Perry on the hunt
October 22nd, 2011
01:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Perry on the hunt

(CNN) - Before taking off on a hunting trip with Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa, an influential figure and highly sought-after endorsement in the state with the nation's first caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry talked about his "love affair" with guns.

"As long as I've got memory, I've had something to hunt with," Perry said Saturday. "It was a long love affair with a boy and his gun that turned into a man and his gun, and then it turned into a man and his son and his daughter and their guns."

The folksy governor, while speaking with reporters near the hunting grounds, used the moment to defend gun rights and the Second Amendment, an issue he's long advocated.

"I think one of the great America traditions is taking your family to go hunting," Perry said.

King hosted his annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt at the 900-acre Loess Hills Hunting Preserve in Iowa. Former Pennsylvania senator and White House hopeful Rick Santorum will join the congressman for a hunt Sunday morning.

While King didn't signal who he'll back for GOP nomination, he praised the sport of hunting for creating "instantaneous bonds" and said that he and Perry had good discussions earlier Saturday.

"I'm conflicted on all of this because I have so much respect for all the candidates," King said. "I agree with what I've heard here this morning and we had a good in-depth conversation a couple weeks ago."

Perry also weighed in on the fiery exchange on immigration he had with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

Romney attacked Perry for governing a state that's seen a sharp increase in the number of illegal immigrants since he took office, but Perry hit back claiming Romney had hired undocumented workers on his property.

"Mitt stands back and make statements about criticizing Texas for how they've had to deal with an issue that the federal government and people like himself are the problem," Perry said. "It was a passionate back and forth."

–CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry • Steve King
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. logic in LA

    How proud he must be. Shooting living things for sport. And he's taught another generation to do this. So much for his Christian roots of loving all of God's creatures.

    October 22, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Single digit in the polls and 15 millions in the bank is he need the hunting now

    October 22, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Peter Wendler

    Must be a "SPECIAL" hunt, because Iowa's Pheasant Season doesn't open until next Saturday...

    October 22, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. The Greedy Old PIgs have lost their minds!

    Another great American tradition is not lying all the time (like Perry does about his lousy fiscal record).

    October 22, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Keith

    It's what they call deeeeep thinking in Texas...... I am happy for ol' Rick and his love of guns, now if it carried over to people, he might have something going for him. Perhaps, he could have volenteer to be the marksman at one of the executions that don't bother him at all.

    October 22, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Wow factor

    Is that subtext, because Perry sounded like he outed himself 😛

    "It was a long love affair with a boy and his gun that turned into a man and his gun, and then it turned into a man and his son and his daughter and their guns."

    October 22, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. GaryOwen27

    Sorry, I just have a hard time beliving Perry knows which end is the business end of a gun.

    October 22, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. Independent For President Obama

    Hunting on a Sunday is not something Christians do.

    October 22, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Ya' know. Devout Christian and gun lover do not belong in the same sentence together.

    October 22, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. John

    Rick Perry say he has a love affair with GUN , This man Is a Nut case. Don't get me wrong I have a gun but I don't say I have a love affair with It.

    October 22, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. randme

    This guy makes W look smart.

    October 22, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Jeff

    Hard to believe as a lifelong Texan that anyone outside our state would take Perry seriously on any issue. Just a professional politician that has not done one thing in Texas to be proud of. I mean nothing. Look at our State statistics where we rank close to dead last in every category that would show he cares about anyone other than himself.

    October 22, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Dixie

    If you're hungry, hunting is OK. Since Perry is a coyote shooter, I think he and his family should have eaten it.

    October 22, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  14. edog

    THE GOP Has the perfect Scam!!!

    The Repubs keep pulling the same scam and the American people keep falling for it. They implement their "trickle down' economic policies, it makes the rich richer and then the economy starts to sink after the rich take all they can. Once the economy starts to sink, the American people look for change and vote for the Dems. The Dems get into power and the trickle down effect continues to hurt the average American. Then during this time, the GOP blames the Dems for bad economic polices. Perfect!! Break a window, and blame the guy who comes and fixes it.

    October 22, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Yes, Perry is on the hunt for credibility. His has been serverely damaged by numerous gaffes and unpopular statements and positions. The problem is, he has no ammunition except special interest money.

    October 22, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. mike

    Its obvious he loves guns, killing and death. All the things that make a good christian. Lets not forget the thousands who die from lack of healthcare. Jesus would be so pleased to know christians want innocent men,woman and children to die from war,or no healthcare.

    October 22, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  17. Jose Wan Sekiavich

    I don't care to be honest. The only thing I care is that you keep your guns out of my face. If I see one, I'm taking you to court.

    October 22, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. AntiFringe

    Can't wait to see what he'd do as president. He'd have all sorts of weapons to hunt with.

    October 22, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. DENNA

    I like that you're a hunter, Mr. Perry. I love hunting. However that is the only thing I like about you. Before I would vote for you for president, I would let a professional pick-pocket brush off my clothes. I think we've had enough Texas-born men in the White House for awhile.

    October 22, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. GOP Hate America

    how christian of him

    October 23, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. Bev

    just goes to show he's more in tune with the average american than mitt PERRY 2012

    October 23, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  22. Dr Bill Toth

    How about calling it respect for a tradition that goes back centuries in multiple cultures around the globe. How many living rooms and offices have pictures of British Fox hunts? How about the Clovis culture, the Yupik sea hunts, current eskimos and more. The tools used are irrelevant, the tradition is time honored and passed from generation to generation.
    Live with Intention, DrBillTothCom/blog

    October 23, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. they blow it themselves

    we need less murdering thinking folks in the white house....haven't we lost enough men and woman over killing. I say yes! He had a love afair with a gun....who does he have coaching him...dahhhhhhh shoot yourself in the foot over and over...

    October 23, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. hW

    Totally disgusting. This man loves to have humans killed with no chance for reprieve. In addition he needs to kill with his own hands, that he loves guns. Is that the kind of human America wants in the White House. A warmonger, killing machine. No wonder America is disrespected througout the world.
    We produce practically nothing, we consume and now we are doomed.

    October 23, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  25. Jason

    Can we send Rick Perry hunting with Dick Cheney please?

    October 23, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
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