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.

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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.

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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. old age voter

    Even Gov. Rick Perry the 2012 Republican presidential candidate with an oops moments looks like he would have made a better president than Obama. How sad it is for Obama that everybody in the presidential candidate run in 2008 and 2012 would have been a better president.

    July 29, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. sonny crapman

    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 ?
    --

    Obama is transporting all these illegals all over the country. Might want to get up to speed before making such a dumb comment.

    July 29, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. just asking

    Rudy NYC
    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?"
    -–

    but rudy, you and obama have screamed immigration is a federal responsibility. obama and his lapdog holder have even sued states trying to enforce immigration laws. why should texas citizens have to bear the costs of obama's mistakes, incompetence and refusal to do his job? nice try but we gotcha!

    July 29, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. jim

    Perry says ...

    "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.

    but today ...

    Washington (CNN) 7/29/2014 - House Republicans are fashioning a scaled-down bill to address the southern border crisis that would provide less than $1 billion and include an immigration policy change that most Democrats strongly oppose.

    What does "a scaled-down bill to address the southern border crisis" mean????

    July 29, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I've got news for you smith. Hispanics don't like being paraded, tossed around and maligned. We are a proud hard-workig people. And if you think for one simpleton minute that this b.s that is being pulled by Republicans in Congress and some desperate and misguided Democrats is going to benefit them you don't know us very well.
    We've seen many of us lump us ALL together as Hispanics and ILLEGALS.
    We see who is trying to get something done. We see who is trying to conform to the law and take children in. We see it all.....and then we VOTE.
    We just don't speak about it because ju kno' our ingles is bery, bery poor.
    Idiota.

    July 29, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Correction to my last post.
    That should've read: We've seen many of you lump us ALL together as Hispanics and ILLEGALS.
    Pardon.

    July 29, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    old age voter

    Even Gov. Rick Perry the 2012 Republican presidential candidate with an oops moments looks like he would have made a better president than Obama. How sad it is for Obama that everybody in the presidential candidate run in 2008 and 2012 would have been a better president.
    --------–

    cough, cough, cough......what an insane comment. Almost lost my lunch with THAT one

    July 29, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 29, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm
    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.
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    I’ve got news for you smith. Hispanics don’t like being paraded, tossed around and maligned. We are a proud hard-workig people. And if you think for one simpleton minute that this b.s that is being pulled by Republicans in Congress and some desperate and misguided Democrats is going to benefit them you don’t know us very well.
    We’ve seen many of us lump us ALL together as Hispanics and ILLEGALS.
    We see who is trying to get something done. We see who is trying to conform to the law and take children in. We see it all…..and then we VOTE.
    We just don’t speak about it because ju kno’ our ingles is bery, bery poor.
    Idiota.

    ☺️☺️ I had to laugh at your ingles.....😊😊😊Great post btw.

    July 29, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    Rudy NYC
    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?"
    -–

    but rudy, you and obama have screamed immigration is a federal responsibility. obama and his lapdog holder have even sued states trying to enforce immigration laws. why should texas citizens have to bear the costs of obama's mistakes, incompetence and refusal to do his job? nice try but we gotcha!
    ======================================================================
    Fail. What you've written makes absolutely no sense. You're talking about a fantasy reality.

    Guard troops can assist with crowd control and security around the people surrendering at the border. The Obama administration sued states that tried to independently implement their own immigration agreements with Mexico, which they do not have the constitutional authority to do.

    Texas citizens are bearing the cost of Perry's sending the Guard to the border for two reasons. One, It was Gov. Perry who sent them there. Two, the House will not vote to provide extra funding for extra manpower and resources at the border.

    July 29, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Thomas

    @Gunderson
    Naughty, Naughty,
    Get ready for tons of little Gutatemalans under your feet!!! But, you asked for it!

    =======
    100% with ya Gunder

    Rick Perry needs to go push them Aliens back over the fence and remind them about the Alamo !

    If only Rick Perry can be as successful with immigration as he was with Enron ?

    July 29, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Greg In Arkansas

    I see a "photo op" for Perry at the border with some troops looking "tough" so he can brag about doing something, even if his actions will accomplish NOTHING......just hope we don't have a "Kent State" incident in the process...

    July 29, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    jim

    Perry says ...

    "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.

    but today ...

    Washington (CNN) 7/29/2014 – House Republicans are fashioning a scaled-down bill to address the southern border crisis that would provide less than $1 billion and include an immigration policy change that most Democrats strongly oppose.

    What does "a scaled-down bill to address the southern border crisis" mean????
    ---------------------
    In two words, less money. I'm more interested in what changes that the "Tax Evading Americans" Party is trying to make to the law. I have no doubt that the changes are capricious and draconian.

    July 29, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ☺️☺️ I had to laugh at your ingles.....😊😊😊Great post btw
    -----------------------------------------------------
    I can see why Lynda would take a day off from this place.
    Day in and day out....it's ridiculous.
    Folks on this site, and some in government evidently, think that Hispanics don't post on this site, and don't keep up with their crazy shenanigans.
    I often get a sense that they look down on us as if we were unable to discern meaning and formulate thoughts.
    We're sharper than you'd think and the fact that, generally speaking and present company excluded, we are not as vocal and combative as the crazy Teatards shouldn't fool you into thinking we're malleable saps.

