Inhofe endorses Perry
August 29th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
3 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. Repub class warfare has destroyed the middle class, the economy, and our standing in the world

    He must have forgotten that he already endorsed him last week. Inhofe was never know for having a great mind.

    August 29, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Clwyd

    Being stupid must come from being such close neighbors. No chance to get other intelligent ideas before making up your Confederate minds!

    August 29, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Annie, Atlanta

    No surprise here. From one oil guy to another.

    August 29, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Matthew

    It doesnt matter what people say on this blog cause its 85% Democrat, and thats the Gods honest truth. The truth of the matter is that this cowboy is the real deal. A hard core right wing Rebublican who has the money & clout. Big oil has its blank check ready!!! I am a democrat however this guy has major backbone & is no-nonsence and says what he thinks without fear! I find that very refreshing. Little mittens cant hold a candle to this man. Yes Perry is a pay to play guy, but arent they all. Perry, NOT A MORMAN, where do I get that bumper sticker?

    August 29, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Jeff in Virginia

    Got any more airplanes to land on closed runways?

    August 29, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. K

    Well, if Sen. Inhofe is endorsing Perry, I suppose I'll just look elsewhere. As an OK resident, I've been concerned that he is losing touch with the people, so his endorsement isn't worth much these days.

    August 29, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. fayse

    In your dreams, 61% of the voters don't want him as Governor. He won his last election with 39% of the vote because, it was a three way race and I believe that it was rigged for Kinky Freidman to run with the express purpose of splitting the votes.

    August 29, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Jaywing

    Inhofe has been spending way too much time in the hot sun - his brain has done boiled away. Get real and listen to what this clown says - the only people who would think Perry is presidential material are simply too ignorant or too stupid to think for themselves. Yes, stupid people need representation, but wouldn't stupid people prefer someone intelligent to represent them - someone who is rational, who knows something about how the world actually works and could be a fully-functional advocate for them - not some lame, half-brained, loud-mouthed fundamentalist christian huckster who can't think his way out of a wet paper bag with a sharp pocketknife and a GPS device?

    August 29, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. mesamick

    Vultures of a feather flock together....

    August 29, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. ja

    ja, endorses obama, how many votes does infole have, in other words who cares that he endorses perry, perry is the man that suggested texas secede, don't say much about perry or infole

    August 29, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Matthew

    I also believe this man if elected would have the courage to ask / tell other countries, since we have protected you from harms way you should seriously consider debt relief to The United States of America. I really believe he would have the kahunas to put pressure on certain Countries to heavily consider that. I also believe he would not give aid to other countries but LEND to them. No more free rides for a nation, A LOAN, NOT JUST A GRANT. This nation & its leaders need to start thinking outside the box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Instead of outright giving, making money of every other nation on earth. The USA can & will do this under this guy!!! Perry, NOT A MORMAN! where do I get that bumper sticker?

    August 29, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Watching all the GOPers line up behind Perry is very telling. They all support an Anarchist and Secessionist as their great white hope.

    August 29, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Larry L

    Big shock! One prostitute for the oil business endorsing another. This big-mouth blowhard is exactly like Perry. We really need a President who is anti-science, anti-environment, anti-diversity, and dumber than a bag of hammers. Wait... we had that when "W" trashed the country.

    August 29, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. thomas

    Another political-evangelical obstructionist politician who wears a cross around his neck and gold dollar sign cufflinks on his wrists !

    God / Oil / Tax breaks for the holy and the corporate !
    Who did you think Jim Inhofe would support ? Perry and Inhofe go way back to the good old days of ENRON !

    August 29, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Carlos Murphy

    One nut-ball endorses the other nut-ball.

    August 29, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Republican Robber Baron

    The low info voter base's Simpletons, never stray far from each other.

    August 29, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Matthew

    I think the whole system needs to be shaken up, & this is the guy to do it. I also truely think that if Biden was replaced by Martin O Malley that would give a boost & a better shot at re-election. That was extremly dumb for Biden to be sent overseas to play stupid games & hang out with sumo wrestlers. While the economy is tankin & unemployment at major highs & Deficits surging, That was the dumbest thing in the world you could do is send the VP to do that. I mean really stupid!!!! Out with Biden in with O Malley!

    August 29, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    America watches as the GOP goes down in flames, never to be heard from again. The John Birch Society has risen again under their new name of The Tea Party, but this time there are no real statesmen in the GOP to kick them out the way William F. Buckley Jr. did in the early 60's.

    August 29, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. SPLAT!~

    Dean Vernon Wormer endorses Doug Neidermeyer, big whoop!~

    Blutarskiy/Dorfman 2012

    August 29, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Ron

    Who cares. Perry is a fraud and doesn't stand a chance.....no matter how much he tries to make the religious right believe he is one of them. He is only to the extent that it gets him their votes. And, he certainly can creat jobs in America, but he doesn't tell you that you'll have to work 2 shifts a day, seven days a week to make your car/insurance payment. Don't worry about the mortgage or college. You won't be able to afford anything other than a car and insurance in order to get to work at the NEW minimum wage of $3.25 an hour! That's the only way we can compete with China.

    August 29, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. logic in LA

    I hope someone is keeping a list of people that will back these haters and traitors. To back Bachmann or Perry is saying you hate gays and our way of life and support in Perry's case secession from the US.- Either should be watched and voted out of office.

    August 29, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Rick Perry's job creation in the State of Texas is so great then why haven't some of these Republicans consulted Perry prior to his candidacy?

    August 29, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Tulsa

    America, I am so sorry that you have to endure the Senators from my state. Not everyone in Oklahoma is as arrogant and uneducated as they are.
    Really!

    August 29, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. Tulsa

    How about "Parry, not a human."?

    August 29, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Off The Cuff

    Jackoff endorces Perry: A nut bag & a Bush clone.

    August 29, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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