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. joe

    George Bush, then Rick Perry. I'm beginning to think that Texas has the collective IQ of a turnip.

    February 14, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Santa Claus

    If you want gun control, vote for Mitt Romney.

    Republicans who are supporting him do not realize that he is a "car salesman" politician who will radically alter his "opinions" if doing so guarantees him political power. This issue is just one example.

    February 14, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. Brett

    Thank you, Rick Perry, for keeping Democrats in the White House for the next two decades.

    February 14, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. v_mag

    So, Truth and Nothing, did you like Bush so much that you are voting for his clone? Not one of the R candidates has given us a single reason to believe that they are not exactly like him. Everybody has been tossing around quotes all day, and voting Republican reminds me of that one from Einstein about the definition of crazy.

    February 14, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Taran

    From the Congressional Budget office: deficit spending during Obama’s four years in the White House (based on his own figures) will be an estimated $5.170 trillion.
    The previous record for most deficit spending during a presidency was set by President George W. Bush. During Bush’s 8-year administration, total deficit spending was $3.402 trillion (this included the "unfunded wars").
    The Facts are indisputable.

    February 14, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Prices spike as butter shortage spreads through Norway
    Sniffit... trouble in socialist utopia! This wonderful society you praise can't even supply itself with butter. Must be all those evil rich people hoarding it all right? BWAHAHAHAHA....

    February 14, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. Romney is not My Hero

    I thought this loser was finished!!! Why is he still talking? Shut up and go back to your "ranch".

    February 14, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |

    Ricky boy, white don't you sit racist a$$ down.

    February 14, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. jack

    Maybe if Perry went back to school for 4 years and learned something he could come back and try again. It might not do him any good, because you can't fix stupid.

    February 14, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. TONY NYC

    I mean why instead of white.

    February 14, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Larry L

    I suspect he has a nice fat bank account resulting from his attempt. He certainly didn't mind having the Texas taxpayers funding a good portion of his travel and he never stopped drawing his paycheck when he was out making a fool of himself.

    February 14, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    "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,"

    Really? Most people control their own retirement plans, or leave it to their financial advisor. If the government is controlling yours, chances are someone in your family went to court and obtained a conservatorship because you weren't capable of managing your own affairs.

    February 14, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. DB

    Is this a joke?

    February 14, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. bill

    Anyone but uhbama, 2012.

    February 14, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    Taran, with all due respect, there was a budget surplus, period. The House GOP ran on that as their signature accomplishment for years ( unlike the reactionaries running the asylum now), so are you now saying that Gingrich, Armey, et all were lying? Are we to assume the welfare reform during that period was a mirage as well? Look at the source of your statement: Truth is a caricature of a conservative who contradicts him/herself multiple times during the course of the day. Do yourself a favor, and look to people who meet your own standards for civility even if they disagree with you.

    February 14, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Sweden fact: Taxes are generally between 50 and 70% of your income. (Of course your employer already pays the full amount of your salary to the government in taxes before you even get anything.)
    Sniffin holds Sweden up as a model. Paying 70% to the government makes you essentially a SLAVE of the government. yes, it's all about the collective. None of those pesky individual freedoms getting in the way.

    February 14, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Taran, an even bigger conservative mirage were WMDs.

    February 14, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. ShawnDH

    HAHAHAHAHA. Perry is probably the dumbest candidate in a long time, and that's really saying something considering Bachmann ran.

    February 14, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Peter

    Oh my God, what next?!?

    When are we going to get viable Republican candidates?

    February 14, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    This secessionist and the one from AK should divorce their current spouses and get married.
    Just as long as they don't have any kids because the idiot stupid gene can and will be passed along to a poor unsuspecting child!

    February 14, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Damien

    If you poop your pants in second grade, you'll forever be known as the kid who pooped his pants in class. Perry will forever be known as poop for brains....

    February 14, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. LA

    I am a Texan and I DO NOT like Perry. I am ashamed he represents Texas. Ugh! What a moron!

    February 14, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Rick Perry:

    “Why did I come into this room? Oh, it was to run for President…..”

    February 14, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The combined population of Sniffy's Socialist utopias of Norway, Sweden and Denmark is about 19 million which is about the same as the population of FLORIDA. THREE countries equal to our FOURTH largest state (by population). Now all we have to do is give the government 70% of what we make and we'll all live like kings according to Sniffy! Yes, I trust the government to take care of our every need! BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    February 14, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. NukeTim

    Oh God, I hope not....

    February 14, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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