Perry makes voice heard in Texas Senate race
May 21st, 2012
11:08 AM ET
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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. tx_gal

    Geez Louise!! The spell-check police are out in full force!! Lighten up!
    In my humble opinion, Perry is a big dummy and I am sorry that some people actually think he is true representative of people in Texas. Not so :(

    May 21, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. WhereIsPalin

    Perry's guy VS Palin's guy.................who cares??

    Perry showed what he is worth during the GOP nominating process. Palin is just worthless.

    May 21, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Chumlee

    Worked with Perry for 10 years – two Perrys really must be too much for Texas. Palin – did robo calls to Kansas for
    her Tea Party Texas candidate. Goes to show – the quitter is out to lunch

    May 21, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. john

    It should be embarassing to be endorsed by either of these lightwieghts. Neither have ANY leadership ability or fresh ideas.

    May 21, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Reasonably

    Why is Perry still news? Three reasons. First, um...Oops. Why is Palin still news? Ask Perry.

    May 21, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. cleareye1

    There are not many politicians that can give Palin a challenge for the incompetency championship, but he is trying hard!

    May 21, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    "Romney's campaign has largely kept its distance from the George W. Bush administration, though last year the candidate mentioned Cheney had ideal qualities for a running mate pick."

    You know, Mitt Romney CAN walk away from Cheney. That he chooses not to does
    indicate he'll be another GW once again following Cheney's leading straps.
    This fundraiser only adds to that element of not being able to distance himself
    from what Mitt knows is going to include big time payback. So, yeah, Mitt ...
    keep following the devil. A year or so from now, keep asking yourself how
    that worked out for you - President or not. Because once you're beholden
    to the likes of Dick Cheney, he OWNS you.

    May 21, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Sarah Palin, huh? Poor CNN. Still barking up the TeaPers tree of dispair.

    May 21, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Jim Hahn

    Let them duke it out in Texas. The Citizens United decision is the best thing to happen to media outlets since the newspaper.

    May 21, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Tom-n-NoVA

    Geez... Republicans don't even like each other. Other than Nazi-esque propaganda and scapecoat making, do these people like ANY-thing or ANY-body??? What a party of Hate. And this is supposed ot be the party of the Christians? I have never seen anything so NON-Christ-like as the GOP.

    May 21, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. PitaM

    Wow – getting endorsed by Gov Petty – I mean Perry is a no brainer for a losing candidate. Gov. Perry is anti women, anti disabled, anti elderly, anti education/teachers, and anti children – what is left.....for him to leave town and not let the door hit him from behind.....He is trying to pull his muscle and get rid of our fabulous UT President.....he is so full of himself that Texans (both dem/rep) are sick of him.....we are embarrassed with his lack of leadership and for single handedly totally making Texans look like fools......go away!!

    May 21, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    This dude lacks brain....

    May 21, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. foxniose

    The Republican Party still attracts the uneducated racists, the very rich or the people who think if they don't vote Republican they will all go to hell. All very predictable and all within inches of being the American Taliban.

    May 21, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. davec.0121

    Once again as a Texan, I hang my head in embarrassment. I was hoping Perry would somehow just go away. But, like Palin, he has more politcial lives than Wiley Coyote. What a choice we're faced with. I'm leaning toward Dewhurst, not because Perry endorsed him (that's actually a reason not to vote for him), but because I don't like the idea of Sarah Palin and all the other outsiders telling me what's good for Texas and trying to buy the election with shady outside money.

    May 21, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. porchhound

    Two RINO peas in a pod..they BOTH liked a state income tax too...and they LOVE illegal immigrants so much they managed to keep EVERIFY out of Texas!

    CRUZ is the REAL Conservative

    May 21, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. Michael in Houston

    I wonder if either of these two toads ever look themselves in the mirror and ask themselves why so many people find them both nauseating.

    May 21, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  17. GOP Hate America

    Perry and Palin ...... the two biggest retards on our planet

    May 21, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. Skeptic

    This is just another reason I hate living in Texas.

    May 21, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Brought to you by the same people who give you Mitt McCain the hopeless lying candidate. Obama/Biden 2012!

    May 21, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. anonymous

    Poeple dont be crying like a baby what you haven't defend as an adult! If you dont like what is happening in DC or Texas, do what we the 1% do change it! Unfortunately for you all, not all could be part of the 1%, we keep that gated for the rest. After all we 1% need workers.

    May 21, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. CBR

    Hopefully the VOTER IN TEXAS will vote for the person who would serve the people of Texas in the US Senate. How nice it would be of that person is someone who knows how to work with others who have different beliefs and will work to include the needs of all Americans and not those who support their own ideas and rules.

    May 21, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Talk about a battle or wits. I bet they have fascinating discussions on topics like is the world round or flat.

    May 21, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  23. Rick in L.A.

    Maybe Palin and Perry can join Commander Newt and head off for the moon, thereby starting a colony of redundant gas bags truly not of this Earth.

    May 21, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. jocko

    Perry vs Palin.......Race to the Bottom

    May 21, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. Vader

    @Stephen in VA – Why does Perry look like he's standing crooked in the picture?

    Crooked is as crooked does...

    May 21, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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