Perry ponders another White House bid
February 14th, 2012
09:37 AM ET
3 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. Brian Erickson

    YES ! YES ! PLEASE RUN AGAIN RICK.
    Never has a candidate ever made me laugh so hard ! Please Rick do it for your country ! America needs the laughs !

    February 14, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. Larry L

    @Taran

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    February 14, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. urownexperience

    Beautiful. Bring it on Perry. Wow are the republicans in trouble. They are split ten different ways.

    February 14, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  4. Mitzie

    What a "positive" guy! Such a great spin on his recent candidacy! My only hope is that his state's voters now know that people with brains exist in politics. Maybe they will choose better next time.

    February 14, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  5. mdm123

    This is way cool news... he gave us more comedic relief than almost anyone in 2011. Holy cow, did I miss slick Rick....

    February 14, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    people don't realize that it wasn't really Perry's gaffes and bad performances in debates that lead to his downfall. Face it Republicans LIKE candidates that aren't very bright....just look at the current GOP field including the others that dropped out. Perry blew it with the right with his support for giving children of illegal aliens instate tuition and above all call those who disagreed with it HEARTLESS. About the only thing besides calling Romney a "vulture capitalist" he has said I agree with. That stance alone cut him off with the far right who are known for not having much empathy and don't like being called heartless by one of their own. Plus if Perry wants to run again for POTUS I guess he is saying Obama will win this year. Only way Perry can run in 2016 unless he goes 3rd party this year.

    February 14, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. Mike

    The "positive memories" Perry has must be the 4 or 5 times he was able to cobble together somewhat coherent sentences or understand the questions posed by the debator moderators.

    Run Perry run. See Perry run. Perry is running.

    February 14, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  8. Emperor Vadik, CA

    Well, who is surprised???!!!!

    I mean, Perry is the epitome of the Republicans...

    "keep doing the same thin over and over and expect different results"

    ...that's also a definition of insanity too...

    ...so...

    if A = B and B = C, then A = C

    REPUBLICANS ARE INSANE

    February 14, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  9. walkthetalk2

    Why was Rick Perry NOT in The Dukes of Hazzard movie? That's the real tragedy here.

    February 14, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. Marc

    Rick Perry will never run again. He is just hinting that he might do it becasue he knows that the idiots that support the GOP will throw a lot of money his way in the hope that he comes back to make another run. If they had any brains or integrity, then they would be embarrassed about supporting any of these clowns, but they don't and they aren't.

    Don't go away mad, GOP. Just go away!

    February 14, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Uthor

    Great. Does he mean 2016? Will medical science advance to such a degree by then?

    February 14, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Run? Run for what? If you have proven yourself to be a quiter, why run again? Just play it smart. Stay out of the racee, and stay in Texas. No one in the educated world is going to miss you.

    February 14, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. LEE

    As they said in the old Dracula movies, "Does anyone have a stake?'.

    February 14, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Lenny Pincus

    Once Perry gets toilet trained, he may be dangerous.

    February 14, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Bill

    Dumber than a box of rocks doesn't quite describe it. Maybe a boxcar load of rocks.

    February 14, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. MikeSopes

    Y'all will be BEGGING for Perry if you get another four years of Obama. But if you don't want a proven conservative in the White House, that's your problem.

    February 14, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    @thomas wrote "I just hope all you Lefty Pinko Socialites will give Rick Perry another look before you throw the baby out with the diapers." First of all, pink is a great color, get over it. In this case I would rather keep the dirty diapers than the loopy cowboy wearing it!
    Second, what has the secessionist been doing since he dropped, or was made to drop out of the race? Has he been spending time in that n.... ranch of his cleaning up the racist stone? To think that the law allows this cretin to carry a gun makes me shudder!

    February 14, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. Liz the First

    The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. give it up, Rick. the more we know about you, the less we like you.

    February 14, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. theUnallied

    Well, he's doing better already if his brain is demonstrating the capability of forming actual "memories"! Oops.

    February 14, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. DCB

    It's not nice to call people names, but Sniffit's "Cowboy Fonzie" made me laugh out loud.

    Austin feels fenced in sometimes, when it's not being carved up into half a dozen districts to dilute its voting strength. We need another Berlin Airlift!

    February 14, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Douglas

    Can he really be dumb enough to ponder another shot at the GOP nomination?

    February 14, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  22. A Texan

    Political power is heady stuff. Perry knows his time is up in Texas and he`s desperately wanting to follow Bush`s lead to the White House.--– Give it up Perry, nobody wants you............

    February 14, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. larry

    I'm from Dallas and I pray he doesn't run for governor again.One reason Texas is doing well is our natural resources,Rick can't really claim credit for that.People also need to check and see what power a Texas governor has.Not really a power position.

    February 14, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  24. TexasTruth

    Perry needs Karl Rove to win. That probably won't happen.

    February 14, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. BB

    There are many reasons to support a Rick Perry run, this election, and the next, or the next. His record in Texas has been better than most can claim. Texas is the only state to cut spending since WWII, the education scores have increased while Perry has been governor, and there is a long list of other accomplishments that plenty seem to want to ignore. I noticed none of you mentioned the efforts made by Perry when the people of Louisiana needed a home. And for all the people criticizing, you can have your fun, but it doesn't make him stupid or incapable in any way. It just shows your arrogance. Several of the issues that Perry mentioned first are the issues in the front page news today..... Obama's war on religion being one of them. A good example of a family man, who has voluntarily served his country in the military, Perry is not a bad choice at all.

    February 14, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
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