Perry gains big endorsement in Florida
August 24th, 2011
08:04 PM ET
7 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. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    As a Florida resident I can guarantee you....The current President will win this state. We do not want our Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid cut. Voters sat home in 2010. This will never happen again. We will make sure of it.

    August 24, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    well his leadership in Texas cost Texans around $27 Billion dollars in defecit!!! That's 10 years of his leadership. New jobs come from other sources, not Ricky Perry!! Those jobs bring minimum wage and no health insurance!! It is terrible. The media is simply giving Perry a Cake walk. No way the dude will be Obama in a face to face. The only Republican who could be Obama is the Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

    August 24, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. Jerry


    Nothing like tsking the credit as a Republican for creating 1 million minimum wage jobs and grew government jobs and size. Then Rick Perry pawned the debt off of the state onto the counties, cities, and towns and says he balanced the budgets.

    Rick Perry should be running for president in France or Russia, not America.

    August 24, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  4. thomas

    Enron's Favorite State Candidates
    & PACs, 1998 and 2000 Election Cycles
    Recipient Amount Gov. George W. Bush
    Gov. Rick Perry
    A.G. John Cornyn

    Perry/Enron 2012 JOBS?

    August 24, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    uh you got it wrong again sir...the federal government in Texas is responisble for more jobs here than Rick Perry has "created" I just love how the facts can be twisted. Currently we have 8.4% unemployment here in Texas, low paying minimum wage jobs, more people without health insurance and very high crime rates. If they are going to tell the Perry Fairy tale they might as well tell it all.

    August 24, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Howie Feltersnatch

    Woot! First! Go Perry Go!

    August 24, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Of course a other Fla. repre. would endose a low pay job;'s creator. In Fla. all jobs are minium wages. Perry is a bully in a china closet, a Fla closet.

    August 24, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. kyle

    40%, what has this guy been smoking, Florida gold.

    August 24, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Great, a GOBPbaggin' teatard endorses Ricky Boots based on phony and misleading numbers. Behold your extreme rightwing "mind" at work.

    August 24, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Big whoop. A liar endorsing a liar and a fake.

    August 24, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Tex71

    Perry took billions of dollars of the federal stimulus funding he shouted so angrily about, and used it to pay his corporate proctosculators to hire unemployed workers at minimum wage and no benefits.
    Perry is about screwing the working and middle class, hard and fast, with not even a hint of apology. This POS is paid big bucks to serve the public, and by G_d he serves them – serves them to his bigwig friends for dinner with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

    August 24, 2011 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  12. A

    Dean Cannon who?

    August 24, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. johnson

    Get real, Perry didn't create crap. I assume that if the republicans keep saying it, the rest will follow. These people can threaten the Presidency form the start of Obama's tenure and threaten to succeed from the union and suddenly he is a (FRONT RUNNER). We have more problems in this country than the economy. Racism, greed and everything else WILL DESTROY THIS COUNTRY, so keep playing to that base American (Land of the Dunce).

    August 24, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. beth

    I wouldn't exactly call Dean Cannon a big endorsement. The Florida House of Representatives is not the greatest governing body in the country. Look who they backed--Rick Scott.

    August 24, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Debra From Georgia

    on that stimulus money he created jobs, which was Obama's policy

    August 24, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. johnson

    i mean secede

    August 24, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  17. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Go, Perry! You are the answer to the prayers of us Democrats. We need to have you, the nuttiest of all the nutty Repuke candidates, get the nomination, so Obama can CRUSH you and pull lots of other Democrats into office with him. Gee, I might even contribute to your campaign - and then vote against you, ha ha!

    August 24, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. Conrack

    When I saw Florida, I figured it was Goofy from Orlando. One cartoon character endorsing another.

    August 24, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Tom

    So now the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives is the person who anoints the next Republican president?

    August 24, 2011 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  20. Don

    Getting the endorsement of Florida's House Speaker, Cannon, is no surprise. Cannon led the Florida legislature to pass such extremist positions as making pregnant women pay for and watch a sonogram of their fetus, before having an abortion ( Republicans are supposed to stand for LESS government involvement in our lives, not more). Florida currently is in the midst of gerrymandering voting districts so few minorities or Democrats will be able to get elected in future elections, even though voters asked for reasonably shaped boundaries. Cannon pushed the legislature to make it tougher for people to register to vote. I am sure Cannon does endorse Perry's extremist positions, on abortion, no taxes for the wealthy and teaching creationism in schools as a science. We already tried the Republican idea of lower taxes for the rich and you can see how well that has done for us. I certainly hope the Republican party comes to its senses and nominates someone with more moderate positions than Perry and someone with some real ideas to solve our problems.

    August 24, 2011 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. Bodhi

    Oh yeah, we have job creation in Texas. We are tied with Mississippi as having the greatest number (as a percentage) of minimum wage jobs in the country. Yahoo! Only Sticky Ricky would be stupid enough to boast concerning that fact.

    August 24, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perry's Bushs boy and the job creation he's talking about is stimulous money that created 95% of government jobs in Texas. Let Perry keep talking, he's getting himself in a rat hole he won't be able to climb out of without telling the truth. Where's the "Truth Squad" or do they only appear when it's not about Republicans.

    August 24, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. CA Dream USA

    Big Government Job Building (federal Stimulus) , Private Sector Job Killer Slick Rick Perry is on the Run...Got see the more the working class , working poor and UN-Employed question Slick Rick the more support he get's from the Tea Party......

    August 24, 2011 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  24. rday

    Oh great! fl gave us west and bush now perry yuk!!! i hope the avergae voter pays attention to this man and votes against...oh but even if they do it might not count...that is how we got bush in the 1st place.

    August 24, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |

    E M P T Y R H E T O R I C. He gutted funding for education. In my book that is inexcusable. Who is going to educate the next work force generation? Facebook, Twitter, myspace? Rick Perry is a disgrace.

    August 24, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
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