Inhofe endorses Perry
August 29th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
7 years ago

Inhofe endorses Perry

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry picked up his first Senate endorsement Monday from Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma.

"Fourteen months ago I called him up. I said, 'Rick, I don't know if it's really going to happen, but I really believe you're the only guy who can really win this thing," Inhofe said at the Tulsa event. "And when the time comes, I'm going to be there to endorse you'."

Of the current 2012 GOP contenders, Inhofe said Perry was the strongest choice to beat President Barack Obama, citing the governor's record of increasing jobs in Texas and cutting down the state's deficit.

"The one thing that he has that nobody else has is his background of experience–not just in being an administrator, but in doing the right thing." Inhofe said, with Perry standing by his side. "No one out there is as aware as to the cost of all the over-regulations we're experiencing right now."

Perry said he was humbled by the senator's endorsement, adding that he was surprised when Inhofe called him last year about running for president.

"I did think you were way outside the realm of possibilities when you called, and I shared that with you," Perry said.

Inhofe is known as one of the Senate's most outspoken skeptics on climate change and shares his doubts with Perry, who has drawn fire for saying manmade global warming is an unproven scientific theory.

The Tulsa World last week reported that Inhofe has also weighed in on other White House hopefuls, saying former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is "a little mushy" on environmental issues. As for Newt Gingrich, Inhofe said he's always had a vision of the former House Speaker "sitting on the couch holding hands with Nancy Pelosi."

Besides Perry, Inhofe said there's another potential candidate who could oust Obama: Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.

"The reason I say that is he's taller than Obama is, he's better looking than Obama is, and he's the same age Obama is. He would have made a good candidate, but he's not running," Inhofe said.

While Thune was a favorite in early talks of 2012 presidential candidates, he decided against the idea in February and said he'll stay in the Senate. But in an interview in July, Thune left the door open for a vice presidential spot, saying he wouldn't rule out any options if asked to be the GOP running mate.

– CNN's Steve Brusk and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Jim Inhofe • Rick Perry
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Ed Texas

    Inhofe and Perry are both career politicians who pawns of big business and the wealthy. Many of Perry's views are out of the mainstream, whether on the Civil Rights And Voting Rights Acts,Social Security, Texas Secession,etc. In Perry's book "Fed Up", he states that Social Security is unconstitutional and a "Ponzi scheme. Inhofe and Perry both think climate change is a hoax. Perry and Inhofe are both bad for a progressive America and need to retire from public service. Lets help them next time they run for political office.

    August 29, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  2. Steve/Oklahoma

    Big oil owns both of them, so no big surprize. Both, together, couldn't fill a thimble with brain matter, so, again, no surprize

    August 29, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Blackpanthers2020

    Whether you or anyone else wants to admit this or not , but this group of republicans are radical to the far right extreme , an extreme that would destroy this country from within !!! There motto detroy the middle-class and push eages as low as possible without health insurance . Their motto make those cancer drugs so expensive that your family will go broke and fall even deeper in debt to the banks that 's raping for every other cent that you pay for them to hold for you .....when will you Americans stop allowing yourselfs to be screwed by the minority......A revolution is at hand and dam sure ain't the tea-party !!!!!

    August 29, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. NoTags

    Inhofe's endorsement in itself is enough reason NOT to vote for Perry.

    August 29, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    What? A conservative Republican Senator endorses Rick "God-told-me-to-be-President-even-though-I-didnt-really-want-to" Perry? Gasp. Shock. I cannot believe it.

    Next thing you know, some evangelical preacher with slick hair and big teeth will endorse him. Or an oil tycoon with a lot of investments in 'the military industrial complex'. Or the CEO of some global corporation that just shipped 10,000 jobs overseas. All in the name of 'patriotism' and their collective concern for 'the way this country is headed'.

    gasp. shock. i am really surprised. really. no really.

    August 29, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. trex

    There you have it....the endorsement of somebody that couldn't get a sniff at POTUS because he is more crazy than perry.

    August 29, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. trex

    Who would have thought OIL guy giving another OIL GUY the endorsement. Its like EXXON and Mobil merged.................doughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    August 29, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    WOW, What an endorsement! LOL!

    August 29, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. frank in valparaiso

    Oklahoma is another GOP locked up state. Texas doesn't sink into the Gulf because Oklahoma sucks. Inhofe in just another uneducated Republican who sucks up to the oil company masters.

    August 29, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Given that Inhofe refuses to acknowledge science because he is bought by industry, doesn't mean that he really knows what is going on. He only says what his corporate masters tell him. I don't find him more that an ideologue that doesn't care about the country much more than it helps him.

    August 29, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Oldie in TampaBay

    they deserve each other.

    August 29, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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