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. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    This guy's ego is bigger than his boots.

    February 14, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. detada

    Was your being a doofus, pratice?

    February 14, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Rod in Dallas TX

    "I tell people it was by far the most exhilarating thing that I've ever done," Perry told ABC News. He should also mention how exhilarating it was to travel all over the US while the residents of Texas paid him a salary AND paid for the Lt. Governor to take his place while he was out making a fool of himself. If he runs for president again, that is proof that he doesn't have a brain and should not be taken seriously.

    February 14, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  4. Taran

    @Truth, Funny how none of the socialists on here can dispute the fact of the statement. It was a direct quote. Indisputable and rellevant to the actions of the current administration.

    February 14, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Rod in Dallas TX

    Ann, I am from Texas and he is an idiot. He must have paid you to vote for him.

    February 14, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. urthat

    Governor Perry should not consider a white house bid but either an out house bid or a bid house bid.

    February 14, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Cat

    Give it up stupid!!!!!

    February 14, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Rod in Dallas TX

    @Taran.....I'll take socialist over stupid any day of the week.

    February 14, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Cat

    Bigger than his brain, that is for sure. Are all Republican men from Texas, stupid?? Or is just Perry and Bush?

    February 14, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Cat

    Then there stupid Republican women, like Ann!!!

    February 14, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    Taran,
    Funny how you just ignore responses. BTW, a 68 year old quote... Is that the best you can do?

    February 14, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Taran

    @anagramkid, I ignore irrelevant and childish responses, those that resort to calling names or rendering some other form of insult. Just because a quote is 68 years old, does not mean it is inaccurate or irrelevant. Especially when the facts (i.e. the democrat platform and actions of the current administration), prove it still accurate.

    February 14, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Positive memories of the campaign? Guessing there would be only two since he can't remember anything higher than that.

    February 14, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Orwell proven

    2016 will be a great year for the Oops Perry Quiter Palin ticket; they can watch Russia and start a war with Turkey at the push of a button.

    February 14, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Just because a quote is 68 years old, does not mean it is inaccurate or irrelevant."

    In this case it really does. Saying that the Dem party of today is exactly the same as the Dem party in the 40's is like saying the GOP today is like the GOP in Lincoln's day. It's simply not true in any way shape or form, especially when you consider the shake-up that occurred when southern Dems left the party in droves over the Civil Rights Act to become GOPers...whcih happened 20 or so years after Thomas made the quoted statement (right around the time that he died).

    February 14, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Taran

    @anagramkid, one more thing, as someone threw at me earlier, the quote, "those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Someone throws that at me, then I get slammed for using a factual and still relevant "68" year old quote? You socialists really need to pick one way or the other.

    February 14, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Baylor Alum

    Its not enough that this airhead embarrassed the state of Texas with his last run for President, or that he has sold out the state to the big business interests in his term as Gov. Now he claims that it was the most exilarating thing he's ever done, I'm guessing a close second would be cashing all those checks from Bob Perry, the reactionary homebuilder who bought him all his gubernatorial elections. I never thought it was possible, but Gov Goodhair actually makes George Dumbya Bush look like a thoughtful man...

    February 14, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. scottf

    Ladies and Gentlemen–It is now official: We have confirmed the era of the WHACK JOB.

    February 14, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. llewism

    II just move to TX and could not believe that the people of TX elected this guy t be governor. There is no way in the world that this guy should ever run to POTUS ever again in the history of the world. What would he run on that I don't know because I'm still trying to figure out how he got elected here in TX (OH BIG OIL MONEY). So far that all I can come up with this guy a a dope and the people of TX that voted for him are just as dopey.

    February 14, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Max Powers

    Please, no more failed Texas Governor's for President!

    February 14, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. Taran

    Sniffit, your post does not disprove what I said. I made no mention of the democratic party of the 40s being the same as today. I said the platform of the democratic party of today is the same as the socialist platform of the 40s. Which if you read both, they are almost identical in meaning, though some word usage is different.

    February 14, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. anagram_kid

    Taran wrote:
    @anagramkid, one more thing, as someone threw at me earlier, the quote, "those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Someone throws that at me, then I get slammed for using a factual and still relevant "68" year old quote? You socialists really need to pick one way or the other.

    Please learn the difference between a quote and history. And if you want to ignore irrelevant and childish responses, feel free to just scroll past anything by Truth and Nothing... He calls us libtards.. nice, eh.

    Hope you have a good day driving on a socialist road to buy a Valentines Day gift in a capitalist store, in a a country where you are free to love whomever you want. Peace.

    February 14, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. maf5454

    There is no measurement scale known to man that has a division small enough to measure my indifference to this man and his ideas.

    February 14, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. cnnsucks

    He is not going to run again...just liberal lies...

    February 14, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    I also seem to remember, truth, that David Duke was elected to the State Senate in Louisiana as a Republican, while denying all the while that he was still a Klansman. Of course, we all now know that he has never changed. Louis Sheleton described the 1980 GOP platform as " something a Klansman can be proud of". The CPAC speakers' list included a known white supremicist. Yes, we have a socialist who caucuses with the Democrats, and yes, we've had our share of klansman and bigots: we got rid of them, and we've focused on making peoples' lives a little better. Is a weekend a bad thing? Nope. Is your health insurance a good thing? Nope. Is access to higher education a bad thing? Nope. before the GI Bill, 5% of people in this country went to college. The explosion of well-educated people in this country is due to what liberals fought for, and yes, it needs to be paid for. The question is, what are you afraid of? Having to pay the bill for the lousy decision conservatives made, because they appealed repeatedly to the lowest common desonominator, which is fear? Your fear and paranoia are symptomatic of the alternate reality the conservatives live in, in which they ahve never made any poor decisions and balming someone is easy as long as they have a funny accent and worship God a little differently than you do.

    February 14, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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