Perry takes border push to New Hampshire
July 29th, 2014
09:09 AM ET
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Perry takes border push to New Hampshire

(CNN) - In a move with both 2014 and 2016 implications, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will weigh in Tuesday on the U.S. Senate battle in New Hampshire.

The longtime Republican governor from Texas will team up NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn on a media conference call to criticize both Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and President Barack Obama over the current border crisis.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate is seriously considering another bid for the GOP nomination in 2016, and New Hampshire plays a crucial role in presidential politics, as it holds the first primary on the road to the White House.

Last week Perry announced that Texas would send 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year, a surge that's been described as a humanitarian crisis. Perry made his news just a few days after he met with the President in Texas to discuss the situation at the border.

Key questions about Perry's border plan

The influx of Central American children trying to cross the southern border has been a major media story over the past month and a half. The White House and many Democrats have clashed with Republicans in Congress and governors over who is to blame and what should be done about the crisis.

"After six years in office, Jeanne Shaheen and President Obama have failed to secure our border. Now we are seeing the effects of their failed leadership and inaction. If Granite Staters want to secure the border, they need to replace Jeanne Shaheen with a Republican senator in November," said Horn in advance of the call.

The call comes one day after Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown went up with a new television commercial that links Shaheen to the President over the border crisis.

"Thanks to the pro-amnesty policies of President Obama and Sen. Shaheen, we have an immigration crisis on our hands," Brown says in the ad, which his campaign says it will spend six-figures to run statewide for a week.

The former senator from Massachusetts – who last year moved north to New Hampshire – is considered the heavy favorite to win September's GOP Senate nomination and challenge Shaheen in the general election.

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New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain said the "negative ad reeks of desperation," adding that "Scott Brown knows both Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte (the state's Republican U.S. senator) voted for a comprehensive immigration reform bill that strongly increases border security."

Perry dials into New Hampshire

This is the second time in a week that Perry is weighing in on the Granite State race.

Last week Perry linked Shaheen to Obama when discussing the border crisis during an appearance on radio host Jack Heath's "New Hampshire Today" program.

Immigration policy helped sink the Texas governor's disastrous 2012 presidential bid, but it has now put him back in the spotlight.

Is immigration Perry's second act

Perry heads to New Hampshire on August 22-23 to meet with political and business leaders. In May the Texas governor hosted more than a dozen well-connected New Hampshire politicos at a dinner at the governor's mansion in Austin.

Perry vs. Christie

The timing of Tuesday's media conference call is also interesting because it comes two days before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another potential 2016 GOP White House contender, returns to New Hampshire for a second visit in a month. The Republican Governors Association chairman will help raise money for the state party and for Walt Havenstein, the leading GOP gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire.

Some may speculate that Perry is trying to upstage Christie, in what's become a bit of a rivalry between the two men. Last week, after Christie told New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino that his longshot bid this year against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo was "a lost cause," Perry publicly supported Astorino, and tweeted a picture of himself with his arm around Astorino at an even in Aspen, Colorado.

Old Perry controversy gets new play

New Hampshire Democrats were quick to attack the Texas governor.

"Rick Perry's brand of discrimination isn't welcome in New Hampshire," Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley said in a statement.

Buckley was referring to Perry's comments from a speech last month when he compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

"I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that – and I look at the homosexual issue the same way," Perry said at a speech in San Francisco.

Perry admitted he fumbled the ball but stood by his comments.

"Accepting Rick Perry's endorsement and then touting it in front of members of the New Hampshire media is truly disturbing given Perry's consistent anti-LGBT record," added Buckley.

CNN National Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report


Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • Immigration • Jeanne Shaheen • New Hampshire • President Obama • Rick Perry • Scott Brown
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Last week Perry announced that Texas would send 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year, a surge that's been described as a humanitarian crisis. Perry made his news just a few days after he met with the President in Texas to discuss the situation at the border.
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    Gov. Perry has the authority to order around the Texas National Guard. Pres. Obama would need an authorization from Congress in order to do so. Perry spent more than a week complaining and whining about why doesn't Pres. Obama order the National Guard to the border, KNOWING FULL WELL that he could do it himself at any time. Perry played politics and procrastinated, just to make himself look like a hero to the right wing.

