Perry: Obama cares more about politics than U.S. troops
December 28th, 2011
09:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Perry: Obama cares more about politics than U.S. troops

Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused Barack Obama of caring more about politics than American troops on Wednesday, blasting the president for not planning a major parade to welcome home soldiers from the war in Iraq.

The last combat troops left the country last week, after nearly nine years of fighting.

“This president wouldn’t welcome home our many heroes with a simple parade in their honor,” the Republican presidential candidate told a packed house at The Machine Shed restaurant in Urbandale.

“Maybe it’s because this war isn’t popular with the Democrats, I don’t know," said Perry, who has tacked to the right in a final campaign push before next Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. "But Mr. President, our soldiers come first. It comes before party politics. We need to welcome our soldiers home. Give them that parade. Give them that pat on the back.”

Perry, an Air Force veteran, repeatedly mentioned the Armed Forces during his morning remarks and twice appeared to choke up when talking about the the sacrifices made by members of the military and their families.


Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Military • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    What a dork.

    December 28, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Stop the Charade

    Mr. Perry, please show a little pride and pack it in and go home.

    December 28, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. MaryM

    lol, Perry you are done. Pack it up go home. NO amount of lies will get you elected

    December 28, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. Phil in KC

    Obama doesn't care about our troops because he didn't give them a parade? Really?
    How about this: Obama cares about our troops because he is giving them one less war to fight and bringing many of them home.
    Democrats are against our troops because we are/were against the war in Iraq? I think we care more because we don't want to see so many of them killed. We honor their sacrifice, but would rather they were safe.
    This convoluted line of reasoning is why we DON'T need Rick Perry or his Republican cohorts.

    December 28, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Boo

    Perry is a moron of the highest caliber. And I thought George Bush was dumb. As far as a parade, who does this moron think will foot the bill? I think our troops are more concerned with getting the proper healthcare and good employment then a stupid parade.

    December 28, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Eye of Newt

    Perry is a horrible human being. No one likes this kind of BS. He is dying a slow death, and making himself look disgusting in his death throes.

    December 28, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. midwestrail

    As the Rick Perry "audition for a future gig on Fox" drones on ad nauseum...

    December 28, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. yeah right

    And who would have had to foot the bill for such a parade, the taxpayers. Had we done that Mr. Perry you would be blasting the president for spending money on parades. No win situation. The president spoke to the soldiers, nothing more was needed.

    December 28, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Curt

    Here's a newsflash for Rick Perry. The war was not popular with the majority of Americans not just Democrats. Lets remember it was an unjustified war a Republican president started that cost 1000's of soldiers their lives and the wars started by Bush are the main reason the country is in so much debt.

    December 28, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Frank

    What silly nonsense. This President and his wife have done more for soldiers and their families than any President in history. Romney has the typical GOP problem with addressing facts instead o straw men he has set up. Parade, indeed!

    December 28, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Steve in Denver

    Hey Rick: We've seen your stoopid on parade over the past six months. These are adult topics. You are excused.

    December 28, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. diridi

    That is enough of your Ignorance, and nonsense, idiot. This is enough. I mean enough. OK, War created huge dent in Fiscal position in the nation's History caused fatalities. As an ordinary American Citizen like me knows, why don't you know. Idiot. I don't know as to who elected this animal....nonsense. No wonder, Obama is crying for EDUCATION. WE NEED TO FIX IT with Green Energy. Obama2012.

    December 28, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Ric

    So he's an AF veteran. So am I. I admire nothing more than our wonderful armed forces VOLUNTEERS! I find it disgusting that Perry, as did his predecessor chickhawk Bush – use the kids in uniform as puppets for THEIR political gain. Both Perry and Bush were hidden in the ANG in Texas while our real heroes served in combat. And he comes out and disses the president??? Typical chickhawk rhetoric. I wouldn't vote for Perry or any of the other so called candidates who have been shoved down our throats for the last 6 months.

    December 28, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. af

    Perry you are so dump, is this the best you can say ? you are empty of idea go away

    December 28, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    This is completely utter nonsense. Hey Gov. Yeehaw, I haven't seen you at Dover AFB honoring our fallen. Our President has actually assisted in carrying coffins. Why the heck do we need a parade when we still are fighting America's longest war(Afghanistan)? You're getting ahead of yourself Yeehaw. You almost remind me of Dubya on that aircraft carrier with that "Mission Accomplished" banner. The President vowed to end the Iraq war, which I call the war of deceit, and he has done just that.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    December 28, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. Hhs

    "Obama cares more about politics than the troops which is why I am making the troops into a political issue in my heated battle to win Iowa conservatives."

    December 28, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Biggge

    How dumb is that... Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is receiving a Texas pension of more than $92,000 a year in addition to his almost $133,000 salary as governor.. Taking Advantage

    “This makes Governor Perry look like a guy who will take advantage of the system and not stand on principle when it is to his own benefit,”

    December 28, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Jersey Bob

    Presidents don't plan parades, cities do. Perry would rather have 100,000 troops still in Iraq adding to the death toll. In this case, support for the troops meant bringing them home..... alive.

    December 28, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Publius Novus

    So Mr. Perry thinks it's the President's job to plan parades? How about birthday parties for the cabinet members?

    December 28, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. westward

    Perry is a babbling moron. Just look at the way Obama has treated our military and our vets. If you or a family member falls in this category, and you vote for anybody BUT Obama – you are literally throwing your vote away and a whole bunch of benefits too.

    December 28, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Mike

    If this man were Pinnochio his nose would be a foot long.

    December 28, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Bill

    Give it up Tex. No one is buying your crap. You really are Texas Toast.

    December 28, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. Rosslaw

    Obama is withdrawing the troops from the continuing debacle of Iraq and this buffoon claims that the troops really want a parade. In this particularly tough Republican race for stupid, Perry has a natural advantage.

    December 28, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. eddieb

    give them some of the money you collect for campaning

    December 28, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. Stephen in VA

    "Give them that parade." – because we know that the soldiers would much rather walk down the street in uniform in the cold weather than go home with their families?

    Who's the one playing politics here?

    December 28, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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