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. Reggie from LA

    Oh, it was just a reg'lar barrel 'o monkeys. Now that he's seen how it's done, I guess he'll embark on a campaign again. This time he'll be a different person. I'm psyched. Isn't everyone?

    February 14, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Mr. Moderate

    Running in 2016? Sound like is already saying his party will not be able to win this year.

    February 14, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Calcommuter

    Once again ego overtakes common sense. He somehow was elected governor of Texas with obviously little or no brains. Every time he opened his mouth he not only said something so out there, it reminded everyone of Skippy Bush in his mannerisms, his reasoning and his speech patterns. Perry, just live off your retirement that you have already been dipping into and leave us alone.

    February 14, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. drdiane50

    Seriously? His first disastrous experience wasn't enough?

    February 14, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Jim Thomas

    Lived in Texas most of my life. Love this state. I wouldn't buy a used car from Perry. He needs to go away.

    February 14, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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  7. George

    To paraphrase Yogi Berra, "If you don't ponder too good, don't ponder too much".

    February 14, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. drod

    Bob said Perry lost because of his debating skills. Are you kidding me? He lost because he's dumber than a rusty door nail. The only reason he wins in Texas is because of the money and strangle hold that the Republicans have in Texas. You can find 20 conservative radio shows any time of the day. Some stations masquerading as religious stations and some as music stations but putting in their fox-like opinions on Obama. There are so many Fox news zombies that it just makes me shake my head in disbelief. How easily some people can be manipulated by Republicans. Hopefully that group is becoming the minority and will soon become the irrelevent. Obama 2012

    February 14, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. drod

    I'm getting a little bored. Please bring back the clowns; Perry, Palin, Cain, Backman and the man Trump. Now that's entertainment.

    February 14, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Punisher2000

    I came from another planet. My first impulse was to think dogs were the masters since humans pick their poop. Now I am sure. Still I thought there was hope for the human race after I tasted M&Ms. I am not sure now that Scary Perry wants to return. We may reconsider having an interstellar pass where Earth is.

    February 14, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Question: does this syndrome not also apply to Newt and Mitt? Just wondering."

    Honestly...they're probably the best examples of it to use. Newetered runs around completely rewriting history, especially his own personal history as Speaker, while those who knew and worked with him during that time period have quite literally called him dangerous, egomaniacal, opportunist, a loose cannon, infatuated with grand gestures, etc. What's more, he claims to be a scholar of history...which frankly only makes him a little bit better at confabulating it.

    As for Mittens...jsut look at his flip flopping and his rationalizations for why he's not actually flip flopping...then go read the short Wikipedia definition of confabulation again. It fits like a...mitten.

    February 14, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Okie dokey

    @drod: Take comfort, there's always Oklahoma. Yes, we have Democrats too, but then there's always Sen. Inhofe. Deep sigh.

    We might beat you in football, but somehow we can't seem to get rid of our own clowns. Is that what democracy is supposed to be like? (jusss... kidding). At least our stellar republican representatives are not as dangerous as Dick Armey, DeLay, George W, Karl Rove, and the like.
    Our clowns are funnier though, see Ralph Shortey, the "no human fetuses in our foods" guy

    February 14, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "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
    Here's another old quote for you that applies as well... If the shoe fits, wear it! In this case, the old quote is dead on accurate. But the Democrats lie to the American people. Marx and Lenin would be proud of the Democrat Party if they were alive today.

    February 14, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Wachet Auf

    Great stuff. I would like to see Mr. Perry run again. It offers more choices. Maybe he has "found himself" and can voice new persepctives.

    February 14, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  15. drod

    The best thing Perry did was damage the Republican brand in Texas. More people in Texas are going to start thinking twice about electing more Republicans. Hopefully more people will open their eyes and start kicking them out of public office.

    February 14, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. Mike Botwin

    Atta boy Rick – join the GOP Loser bandwagon.

    February 14, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. Wm

    You can't fix stupid. I'll be glad when he's no longer governor of my state.

    February 14, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. jdoe

    Perry wants to run in 2016 because he knows Obama will take 2012.

    February 14, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. WhereIsPalin

    When asked if they were good practice for 2016, Perry responded "Ya, could be.".....

    That's like saying Obama is going to be re-elected. I can't imagine him wanting to debate a sitting republican president.

    February 14, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. hitobito

    Perry's blatant ignorance is astonishing! He really shouldn't run for dog-catcher.

    February 14, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. drod

    @Okie dokey: Oh com' on. Nobody is funnier than Perry. I can name 3 things....maybe I can't....oops. But there was Bush with....get'r done...dem evil do' rs...fool me once...uh..fool me twice.. uh...fool me duh...They wrote a book on Bushisms.

    February 14, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. John H ATL

    The poor man is delusional. Does he really see what he just went through as a success–even as a decent first effort? Aside from his wife pushing him to try again–maybe that's where the ambition comes from–does he really think anybody else in the USA wants a rerun of this disaster. He was more than just a terrible debater–he is an empty shell–no new ideas, no uplifting, inspiring message to the electorate. And what deep pocket with any sense would bankroll this circus sideshow again? Really now, is he still on the pain meds or what?

    February 14, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. drod

    I just thought what it would be like to have Obama debate Perry. Perry would pee his pants.

    February 14, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Here's another old quote for you that applies as well... If the shoe fits, wear it! In this case, the old quote is dead on accurate. But the Democrats lie to the American people. Marx and Lenin would be proud of the Democrat Party if they were alive today."

    Ever heard this one? "If you're in a hole, stop digging." Now, hand over the shovel....unless of course your plan for solving our trade differences with China is to dig us a trade route to them. If so, then by all means, proceed.

    February 14, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Everyone

    Just stop. Seriously go home. Politics shouldnt be such a joke.

    February 14, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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