September 18th, 2009
11:41 AM ET
13 years ago

Texas Gov. Rick Perry pulled out of conservative straw poll

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Gov. Rick Perry is currently battling Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry was originally included on 2012 Presidential Straw Poll ballot at this weekend's Values Voter Summit in Washington, but his staff requested that his name be removed.

A spokesman for Perry's re-election campaign told CNN that the request was made because the two-term governor is not thinking about running for President, but is instead "focused on running for governor." Perry is currently battling Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination.

The governor, however, is still attending the conference and is slated to speak on Saturday.

The potential Republican candidates on the straw poll ballot are: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Four of the Republicans on the ballot will actually attend the event.Pence, Huckabee and Pawlenty will address the conference on Friday morning, while Romney will deliver remarks on Saturday.

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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The might as well run some of the right-fringe RethugliKlans that constantly pop up on this blog site. They don't have any common sense, and ar not bogged down by facts either but at least they don't pretend to be anything other than what they are. It is good to know ones' limitations. Someone should introduce the "Straw Poll" bunch to theirs.

    September 18, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    They should have kept him in, more names to laugh at!~!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. R.B.

    All failed, radical, enthnocentric, hypocritical, self-serving, regressionist wegotists who would like nothing better than to repeal gains in civil liberties to keep this great country somewhere between the Dark Ages and Jim Crow -Joe McCarthy era. America wake up!

    September 18, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. dabegal

    re MM's post – Brown vs. The Board is a 1954 Supreme Court decision which (1) was not "signed" by LBJ and (2) pre-dated his presidency by 9 years. What are you talking about?

    September 18, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom

    Palin/Wilson in 2012!

    September 18, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. nanbar

    The entertainment value of the Republican Party continues to grow. I agree with others, where is Joe Wilson. Seems like a real fit to the rest of the list.

    September 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. ron

    lol someone in the republican party thought it would be a good idea to make this guy president of the US?? lmao. The republican party reminds me of an old man that goes to a night club and asked the 20 somethings to dance thinking he still has the moves.

    September 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Andi

    So, I guess he won't be attending the 'Values Summit'? With Pawlenty, Romney, Palin, Bachman, Jindhal, and the other beacons of 'American Values'?

    September 18, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. nellie

    Pawlently is just as dumb as Palin. He made a suggestion, along with Bachman to stop Acorn from receiving money in Minn. Acorn does not have any offices in Minn. Are all of these people stupid? Why not put Steele on the list?

    September 18, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "LBJ wasn't a Republican … get your facts straight. If he was, Brown vs Board of Education would not have been signed. FACT."

    Presidents sign Supreme Court decisions? I must have missed that in my civics class.

    September 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Jim Doyle

    What? No Rush Limbaugh? No Glenn Beck? Maybe Rupert Murdoch could make a run. LOSERS!

    September 18, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. B

    Blind leading the Blind..

    September 18, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. bigTEXoil

    VOTE OBAMA again because it will take that long to clean up GOP mess.

    September 18, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. KBH is a RINO

    Senator Hutchison is a RINO. Perry shouldn't have much trouble against her in a GOP primary.

    September 18, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. The Voice

    That is a horrible list. I would hate to be in that poll!

    Can't the Republicans find someone with somewhat intelligence. At least we know Obama will any of these stooges for breakfast.

    Obama 2012!!!

    September 18, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Nomoreteabaggers

    Former Gov. Palin – that's the funniest one, Jindal is second funniest.

    September 18, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Jessie

    There is still hope September 18th, 2009 12:51 pm ET

    I noticed in all the rabid bashing, that no one coud think of anything bad to say about Mike Huckabee. He may not become president, but he is a voice of reason that is good to hear while everyone else is foaming at the mouth.
    Oh, I can. The man went into another country and spoke ill of his President. Politics is supposed to stop at the water's edge. No one is stopping him from speaking or even from being critical of our actions, but he should not mention the President. Total lack of disrespect.

    September 18, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Mamixztwo

    I'm just glad to see that Texas is still a part of America. I wish he would put his name back in the hat....we need some entertainment.

    September 18, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Farrell in Houston

    Perry plans on continuing his plan of succession here in Texas before our military troops serving in Iraq and Afghan come back. Perry is a poor representation for the State of Texas, threatening succession while our Texas troops are serving. Think about it.

    September 18, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Mamixztwo

    Rich – are you saying that Obama had 4 years of "real" Presidential experience before becoming our President – because he will have 4 years of "real" experience come 2012.... Your comment makes no sense whatsoever. No incoming President has had experience being President before becoming President. Ever.

    September 18, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. So-called VALUES

    Value Voter's breakout sessions: "True Tolerance: Countering the Homosexual Agenda in Public Schools"; "The Threat of Illegal Immigration"; "ObamaCare: Rationing Your Life Away"; "Global Warming Hysteria: The New Face Of The Pro-Death Agenda"; "Speechless - Silencing The Christians"; "Thugocracy - Fighting The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy"; "Defunding Planned Parenthood"; and "Activism And Conservatism: Fit to a Tea (Party).”


    Hmmmm.... are those CHRISTIAN values? Sounds like a bunch of right-wing whacko conspiracy theorists. Is the unibomber attending, too? How about Tim McVeigh... oh, wait, he's dead, isn't he? But hey, maybe not...

    September 18, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. yuri

    The GOP gang of goons are gaa gaa over 2012, and we are quite impressed w/ their dogged determination. Their platform may need a lot more pavin' before bein' put to pounce from.

    September 18, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Ken in Gainesville

    Not a statesman among them. God help the country if any one of them ever becomes President.

    September 18, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. What a Joke

    If there is anyone out there who is an Obama supporter, you can almost rest assure that he will be elected again with this group of people. No one has stepped forth to show true leadership except to just go with flow for whatever the cause. One would have thought that Pawlenty would have been a good choice, but when he made the unneccessary comments about Obama giving a stay in school, get your education speech, he made himself part of the same pact of insert yourself so you can get on tv even when the issue is a nonissue. At least Romney has kept quiet, but that could be his downfall – he's quiet. A leader cannot be quiet and must show that he can a) stand up for whats right even when that means going against your party and b) learning to tell your party to stop with the nonsense about birthers and tenthers and seceding which will not help get you back in any type of office. Take hint: You need to get the independent vote and the youth vote, these continued antics will get you neither.

    September 18, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Paulo

    Perry pulled out of the straw poll when he found out it was for president of the wrong country – the United States and not Texas.

    September 18, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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