In New Hampshire, Rick Perry says he's getting prepared
August 22nd, 2014
04:16 PM ET
3 months ago

In New Hampshire, Rick Perry says he's getting prepared

(CNN) - Returning to New Hampshire for the first time since his failed 2012 presidential campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he has learned "some really, really good humbling and frustrating lessons."

Perhaps the biggest among them, he said, was preparation.

"I don't care how good you might think you might be, that you've been elected governor of Texas three times...It is not good enough from the standpoint of the preparation to run for the presidency of the United States," he told reporters at an event in Portsmouth.

Perry pulled his campaign for the Republican nomination in January 2012 after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary and fifth in the Iowa caucuses.

While he entered the race in 2012 with much fanfare, his campaign was dogged by multiple gaffes and poor debate performance - signs that he was not ready for the limelight.

Perry frequently attributes his missteps to painkillers he was on from back surgery he underwent six weeks before entering the race.

On Friday, he also said he simply didn't lay enough groundwork before jumping in.

But now, he has "spent a lot of time in preparation," he said.

"That's not to say I've made the decision I'm going to run," he added. "I haven't. But the reason I don't choose to run will not be because I'm ill-prepared."

The outgoing governor, whose third full term ends in January, has maintained an active travel schedule in the past year, traveling to Iowa and South Carolina more than half a dozen times total. He's scheduled to go back to both states in the next 10 days.

This weekend Perry is maintaining a six-stop, campaign-style schedule across New Hampshire, a state that prides itself in being the first to hold a presidential primary every four years.

"I just think you have to spend a lot of time in these states, if you're going to do it. It's like a relationship before you get married. There are a few times I guess people meet and it just works right off the bat, but generally there's a courtship," he said. "They need to know you, you need to know them. And I didn't do that."

His busy itinerary comes as Perry faces indictment over charges of abuse of power and coercion in Texas. The allegations relate to his handling of a political controversy involving a county prosecutor.

Perry vows to fight the indictment, which he and his legal team are framing as a political attack.

His arraignment was Friday in Austin, but he was not required to attend. At the proceeding, his lawyer said he will seek to have the case dismissed.

Dante Scala, political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, said the indictment "probably raises (Perry's) profile coming into the state" but he still has a lot of work to do in terms or rebuilding his brand after 2012.

"It's going to take more than one visit to offset all of that," Scala said. "He's got to go through the painstaking task of reintroducing himself to activists, talking to them one-on-one and start to persuade them that he's the politician that a fair number of people thought he was."


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    But now, he has "spent a lot of time in preparation," he said.
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    Preparing for what? Counting to three? Come on, governor. Your ship has sailed. Your google glasses don't fool me.

    August 22, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    He should get prepared...I'm. certain it will be even tougher to to learn to say "Good Bubba" to your new room mate..

    August 22, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. TJS

    Gov Perry's accomplishments in Texas are to be applauded. However, I wish Gov Perry really work to limit his ego helping him make decisions since it appears his ego from giving him a false perception of his value to the American people across All of America. his time has come and gone as a Presidential candidate. He is probably a better candidate for a cabinet or ambassadorship position.

    August 22, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    -very pathetic Rethuglicans, prepared for what??? Finger-prints, taking bust photo.... Nonses idiots. Are these the guys vying for WH bid? Not even cook jobs in WH.

    August 22, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    DONT BOTHER, we had a taste in 2012 AND WE THREW UP!!!!!!

    August 22, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Jim Fitz

    I can not see his style of politics taking off in NH. NH may be conservative for the Northeast, but its not very conservative compared nationally. I may be wrong, we shall see.

    August 22, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. justluthen

    "While he entered the race in 2012 with much fanfare, his campaign was dogged by multiple gaffes and poor debate performance – signs that he was not ready for the limelight."

    Or that he was on strong pain medication following major back surgery. Odd how the liberal media always omits that fact from stories about Perry's 2012 presidential campaign. "All the news that's fit to print... fit, that is, the meme of the DNC's propaganda arm.

    August 22, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "he's the politician that a fair number of people thought he was.""

    The indictment pretty much does all the confirming we needed of that fact.

