Perry back to Iowa Fair, now stumping for Romney
August 10th, 2012
05:02 PM ET
6 years ago

Perry back to Iowa Fair, now stumping for Romney

(CNN) – A year ago in Des Moines, Iowa, Texas governor Rick Perry worked the Midwest crowd, glad-handing his way to voter approval for his own 2012 presidential bid. Saturday, Perry will do the same but for his former opponent Mitt Romney.

Texans for Rick Perry announced Friday that the former Republican contender would campaign for the current presumptive GOP nominee at the annual Iowa State Fair.

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Perry will also speak at the FAMiLY Leadership Summit on Saturday afternoon hosted by two Iowa caucus winners in 2008 and 2012: former Governor Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum, according to the organization's website.

Last August, Perry visited the fair with much fanfare as a part of his "Get America Working Again" bus tour as a Republican primary presidential candidate. Perry faced mediocre numbers in the polls before the state's early January first-in-the-nation caucus, bringing in only 10% of Iowa votes on the Republican primary election night.

Perry dropped out of the presidential race in January, endorsing then-candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Perry then threw his support behind Romney in April following reports that his chosen candidate would soon end his presidential run as well.

Filed under: Iowa • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Way to go Perry. Glad to have you aboard now start rowing! Ignore all that fog, it is just the usual Obama smoke blowing by.

    August 10, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    25% of Texans do not have health insurance or access to affordable health care. Maybe Mittens could show him how Romneycare would help his state.

    August 10, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Logic N LA

    Romney must be making some big promises to get all these men that said he wasn't qualifiesd to back him now.
    Oh wait! they're politicians – they lie and have no morals, so what the hell.
    Cant wait for the group photo – Santorum- Perry – Gingrich -Trump and Bachmann all knealing in from of St Romney.

    August 10, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. rs

    There are only THREE people Mr. Romney should seek endorsements from for the Presidency: Former Vice President Dick Cheney; Former Presidential candidates Newt Gingrich, and..... and.... well, there are three guys..... no, not him. It's.....Ummmm.

    August 10, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. drake mallard

    RIck Perry said he balanced the state budget while keeping taxes low, without dipping into emergency money. However, he did it by taking big money from Washington. Back in June of 2009, when Governor Perry was signing the state's 2010-2011 budget, Texas was $6.6 billion in the red.

    Here answer the letter he wrote to President Obama, quote, "Please allow this letter to certify we will accept the funds in H.R.1, the stimulus, and use them to promote economic growth and create jobs in a fiscally responsible manner that is in the interest of the Texas taxpayers."And in that letter, the governor did say he opposed the stimulus, but he took the money. Yet, months later and right up to this day, he continues to speak out against federal money and the state officials who take it. RICK PERRY

    Rednecks for Obama"

    August 10, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. IrvineCAVoter

    Romney is running with a lot of losers like Cheney, Gingrich, Santorum, McCain, Bachmann, Palin, and even old GWB. If it wasn't bad enough he's also keeping company with the Republican house Ryan, Boenher, McConnell. His donors are even notorious Koch brothers, blood money El Savadorians, and Sheldon the Pipinaire. None of the people have any feelings for the middle-class works and the contempt of hatred of the poor is ghastly.

    August 10, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens has lost his base, and needs to bring back the primary opponents he spent millions trashing to save his elitist butt.

    August 10, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. CommonSense 12

    Rick Perry is as dumb as they come!!! And I live in he must be related to Sarah Palin!

    August 10, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. PJ

    I hope we are not paying for Perry's little jaunts to Utah, Iowa, and wherever. He is already drawing two salaries,
    and he cost us a bundle for his "protection" while vacationing, I mean, running for President.

    August 10, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. MartiM

    ...Does that picture look awkward, or what?

    August 10, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Larry L

    Texas is a mess and offers the worst health care in the U.S. As a Texan I'm deeply ashamed of what the Republicans have done to our state. Governor "Oops" is now sucking his way back into the Republican fold after saying he thought Romney should release his tax returns.

    August 10, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Martha in CF

    All I can say is hypocrisy at its best!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perry is a career Government employee aka welfare queen whose never held a private citizen job in his life and yet he thinks Government is too big. Perry has a big smile on his face because the Texas Governors Mansion just completed restoration at the cost of $21.5 million, the heck with healthcare for Texans who have the highest number of citizens without healthcare.

    August 10, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Old buddies huh. Looks like they buried the hatchet (in Perry's head). Two half-wits do not make a Twit.

    August 10, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. B.

    Must be getting really desperate now, bringing back the bottom feeders..

    August 10, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  16. Tubby the Tuba Texasc


    August 10, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Mike in Texas

    Perry is a worthless governor. Stay in Iowa Rick. Oh wait, we the taxpayers will have to foot the bill.

    This just shows that Romney is still worried about the base. He is losing the independent, Hispanic, African American and women vote. His only sure block are white males.

    Keep pandering to the base Mitt.

    August 10, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  18. Yomi Olalere

    Hopefully, he will not forget the name of the candidate he is campaining for, or his Bain activities.

    August 10, 2012 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Has Mittens "RETROACTIVELY RETIRED" as the GOVERNOR of MA back to before he signed ROMNEYCARE???

    Pompadour Perry seems to have lost his wedding band and in it's place, I see his college graduation ring?

    Could this be a "Brokeback Mountain" moment?

    August 10, 2012 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Rumors say Perry likes the way one of his state chefs serves UP his "hot dog"!

    Just precious, they make such a cute couple!

    August 10, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. A not-so-stupid former republican

    Dumb campaigning for Dumber! What a combination. Pathetic!

    August 10, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Deep in the Heart of Texass!

    Class, was Perry using makeup to camo that bulbous honker?

    That thing takes up his whole face and what is that knob on the end?

    Maybe he is just excited that he can actually "smell the money"!

    August 10, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. California Gary

    I can't help but wonder if he is there to work off part of that $10,000 bet.......

    August 10, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. GOP = Greed Over People

    Easy Perry, Mittens owns a "gay prancing pony" and it could be contagious!

    August 10, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    so our 'guvner" here in Texas is now a lover of the "vulture capitalist"? I have to admit when I saw this picture I threw up in my mouth a little.

    August 10, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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