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. amigo

    As a Democrat, thats the best news I've heard all day.

    February 14, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. PTBarnumboy

    This is why we need to get the money out of politics. This shouldn't be a circus side show whose only purpose is public amusement and profit.

    February 14, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    God help us if Perry ever actuaolly wins the presidency within the next 40 something years....

    February 14, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. Thinkergal

    Positive memories? Or selective amnesia?

    February 14, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. Norm

    As a native Texan, I hope Ricky runs....like all the way to another third world country he has turned us into. Just go away. Far, far away.......

    February 14, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. TexMan

    Is Perry pondering or pandering. It is often difficult to tell the difference.

    February 14, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  7. nru

    Another dumb texan with swagger gonna lead us out of the current mess into a bigger one

    February 15, 2012 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  8. bryjon

    Gingrich is already providing a lot of comedy to the election, but if Perry re-enters, it will be a total comedy-fest.

    February 15, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. Doug

    Bwaaahaaa-haaaaaa-haaaaa good Ol' Rick. He was just funn'n with us the first time ya'll!

    February 15, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  10. chedar

    If Perry have another lapse of memory. then he is finish. And the older he gets the frequency of lapse in memory is more evident.

    February 15, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  11. The Left Wing

    Is he optimistic or delusional? Delusional. Definately delusional.

    February 15, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  12. OrangeW3dge

    Perry / Palin 2012
    I said it before, and I'll say it again.
    For The American People, because We Love You !!!!!!!!

    February 15, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  13. victoria23

    It is obvious that Mitt Romney is the man who can beat Obama – AND – a waste of time for Perry to even think of re-entering the race (i.e. if he will be able to remember that he dropped out!) Romney is more intelligent and trusting – and strong enough to get this wonderful country back on track that it was intended. NOT as a dictator as Obama has done in these recent years! Time will tell – I trust folks will realize Romney is the ONLY person who can do this job. Ron Paul adds a 'Will Rogers' flavor to the contest and that eases the stress of politics in play – but to be serious I hope it is Romney all the way.

    February 15, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  14. phneutral

    Oh, I thought it said Perry has the runs again. Never mind.

    February 15, 2012 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  15. ondeck

    The Texas political system isn't that hard to understand – The Big Money (big oil) people control the state and the politics – they find a "front" man who can swagger and grin an come across as a good ole boy with a "respectable" family and a cross hanging from the rearview mirror and – that's their guy – or should I say puppet.

    February 15, 2012 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  16. Mark

    The candidates are not very good but the fact that Republicans are constantly changing their support is evidence of something else. It is becoming abundantly clear that Republican ideology and their obstructionist tactics to promote gridlock are just wrong. It's the same old stuff. Free enterprise that does not produce enough jobs if they outsource. Small government that no longer works in large populations. "No new taxes", the Norquist pledge they all signed that prevents them from listening to arguments and making compromises, in other words, doing their jobs. Republicans are living in the past and ignoring facts. Its old school thinking that does not serve the people generally, but instead the haves in our country.

    February 15, 2012 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  17. dsb

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Needed a good laugh. Thanks Perry. I live in Texas and that's the ONLY good thing you have ever done. I just wish Molly Ivins were still with us to have witnessed you latest debacle. RIP Molly, sorry you missed the show. You comments would have been priceless!

    February 15, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  18. cynthia hicks

    Rick Perry... check your ears why don't you? If the fat lady was singing any louder, she would strain her vocal cords!

    February 15, 2012 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  19. MJ Taylor

    Until medical science figures out how to perform a brain and personality transplant, I'd stay out of the public eye Rick; you're far from our best example of American exceptionalism.

    February 15, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  20. Bernard Webb

    I just read this whole thread of comments and it is very strange. 98% of the comments are from thinking people and take the form "Perry is a fool". The other 2% are from right-wing nutjobs (about four of them, apparently) and take the form "Thinking people are fools". I guess this thread is kind of a microcosm of the nation: mostly normal people with a scattering of far-right-wing wackos.

    February 15, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  21. RON Ron nnz

    Give it up you make George Bush look like a Rhodes Scholar.

    February 15, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  22. Tim

    The fact that the people who comment on CNN's site don't like Perry, proves that he would make a great President.

    February 15, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  23. sick of republican phonies

    Perry said "I may run fer presidint agin in the next election in 2014. I hope everyone who's 24 and elligibable to vote will support me."

    February 15, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  24. Dave in Indy

    ... dangerously delusional.

    February 15, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  25. No More

    Ah, Perry still living in a medieval castle with delusions of grandeur. He's toast. Done. He lost his one and only chance and America will forever remember the Bad candidate that he was, is, and would be again.

    February 15, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
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