    August 22, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Or that he was on strong pain medication following major back surgery. Odd how the liberal media always omits that fact from stories about Perry's 2012 presidential campaign"

    Perhaps because it's bullshnizzle and we all know he's an undereducated buffoon. We've all seen his grades. Dude is very much not smart.

    August 22, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. becca helen

    What a complete NINNY. This is nothing short of Republican Kabuki THEATER. QUIT WASTING OUR TIME, REPUBLICANS. Gov OOPS ain't gonna do nuthin, and y'all know it. Go back to your "RANCH"......what's the of it, again?? Oh, and lay off the pain pills, Gov OOPS.

    August 22, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. deedee2die4

    Gov. Hair best prep would be to always wear an earpiece with someone keeping him in the loop.

    August 22, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Cgar

    This guy isn't a quitter, even when he doesn't have a chance he keeps trying. He's been trying my patience for a long time
    now.

    August 22, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. Hikki Burr

    I like the idea of Rick Perry staying here in Texas. At least with him as part of the leadership down here, our economy has grown, largely free from federal restraint. So you want to kick the guy. go ahead. get you some more Obama, get you some more liberal democrat over reach, get you some more epa, health department, education department, bureau of land management over reach. Yeah. Kick ole Perry back to texas where that red neck republican belongs. We will keep him and our million plus job adds, without which, the whole country would be minus job adds. Common gitchoosummoe! Kick him back here. We like it.

    August 22, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Over on the Aqua-Buddha ticker, some twittering rightwing parrot posted as (D)umbasrocks and, like any 3rd grader worth their salt, managed to do a simple switch of "left" for "right" and [D] for [R], and thought that was a clever response to my post which clearly worried this half-a-tard.

    I want to thank that brain-dead poster for doing that, and thereby reinforcing my message that there has been a total and complete FAILURE by the rightwing to produce any cogent political/policy message that is based in reality. These people, if you can get them to stop sucking at the teat of the rightwing underbelly, merely stagger around aimlessly like zombies, until they sit down in front of a TV to get their daily dose of FoxNews brainwashing.

    Such stupidity, freely displayed, is a political boon for [D]s. The people who complain the most about Obama's elections in 2008 and 2012, and ask 'why', should go look in the mirror for the answer. No sentient American would want to be ruled by the gaggle of idiots that have combined under the Teatard banner.

    August 22, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Smitty

    A man of action unlike our celeb golf playing pres. Go get them Mr. Perry. Any one with a brain knows has much failure Obumbles has caused this country, in between golf games. LOL !!

    August 22, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. don in albuquerque

    TJS
    Your right about the Gubs accomplishments. Just look at all the jobs he brought to Texas......and now lots of Texans get to work three or four of them.

    August 22, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. Chris..E.Al

    He dont have a chance at being the prez im just being honest although he would be better than the one that is slacking in times of major turmoil . America will awaken from this deep sleep 2nd stage dream oneday soon .

    August 22, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP THE NATIONAL JOKE PARTY , WE WONT PASS ANYTHING AND STILLGET PAID

    Can you see this DUFUS running the country, he can hardly get a complet sentence out , kind of like RICK SCOTT , the GOP CLOWN running for relection in Florida. Ask him a question, I DARE YOU, and get ready for some laughs!!!!!!!

    August 22, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Perry frequently attributes his missteps to painkillers he was on from back surgery he underwent six weeks before entering the race.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    What's he going to attribute his shortcomings to this time?
    The wrong prescription on his Clark Kent glasses?
    Preoccupation with his felony charges?
    Mexican ISIS?
    What?

    August 22, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    ", without which, the whole country would be minus job adds."

    Yeah, everybody golfclap for the proliferation of TX minimum wage jobs. Wooopty freekin doooda boy howdy, cowboy.

    August 22, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Cgar

    Hikki Burr: You'll likely get your wish of keeping Perry in Texas, as long as you keep him in a prison. What a joke he is.

    August 22, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Dumbas[R]ocks

    Hikki Burr - What delusion!! Check out the number of TX jobs added in the free market VS the number of gov't jobs added by using the money that the Fed. Gov't sends to keep all you tex-ass morons propped up.

    "free federal restraint".... that's a good one. For you deluded Texans, that's like saying: wasn't this a beautiful day, free of the restraint of the sun?

    Its one thing to be bat-crap crazy. But its quite another not to know it, and to not even want to know it.

    August 22, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |