Perry makes voice heard in Texas Senate race
May 21st, 2012
11:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Perry makes voice heard in Texas Senate race

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry cut a TV new ad backing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his campaign for U.S. Senate, a little more than a week ahead of the Lone Star State's Republican primary.

"We have a lot to be proud of," the former presidential candidate said in the ad released Monday. "That's why I'm proud to endorse David Dewhurst."

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Perry first officially endorsed Dewhurst in April. The Senate candidate has served as Perry's right-hand man in Austin for nearly ten years and stumped for the governor during his unsuccessful presidential campaign.

Like many GOP Senate primaries this cycle, the race in Texas has shaped into a contest between a candidate with establishment support-Dewhurst-and a tea party favored contender with backing from national conservative groups-Ted Cruz.

In the polls, however, Dewhurst has long remained ahead of his rivals, including Cruz, and his campaign has fought hard to boost the lieutenant governor's conservative credentials against a tsunami of attack ads.

"David's the one candidate best prepared to make conservative change happen in Washington," Perry said in the ad. "Don't let anyone tell you different."

While Dewhurst has seen larger fundraising hauls than Cruz, his opponent has attracted national attention and significant spending from independent groups on his behalf.

FreedomWorks, a conservative grassroots organization, said it has dropped $150,000 into the race on get-out-the-vote efforts, while the fiscal group Club for Growth said it has spent a whopping $2 million, in addition to bundling $750,000 from its members directly into Cruz's campaign.

Perry's ad came after Sarah Palin threw her voice into the race. She endorsed Cruz earlier this month in a nod that the campaign credits with sparking a "huge surge."

Early voting has already started in Texas, with the final contest date set for May 29. Dewhurst would need to win 50% of the vote in order to avoid a run-off primary this summer.

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and ESPN broadcaster Craig James are also running for the seat, soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Senate • Texas
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Joe

    This ad is sponsored by the word "Oops".

    May 21, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. The REAL Truth...

    Yawn... if this bozo hadn't been running for the GOBP nomination... this wouldn't even be news in his home state.

    May 21, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Obvious Guy

    Can't we just vote to get rid of Texas?

    May 21, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Why would anyone want an endorsement from Mr. Oops? It won't help anyway.

    May 21, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    I thought Texas was going to secede?

    May 21, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  6. Leroy

    Rick Perry for VP !!!!

    May 21, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "Don't let anyone tell you different."

    That pretty much explains the GOBP cult's brainwashing. Wouldn't want voters getting infected with information and facts or anything. Those are as deadly to the GOBP cult as kryptonite is to Superman, or sunlight to a vampire,

    May 21, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    ThinkAgain: Rick Perry is just waiting until he receives more "Stimulous Money", you know, they money he said he didn't want and thought nobody noticed when he used it. If Perry doesn't get anymore, then he'll sucede.

    May 21, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Wes B.

    There are so many politicians that are incredibly entertaining. But they are TERRIBLE at running the country. I would love to see Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Rob Blagoyowich, Joe Biden, and George W. Bush hosting a daytime television show. THAT's what these people should be doing. NOT running our country.

    May 21, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  10. Pander Bear

    So the leading candidate is the right hand man of Mr. Oops? This is the best they can do? Oh wait, it's Texas. Never mind.

    May 21, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Perry vs. Palin on terms of the endorsements... I wonder how these people who are less than brilliant to be polite are really good judges of character and understanding.

    May 21, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. Some Democrat Guy

    Claudia, Houston, Tx

    ThinkAgain: Rick Perry is just waiting until he receives more "Stimulous Money", you know, they money he said he didn't want and thought nobody noticed when he used it. If Perry doesn't get anymore, then he'll sucede.
    -------
    It's "stimulus" and "secede". Please learn how to spell... you make us Democrat Guys look bad.

    May 21, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Some Democrat Guy
    Claudia, Houston, Tx
    It's "stimulus" and "secede". Please learn how to spell... you make us Democrat Guys look bad.
    ======================================================================
    Claudia,,, just another product of the liberal controlled, union-run, failed public school systems in this country.

    May 21, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  14. Big Al

    Allah Akbar!

    Rick Perry is great!

    He is the best governor in the United States. If only he were president, our troubles would be over. America loves Rick Perry. I will only vote the way he tells me too. I will also be naming my future son after him. He is the best.

    Go Rick Go! America loves you!

    Abdullah Fawzi Akmed Ali Al-Hammdune.
    Director General
    Rick Perry 2016 Campaign

    May 21, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Nancy

    Perry is Sarah Palin in a suit and tie.

    May 21, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. carly

    If I was running for office I would pay both Palin and Perry to stay away. Dumb and dumber.

    May 21, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. john

    The fact that this man would or could run for any office higher than Dog Catcher is just chilling!!!

    May 21, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    If he is part of the Rick Perry political machine, then he is another of Michelle Bachmann's crony capitalists working in the TX governer's mansion.

    May 21, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. JohnK

    Palin vs. Perry – a battle of wits between two unarmed foes.

    May 21, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Vader

    @Nancy – Perry is Sarah Palin in a suit and tie.

    Problem is, she is the only one with balls.

    May 21, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  21. Stephen in VA

    Why does Perry look like he's standing crooked in the picture?

    May 21, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Bill

    I am going to vote for the person who is NOT endorsed by Perry and Palin. First it was dubya, then Perry and now Palin is getting her say about Texas politics- We need to break this cycle of GOP stupidity and vote in Texas politicians who are the exact opposite of dubya, perry and palin.

    May 21, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  23. Willie James

    God Bless Texas. The two biggest idiots in Amercan politics are endorsing two of the biggest tools in Texas history. Only Texans will suffer as we have for 15 years. Perry, DeLay, Bush.....the other 49 have no idea what it is like to live in this hole.

    May 21, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. John

    The people of Texas don't vote for either one of them, just look who backing them . One Complete Idiot and a bigger Tea Party IDIOT.

    May 21, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Luke,AZ

    Perry and Palin, two P's in a pod. Sad. The Republican party is about to explode into three parties; moderates, evangelicals and tea partiers.

    May 21, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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