Perry: ‘God help us’ if Romney doesn’t win
May 3rd, 2012
07:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry: ‘God help us’ if Romney doesn’t win

(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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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (582 Responses)
  1. enuff

    God chose Perry, and Bachman, and whoever else happened to say they were running to cater to the evangelical crowd. Now is he saying GOD is against Obama? i heard lyrics from a song once that says "the Lord uses the good ones, and the bad ones use the Lord." Maybe Perry will get lucky and be chosen VP so they can get the mormon and evangelical vote. Bachman could be secretary of state! Lord help the United States if any of that comes to fruition.

    May 4, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    This the same Parry who prayed for rain but got only more drought? I don't think he communicates with God very well, so if Parry's concerned about Romney losing in November, I don't think we should worry much.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    May 4, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  3. jg

    isn't he the guy that said "god help us if I don't win"? Didn't god, according to him, tell him to run... and apparently just to teach him what a fool he was?

    May 4, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  4. mirrorlogic

    If all these conservatives were put in a time machine and sent back 500 years they would all look like liberals. The problem is they don't realize that in another 500 years they will look as ridiculous as their counterparts did 500 years ago. Square heads are always on the wrong side of history...too bad it takes so much time for them to change.

    May 4, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  5. mirrorlogic

    Perry Day 1 – Me. Perry Day 2 – anybody but Romney. Perry Day 3: Gingrich. Perry Day 4: Someone give me a break, do I really have to endorse this guy to stay on the establishments good side? Perry Day 5: Okay, I'll lie.

    May 4, 2012 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  6. mirrorlogic

    These guys always invoke religion. Why? Cause it panders to the fools who really somehow think if there is a God, and if Jesus did live the way the Bible says....that he would in any way go for the elite, powerful rich guys. I mean...really? Wasn't it that group of conservatives at the time that saw Jesus' liberal message a threat? Boy how thick can these folks minds be?

    May 4, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  7. Mith

    God help us if he does win....

    May 4, 2012 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  8. Dysfunctional behavior

    dear gop and ur congressmen,
    Please try to behave, act like adults. POTUS Obama is busy, working, saving US. Screw an election cause your time is up! time to get back to work!
    Signed,
    Ican Seeclearly

    May 4, 2012 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  9. Softship

    'God help us' if Perry runs again...

    May 4, 2012 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  10. Fellow Democrats...I love Basketball...

    We taken the shot! Nothin BUT NET

    Obama2012

    May 4, 2012 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  11. Richard

    I'm sure God will get with the program now that Rick has spoken!

    May 4, 2012 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  12. The Niteowl

    God help us if Perry every gets elected.

    May 4, 2012 04:39 am at 4:39 am |
  13. Don

    Hey Ricky. How about God help us no matter who wins. Last time I checked God was not a memeber of the GOP or have you forgotten commandment #1.

    May 4, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  14. James

    By "us" he means the Republican party, especially as Santorum will be an early favourite for the next nomination.

    May 4, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  15. Marlee

    God save us from Republocrats.

    May 4, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  16. clarke

    God help us if he does win.

    May 4, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  17. Marie MD

    LOL! If anyone helped put out the fire it's the governor from TX with his n_____head ranch. Mr. oops himself.
    What a morning laugh. You are runnming in 2016? Unless the second coming occurs I don't see the teapublikans winning any general election.
    Your whole party would have to fliip flop so much to the center never mind the left that there's no way.

    May 4, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  18. Harry From Pa

    I love it when Politicians bring God into things. God doesn't play into politic's, he likes to sit on the side line and watch people tell lies and stab each other in the back while they claim God told them to run. That being said this is coming from a once candidate who like Romney had their own Mandate, so much for little government. How can you argue against the POTUS if you also had mandates as Governors.

    May 4, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  19. Anthony

    If Romney wins, only God will be able to pay off our national debt, since Romney's tax plan will add more than 3 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years compared to current (that means Obama's) policy. Romney claims that he will cut spending, but he won't say what spending cuts he has in mind. In a March interview with the Weekly Standard, Romney said that he will not repeat the mistake he made against Ted Kennedy by telling people what spending he will cut. Romney knows that if people know what he will do once in office, they will not vote for him.

    May 4, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  20. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    God help us if he does win. Mitt McCain is not ready for primetime and the GOBP know it. That gun-toting Anybody but Mitt McCain convention will be big fun.

    May 4, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  21. Irma in North Carolina

    Perry it will take more than gods help to get Mitt to win. I just hope the american people wake up and see what Mitt stands for. he is only for the rich people and to hell with the rest of the people.

    May 4, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  22. Bev

    i agree completly our goose is cooked if obama gets a second term romney 2012

    May 4, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  23. G Foster

    Perry saying "God help us if he (Romney) doesn't win" is plenty good enough reason for me to vote for Obama.

    May 4, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  24. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Romney lies and is a racist. So is the gopt. You mean god help us if romney wins.your gopt screwd up the economony with greed. We will not forget you come november though you forget. Forward obama / biden 2012.

    May 4, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  25. Dave

    Just more fear-mongering from the "idiot wing" of the GOP. Then again, the "idiot wing" is pretty much 99% of the party...

    May 4, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
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