Perry to sign conservative limited government pledge
September 28th, 2011
05:53 PM ET
7 years ago

Perry to sign conservative limited government pledge

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will sign a pledge Friday to limit government and cut taxes, fees and regulations were he to be elected president, according to an advance copy of a campaign statement.

The pledge is sponsored by conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

Perry will sign the pledge at his first town hall in Derry, New Hampshire.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. mh

    Stupidity rules the waves... Anything for a vote. Does anyone actually believe this nonsense?

    September 28, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Another pledge, another dollar.....

    GOP: Party First. Campaign Contributiions next. Country.....dead last, and we mean DEAD.

    September 28, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Non Paul

    There we go again! Republicans and their silly pledges. All republicans should sign a pledge saying they will not be stupid for the rest of their lives...

    September 28, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. SaintM

    What an ignorant fool. You don't base leadership on signed pledges–they don't hold up in court, and they tend to cause a lot of trouble. Also, he has no national experience to base his pledge on–but it looks good to the Tea Party.

    Governor Perry will not win the WH, and I hope that when he goes home, he will face a recall.

    September 28, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Ed DFWTX

    This is exactly one of the big problems with the GOP. They sign pledges and answer to special interest groups which makes them more concerned with what so called "big wigs" and self proclaimed "speaker for the chosen few" like Grover Norquest, Dick Army, Glen Beck, Fox News, and Jim Demitt, instead of what the average American thinks and realy needs. Most of these special interest groups have a hidden extreme social agenda disquised as an economic concern.

    September 28, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Grady

    The only pledge he should honor is the one that school children recite every day in schools across this land and that is the Pleadge of Allegiance to the United States. With liberty and justice for all.
    Pledging to a special interest group doesn't come across as the correct thing to do.

    September 28, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Kansan

    Why would a President hamstring himself with a pledge? Ideological purity tests by either side are a bad idea.

    September 28, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Mitzie

    Another GOP pledge that makes the candidate less able to do his/her job once they are elected. Wonderful! I keep hearing a lot from these candidates about what a "leader" is. Funny... I don't think "leaders" follow people who make them sign pledges.

    September 28, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  9. bob

    So, the pledge does not agree with the constitution. Isn't the President obligated to uphold the constitution. So much for that thanks to Americans for Prosperity and Mr. Perry.

    September 28, 2011 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  10. MTATL67

    Really I guess that does not include Texas $27B plus debt. If he signs the pledge does he have to return the billions in stimulus money back to us? Yeah know Texas was in 3rd place for taking the most stimulus money. Hey he still has to pay us back for the $107M loan. These pledges mean that if elected they are not accountable to the people but to that extremist group. These pledges need to be made illegal. The only pledge (secular) you are to as an elected official is to the Constitution and all the people not just the ones that voted for you. These pledges make really tick me off and are one of the un-American un-patriotic things in politics.

    September 28, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  11. Positive

    Signing this contract should make you ineligible to run for President or Congress. Period!

    September 28, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Ooh goody, another pledge to sign. Signing pledges is the equivalent to openly supporting special interest groups. Perry should take comfort in knowing he sealed his own fate, not that he ever had a snowball's chance in hell anyway.

    September 28, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. MS

    This following his pledge to use the government stop gay marriage and abortion. Sometimes I wonder why conservatives heads don't explode from the sheer amount of cognitive dissonance they must feel.

    September 28, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Sam


    At this point in time when the Republican electorate is realizing how short Perry is on conservative values, he will do anything to make belief he's what they want him to be. He's like a drowning man catching after even a bit of floating straw to save his candidacy.

    You know what? The whole Republican field has become a laughing stock to the democrats.

    It is no wonder they are now doing everything in their power to pull FAT Chris Christie into the race!!! Doesn't the Republican Party seem desperate?


    September 28, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Terrbear

    How about doing the job to do whats best for all Americans, all these pledges to all these different groups is unamerican. Obama 2012

    September 28, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Reggie from LA

    It just keeps coming.
    The stupid immaturity just keep rolling out. This is amazing. We want to make this club our national leadership? Have mercy stupid people. You'll go to the polls and vote for these boys and girls and their little club oaths? It's kinda like "I swear to God Almighty with tears in my eyes, that I'll be some kinda Grizzly thing, Sarah". Please don't be stupid America.

    September 28, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. hongli

    And they call it Puppy love---. Goodbye Rick and Anita . Thanks for the company and see you in 2016.

    September 28, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Kingpin5

    Isn't the very fact that Republicans are signing these "pledges" put them at odds with the Constitution and cause concern for questioning their loyalties? If they cannot "break" their pledge, then are they really answering to the electorate or to American for Prosperity? Are they puppets? I ask you!

    September 28, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  19. SiriusVH

    What a clown! Is he going to sign a pledge to defend Christian values against Islam too?

    September 28, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Perry needs to take his inept record and incompetence back to Texas where they appreciate being last in most important categories. Perry did not last as long as Trump.

    September 28, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would like to point out that Perry did not last as long as Trump.

    September 28, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  22. njb

    Here we go again...... Another pledge that has nothing to do with what I, as a citizen of the United States, support. I will only vote for candidates that pledge their oath during the swearing in ceremony - an oath to uphold the laws of the US and support their constituency.

    September 28, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Larry L

    Perry has given Texas "limited government"! His mismanagement of our budget and pandering to the rich has left us no money for schools, highways, or healthcare. That's the Republican idea of "limited government".

    Pledges are for politicians who can't be trusted to use their judgement. They are for people desperate for votes from radical groups of extremists – like the Tea Party. Would anybody hire a corporate leader who allowed his decisions to be controlled in advance by a small and angry group of shareholders? Would an Army want a leader unable to flex with the tactical or even strategic situation – because he held a list of "orders" somebody else issued before the campaign? We need pragmatic and diplomatic leaders to get America through the crisis of this challenging era. We do not need Rick Perry or any of the other pledge-takers.

    September 28, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  24. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just what we need, another ignorant, right wing Texan!

    September 28, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  25. nintex

    What's the deal with the pledges? These tea partiers are pledging themselves right out of any chance to win the nomination for president. Do they really think they represent the majority of normal people in this country?

    September 28, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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