    Does Gov. Perry actually think that we wouldn't notice? "Nice try, but we gotcha?"

    July 29, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. O'drama ya Mama

    Just say it. Rick is there to point fingers. Thats it. Why do we support finger pointers and not action takers?

    July 29, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  3. morebs

    thanks to a bill that was passed back in 2008 with the help of all representatives who signed along with it , we have an immigration crisis on our hand. that's what all of these complaining reps should be saying

    July 29, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    -yes, it is American problem to tighten immigration regardless of party affiliation. Tighten all visas too before you land in biggest problem. True. When we have too much pie, we can share–that pie is shrinking. True.

    July 29, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. truindep

    the House wants Obama and the congressional Democrats to change the 2008 bill that Bush and congress signed , The Obama does not want to do anything with that bill, gee wonder who is "obstructing"

    July 29, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Oops

    O'drama ya Mama
    Just say it. Rick is there to point fingers

    Point fingers, you say? Hell, the GOP has been FUNDRAISING off the backs of the very Americans they've spent years destroying. They've now chosen to broaden their horizon outside our borders by exploiting destitute children as fundraising material. There is a Benghazi lesson here to be learned.

    July 29, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. Gunderson

    Naughty, Naughty,
    Perry is going to strain Obama's Brain! Obama has enough to do now herding all those democrats into the voting booth now in November!!! Now why does the Commander-in-Chief need an act of Congress to be Commander-in-Chief and secure the Border. Hell it never stopped him before. After all he signed Obama Care into law. Follow the law and enforce the immigration policies? Get ready for tons of little Gutatemalans under your feet!!! But, you asked for it!

    July 29, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    The longtime Republican governor from Texas will team up NHGOP Chair Jennifer Horn on a media conference call to criticize both Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and President Barack Obama over the current border crisis.

    Tell us something we don't know. That's all any members of the GOP have done since November 2008. Pathetic.

    July 29, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. sonny chapman

    He criticized Obama for not visiting the Border in TX. What's he doing talking about Immigration Issues 1500 miles from the Border ?

    July 29, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    Last week Perry announced that Texas would send 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year, a surge that's been described as a humanitarian crisis. Perry made his news just a few days after he met with the President in Texas to discuss the situation at the border.
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    Gov. Perry has the authority to order around the Texas National Guard. Pres. Obama would need an authorization from Congress in order to do so. Perry spent more than a week complaining and whining about why doesn't Pres. Obama order the National Guard to the border, KNOWING FULL WELL that he could do it himself at any time. Perry played politics and procrastinated, just to make himself look like a hero to the right wing.

    Does Gov. Perry actually think that we wouldn't notice? "Nice try, but we gotcha?"
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    Parading around 1000 troops instead of engaging in solutions is all for show. You would have to spread out 1000 people more than a mile apart to cover the 1000+ mile border. It does nothing – it provides a rally show for the racist gun-toters – it is one more thing to harass Obama with much like Perry's previous support of the Birthers.

    July 29, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Bigd

    Perry sends the Guard with orders not to stop,hinder or arrest anyone. How much is this farce costing?

    July 29, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Borderless

    Please don't embarrass this nation by running for president again, Ricky.

    July 29, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Lily

    It is Rick Perry's responsibility to secure his State. When he fails, thats the time to consult Fed. He didn't fail. He has been meandering as if he doesn't know what to do for his State. I do not see why he even announced that he hasn't 1,000 guards to the border. Does he tell the nation of each and everything he does in his own States? Politics can be tricky if one has no idea how to play it.

    July 29, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Luc

    He wants to run for POTUS with his inaction at the boarder. Got to love it. More of nothing from the GOP. He was going to send national guard to the boarder then someone got to him that will pay for his re-election run and he changed his mind. Now it is still Obamas fault. We better correct this in November or we are in a whole lot of hurt going forward.

