Perry ponders another White House bid
February 14th, 2012
09:37 AM ET
2 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. GPN

    Just when we thought it was safe. Now Mr. 2 out of 3 memory wants to return.

    February 14, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. JG

    I OK with Perry...anybody would be getter than Obama.

    February 14, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The REAL Truth

    @Taran – wow, nice little IRRELEVANT "sound bite"! Why is it that the folks like you can't put up a constructive comment or continue reasonable debate about anything you don't believe in.
    ------------------------
    Hard to do when you're a confabulating conservative cheerleader like Taran/Gurgi (et al).
    Obama 2012.

    February 14, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    TX, where even a sea cucumber can be governor if it has nice hair.

    February 14, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Truth is socialism is a FAILURE when it tries to stand on its own."

    You wouldn't know what socialism actually is if it bit you on the eyelid. The overly broad and expansive slap-the-socialism-label-on-everything-I-don't-like nonsense from the McCarthyist right wing lunatics running amock in this country is patently absurd. Go actually read about socialism instead of just following Teatroll astroturfing marching orders and searching up books on socialism on Amazon to give them one star and regurgitate political nonsense talking points in your "reviews." Applying your definition of it would make it apply to almost anything in the country. Applying the correct definition has the actual socialist parties in the US rolling their eyes at claims that Dems are anything close to socialists.

    February 14, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Jackie

    Rick Perry would run again because it was an "exhilarating" experience for him. For him. Too bad it was an agonizing, not exhilarating, experience for the rest of us. Rick Perry is all about Rick Perry and that's all he's ever been about. He would be a disaster in the White House.

    February 14, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sniffit you were on time and on point with the word for the day.

    February 14, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. P.G

    @ Truth
    A "SOCIETY" by virtue of is organization is in itself a "social" entity. If you dont want to live in a society, please move to Montana – Ted Kazinski's lot is still available.

    February 14, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    @Taran: Please go live in a real socialist country like Sweden and then report back to us how horrible it is.

    Then compare and contrast your experience by living in a country without that pesky oppressor, government, like Somalia or one without income tax and no infrastructure, like India, and tell us how wonderful those experiences are.

    February 14, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  10. J0nx

    Give it up dude. People look at you and they see GW. It's over man. Move on.

    February 14, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Correction: fueled its growth.

    February 14, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    @Truth and yada yada: "Truth is socialism is a FAILURE when it tries to stand on its own."

    Yes, Sweden is a hell-hole. *sarcasm*

    February 14, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  13. anagram_kid

    Truth and Nothing...,
    Since we are going off topic, I wanted to share what is now my current favorite post from you – “Doesn't anybody know any women that are affected for 5-10 days a month? I've known some that had to miss OFFICE WORK because of the affects.”

    I laughed for a good solid minute at that one. You are a shinning example of the 'modern' conservative.

    Obama 2012

    February 14, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Applying the correct definition has the actual socialist parties in the US rolling their eyes at claims that Dems are anything close to socialists.
    ============================================================================================
    Bernie Sanders is the only one that admits being one and he caucases with the Democrats (birds of a feather?!). All the other "progressive" Democrats LIE about not being socialists. They know they would NEVER be elected if they told the truth.

    The truth and socialism are mutually exclusive, as is Democrats and truth.

    February 14, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. alfred

    He needs to go back to school and learn how to speak inteligently!

    February 14, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    ThinkAgain – Yes, Sweden is a hell-hole. *sarcasm*
    =====================================
    Yes, Sweden is surely a super power that is a beacon of light that millions are flocking to! BWAHAHAHA!!! NOT!!!
    Are you living there now? If not, why not???

    February 14, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Bernie Sanders is the only one that admits being one and he caucases with the Democrats (birds of a feather?!). All the other "progressive" Democrats LIE about not being socialists. They know they would NEVER be elected if they told the truth."

    Sigh. Whatever helps you sleep at night. Go go gadget confabulator...

    February 14, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. v_mag

    Every wonder what Mr. Truthiness must be like in person? Nah, me neither.

    February 14, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. v_mag

    Progressives think that the fire department, police department, insurance coverage, the social safety net, and the armed forces are good things, since they benefit society as a whole. Mr. Truthiness and his ilk think that everybody is out to get them and that it's them against the world. It's the difference between being truly human and being truly paranoid.

    February 14, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Yes, Sweden is surely a super power that is a beacon of light that millions are flocking to! BWAHAHAHA!!! NOT!!!
    Are you living there now? If not, why not???"

    Sweden, Norway, Denmark and several others blow the US out of the water in terms of economic mobility rankings and metrics, i.e., measurements such as what socio-economic class a child ends up in when born to poor parents. In fact, Norway has the highest living standard of any country on the planet, which by the way is round...in case you didn't know.

    February 14, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. TM

    Perry is the only candidate in recent history that had to talk UP to voters. How he got this far in life by being that ignorant is still a mystery. If he plans on running again he will need time to LEARN about the real world, and then practice how to speak INTELLIGENTLY and INTELLIGIBLY on that topic.

    February 14, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Ann

    You all are a bunch of idiots! You should be so smart as Rick Perry. Don't see any of you being a successful Governor of a great state like TEXAS!

    Bunch of morons!

    February 14, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Be Sane

    Oh please stop it! The possibility of his winning went away when he opened his mouth. All the practice in the world won't change that. Seriously, this man needs to go away and hopefully he will the minute his term as Texas governor ends.

    February 14, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    v_mag,
    I am hesitant to get personal, but my observation of Truth and Nothing is that he is need of some human contact. His post about woman's 'affect' makes it clear there are no women in his life. I want everyone to find happiness, even those I disagree with. I hope he figures out a way to find it.

    February 14, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. ART

    No more cowboys in the White house thank you

    February 14, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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