Perry: Fast and Furious is 'Nixonian'
June 24th, 2012
11:40 AM ET
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Perry: Fast and Furious is 'Nixonian'

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday labeled President Barack Obama's claim of executive privilege over Operation Fast and Furious as "Nixonian," suggesting the scandal is worse than Watergate.

"You have a president who is using his executive privilege to keep that information from Congress. If that's not Nixonian, then I don't know what is," Perry said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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The Republican governor and former presidential candidate portrayed the botched gun-running operation as more serious than the 1970s Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of former President Richard Nixon.

"We've had over 300 Mexican nationals killed directly attributable to this Fast and Furious operation, where they brought those guns into Mexico. A former Marine and a Border Patrol agent by the name of Brian Terry lost his life," Perry said. "With Watergate you had a second-rate burglary."

Obama asserted executive privilege last week over Justice Department documents surrounding the Fast and Furious probe by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The House is expected to vote next week to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched the operation out of Arizona to track weapon purchases by Mexican drug cartels. However, it lost track of more than 1,000 firearms that the agency had allowed straw buyers to carry across the border, and two of the lost weapons turned up at the scene of the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

- CNN's Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

Filed under: President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Ronda in Houston, TX

    From one Texan to another, shut up Rick!

    June 25, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  2. TonyD

    GW Bush used it 6 times. Eisenhower used it 44 times.
    I guess you have to be a Republican for it to be O.K.? Or maybe the Republican party is so embarrassed to have absolutely nothing to offer the American People that they need to resort to cheap shots at the President.
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ran a series of "gunwalking" sting operations[2][3] between 2006[
    and 2011 which means Bush started it. not Obama. Maybe we should go all out and charge Bush with war crimes instead?

    June 25, 2012 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. doug Suggs

    I guess its bushs fault

    June 25, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  4. Investment Advisor

    Spin this any way you want Libs.... The noose is tightening on "Fast and Furious". President Obama is trying to cover up. Don't think for one minute that this is partisan politics. Like I said, spin it any way you want ( and you will) but its just a matter of time.

    June 25, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  5. jon

    the only excuse you liberals can ever come up with is the fact that Bush done it. so i guess two wrongs make a right. or maybe because Bush didi it, Obama should be entitled too a muligan every now and then. The problem with you liberals is you have no sound logic. you vote blindly on whoever is representing your party, and not on there actual record. you want all the entitlments you can get but then bitch about the debt. you say you don't want war, but you will defend obama's policy in yemen, syria, etc. when Obama does something right, he is a brilliant man. when he does something wrong, it's Bush's fault. you all sound like a bunch of children. republicans had to admit when they were wrong with regards to Bush, now admit Obama is not the messiah you thought he was.

    June 25, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  6. Bill

    the only "Nixonian" folks I see are the GOP. I bet Perry doesn't even know how to spell "Nixonian"......and where was this fool when dubya was making up WMD claims to invade Iraq or when Halliburton was somehow receiving billions in Iraqi contracts that other vendors/contractors should have received instead.

    June 25, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  7. ditdahdit

    Oldest Rove trick he knows, always accuse the other side with what you are doing to blunt their rebuttal. Dirty tricks, enemies lists, big money secret donors, ect, ect ect, all of them are modern Republican tactics perfected by Nixon and carried on by the bunch of 'know-nothing, do-nothing's' we hear from daily..

    June 25, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  8. Tony in STL

    Non credible loser wanna be big time player makes a comment. So what? Who cares what Rick Perry says or thinks. Please stop reporting this stuff. Makes CNN look bad.

    June 25, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  9. Olaf Big

    In this photo, Rick Perry is spreading his wings and preparing to take a flight. Don't hit the power line, little eagle!

    June 25, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  10. HomieDaClown

    So a Bush administration program, that continued under Obama, is being investigated by Congress, but they only focus on the operation after Obamas election, not allowing any evidence, from prior to Obamas election, to be entered into testimony. Interseting. So who is playing politics??

    June 25, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Obama and Holder have violated, ignored and spit on so many laws that they have sworn to uphold that they should be impeached for violating their oath of office. NEVER has this country witnessed such blatant lawlessness, almost on a daily basis. Taking over companies and stealing from bondholders in order to hand the companies over to their union supporters and donors., refusing to enforce DOMA, circuventing our elected Representatives and Senators to grant amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegals, unconstitutional Obamacare mandate, suing states for ENFORCING the laws of this nation and their state, suing states to ensure illegals can simply walk in and steal our elections, running guns across an internaltional border without the knowledge and cooperation of the other state, and now covering up their incompetence with an illegal executive privilege claim and on and on.