    July 29, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Deep Fried Beans

    How dare Perry try and stop Obama and the Dems plans for Illegal Immigration Amnesty!!!
    The US Middle Class needs to pay for illegal immigrants $4 Billion assistance programs.

    Who cares if $ millions in legal fees are wasted because the illegal immigrants don't appear in court.

    Who cares if $ millions of illegal immigrants are being secretly shipped to cities across the country!

    Who cares if the money could have been spent helping legal US citizens, legal immigrants and the country as a whole! We need to help criminals who care nothing about US laws!!!

    The Middle Class needs to pay... And pay dearly!

    July 29, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    First of all, President Obama has not been in office for 6 years. 5-1/2 is more like it. Second of all I had no idea it was the responsibility of only two people to secure the border. Does this mean the GOP doesn't need to do anything except obstruct or should they help to secure the border also? I can't believe any sane person listens to any of these bare faced liars.

    July 29, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    "Perry heads to New Hampshire on August 22-23 to meet with political and business leaders. In May the Texas governor hosted more than a dozen well-connected New Hampshire politicos at a dinner at the governor's mansion in Austin."
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    That sounds suspiciously like a fund raiser was held at the governor's mansion. I know Perry has a history of seducing businesses to move from another state to Texas, but this one just has bad optics written all over it. While no money may have donated at that time because the election is still over two years away, I wonder how many pledges that he might have collected.

    July 29, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. emskadittle

    New Hampshire? those dirty Canadians, sneaking into our country to become senators

    July 29, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Lizzie

    Rudy NYC, why are you complaining about having a fundraiser, is it that Tom Steyer and now Haim Saban now openly declared they will spend as much money as it takes to BUY senate seats and the presidency.

    July 29, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Boomer in Mo

    The Rickster needs to sit down and talk with George Will. At least he has some humanity and has thought about the problem unlike Perry who is just playing the the xenophobic base of the GOP.

    July 29, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. jinx9to88

    Haha! Clown car is filling up quick.

    July 29, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. smith

    Perry made a step in the right direction by sending the NG to the border. However, its a baby step. So much more needs to be done but getting the hispanic vote is more important to both parties.

    July 29, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    truindep

    the House wants Obama and the congressional Democrats to change the 2008 bill that Bush and congress signed , The Obama does not want to do anything with that bill, gee wonder who is "obstructing"
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    Who is "obstructing"? I guess that would be the parties that are not bringing bills up for a vote.

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    Lizzie

    Rudy NYC, why are you complaining about having a fundraiser, is it that Tom Steyer and now Haim Saban now openly declared they will spend as much money as it takes to BUY senate seats and the presidency.
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    So, what. The right wing fought for this type of political financing. BTW, I was questioning the legality of fund raising inside the governor's mansion, which may or may not be illegal in Texas. It is illegal in most states.

    July 29, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Gurgyl

    --before Sheldon Adelso, Koches this is nothing, just peanuts. Know this truth, Lizzie. No one is whining. Know this truth, regardless of this tactics, people are really fed up republican loots, cheats, thuggish behaviors.

    July 29, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  25. Silence DoGood

    @Deep Fried Beans
    How dare Perry try and stop Obama and the Dems plans for Illegal Immigration Amnesty!!!
    The US Middle Class needs to pay for illegal immigrants $4 Billion assistance programs.

    Who cares if $ millions in legal fees are wasted because the illegal immigrants don't appear in court.

    Who cares if $ millions of illegal immigrants are being secretly shipped to cities across the country!

    Who cares if the money could have been spent helping legal US citizens, legal immigrants and the country as a whole! We need to help criminals who care nothing about US laws!!!

    The Middle Class needs to pay... And pay dearly!
    -------------–
    $4B was spent every week or so during the W Iraq Invasion to kill 100 or so in that week.
    Just to put your phony outrage in perspective.
    Saving / deporting / processing kids is better than KILLING people.

    July 29, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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