbits about romneycare, the flake from MN and last place huntsman.
    Texas received $1.2B in temporary Medicaid fund in 2003; his lobbyists won earmarks for desalination in Freeport and the dredging of the Matagorda shipping canal; his team boasted of successfully restoring $200M in no child left behind funding in 2005 and my favorite one . . . . . the secessionist pushed for an annual $47.5M boost in FEDERAL funds to pay for undocumented-immigrant health care in Texas. And, yes, the FEDERAL government did help him out with those wildfires of just a few weeks ago.

    August 20, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Tommy's Country Ham House in Wilkins' hometown of Greenville? Is that a bigger or smaller rally that at a Piggly Wiggly store? I see Perry is courting the Jewish vote this time!

    August 20, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Marshall

    Rick Perry reminds me of nothing so much as Elmer Gantry the hypocritical religious huckster in Sinclair Lewis' famous novel of the same name.

    August 20, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    I will never understand it. These GOP supporters, the americans of reduced thought, are more than willing to elect a C- minus student in hopes of it being the best thing for this country.

    It was always embarassing listening to Bush fumble through his words and it was even worse realizing the problems his fumbling made for this country. And that's what these teapartial brain people want again. This president is catching "hell" just trying to get the country back on its feet, with the GOP lead house dragging theirs.

    We need to send home all the tea-unpatriots, regain the House. Then get a filibuster proof senate of 61 or more, and then we can put this country back on its feet.

    Obama 2012

    August 20, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. NVa Native

    More lame stream media reporting on lame stream GOP candidates. So Perry is another pathetic right wing loon who has been added to the "how utterly irresponsible and negative can I be" crowd. Wish they would just choose who the top freak is and move on to the election, maybe just take their ugly display behind closed doors the same way ever other corporate decision is done.
    Rock, paper, scissors should work fine for their neo-pubescent under-achievers.

    August 20, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. Sarah-fl

    What a southerners really are stupid!

    August 20, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Felkel said President Bush visited the Ham House during the 2000 primary."

    Well that ought lock up Perry's nomination neat and tidy, yes? Both Perry and Romney better keep an eye on their pal Jon Huntsman, though. Seems as if Huntsman's had enough of the meet and greets in locales such as the Ham House, and is priming himself for the big leagues now (Piers Morgan). Apparently meeting folks isn't on Jon's list of things to do anymore. Too much palm sweat, or not enough money coming from the *regular* folks to keep the wheels greased, Huntsman?

    August 20, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. kakaraka

    So all the Bush people will come back to the White House again? No way, please. It's scaring that these same people who destroy our economy through their failed millionaires/riches focus policies on the back of middle class will even get a pass for any credibility. Obama2012.

    August 20, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    Now stop doing that CNN. You are making him look like GW Bush on purpose.That is a most unflatering picture.From now on run your pictures by Fox News so they can keep you from making the GOP look bad. Come to think of it resembing Bush would be a plus in their eyes.

    August 20, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. derek

    I like the Ceo of Bank of America caught on camera yesterday, Saying to Perry, "We.ll take care of you!!!!! What a scum bagg!!!! Go back to Texas where you belong! Moron!

    August 20, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    BTW, Hey Democrats not everything that Rick Perry wants is bad, People complain that he wants Texas to seceed from the union. This is a perfectly good idea we should encouraage it..on the condition that they take a few of those other southern state with them.

    August 20, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. cindy

    This is one South Carolinian that DOES NOT support this arrogant sob. Please don't think ALL the people do. South Carolina is a beautiful place to be whether one lives or visits despite its politics and has alot of history and heritage to be proud of like ALL the states in America. Can't be held responsible for news media to find the most idiotic characters to interview.

    August 20, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. B

    Not surprising as SC is second only to NC and Texas as the centers of ignorance and backward thinking in the United States !

    Perry is, as everyone now knows, Bush‘s dumber twin and even more arrogant, if that is possible.

    The GOP is in deep trouble rounding up all the Nitwits in the Tea Party to run, what a pathetic showing.

    Obama is smiling .

    August 20, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Indy

    Perry just oozes out bull crap out of his mouth and it stinks to high heavens ! Within a few weeks the truth about Perry will unfold and he will be in the re cycle bin with Romney,Bachmann and Pawlenty. There is not one thing that Republicans say that will move the country in a forward and positive direction. Ron Paul is the only one that is human like but Republicans dont like him because he is smarter than all of them combined.

    August 20, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Matthew

    I dont get it, CNN gives the Hunts man all the free advertising he wants & he has a 1% on the polls. Extremely boring, you guys are definetly in bed with this morman kid. Come on, Get Perry on the Show, Or even Bachman, & Why is Mitt so afraid of Rick, He is extremely jealous & envious of the new guy who is takin him down fast!!! Come on Mitt, LOSE THE SKIRT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 20, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. PitaM

    Governor Perry needs to get back to TX and work – something he doesn't know much about.....He is campaigning on the backs of Texans who are still paying his salary and his $10,000 a month mansion. If he wants to campaign – he needs to take a leave of absence and save our tax dollars. Gov. Perry is arrogant and he thinks he is beyond the very God that he keeps talking about....we despise him here in Texas...Freeloader and despicable!!

    August 20, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Just say NO to Texas Governors.

    August 20, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. AAA

    We do not need another Texan. think back what happened to us when we had a Texan president GB.

    August 20, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    South Carolina is one of the Southern States, of course Republicans endorse Republicans, it's the non-Southern States they can't win. No news here.

    August 20, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. We Need Another Texas Governor As President . . .

    Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice . . . won't get fooled again.

    August 20, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. fayse

    The Governor won the election with 39% of the vote because, it was a three way race.There are many of us who would never vote him for anything.Anyone that seriously considers voting for him, please do your research first. Of all of the new jobs created, most were Government jobs with only 5% in the privated sector. Those were primarily minimum wage jobs with no benefits. There is a school district in the suburbs of Dallas that will charge parents for the students to ride the school bus this next term. Healthcare and education ranks near the bottom of all other States. The State of Texas now faces a $24billion shortfall in the budget. Many school teachers and firemen are looking at a layoff. I talked to a city employee and he told me that for every job posted, they would have 400 applicants, many of those have advanced degrees, hoping to get a low paying position. Don't just assume that everything is rosy, just because Perry says so, talk is cheap.

    August 20, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. BeverlyNC

    Of course he would. SC is the most uneducated backward poverty-stricken state in the country – right along with Texas. Perry made sure TX is on a fast decline. You just can't fix stupid or educate people with common sense when they are so steeped in ignorance and racism. It lives strong in SC. I see it every day there.

    August 20, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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