Perry gains big endorsement in Florida
August 24th, 2011
08:04 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry gains big endorsement in Florida

(CNN) – Republican Dean Cannon, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, endorsed Rick Perry Wednesday, highlighting the Texas governor’s record of job creation in the Lone Star State.

“President Obama’s big-government, Washington experiment has cost our nation more than 2.3 million jobs,” said Cannon in a statement. “Meanwhile, since just June 2009, Rick Perry’s Texas is responsible for approximately 40% of the net new jobs in America.”

Cannon is a high-profile Republican in a critical state for the GOP. He’s also involved with picking a date for the Florida primary, which is currently set for January 31, earlier than Republican National Committee rules allow for the primary and caucus season.

The RNC warns that the Sunshine State could lose half its delegates should it violate the rules and hold its primary before March. Florida has until October 1 to make a decision.

Cannon’s endorsement followed recent poll results that showed Perry leading the Republican presidential field in Florida.

In an American Research Group survey from late July – weeks before Perry jumped in the race – the Texas governor came in first place at 16 percent among registered Republicans. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann tied for second in the poll at 15 percent.

“I know that with Speaker Cannon's help, we will win Florida's primary, the Republican nomination, and ultimately, the Presidency," Perry said in a statement Wednesday.

–CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Rick Perry
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Squigman

    Drink the Kool-Aid. Go to sleep. It's all just a bad dream, and it's bound to get worse.

    August 24, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  2. Indy

    “President Obama’s big-government

    Is what helped Texas create jobs ! Perry glady recieved big government money and was crying for more ! Do you think all voters are stupid ?

    August 24, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Tyler Derden

    Tiexas is ted with Mississippi for the lowest level of insured workers.
    Texas average wages are 47th in the nation.
    The jobs we do have come from our minerals – oil and natural gas. That is luck, not some kind of Rick Perry magic.
    THe professional politician misleads, misstates, and beats his own chest.
    THe most important fact – Perry is not in it for the country, he is in it for his own glory. Obama is in it because he is a patriot.

    August 24, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. JB in Dallas

    "Rick Perry’s Texas is responsible for approximately 40% of the net new jobs in America.”

    Yeah... and it seems like all those jobs are either at Carl's Jr or Walmart... way to go and create thousands of minimum wage jobs... just what America needs.

    August 25, 2011 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  5. Proud to be an Independent !

    It doesn't matter , the wheels are starting to come of the Perry wagon ! His record is getting picked apart daily and he is being exposed for the fraud that he is !

    August 25, 2011 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  6. Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

    Come fellow Americans...even GOTP supporters..... Why must we promote and elect C and D students to the highest office in the world? What is this obsession with having someone in office that isn't as smart as many 8th graders? Dubya and Perry are probably great guys to have beers with, but nuanced thinkers ?? – Not so much. Aren't the problems we are facing complex enough? We should understand "critical thinking" is important. Its actually part of the undergrad curriculum. Instead these GOTPer's think it means calling your opponent a "socialist, communist, muslim, blah blah"

    And the Republicans wonder why we are Americans worry about their plans to cut education. Those of us that appreciate education see the dumbing down of America, as a means to add Republican voters and supporters. Gov. Perry is a shining example, along with the rest of this years GOP field of candidates.

    August 25, 2011 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  7. Darrel

    why would this country want to be ruled by a infidel and extrmists religious fanatics

    August 25, 2011 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Big endorsement? Another republikan in Florida speaking out for this twangy booty/jeweled guy. I hope doesn't become another south carolina!
    BTW secessionist, it will be really nice in the Florida east coast the next couple of days. Go out and enjoy the beaches!

    August 25, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  9. Njfinest2009

    Rick Perry are you going to admit that Obama's stimulus money helped you create those jobs? You want government out, but yet you continue to take from the government. What is your jobs plan for the rest of America? People do not want minimum wage jobs they want real jobs, give us a plan.

    August 25, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  10. Bill in Florida

    “President Obama’s big-government, Washington experiment has cost our nation more than 2.3 million jobs,” said Cannon in a statement. “Meanwhile, since just June 2009, Rick Perry’s Texas is responsible for approximately 40% of the net new jobs in America.”

    Yeah, nothing like distorted facts, half-truths, and telling only part of the story ...

    August 25, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
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