(CNN) – If the voters who supported his presidential bid aren’t fired up to support Mitt Romney, the GOP had “better get a fire going,” Rick Perry said Thursday.
“God help us if he doesn’t win,” Perry said in an interview on Fox News.
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The Republican Texas governor looked beyond differences that emerged on the campaign trail between himself and the former Massachusetts governor, including the financial industry bailout designed to keep “too big to fail” banks above water.
“I think he understands that too big to fail – and I’ve heard him say that on numerous occasions – is not appropriate, and that the economic models of supply and demand - they work,” Perry said.
The issue of bank bailouts made under the administration of President George W. Bush, however, may be a lasting difference between Perry and Romney. While Romney has said he opposed federal bailout of the auto industry – arguing in his “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” op-ed that a process of managed bankruptcy would serve the company better – he said as recently as March that the financial industry bailout was a different matter.
“There was a different occurrence that happened at the end of President Bush’s term, and this was that there was a concern in the country that all of the banks were going to go out of business, that there was going to be a run on the banks,” Romney said in Arbutus, Maryland. Concerned with the stability of large banks, he said companies were prepared to pull millions of dollars from their accounts, and with that “there was a fear that the whole economic system of America would collapse.”
Perry had a different take on bailouts on Thursday. “Whether it’s Wall Street or motor companies, is bad public policy.”
When he withdrew from the presidential race after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses, Perry threw his support to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who ended his own bid this week. As the nomination appeared increasingly to be going Romney’s way, Perry made a late April announcement that he would back Romney.
But should Romney not win in November, Perry may have yet another run up his sleeve. He said in February that the 2012 debates “could be” preparation for a White House run in 2016.
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God already helped us by getting Obama elected.
if it is the SAME God you claimed told you to run for president Gov Perry I think I would be more afraid if Romney wins. People like you and Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann need to STOP invoking the name of the Almighty to try to forward your plans for this country.
Got that wrong Ricky. God understood when the GOP nominated the 2 clowns 4 yrs ago and sent us Obama. God will do the right thing again and bounce Romney out of this world, magic underwear or not.
God helps us if Romney wins....
Hey Rick – there are millions of us out here that say God help us if Romney wins. I don't think I have ever seen such an unimpressive candidate for president as Romney.
Who cares about this fool! Perry makes Dubya looking like a Rhodes Scholar!
GayParree, I think Romney not winning *is* God helping you.
Go back to drama class, blowhard.
God help us if a Republican is allowed back in the Whitehouse while the recovery from the last Republication administration will take another 10 years minimum.
Rick Perry, God already started helping by not allowing you to win.
God help us if Robmey does win.
If Perry considers those debates as preparation for a 2016 White House run, "God help us". What an ignorant windbag.
Perry needs more that GOD'S help!
Considering Governor Rick Perry's irrelevance, perhaps CNN will quote me.
God help us if Romney DOES win.
This coming from the governor whose disaster response plan was to get everyone into a stadium and pray for rain. The drought continued.
What an idiot,every time he opens his mouth,I'm reminded of his fellow Texan,Bush
leather faced fool-no one cares what this loser thinks
no mr.perry its the otherway god help us if mitt Romney becomes president
Lies and fear is all the GOP has. God help us from the idiots that support and vote GOP.
God help us if any republicans get elected. They seem to want to destroy the country with their give to the rich policies.
Perry is another FLIP FLOPPER!!! Out of all the republican flip flopper Perry is the Dumbest
God helped us when McCain/Palin lost. I am confident that God will help us send the flip flopping liar back to Malibu, NH, MA, and all his other homes.
God help us if any Republican wins another election, especially Romney.
God Help Us if Romney does win!!!
God help us if Perry was the US president. I am sorry for Texans having to put up with buffoons.
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