Can Rick Perry overcome last presidential run?
Gov. Rick Perry tells the National Right to Life Council that he'll continue to push for more restrictive abortion laws in Texas.
July 3rd, 2013
09:14 AM ET
10 months ago

Can Rick Perry overcome last presidential run?

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has found himself squarely in the middle of the national political conversation as he clashes with Democrats over a restrictive anti-abortion bill that has drawn thousands of protesters to Austin.

The high-profile showdown - Perry this week called a second special legislative session to revive the abortion bill after Democrats blocked it with a filibuster engineered by state Sen. Wendy Davis - has re-focused attention on his national ambitions and raised the prospect that he might again run for president, even after his 2012 campaign flamed out in spectacular fashion.

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  1. Dennis Freeman

    He should run for 3 reasons. He is a Governor of a large state, he has name recognition...and I forget the 3rd...oops.

    July 3, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    Bring it on you delusional cowboy!

    July 3, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. Mr. Moderate

    The country is moving away from clowns like Perry. He might have some traction in the primaries, but would lose in a landslide in the general.

    July 3, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Slick Rick's amnesia automatically disqualifies him from running. But I sure hope he does. His radicalism is so out of the mainstream. He'd turn America into a theocracy as he's doing in Texas right now. Not to mention that Slick Rick is against innovation(Tesla) and is bought and paid for.

    July 3, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Of course, he can. He's a good ole Republican. It would seem that Republican voters are forgiving and forgetful.

    July 3, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. freedom

    Obama is the weakest president this country has ever seen. Perry has grit, guts, and integrity.

    July 3, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. ST

    Mmmmh! Perry to run again? unfortunately in his last bid, he proved in the eyes of many that he is not clever. The IQ of any leader must be almost over and above of those he is leading. That is not the case to Perry.

    July 3, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. tom l.

    @Dennis
    Very funny comment.

    Boy is this article gonna be red meat for the lefties!

    July 3, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  9. Good man

    As a new resident in the DFW area, from the northeast- and a long time conservative, I want to express my admiration for this great man, Governor Perry. All of those in Texas, that complain about him- especially you who are native texans that complain about Perry- Id like to take a moment to enlighten you on a few items. 1: if you want to drive fron nj to ny over the george washington bridge the toll is 12$ one way, and this is typical. 2: not only do you not have state income tax, but also county and city- 3: the infrastructure down here is absolutely phenomenol – you should go to the northeast and drive the highways for a few days to get a new profound respect for where you live. On a moralty point, there are few men in the history of politics that talk the righteous truth, regardless of what they read in the polls- Ronald Reagan was one- your Governer is one of the other few. Be proud of what you have, because you could lose it.

    July 3, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    In this crazy country, that thinks everything can be free, and no one has to work, or earn anything?????? They can just steal it?

    No chance.

    July 3, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    please run you fool. you're a joke and everyone except the sheep that voted you in know it

    July 3, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If the GOP is serious about making a complete 180 on their bigotted, irrational, obstructionist, Party-first-country-last, image they should seriously consider trying to talk Jon Huntsman into giving them another chance.
    Christie's ego is as big as the great outdoors AND he's not trustworthy. Colin Powell would probably hang up on them.

    July 3, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    Of course, he can. He's a good ole Republican. It would seem that Republican voters are forgiving and forgetful.
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    Since you are from NYC, I am sure you have heard of Charlie Rangle, once the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee (in charge of the tax code) yet had great difficulty paying his own. Had problems with rent controlled apartments, yet keeps getting voted in. Oh yeah, he is a liberal. You keep flinging mud towards the right but you fail to recognize your party in neck deep in it! Didn't Dodd and Frank have issues as well? Let me guess more satire and humor? I say again BOTH parties have issues and have forgotten why they are sent to DC.

    July 3, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    freedom wrote:

    Obama is the weakest president this country has ever seen. Perry has grit, guts, and integrity.
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    You forgot intelligence.

    July 3, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    .... You keep flinging mud towards the right but you fail to recognize your party in neck deep in it! Didn't Dodd and Frank have issues as well? Let me guess more satire and humor? I say again BOTH parties have issues and have forgotten why they are sent to DC.
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    What on earth are you ranting about? Whatever it is that you think you read, I didn't write it.

    July 3, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    On a moralty point, there are few men in the history of politics that talk the righteous truth,
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    I was trucking right along with you right up until that point.....Talking the "righteous" truth and doing the "righteous" truth are two righteously different things.
    Perry talks a good "righteous"game when he remembers what he's supposed to say. That's about it though.

    July 3, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @Rudy NYC

    Of course, he can. He's a good ole Republican. It would seem that Republican voters are forgiving and forgetful
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    Being forgetful does help one vote Republican, but I think it is more that they are hard up Rudy more than anything else.
    They just don't have anyone to run, I mean what else could explain the 2012 clown car headed by, of all the pariahs in the Republican Party, Mitt Romney?
    They have NO ONE. No one.

    July 3, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    If the GOP is serious about making a complete 180 on their bigotted, irrational, obstructionist, Party-first-country-last, image they should seriously consider trying to talk Jon Huntsman into giving them another chance.
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    Huntsman would be the logical choice, but being that he was an Obama appointee, they'll crucify him. Jeb doesn't stand a chance & Christie is seen as a liberal by right wingers. So that only leaves ultra right traitor supporter Rand Paul.

    July 3, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    Can Rick Perry overcome last presidential run?

    The better question might be "when was Rick Perry a presidential contender to begin with" ?

    July 3, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "Can Rick Perry overcome last presidential run?"

    That's not even remotely a serious question. Stop kicking journalism, CNN. It's already dead and can't really get any deader.

    July 3, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |