Perry to skip DeMint forum
September 5th, 2011
10:21 AM ET
7 years ago

Perry to skip DeMint forum

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not attend the Palmetto Freedom Forum of GOP candidates Monday night, sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint, and will instead return to Texas to deal with the wildfires in the state, DeMint and the Perry campaign told CNN.

The South Carolina senator's office said they learned of Perry's plans not to attend the Columbia, South Carolina event Monday morning.

"The Governor is in close contact with emergency operations officials regarding fires in Texas, including calls with his emergency management chief this morning," Perry's campaign communications secretary Ray Sullivan told CNN. "Governor Perry is cancelling the remainder of his South Carolina schedule today (including DeMint Fourm) and his California schedule tomorrow in order to return to Texas ASAP."

Six declared presidential candidates, including Perry were scheduled to participate in the Forum, led by DeMint, a leading voice in the tea party movement.

Perry will now fly back to Texas after participating in a town hall in Conway, South Carolina Monday morning. He has also canceled a trip to California Tuesday, according to Mark Miner, national press secretary for the campaign.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • DeMint Labor Day Forum • Jim DeMint • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Gary Cardinale

    Will he use the same excuse to dodge the Repub debate that pushed back the presiden't speech from Wednesday to Thursday?

    September 5, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. FM

    I do hope Perry will participate the debate on Wednesday, if he will not, Boehner should explain to the entire country why did he suspend the President's speech!

    September 5, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Pattigee

    It warms my heart that I am not the only one who doesn't care for Perry. He should use his religious prowess and pray to the rain god to douse the fires. You know prayer is the

    September 5, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Vet4RonPaul

    Perry is just another neocon that is afraid to debate why he is for unjust wars and more government jobs in his home state. I'm a military veteran with an MBA and I'm anti-war and pro Ron Paul because he is the only one brave enough to take on the neocons and Fed. We all will soon need to choose between right and wrong on this election. I implore you to choose liberty and peace for the sake of your children.

    September 5, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Jilli

    Oh, so Mr. Perry, hero, is going back to TX to do what he was elected to do. Problem is, he's nothing but a figurehead. In the state of TX, it's the lieutenant governor that runs the state. Perhaps Mr. Perry could enlist his band of "Christian" bigots and homophobes to discuss what Texas is being punished for. Perhaps they'll pray for rain again...since it worked so well the last time. That's what happens when you put religion over science.

    How long will it be before Perry is grovelling for a handout from the federal government?

    September 5, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. RINO Bil

    Nice excuse Governor. Apparaently Jim De Mint isn't the all important "kingmaker" he fancies himself to be.

    September 5, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Henry

    Come on Perry, multi-task, that's what a president have to do

    September 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. LouAz

    "Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.” – Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856)

    September 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia


    My prediction for 2012 Presidential Race – Romney & Palin vs Obama & Clinton (Joe Biden will be Secretary of State)
    September 5, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am]

    I will bet with you on this. Clinton is quiet now and this notion was brought up in the past and then dropped. I think it could happen – But I don't know if Romney will pick Palin if he gets the nomination. That would HURT him (even though he'll never win)... Remember 2008???

    September 5, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. A Kickin' Donkey

    He's a follower, not a leader. In this case, he is following President Obama.

    Barack Obama cut his vacation short on Martha's Vineyard to return to Washington to oversee the Federal Government's preparation and response to Irene. He was flanked by the members of his team responsibile for each department that had a role to play in taking action. Other politicians copied this formula; Bloomberg with his Fire, Police & MTA commissioners behind him, Chistie did likewise.

    These fires in Texas have been burning for MONTHS. Perry's plan, literally, has been to pray for rain. I'm sorry but, at best, that is the gravy, not the meat. Rick Perry is ONLY returning to Texas now because EVERYBODY is watching him and he doesn't want to be outclassed by President Obama.

    September 5, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. daystar

    Texas has been burning for months, he is taking a page from john mac's play book. leaving to save Texas, i am just damn proud of you !

    September 5, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. JennyTX

    Please tell Perry NOT to pray. The weekend he conducted that big exclusively Christian prayer meeting in Houston was the same weekend 31 soldiers died in Afghanistan and on Monday morning the stock market crashed. We don't need Perry leading people in prayer.

    September 5, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. John B

    Why do politicians feel it necessary to go where disasters are occuring? Unless he is ready to slap on firefighting equipment and get his manicured fingers dirty, stay the hell away. If they really gave a crap, leave the photographers behind.

    September 5, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  14. Kanageloa

    There will be pro and con comments on this article. Take it for what it's worth. One thing for sure Obama is on the ropes and the next POTUS will be an American citizen and a Republican that loves this country.

