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. Expat

    Oh great, we're holding our breaths. The presidential bid is like a beauty pageant now – if you don't win, go home and work on your evening gown answer and come back again next year.

    February 14, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    @ drod

    You've got me pegged wrong. I'm on the progressives' side.

    February 14, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. 5041360

    this republica train wreck only gets better! Are they kicking rick out of texas- Looks that way

    February 14, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Dave

    Perry just needs to give it up – he cna't even run the state of Texas correctly, although he talks as if he did all this wonderful stuff....he didn't do squat and education funding is still a royal mess that within the last few months he said it is not up to the state to fund, which says he doesn't give a rats behind about education....not the idiot that needs to be in the WH....

    February 14, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Sweden fact: Taxes are generally between 50 and 70% of your income. (Of course your employer already pays the full amount of your salary to the government in taxes before you even get anything.)
    Sniffin holds Sweden up as a model. Paying 70% to the government makes you essentially a SLAVE of the government. yes, it's all about the collective. None of those pesky individual freedoms getting in the way."

    Does that tax rate change the FACT that Sweden/Norway/Denmark, et al, have higher standards of living than we do? No. Raise your hand if you'd pay 50% tax rates if that would provide a higher standard of living for the whole country, INCLUDING YOURSELF.

    February 14, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. hjs3

    C'mon this guy scares the white off of a rice he's so stupid.....Run again?
    For what?

    February 14, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  7. cf

    Please run. The more republicans show their true colors through candidates like Perry and Gingrich, the better chance Democrats have.

    February 14, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Prices spike as butter shortage spreads through Norway
    Sniffit... trouble in socialist utopia! This wonderful society you praise can't even supply itself with butter. Must be all those evil rich people hoarding it all right? BWAHAHAHAHA...."
    First article from a Google search:

    "The butter crisis began with heavy rains in the summer, which affected the quality of grazing for cows, in turn depressing milk production—the result is a lack of butter in shops. At the moment, cream and milk are still on sale."

    In other words, according to the right wing extremist Teatroll nonsense faucets on this site, Sweden's government and economic systems affect the weather.

    February 14, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Real Tom Paine - an even bigger conservative mirage were WMDs
    You mean Bill and Hillary Clinton are conservatives? John Kerry a conservative too? Many other Democrats that voted to go to war conservatives? The mirage is your logic Paine.

    February 14, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Oh great, we're holding our breaths. The presidential bid is like a beauty pageant now – if you don't win, go home and work on your evening gown answer and come back again next year."

    Well, if Cowboy Fonzie decided to run in a bikini, I'd probably say it was evidenec he'd gotten smarter.

    February 14, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Nice truth: you are aware that most of the telecommunciations in this country was originially commisioned by the government, as well as virtually all of the infrastructure you use every day? Most everything you use is government subsidized, so it really does not matter if it comes out of your paycheck up front or if you buy something, its all going to keep your lifestyle at the level you have become accustomed to. Scandanavian countries just remove the middlemen from the process, thats the only difference. By the way, Canada has a far higher rate of personal savings than the US, did you know that? Seems like they understand economic freedom far better than we do by not allowing families to go into debt as much. But hey, conservatives can spend with the best of them, eh?

    February 14, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. works4me

    hahahahah.... please stop... hahahha... breath, breath.... hahaha.... stop, you're killing us!

    But hey, Rick. You could get the nod of Palin. Wouldn't that be great?

    February 14, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. Rob

    If this isn't just a rehasing of a Press Releas I don't know what is. Why did anyone working at CNN go to Journalism School? You are supposed to be the NEWS...not a puff piece for rich and powerful men and women.

    February 14, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Jo Jo

    Perry, just because you have short term memory and think it's been long forgotten how ill-equipped you are for the presidency, we haven't. Who's next Cain and Bachmann?

    February 14, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Taran

    @Tom Payne, I will do more research on the budget surplus of Clinton's era, it is possible the republican congress lied, though they are politicians so when their mouths are moving lies could be coming out. As far as the WMD's that is something I do know a bit about. The administration was going on the intelligence they had from many sources including the agencies of other countries, so I have to give Bush a bit of a pass on that one though liberals won't (I wasn't that big a Bush fan). And Iraq was working on acquiring WMDs, though I doubt they actually had them developed when we attacked. Iraq was further along in the development of biological weapons than nukes. I have been to the site where Sadam massaquered (sp?) the kurds. I am also aware of the various radiation measurements taken at some locations, though no material was officially found.

    February 14, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    What a joker! Can't we do better than the likes of him, Bachman & Palin?

    February 14, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  17. jc

    Like they say in the circus--there's always room in the clown car!

    February 14, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I don't like Karl Rove, but he did warn Republicans that Rick Perry is and always will be an idiot, he's hoping people will forget how stupid he is. Perry is such an idiot that in the debates when asked a question which he couldn't answer, Perry said "oh, we'll talk about that later" and that's when he had to be reminded he was in the debates. We can say one thing about Fallin Palin, she atleast knew not to run and be the 2nd idiot in the debates.

    February 14, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Anonymous - Really? Most people control their own retirement plans, or leave it to their financial advisor. If the government is controlling yours, chances are someone in your family went to court and obtained a conservatorship because you weren't capable of managing your own affairs
    social security dummy... please try to keep up. I know it's difficult with that 3rd grade education.

    February 14, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. steven harnack

    "I have good memories...." Yeah Rick, the human brain is kind to us that way, it supresses the things like total embarassment and pain that it knows we are incapable of enduring. Kind of like women and labor pain, if the brain didn't smooth that over there would be a lot more one child families.

    February 14, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. Maria

    Secede, secede, secede, if you can remember those three words

    February 14, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Deb

    Guess he figured out how to make big bucks running for office. I suppose a real job is beyond his capabilities.

    February 14, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    Truth, the only mistake they made was believing Colin Powell, who was used. People don't like being lied to, period. The only mirage, truth, is the alternate reality you live in where you change your positions even more frequently than Romney. The only thing consistent with you is your psychosis of hatred masquerading as intellect and patriotism.

    February 14, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Mel

    I know ya'll thought they didn't and couldn't make "Texas Conservative" Republicans any dumber than GW Moron, but they have had years of practice and inbreeding down here in good old Texas! There's plenty more Republican stupidity down here that has yet to be tapped. Perry can surely mentor any number of up and coming Republican Cretins – hundreds to choose from. In the mean time I'm thinking he should consider another Washington job to prep him for his next presidential run – maybe Secretary of Energy or Ambassador to Turkey!

    February 14, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Taran, the problem is that the intelligence was fitted to suit a policy objective: in other words, they reached a conclusion, then worked backwards to find a premise. I loathed Saddam, someone we got into bed with because of Iran, so I was not the least bit sorry to see him go, but I don't like someone creating their own Gulf of Tonkin Incident to justify sending people I know and members of my family into harm's way. Thanks for the civil response, by the way.

    February 14, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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