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. drod

    Stop it CNN. I can't take it anymore. You gave us somehting to brighten up our day and put a smile on our faces. My sides hurt from laughing. Rick might run again????hahahahahahah Stop it!

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

    He droped out, now we get him back. Gov. LEGO hair.

    February 14, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The leftist loons on this Board want to equate very base legitimate LOCAL government services with "socialism" and then use it as a reason to carry it into a higher federal authority that controls your retirement plan, your healthcare, the railroads, the post office, to the point that it now tells you and your religious organizations what is acceptable and not acceptable medical coverage. To the point that dust and CO2 are labelled pollutants and regulated. Driving up gas and oil prices with a bogus cap and trade system to force their green agenda on the country. All the while claiming OTHERS want to control and take over your life. Yes, the socialists are MASTERS of the smoke and mirrors.

    February 14, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Steve

    "Perry ponders"... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    February 14, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Steven

    Hopefully Texas sees how bad he is as a governor and votes him out. After 2012, we never hear of him again.

    February 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Thank you, truth, for once again pointing out the errors of our ways. You would have done very well as a prosecutor during Stalin's Purges of the 1930s, or running a prison under Pol Pot. You never let reality and facts get in the way of your " Truth". You have taken a quote from a former Socialist candidate for president as proof positive the Democrats are really Socialists. Try this on for size: " The Republican Party platform is one a klansman can be proud of."- Louis Shelton, Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, 1980. Am I to conclude that the GOP is an approved safe haven for racists? According to your logic( and David Duke), yes. That would explain white supremicists appearing on panel discussions at CPAC this year.

    February 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. drod

    @Sniffit – Here's something for you. The majority of the people now know that Bush was the worst American President this country has ever had and the Republicans nearly took this country into the next Great Depression. That is an undeniable fact that you need to accept. Stop living in denial. Another fact is that Obama and the Democrats are trying very hard to fix this country and the Republicans have fought them every step of the way. They don't want the country to prosper because that would be a good thing for the country and a bad thing for Republicans. One last fact for you is that Obama will be reelected to continue fixing the country despite what the Republicans do so get over it.

    OBAMA 2012

    February 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. davec.0121

    I'll bet Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart and David Letterman and the rest are partying tonight!

    February 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Taran

    @Truth, "Yes, the socialists are MASTERS of the smoke and mirrors." Correct as usual. One of the Masters was Bill Clinton and his "budget surplus" that he passed to George W. A budget surplus on paper only. A truly masterful use of smoke and mirrors.

    February 14, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This guy is delusional. The country has had one too many bad presidents from Texas this decade, and neither Perry nor Bush is qualified or smart enough for the job.

    February 14, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. timothy

    When I saw "Perry to run again?" I thought they meant for Texas governor! Good lord, do not put us through any more stupid Texans. Whadda we gotta do to keep Texas governors out of national concerns? Put a fence up? We can't afford any more Texas governors out here in the real world...

    February 14, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Every wonder what Mr. Truthiness must be like in person?
    No.Every once in a while I wonder about Sniffit, The Real Tom Paine, Woman in California, Beverly, GI Joe, Grover Norquist Enemy of the State (Doug is that you babe?), Rudy, folks like you and so many others that contribute on this blog and make me laugh, learn, and sometimes rethink my positions on an array of subjects.
    I respect and expect dissenters, and those with opposing opinions. That's healthy and necessary order to have a real dialogue, and progress. But to spend my most valuable asset, my time, on those that appear to revel in negativity, and (pardon me) confabulation? Not for me. I wish them happy.

    February 14, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Texas Annie

    This man is such an embarrassment. Please, to the rest of the country, don't judge all Texans by this doofus. Not everybody in Texas supports this nitwad. Some of us think he's just an egotistical bag of hot air with a lot of Republican money bag friends– and a lot of influence to sell.

    February 14, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. logicnLA

    Like Palin, 4 years will not make him qualified

    February 14, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. PAULA

    Thank you Rick for extra early previews/trailers to the never-ending GOP clown show. For your personal participation, you might do better to memorize 2 points instead of 3. LOL

    February 14, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. DRJ

    Arrogance certainly blinds these folks from their quite evident limitations. But absolutely great comedy for the rest of us.

    February 14, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. MNTaxpayer

    What is it with these people? Can't they see what every one else can see? Don't they have any self awareness? He made a fool of himself and completely flopped and he sees it as a strategic rahter than a personal failure. Well Ok, run again. Blow a few more millions of dollars. You can never underestimate the voting public.

    February 14, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    Republicans: morons / one and ALL.

    February 14, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Freddo

    lol ... Rick Perry is a "jolly joker".

    Maybe if you change your image, your views, and stop having those "mindless moments" during debates. In other words, Rick, you could run again if you were someone other than yourself.

    Good luck with that one.

    February 14, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. mfx3

    The "I might run for President so buy my books and pay my lecture fees" BS was more believable coming from Palin, although nobody ever really thought she would run either. Just trying to stay in the spotlight as long as possible to take money from gullible people. Like Palin, his 15 minutes are up.

    February 14, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. KC Yankee

    He absolutely might.

    February 14, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Long-time Texan

    Perry is a long-time embarrassment who just doesn't go away. Wealthy special interests have invested in Perry for the past 10 years and they want a return on their investment. This and Perry's grandiosity enables him to believe he is what Texans and Americans want and need. Nothing is further from the truth.

    Rick Perry actually is the worst Governor Texans ever had. He has done more damage to our daily lives than any previous Governor. I hope that Texans have learned from their past mistakes and will vote for a different candidate in 3 years when Perry's term expires.

    February 14, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Taran

    @drod, while I don't agree with what you posted in any way shape or form, please allow me to point out that Sniffit is on your side. You should have probably responded to myself, Truth and Nothing But the Truth, or Four and the Door.

    February 14, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. paul

    Rick, don't overestimate the applause at CPAC to mean you are a real candidate. Ignore the "pat on the back" from Sarah Palin. They are not the heart of American nor the middleclass. Stay in Texas where you can just say and do anything and the Republican majority in the statehouse just agrees, and you will be much better off.

    February 14, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Fuzzbee

    Dear Rick Perry, Stop dreaming. You are not smart enough to be president of the United States, not by a Texas mile. You are not quick enough to be president. You are not conscious enough to be president. You are not wise enough to be president. You don't have the skill set for the job, not even close. I'm sure many Texans are now profoundly embarrassed that you're their governor. Why not start off with something you can handle – perhaps a roadside BBQ stand.

    February 14, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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