Perry open to sending troops to Mexico against drug cartels
October 1st, 2011
05:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry open to sending troops to Mexico against drug cartels

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Perry signaled Saturday he would be open to sending U.S. troops into Mexico to combat drug cartels should the situation arise.

After speaking at a house party in Manchester, the Texas governor was asked a series of questions about the border and his stance on illegal immigration.

He said the leaders of Mexico and the U.S. should meet after next year's elections to address the deadly drug trade in that country.

"It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border," Perry said.

Campaign press secretary Robert Black said Perry wanted to cooperate with the Mexican government and wasn't ruling anything out.

"He's going to work with the Mexican government to do what's necessary," Black said.

Perry also fielded questions on his stance on illegal immigrants already in the country, and offered a glimpse of the stance he may deploy on the debate circuit. The issue has offered his opponents the chance to wound Perry in previous debates.

An audience member at the house party asked Perry about his support for a Texas law that grants in-state college tuition to the children of some illegal immigrants.

Perry defended his stance as being widely popular among state legislators and asserted it was a states' rights issue. And he told the audience that - as a border-state governor - he was the only candidate with the experience and "courage" to tackle illegal immigration.

"I'm the only one that's been dealing with it for the last 10 years, and I know how to secure that border," he said.

He also took a subtle dig at his opponents, who have attacked the Texas governor's conservative bona fides on illegal immigration at a series of debates this fall.

"I don't have the privilege to stand on a stage and say, oh here's what I would do," Perry said. "I've been governor of Texas for 10 years. I have to deal with these issues, real-time."


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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. nathan

    Rick, bro, its over. Already.

    October 1, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    Perfect another Republican moron who wants to invade a country just because he thinks he can. "Thinks" being questionable.
    At least this will be known before any other idiot gets a chance to vote for him.

    October 1, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. justin

    Perry is crazy. If you send our troops to mexico even if we are working with the mexicans is crazy. First the possibilty of mexicans here might view that as a occupation. People tend to get patriotic when it comes to a occupation. I can imagine acts of terrorism really getting out of hand here. This another example of why Perry shouldnt be or be allowed to be president.

    October 1, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. John

    Why Is It the Republican are all way complain about spending money ,but the are all the first one that what to send are troop some where to fight. Don't these IDIOT Republican know that this cost money and what got America In the mess It In NOW. Let Quit sending are troop any where and let start bring them home and Quit spending all that money to have they over there ,where they are not wanted to begin with. It seem like every time a Republican open there mouth they want to send are troop some where. This Is why America Is In so much dept NOW.

    October 1, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Tony

    Another loose Canon, like Bush. War-War and more war. The US has been fighting the war on drugs for almost three decades and guess what? Not even a dent. Kill one king and another will rise.

    October 1, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. thomas

    Thats a great idea ! Why not make Mexico the 51st State , We could call it Perrico !

    "It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border," Perry said.

    Perry's an idiot of the first degree! How long are you going to fight a drug war of supply unless you stop the demand !
    The cartels will just move and reorganize , go after the money !
    Also , Perry has been instrumental in deregulating online prescriptions and Pill Mills in the South! More Americans are abusing prescription drugs now because of the GOPs lack of concern on pharma regulation.

    What I'd like to ask Rick Perry is what kinda deal did he cut with Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf during there meeting ?

    October 1, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Juan

    If there wasn't US demand for drugs, these cartels wouldn't be supplying (Supply and Demand, Econ 101). Why not send troops around the US targeting drug users instead? Either way, troops is not the answer.

    October 1, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. tooltard

    ha, yes lets invade more countries! good one Rick! How about we end the drug war instead.

    October 1, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. L. T. Fang

    Only if Mexico picks up the tab.

    October 1, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Greg Smith

    OK, Gov. Perry, what is your plan? It would make a big difference if we knew what it was rather than just saying you have a plan.

    October 1, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. JWR

    It would be naive to think that some rich Texans are not involved in the drug business.

    October 1, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Ding Tankersley

    Yeah. That would be smart. Send american men and women into yet- another country. Wow, I wonder if these neo-con nimrods ever read anything taht the FOUNDERS wrote about meddeling in the affairs of other nations. What an idiot- this PERRY guy. Yosime Sam

    October 1, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. Donkey Party

    Who's going to foot the bill for that folly, Governor Quickdraw?

    October 1, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    Are you freakin' kidding me? You want to stop the drug wars? Americans need to get off drugs! Simple.
    Then again, some of your suggestions leade me to believe that you are one of their biggest client.
    What a dunce!

    October 1, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. JoseTheWrangler

    Perry is a grotesque joke. Already on record as favoring the end of Social Security, now he is on record as in favor of invading Mexico!

    October 1, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  16. Really? REALLY????

    OK ... Bush takes the US into Iraq for no really, really good reason ... and now Perry would take the US into Mexico because of the drug cartels. What's next ... troops into Canada because you don't like poutine?

    October 1, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  17. jane

    soooo quick to sending US troops everywhere to fight some type of war....BUT are not willing to fight the war of poverty within US borders....go figure

    October 1, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. DoNotWorry

    I have lived in Texas all of Rick Perry's tenure. He is absolutely NOT opposed to illegal immigration. There are many businesses in Texas that take advantage of illegal immigrants and citizens by using immigrants to work at extremely low wages in unsafe conditions. Rick Perry has consistently supported illegal immigration at the expense of citizens. Many Texas firms also commit perjury to hire aliens and sponsor them for legal status. This man will only represent the corporate elite.

    October 1, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  19. DoNotWorry

    Good old Perry and the military/industrial complex.

    October 1, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  20. JR

    "I've been governor of Texas for 10 years. I have to deal with these issues, real-time.", then tell us oh great pinhead why you haven't?

    October 1, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    All this in the name of less government and lower taxes.

    October 1, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. Tony 140

    These politicians love to "rattle the sword". Just put the troops on the border. Protect our citizens on this side. We do not need to have our troops in another foreign country. I am ex-military and I guarantee that every soldier and saior would gladly VOLUNTEER to protect US soil. Let's stop making this so difficult.

    October 1, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. logic in LA

    I did not think Republicans could find anyone more ridiculous than Palin and Bachmann to support, but I was wrong.
    This man is an idiot. What is in the water in Texas that they keep electing him Governor?

    October 1, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. jon

    I don't have the privilege to stand on a stage and say, oh here's what I would do," Perry said. "I've been governor of Texas for 10 years. I have to deal with these issues, real-time."
    ------------------------
    Now the President does not have the privilege to stand on a stage and say , Oh here's what I would do. He's been the President of the United States and with NO HELP from any republican. How can republicans say they love America and hate Americans......

    October 1, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. John Ellis

    How about nukes? Gov. Perry? Would you nuke Mexico if necessary?

    October 1, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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