    September 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. perrydoubter

    Is fire in Texas warning from God too? Is Perry running for President of Dis-United State of America? He is going to prove that there is no need of federal government. US will become next USSR under Perry.

    September 5, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. SurRy

    Hmmm, seems like God doesn't want Perry to be involved in the forum. Why else would he have created these fires? Some of you crazy science folks will blather on about heat, dry brush, high winds, yadda, yadda...

    September 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Mr. Madtown

    I'm waiting to see if Perry still expects any Federal assistance in dealing with the Texas fires, and if so, I'm sure he will want to follow the "Cantor Rule" and find something to cut as an offset.
    May I suggest he start by cutting subsidies to the Big Oil companies followed by the closing of Fort Hood.

    September 5, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. T'sah from Virginia


    There will be pro and con comments on this article. Take it for what it's worth. One thing for sure Obama is on the ropes and the next POTUS will be an American citizen and a Republican that loves this country.
    September 5, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |

    Here we go with the "President Obama is not an American" moment!!! This blogger just proved that there are still some of you out there that just can't get over the FACT that President Obama is an American!!! This is why there will NOT be a Republican president in 2012 because the people that are behind the current candidates campaigning are people like Kanageloa!!!!

    Obama/Biden 2012!! Or, Obama/Clinton 2012!!!

    September 5, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. BobbyD in CO

    "There will be pro and con comments on this article. Take it for what it's worth. One thing for sure Obama is on the ropes and the next POTUS will be an American citizen and a Republican that loves this country."

    1 pro and 39 cons, and the one pro comment from a good old "birther". This is the only poll we need to know Perry doesn't stand a chance in the general election.

    September 5, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. 42196 mean our governor is actually coming back to our state....novel concept – a governor providing leadership to the state he leads. I bet he is only returning for the photo.

    September 5, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Out of Texas

    Rick Perry's return to Texas to "deal with wildfires" is just a smoke screen to obscure the real reason why is dodging this forum. Texas was a burning inferno before he left to go out on the campaign trail several weeks ago, and it did not stop him from leaving town. The lieutenant governor is in charge no doubt. So why the urgency to return to Texas?

    Rick Perry's real urgency is to duck and dodge debates, questions, and interviews that would high light his profound ignorance and less than stellar record here in Texas.

    Since Rick Perry dodged the 2010 Texas Gubernatorial Debate at the state level, he sure as hell will avoid any debates on a national level.

    September 5, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Len

    Remember, Perry cut billions of dollars from the state budget....including resources for disasters!!!!!! Fire folks, fire folks!!!!

    September 5, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Sanandra

    I'm just chuckling here in Texas. I wondered when this phony coward would start sidestepping. He refused to participate in the debates during his last run for Governor (and yet the idiot lemmings here still voted him back in office). Perry is like Palin– he can't handle a situation where he has to think on his feet. Both Perry & Palin are trying their darnest to avoid having to face the tough questions & actually answer something without having a pre-prepared statement in front of them.
    I'm a 5th generation Texan. and I wouldn't put Rick Perry in charge of cleaning up the dog poop in my backyard. He would only add to the mess.

    September 5, 2011 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  24. Hector

    The reason that he gave for not attending the forum was that he is not going to talk about it until they fix the border problem. I see several problems with his position.
    First, he wants someone to fix the problem then, he will come out and try to talk and take credit for fixing it.
    He is avoiding, not the border issue but, the social problem issue, problems such as the crisis of unemployment, health care, education, social security, medicare, medicaid, etc, etc. The same programs that are barely holding up the people. The people makes the Country. The same programs that he attacks on daily basis.
    If he doesn't come out to a simple forum organized by his own party, do you think he is going to come out for a world wide viewed presidential debate? I don't think so.
    However, if he continues to run, sooner or later, he has to deal with it. That's when he is going to either deal with it or not.
    Either way he is going to look and sound as the D & F student that he is. Are Ds and Fs still failing grades? If they are, would you go to a doctor that received grades like that? Then, why do we want him running our beautiful Country? That will be our END. He will finish with the little bit that W. left.

    September 5, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Al

    Come on, now. I don't care for Perry, I don't want him in the oval office, but maligning him for coming back to Texas for these fires is ridiculous. Yes, there have been wildfires in Texas this summer, but NOTHING like what is happening right now. Over sixty new fires broke out yesterday, and hundreds of thousands of acres are burning. These fires are not contained, and the wind from the storm is making it much worse. He SHOULD be in Texas, helping to manage the state's response to the disaster. I don't like Perry. I don't want him elected. But he doesn't deserve to be criticized for doing what he should be doing while his state is in crisis.

    September 5, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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