    July 29, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    old age voter says:
    July 29, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm
    Even Gov. Rick Perry the 2012 Republican presidential candidate with an oops moments looks like he would have made a better president than Obama. How sad it is for Obama that everybody in the presidential candidate run in 2008 and 2012 would have been a better president.

    Hilarious!

    July 29, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. J Anthony

    @old age voter: maybe you ought to take your meds and go lie down. You are presumably among the exact demographic that republicans love to keep full of fear annd ignorance. But hey, it's not over till the fat lady sings...

    July 29, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    old age voter

    Even Gov. Rick Perry the 2012 Republican presidential candidate with an oops moments looks like he would have made a better president than Obama. How sad it is for Obama that everybody in the presidential candidate run in 2008 and 2012 would have been a better president.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    What exactly do you stand to gain by posting such stupidity besides a few fleeting minutes on this rag?
    Are you so desperate for attention and the acknowledgement of people you will NEVER meet?
    Pathetic old fool.

    July 29, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Tone

    old age voter

    Even Gov. Rick Perry the 2012 Republican presidential candidate with an oops moments looks like he would have made a better president than Obama. How sad it is for Obama that everybody in the presidential candidate run in 2008 and 2012 would have been a better president.

    Your hatred for Obama is what is driving this rant, Rick dumb as rock Perry can't even be a better president than me the texas voters who voted for this dolt, and george w had to be dolts themselves.

    July 29, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Smitty

    At least he is attemping to do something.

    July 29, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Smitty

    At least he is attemping to do something.
    -------------------------
    The only thing that Gov. Perry is doing is campaigning for 2016 and fund raising. He's spreading misinformation, too.

    July 29, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Smitty, he could have done it ages ago, but chose not to until there was a time when he could make the most political hay with the donor class of the GOP. Rick Perry is a glorified wind sock, not a leader. Border security is, ultimately, a federal responsibility, and the 1000 National Guard troops will be useless in securing the border since they are not trained in law enforcement.

    July 29, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  21. Lolo

    These so called Christian hypocrits are going to bun. The only reason they are against it is because they are children and not adults that they can screw over and use for cheap labor. Perry is the governor of Texas where they vehmently did not want anything from the black president. So let Perry do what he has to do to take care of his border problems. He should have sent the guard there a long time ago. Now he and his idiot followers want to blame President Obama for a law that the Shrub had enacted. The GOP/TP Klan is nothing but an angry racist cult. They are so full of hate that they hate themselves. People just make sure that you go vote in November and we can get rid of these clowns and get some work done for America. Instead of the nutjobs trying to sue or impeach President Obama with our tax dollars they need to be trying to lock up the war criminals Dubya and Darth Vader Chaney. One thing is definitely true about the GOP/TP Klan, they love to use others peoples money on BS.

    July 29, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. Lolo

    These so called Christian hypocrits are going to burn. The only reason they are against it is because they are children and not adults that they can screw over and use for cheap labor. Perry is the governor of Texas where they vehmently did not want anything from the black president. So let Perry do what he has to do to take care of his border problems. He should have sent the guard there a long time ago. Now he and his idiot followers want to blame President Obama for a law that the Shrub had enacted. The GOP/TP Klan is nothing but an angry racist cult. They are so full of hate that they hate themselves. People just make sure that you go vote in November and we can get rid of these clowns and get some work done for America. Instead of the nutjobs trying to sue or impeach President Obama with our tax dollars they need to be trying to lock up the war criminals Dubya and Darth Vader Chaney. One thing is definitely true about the GOP/TP Klan, they love to use others peoples money on BS.

    July 29, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. its the gop for me

    OAV, why don't you move to Texas then, you would fit right in.

    July 29, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 29, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm
    ☺️☺️ I had to laugh at your ingles…..😊😊😊Great post btw
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    I can see why Lynda would take a day off from this place.
    Day in and day out….it’s ridiculous.
    Folks on this site, and some in government evidently, think that Hispanics don’t post on this site, and don’t keep up with their crazy shenanigans.
    I often get a sense that they look down on us as if we were unable to discern meaning and formulate thoughts.
    We’re sharper than you’d think and the fact that, generally speaking and present company excluded, we are not as vocal and combative as the crazy Teatards shouldn’t fool you into thinking we’re malleable saps.

    I feel your pain my sister. They do the same thing when it comes to us. For some reason some of them really believe we're stupid or not as intelligent as they are. Even the PWT's. Go figure. I guess that's why, despite the dysfunctional obstructionists in Congress that President Obama is still getting things done. Not nearly as much as he would with help, but he's still doing it.

    July 29, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Tom l

    Dominican mama 4 Obama says:
    July 29, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm
    old age voter

    Even Gov. Rick Perry the 2012 Republican presidential candidate with an oops moments looks like he would have made a better president than Obama. How sad it is for Obama that everybody in the presidential candidate run in 2008 and 2012 would have been a better president.
    —————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    What exactly do you stand to gain by posting such stupidity besides a few fleeting minutes on this rag?
    Are you so desperate for attention and the acknowledgement of people you will NEVER meet?
    Pathetic old fool.
    ----
    Maybe he was just stating his viewpoint which is different from yours. Why is it that when someone who is not a liberal posts something they are just looking for attention? Are repubs not allowed to post their thoughts? Are you saying that what Rudy or rs or Sniffit posts are totally fine and not "attention starve dl simply because you agree with them? What is the deal with the gang lately? You guys are rider and more aggressive than ever before.

    July 29, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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