    End the lawlessnes of the Obama administration in November or this country is headig toward a lawless leftist dictatorship. We are already half way there.

    June 25, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  12. John The Electrician

    This is the best they got, do you hear that sound, that great sucking noise?

    June 25, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  13. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Perry I supposed thinks that people wouldn't have died if not for the latest incarnation of Bush's program? However stupid the government's "wide receiver" and "fast and furious" programs were, there is no way to prove that the U.S. weapons were the reason the killers were able to commit these murders. They certainly would have had other weapons available to commit the murders. It's another smoke and mirrors fallacy perpetrated by Issa and his gang whose only actionable agenda for the last four years has been to get rid of Obama.

    June 25, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  14. David898

    I thought that the Republicans wanted to allow virtually anyone to sell virtually any type of gun to anyone. Isn't that what "Fast and Furious" did? Doesn't Gov. Perry know that President GW Bush and Ronald Reagan were big users of executive privilege?

    June 25, 2012 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  15. Jed

    You have to wonder why the president would invoke exec priv's....hmm, why would this privilege be invoked if there was nothing to hide? Shouldn't the DOJ be transparent on this or would there be damaging information that proves otherwise???? It's pretty logical isn't it? If they were really clean about this, wouldn't they release any documents or emails pertaining to this and prove to the public that there was nothing to hide? If the unemployement lowers, don't they paste it all over the news or would they invoke exec priv's? It's pretty basic: A+B=C.

    June 25, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  16. Geoff

    If we were talking about Albert Gonzales and George W. Bush this wouldn't be made out to be such a big deal by the right-wing media.

    June 25, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  17. Gregg

    Seems funny that Perry who is directly connected to Bush Jr would have any problem at all with executive privilege. Considering Obama has called on executive privilege once compared to Bush's six times.

    June 25, 2012 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
  18. ChuckBd

    mamaline -

    Project Gunrunner began in Laredo, Texas, in 2005 and was expanded in 2006. Operation Fast and Furious was operational from 2009 to 2011. Just keeping it real

    June 25, 2012 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  19. Observer91

    No it's not. I don't think anything regarding President Obama coming out of this guy's mouth is even credible, considering that he is spinning the truth so that he can get the "black guy" out of office. President Obama may not be guilt free, but this is nowhere near Watergate nor Iran-Contra. Lets face it, Obama has been more integral than both Bush's, Clinton and Reagan. Why don't we just step off of this distraction and start talking about what really matters.

    June 25, 2012 04:35 am at 4:35 am |
  20. tom

    To be honest, I don't much care who's to blame. What I care about is that the truth comes out. Claiming executive privilege at this point in time says to the ppl that died through this: We don't care about you. Just my opinion though

    June 25, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  21. floridares

    Nothing compares to Nixon, his henchmen, and Watergate. Hey F&F started under Bush! And Bush and Cheney used executive priv argument to keep stuff from us. This is Issa in election yr posturing and nothing more. Hey let Perry who would secede from union and threatened Bernanke and doesn't have 2 brain cells to rub together...let him vanish from pilitical stage. Too embarassing. And let me make clear I was Registered GOP until Party taken over by ultra right wing.

    June 25, 2012 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  22. clarke

    I guess it is an interesting concept or just a sound bite for Perry or something for CNN to talk about.

    June 25, 2012 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  23. FlaseLeftRightParadigm

    Again, both sides with the spin to make their side look good. Wake up! Both sides, the Bush administration and the Obama administration need to be throughly investigated.

    Please wake up and stop with the spin. You know BOTH sides are corrupt garbage.

    June 25, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  24. FalseLeftRightParadigm

    Both sides point the finger, but never accept the blame. Both sides sound like children arguing over who gets to play with the new toy first.

    Both sides are garbage.

    June 25, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  25. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    WE are the OBAMA Cartel !
    WE do NOT answer to NO stinkin "Congress"
    WE will tell you what the law is and you will like it !!!
    FORWARD To life under Our Dear Leader !!!

    June 25, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
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