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. JR

    Someone beat me to it, but this guy is 'all hat and no cattle'. This is the same guy who has been trying to ram through the biggest land grab/infringement on property rights since the Louisiana Purchase (the "Trans Texas Corridor") for all his 'good ol' boy developer buddies', domestic AND foreign. THAT'S limited government?

    Why do you think we call him "Governor Hair"? It's not for the number of brain cells under it.

    September 18, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. Matt

    For those of you bashing ALL Republicans, take a look at Ron Paul's policies. Even though he's in office as a Republican, most of the neo-conservatives that make up that party don't even include them in debates or decisions. Why? Because he's not the modern, empire-building, religious wingnut like the rest of them. At one of the primary debates last year, the questioner even asked Dr. Paul if he was confused and if he was at the correct debate. Want better foreign policty? He's not only for getting out of the two wars, he's for pulling our troops out of all countries as to not interfere in anyone else's politics. Want more decisions made at the local level? He wants to limit federal government powers and let states make their own decisions. Want to keep more of your money in your pockets? He wants to limit spending, and lower taxes. Want real health care reform? This DOCTOR wants to allow health insurers to sell across state lines, which will increase competition and drive down costs. Now tell me how your precious Obama can beat that?

    September 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Poor Rich who posted "I do wonder what the Democratic straw poll for 2012 looks like — anyone really betting these days that Obama is a lock to be the Dem's candidate. By that time he will have about the same amount of real executive experience that he had when started his run the last time around."

    You are still a bitter small man. Stop hating and maybe, just maybe your party can be something other than being RACIST!!!


    September 18, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. sue

    Hi, you guys from Texas - I am a Democrat in Texas and I want to know if I can vote for Kay in the primary and still vote for a Dem in the general election. I had a Republican co-worker friend of mine tell me she voted for Obama over Clinton in the primary, but voted Republican in the General. Can I do that?

    September 18, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Pam Eugene Oregon

    That is quite a pack of loosers and quitters. Looks like Obama will skate to another victory.

    September 18, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. Hoping for an intelligent female GOP candidate

    I wouldn't vote for anyone in this bunch, except maybe Paul. Got anyone else!?

    September 18, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Nancy in Illinois

    Big surprise that he asked for his name to be removed. As if America is going to elect a secessionist as President. It doesn't matter who speaks at this thing, there isn't a grown-up left in the Repub party. Until someone stands up to the right-wing southern white racists who have hijacked the party, there's no future for them. Grow a pair and stop lying and obstructing and speak out against all the hate-speech. Then, perhaps they won't be a national embarrassment anymore. I'm not holding my breath.

    September 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Foolishness

    Hasn't this man and his state succeeded yet? Tick tock–get out of my country.

    September 18, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. GO President Obama!

    He is the face of the typical republican these days....insane

    September 18, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. republicans = America's Terrorists


    September 18, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Once again lovely comments from the left wing nut jobs. Then they cry racist or break down and cry like Pelosi, or demean actual taxpayers when some shovels the same crap back at them. They really ought to change the name of to Hypocritical Party rather the Democratic, real democrats left them long ago, not long after the "Great Society" was such a failure.

    September 18, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. David

    So the Values Voters want a secessionist as their presidential candidate? That's just too funny. I guess when they print their "Country First" posters they'll need to make sure they identify whether it's the Republic of Texas or the United States. They're even dumber than I thought.

    In regards to Kay Bailey Hutchison, I don't agree with her policies but at least she's able to make coherent arguments. The GOP would do well to pick someone with a brain rather than someone with a wink and red meat. They continue to pick gamesmanship over substance. It's sad indeed.

    September 18, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Dan

    I guess the GOP just doesn't get it, the majority of people do not want the right wing fanatical religious values stuffed down their throats, the only group of people that would be impressed with this group are the neo cons that do not have the ability to think for themselves.

    September 18, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. El Pinche

    Being president would be cutting into Hair's secession plans.

    Here in Texas , we have a choice between diarrhea and loose stool for governor. And our democratic candidates are weak. I don't even know who they are.

    Some of you are eager for Kay Bailey Hutchison to win. She's just another good ole boy with less hairspray that un-American Rick. Kay's a former cheerleader and former debutante who's even dumber than Rick.

    September 18, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Independent Observer

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

    I must have missed that day in History class when they talked about LBJ "signing" a Supreme Court decision.

    September 18, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Nipp

    What about Joe the Plum-Beer and Joe Will-soon on the same ticket!!!!clowns!

    September 18, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Thanks but No thanks You betcha and Also

    How noble. ::rolls eyes::

    September 18, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. J. sully

    HAHAHAHAHA!! Those GOP choices are hilarious. None of them have a chance against our wonderful president!!!

    September 18, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Robert

    The whole line up is shallow. Are there no leaders in the Repulican party?

    September 18, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Carl from MI

    Thank God!! He never would have made it anyways!!

    September 18, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. An Ex-NC-Pub

    Aw shucks, run Perry. We need someone with your ideology so we can have another Civil War.

    September 18, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Felonious Monk

    The position of Governor in Texas is a weak position. The governor of Texas has very little real powers.

    You guys must have been so completely fooled by Bush to vote him in twice. What a laugh!

    September 18, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. jldfarms

    Typical GOP politics. Round up the usual suspects, then pick the one who's been in line the longest. Hey Newt – you're up!

    September 18, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  24. Reiner von Sinn

    Can't run for President and secede from the union at the same time.

    September 18, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Rocky

    Romney is a joke, another Republican just called Romney a TURKEY and said he was happy Romney was out of Mass.

    The truth is Romney has money and he is buying as many votes as he can.

    September 18, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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