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. Tony

    Fascinating! Rick, where did you learn to shoot? Was it on a ranch? Which ranch? Beg your pardon?

    October 23, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Marilyn G

    He's shot himself in the foot several times now.

    October 23, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Nothing says he man than shooting birds raised to be penned and then set free for the crotch seccionist and his buddies to kill. Uhm, cheney anyone?

    October 23, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. John N Florida

    This is an East Coast Urban straw-man.
    Most of our Presidents were more than a little familiar with fire arms and their safe use. Despite the Boogeyman of an assault on the 2nd Amendment under a President Obama, an assault which never took place, 2nd Amendment Rights are as safe as they have ever been.
    Even the American people have accepted this. You can now buy ammunition again. The run on ammunition, which resulted in the shortages, is over.
    Perry is a nut. Liking guns isn't part of his problem.

    October 23, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. spyderhead

    Since when do "devout" Christians not have anything to do with guns? It HAS to be the bloodiest little religion in the history of the human race. They kill for their imaginary little friend all of the time . . . everywhere on earth.

    October 23, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. candy

    Well, Perry's already creating jobs for those who breed dangerous pheasants and other animals for the fierce hunters to shoot at. I'm sure Romney must wish Perry would hunt a few times with Cheney.

    October 23, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. jim

    "I think one of the great America traditions is taking your family to go hunting."
    It may well have been so in the nineteenth century. Sort of lets you know where his mind is.

    October 23, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Maverick911

    What the hell do people not understand, the 2nd amendment has NOTHING to do with the right to Hunt. It Has to do with the right to self defense against those that will do you harm including the government.

    October 23, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Irene

    A daughter – a little girl, then a bride, then a mother with a murder weapon in her hands for pure fun... Can anyone imagine a sight any more disgusting than that? Makes me wanna puke, y'all good folks.

    October 23, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. marc

    Here we go again , the GOP talking points GOD AND GUNS, they fit so well together. America, your intelligence is own trial again, are you going to let us down again as you fell hook, line, and sinker with W not once but twice ??

    October 23, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. CrazyOwlLady

    Great, just what we need, another gun-crazy cowboy in the White House. If Perry's elected, what scare tactic will the NRA have to come up with next to freak the gun-owners into a paid membership?

    October 23, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Abnguy

    Hunting, fishing and planting crops are some of the basic skills that make a man. The fact that many Americans do not have these basic skills shows how we are degenerating.

    October 23, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. jorge washinsen

    Someone must be implying it is safer to have a love affair with a woman. Need to go back to college.

    October 23, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. jorge washinsen

    why the hell don't you go home J Edgar?

    October 23, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. jorge washinsen

    Must have a died in the wool liberal running things this morning.Why not just block all people that are not liberals?

    October 23, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. joeamerican1

    As President Osama hunts for more taxpayer money to give to his Union friends, green business crooks, and political allies...........

    October 23, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. candy

    "How about calling it respect for a tradition that goes back centuries in multiple cultures around the globe..."

    - Yes!!! How about those traditions where we eat our conquered enemies, shrink their heads, not allow women to vote, etc. The Saudi men would love to see their women not drive and the Chinese would love to see their women's lovely tiny, bound feet in action. Those are great traditions.

    October 23, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. joeamerican1

    obama and holder have blood on their hands form the "Gunrunner scandal" you foolish and pathetic progressives and liberals!

    October 23, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Love-My-Texas

    I can't say our family necessarily have a love affair with our guns, but you can bet if and when someone walks into our home with the intention of murdering us, raping us, etc. you can bet we'll start having a love affair with our guns. In fact, we'll go out and buy a few more guns. Now this little statement of mine will surly get the panties of the progressive liberals in a wad. Oh, the visual, PRICELESS!

    October 23, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. 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 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. candy

    "Fascinating! Rick, where did you learn to shoot? Was it on a ranch? Which ranch? Beg your pardon?"

    - That's a good one. You would think that he would not be dumb enough to mention things associated with some rented ranch setup. But what else can you expect from him.

    October 23, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. candy

    Mr. Perry, you actually one-up President Bush. Continue to cling to your guns and religion. But can you shoot and pray at the same time? That skill can come in handy when you pray for the pheasant not to attack you as you shoot at it.

    October 23, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    My father taught me to shoot at a young age, too, Rick Perry. At targets. And, while most of the males in my family do hunt, I myself prefer fishing ... where I at least have the opportunity to hook and release my catch. One thing for certain, those in my family who do hunt, eat what they kill. Certainly doesn't make any one of them "presidential" any more than Rick Perry's love of guns makes him "presidential".

    October 23, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Love-My-Texas

    “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

    October 23, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. bcm

    One of the great American traditions is to "take your family to go hunting." My father certainly never took his children to shoot weapons at defenseless animals. He is disgusting and the world would think even less of the U.S. than they already to (if that's possible) if this idiot ever became president.

    October 23, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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