Perry ponders another White House bid
February 14th, 2012
09:37 AM ET
6 years ago

Perry ponders another White House bid

(CNN) – Rick Perry may "absolutely" run for president again and described the debates in the 2012 primary as good practice.

The Texas governor, who suspended his White House bid last month, also had positive memories about his presidential campaign.

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"I tell people it was by far the most exhilarating thing that I've ever done," Perry told ABC News. "In a perfect world we would have started a lot earlier."

After an initial surge in national polling, Perry failed to gain traction and was plagued by less than stellar debate performances.

But Perry, now a Newt Gingrich backer, said the debates "have absolutely nothing to do with governing." When asked if they were good practice for 2016, Perry responded "Ya, could be."

The long serving governor also pushed back against labeling Romney the inevitable GOP nominee.

"I think this race is completely open," Perry said. "I don't think anyone's got a lock on it at this particular point in time."

Playing political adviser, Perry opined that Romney should have changed his tune on the health care plan he signed while governor of Massachusetts that resembles the current national plan.

"I'd have said listen governor, you've got to stand up in front of the American people and say that what you did on health care in Massachusetts was wrong and he never did that," Perry said.

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soundoff (359 Responses)
  1. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    if Perry wants to honestly make another White House bid, then he better hope Obama wins because if one of his GOP brethen win Rick can't run until 2020 unless he's gonna primary the GOP POTUS in 2016.

    February 14, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Irma in north Carolina

    Just give it up Perry you will never make it.

    February 14, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. anagram_kid

    Another Sarah Palin... Keep teasing the base with the 'I might run' message to sell books, get speaking engagements and possibly a spot on Fox News. My guess is like Palin he is done with elected office after his term is up. I wonder if he will quit early too?

    February 14, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    But Rick, being dumb as a stick is not a plus when it comes to governing. As for another run, if at first you don't secede, try try again.

    February 14, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. GI Joe.

    He is a good comedian. Think he should go into stant-up. (Probably forgets punch lines, tho).

    How can all those people in Texas be so fooled?

    February 14, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. sgompers

    Is go. pery planning on getting a brain transplant before 2016?

    February 14, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. steve

    Make this MORON go away along with Plain, my god get a LIFE

    February 14, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. arale norimaki

    rick perry saying he balanced the state budget while keeping taxes low, without dipping into emergency money. However, he did it by taking big money from Washington. Back in June of 2009, when Governor Perry was signing the state's 2010-2011 budget, Texas was $6.6 billion in the red.

    It also had a rainy day fund to cover that shortfall. But instead of using the rainy fund, Texas lawmakers in the Perry administration filled the gap with $6.4 billion of federal stimulus money.earlier that year, he even posted a blog headlined "help us turn the tide in Washington and stop these irresponsible bailouts." That post, by the way, went up the same day he requested the federal money.

    Here answer the letter he wrote to President Obama, quote, "Please allow this letter to certify we will accept the funds in H.R.1, the stimulus, and use them to promote economic growth and create jobs in a fiscally responsible manner that is in the interest of the Texas taxpayers."And in that letter, the governor did say he opposed the stimulus, but he took the money. Yet, months later and right up to this day, he continues to speak out against federal money and the state officials who take it.

    Rick Perry= Bush 3.0

    People are sick of the Bush family brand and the world is moving away from them.

    February 14, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    Can we fence in Texas (except Austin) please?

    February 14, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. BLKMANinAmerica

    LMAO...............whatever clearly America is NOT interested in another Texan in the W.H.

    February 14, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Thomas

    Perry / Enron

    Thw way we were.

    February 14, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |

    This guy belongs on Comedy Central, not in a governor's mansion or the White House.

    February 14, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    He's just proved the maxim, " You can't fix stupid."

    February 14, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. george of the jungle

    this race get's crazier and crazier. Next thing you know ol daffy duck will run.

    February 14, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Larry in Houston

    while Perry was gone in his campaign mode – the Jr. Governor – ( they call him the Lieutenant Governor here) ended up receiving a Total of 30K for Perry's absence. Isn't that Pathetic ? That's like Suzzane Malvaux taking Blitzers place for one or days, (while Blitzer is on Vacation) and Suzzane receives Blitzer's Pay for each day, while he's gone, IN Additon to her OWN Paycheck. Now, isn't That Something ?
    He's going for his 4th Term, ( that's right, 4th) It's amazing to me that a State with almost 28 Million People, You'd think that some has a little common sense, when they go Vote.

    February 14, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. v_mag

    OMG, he just keeps on digging that hole, doesn't he? As someone who was born and raised in Texas, I am profoundly embarrassed for the state. In most places, Perry would have been committed to an asylum long ago. He has long since proved conclusively that he doesn't belong in politics, and yet he continues to provide new evidence. That is above and beyond the call of stupidity.

    February 14, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Rick, unless you renounce your secessionist statements you made last year, no one can or should ever take you seriously as a candidate for anything, including your present post.

    February 14, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Expat American

    I need to figure out how to clean a café au lait off of a computer monitor.

    The news that Governor Jesus Christ Superstar is going to run again for the Presidency took me a little by surprise.

    But seriously, we already had an alcoholic fall down drunk cowboy in the White House.

    Thanks, but not thanks…

    February 14, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. GI Joe.

    What are the 3 main issues he will run on?

    February 14, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. pete

    Regardless of what will be said, Rick Perry third party run would be a very good thing for the nation.

    February 14, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    A future Perry run at the presidency is like a sequel of a bad movie, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Part 2.

    February 14, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Jilli

    Perry could start today for the 2016 election and it wouldn't matter, much like romney has done for the 2012 election. Perry wasn't just rejected – he proved himself to be an utter failure, incapable of forming complete sentences and relating rational thought. He came across as a real dim-wit. I honestly believe many here in TX are now wondering how he survived so long as governor.

    February 14, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Is this a promise or a threat???

    February 14, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    "The Texas governor, who suspended his White House bid last month, also had positive memories about his presidential campaign."
    That is the funniest thing connected to the GOP race that I have heard Perry since flunked out.

    February 14, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "But Perry, now a Newt Gingrich backer, said the debates "have absolutely nothing to do with governing."

    Well, if there's anyone who would know about having nothing to do with actually governing, it would be Cowboy Fonzie. Guess we'll have to take his word for it.

    February 14, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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