Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) – During a town hall here this morning sponsored by the website CafeMom, Rick Perry reacted to GOP rival Jon Huntsman's decision to suspend his presidential campaign and endorse Mitt Romney.
"Well I was hoping that I'd get the Huntsman girls [endorsement]," the Texas governor joked, referencing Huntsman's daughters who had been actively campaigning for their father on various social media websites. "We love the Huntsman girls. Our kids get along well and Mary Kaye [Huntsman] and Anita are best friends. Jon's a dear friend too."
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Perry's comments came almost at the same exact time as Huntsman was making his announcement elsewhere in Myrtle Beach. He went on to compare the presidential primary process to an "intramural scrimmage," because he'd been forced to compete against someone whom he considers to be a good friend.
"We've had a wonderful time getting to know the candidates," Perry said. "Some of them we really didn't know very well, but the Huntsman's we've known for a long time. So they will continue to be great and good friends."
Although the town hall aired live on C-SPAN, Perry's comments about his former rival came in response to the first question from Republican pollster Frank Luntz and co-host Lindsay Ferrier, and while the two moderators believed that they were on the air, the broadcast hadn't officially started.
"That was just practice," Perry joked.
Once the broadcast began, Ferrier skipped over her question about Huntsman, opting instead for a more general question about Perry's chances in South Carolina.
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Perry is dummy dreamer. From the beginning the guy was a failure with a bismal performance in the debates. It would be scary if americans choose him as president.
You sound disappointed Rick. Maybe when you can remember which three branches of government you want to get rid of, you'll get endorsed by Big Bird.
What evil eyes.
Mapface is shaping up to be the creepy old guy who lives down the street promising candy to the little girls that walk by his front yard.
You're creeping me the hell out Perry, and your weak attempt at cleaning-up your foot in mouth disease by saying the girls are friends is not being bought....by anyone!
Jeepers!!What freakin' creeper!!!!
Clam up Perry... YOu are the next one to check OUT of this race. You should have left after Iowa.
Mormon endorses as mormon! period.
You should have left after Iowa
OMG I agree.
Truth?? Is that REALLY you???
This guy is planning on a 4th Term down here, but he's got his billionaire buddies supporting him. He's so corrupt, it's pitiful.
Uh, that was seriously dirty old man creepy there Rick.
Why is Perry still in the race? CNN had to find a loop hole to include him in the upcoming debate. This race has evolved into a 3-4 man race between Romney, Paul, Gingrich and Santorum. And, the field is still shrinking.
Grover- It was bureaus NOT branches, there's a huge difference. We only have three branches of federal government. When you are calling someone else out on being dimwitted, it's helpful to be smarter than them.
The most qualified, capable and potentially effective candidate is out of the race and the most unqualified, incapable and potentially dangerous candidate remains. Isn't anyone paying any attention??!!