Perry: Republican race is far from over
February 9th, 2012
12:43 PM ET
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Perry: Republican race is far from over

Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who endorsed Newt Gingrich after his own presidential bid faltered, said Thursday that the Republican presidential race is still a long way from over.

Perry said that Rick Santorum's victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado on Tuesday indicate that Republicans are not yet ready to get behind Mitt Romney's frontrunning candidacy.

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"I think after the day before yesterday, the idea that we have settled on a candidate, it's very clear that we haven't," Perry told CNN after meeting with bloggers at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

Perry would not directly answer when asked if Gingrich's vow to take his campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention in August would be a good for the party.

"I think the idea that we are still competing is a great idea," he said. "I think it's a long time before we decide on who our nominee is. I am very happy that Newt's still fighting the good fight."

He said he plans to campaign for Gingrich, but his spokesman Mark Miner said nothing has been scheduled yet other than some fundraising calls made on the former House speaker's behalf.

Reflecting on his presidential bid, Perry said he would "do a lot of things differently" if he could.

But he said he still plans to remain in the political arena.

"I haven't left the fight," he said. "I went home, I reloaded my mag, and I am fighting on different front."

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Filed under: CPAC • Religion • Rick Perry
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. supercharger

    A shame that a politician of Mr. Perry's world view and vision is sitting on the sidelines of at this juncture. Liberals fear him even more than Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney. I believe if he had been the nominee in 2008, he would be our President and we would be completing God's Good Work that was started by President George W. Bush. Hopefully he'll be available in 2020 when President Romney's two terms are up.

    February 9, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. ART

    His Presidential bid did not falter it was a joke

    February 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. bear79

    what a silly analogy. He's "reloaded his mag"? YGTBFKM

    February 9, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Perry is a loser on every level.

    February 9, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Perry said that Rick Santorum's victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado on Tuesday indicate that Republicans are not yet ready to get behind Mitt Romney's frontrunning candidacy.
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    Uh, dude. The results seem to also show that Republicans are not ready to get behind Newt Gingrich, either.

    February 9, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    supercharger wrote:

    ....Liberals fear him even more than Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney. I believe if he had been the nominee in 2008, he would be our President and we would be completing God's Good Work that was started by President George W. Bush.....
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    Of course, liberals fear Rick Perry. You just proved it.

    February 9, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. mc

    It's hard for me to understand how a guy can talk about following the teachings of Jesus Christ while using phrases such as "I went home, I reloaded my mag, and I am fighting on different front." This is one seriously ignorant dude.

    February 9, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Rick Perry is a joke.

    February 9, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Perry is a bigoted, intellectually challenged, clown. And liberals certainly did not fear this loser.

    February 9, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    Perry said that Rick Santorum's victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado on Tuesday indicate that Republicans are not yet ready to get behind Mitt Romney's frontrunning candidacy.

    Make no mistake about it – when the time comes and it will – republicans will rally around Willard just to get "this" president out of office but have no fear – sanity and PROVEN leadership will prevail in the end.

    Obama 2012

    February 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A wharf rat posted that he would hoping that Perry would be available in 2020 when Romney's two terms are up. You have to feel sorry for those who are so out of touch with reality.

    February 9, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Rick has a lot of work to do down in Texas .

    Perry / Enron

    February 9, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. cali girl

    This will go down to the wire. Not sure who it will be but I am sure who will be president. Repugs and tbag no good do'ers will be handed a defeat.

    February 9, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. WhereIsPalin

    In other news, Perry decided to back Santorum this week. Stay tuned.

    February 9, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    Liberals FEAR Rick Perry? Dang and all this time I thought liberals only feared SARAH PALIN!

    February 9, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Darw1n

    SuperThumper says – A shame that a politician of Mr. Perry's world view and vision is sitting on the sidelines of at this juncture. Liberals fear him even more than Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney

    LMFAO, yes it is true! Anytime any of these SuperGeniuses starts talking, I start laughing so hard I fear I won't be able to catch my breath.

    February 9, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. Expat American

    supercharger –
    “God's Good Work that was started by President George W. Bush”
    For a minute there, I thought you were serious.
    Impeccable delivery and timing.
    Well played, sir.

    February 9, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. supercharger

    Thank you, thank you...

    February 9, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Supercharger, that was funny!!!! You really know how to imitate the ignorant fact-free lunacy our radical rightwing extremists post here.

    February 9, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Terry

    I feel so much better knowing that Perry is on top of the GOP Race to the White House. Please Rick, go to the map and point to Washington? Let me be more specific. Point to Washington, DC. No Rick, Washington, DC is not the 51st State. No Rick, the White House is not located on the White Plantation. No Rick, the building with the big dome is not a basketball arena. Please sit down Rick.

    February 9, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    I am surpsied he remembered the candidates. Morts see The flip floppef, the cheater and, and, oops!
    Why is he fen relevant. He said nothing that we don't already know. The teapublikans don't have a viable candidate. DUH!

    February 9, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |