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. Reagan was wrong

    My vote is for Ron Paul. Although I like that Republicans drove us to the edge of the cliff with their unsustainable versions of capitalism and conservatism, I would much rather be pushed off the cliff, explode in mid-air, and then land on a pile of jagged rocks.

    September 18, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. no need to know

    We who have intelligence don't give a (^%**(&!! what any republican talks about or does because they are a group and lying idiots!

    September 18, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Independent

    The repubs will soon know how the rest of us felt when Bush won two terms......They seem to hate Obama sooooo much that we are going to deal with their nastiness for 8yrs. Perhaps even 12. Then maybe they will not to be so hateful

    September 18, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. JN

    wow what diversity...very representative of the american electorate.
    PS: I hope you sense the sarcasm

    September 18, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. A Texan

    Please, please, PLEASE, Rick, run for president. Leave Texas.

    September 18, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Roger

    Palin, Huckabee, Romney, Jindal...judging by this list of potential candidates I would say the odds of Obama getting reelected just went WAY up!!!!

    September 18, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. Lee in TN

    Rick Perry and his idea of secession seems to have been the final word in his volume of goofy ideas. As a matter of fact, has there ever really been an ethical or credible candidate from the state of Texas?

    September 18, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. kathy5

    I don't know what to say – 2 of these people didn't make the cut last election – 3 if you count Palin and the others are complete duds. No, strick that – make that 4, I had forgotten Newt ran a few cycles back didn't he?

    The economy will be better – a healthcare reform will will get passed, unemployment numbers will go down – Obama will go unchallenged by any Democrats so looks like 2012 will bring us 4 more years of an Obama presidency!

    Works for me!

    September 18, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. stan

    Its all over for the gop because their approval rating with latinos is at an all time low 14%,their rating with blacks are 3% their ratings with asians are 28%,the gop is going to be very shocked when they only win about 5 seats next year in lose 2 more seats in the senate,and if those numbers continues with minority voters in 2012 the gop is going to have to get 68% of the white vote to squeak by obama because they are getting killed with the minority vote.and the gop chances of getting 68% of the white vote is slim in none,when the right-wing realize they cant ever win again its going to be very dangerous to live in america because these right-wing haters are going to do something very bad i can just feel it,but its the gop fault for dumping their moderate views for very hard conservatives views,which turned off 95% of the minorities.

    September 18, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. sensible Cape Coral FL

    If Texas wants to succeed from the country, please send me an address so that I can send a donation to the cause.

    September 18, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Perry was Bush's hand-picked, Texas lapdog. You don't think people would be stupid enoiugh to vote for him, do you?!

    September 18, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. Jarod from San Diego

    This moron simply dosent want to see how many people disapprove of him. Ignorance is bliss to this simple minded right wing nutbag.

    September 18, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. John

    For everyone bashing Rick Perry, look at your governor and see if any of them run a balanced budget, have kept low unemployment, and grown their state's economies as Rick Perry has for Texas.

    September 18, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Jarod from San Diego

    Dont you mean that he wants to secede from the straw poll?

    September 18, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. PL

    Republican bashing sounds like fun; always finds it on CNN ticker.

    Pragmatic on the closed thread on same topic asked: "Will someone, anyone, show me the facts? I want proof of when any conservative idea, put into real use, in the current century, ever was successful!

    Answer: Ronald Reagon. Even President Obama admits it.

    "And I mean successful for the nation as a whole … not just successful for the rich and famous! When did a conservative policy ever do something positive for America? Put your money where your principals are and show me!"

    Answer: Conservatives work hard to be successful and rich, then they share their wealth in charitable giving, volunteer in soup kitchens, provide employments, etc. Check staitistics who gave more. Liberals want to spend other people's money to help people. Famous liberal Joe Biden gave mere hundreds to charity.

    There are some liberals who truly care about the poor and I admire them. I suspect others do it to get votes from the receivers of benefit.
    Please study about ACORN operation. More democrats supported them. Does not matter about moral character as long as they can get us votes.

    People, there are bad apples on both sides. Criticize away their deeds and policy. That's your right. Just stop the name calling, talk about issues and differences.

    Generally, only kids find fun in calling names.

    September 18, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Chris from NC

    Yeah right!!! They probably pulled his name out of the poll because the GOP doesn't need to have some nut on their national ticket who suggested seceding from the Union.

    September 18, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Carlos

    He would probably make a good one but I don't blame him for not wanting to leave Texas for that stinkhole Washington D.C.

    September 18, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Josh in TN

    I hope Kay wipes the floor with them. Republicans have shown a very devilish DNA pattern.

    September 18, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. RVGrandpa

    Mr Texas Guy,

    Eight months in office and you HATE him already. which of his terrible liberal acts aggravate you most? Saving wall street, creating a program to save the auto industry, commencing the ending of the Iraq war, or what. Makes you kind of miss the good ole days of the epitome of efficiency, W, doesn't it?

    September 18, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Arliss

    Just remember when you hear the names on the straw poll that these are the Religious nuts and who do you expect them to want?

    September 18, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. sara-fl

    How about straws for Joe the fake Plumber, Joe Wilson the confederate redneck , or maybe Raymond Clarke the control freak! Hahaha.

    September 18, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Bob the Observer

    M. M. Miller Said:

    I'm sorry but isn't Huckabee the one who suggested we throw out the Constitution and just use the Bible instead?!!?

    1) I would like to see the source on that one. I somehow missed it.

    2) Since when did liberals start defending the Constitution? If you're not going to use it, could we borrow it for a while?

    September 18, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Historical Republican

    M. M. Miller Said:

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

    Brown vs Board of Education was not "signed." It was a case that was judged by the Supreme Court in 1954, before LBJ was a president or even a Senate majority leader.

    He had nothing to do with that decision.

    He did, however, unify Republicans and northern Democrats, at the request of Eisenhower, a Republican, to get civil rights legislation passed in the mid- to late 50's.

    He was strongly opposed my leading Democrats of the time for his efforts in civil rights.

    Seem we all need to get our facts straight.

    September 18, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. JonDie

    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.

    What a pathetic bumch of losers everyone of them.

    September 18, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    He's probably waiting to run for President of Texas after he makes good on his threats and has the state secede from the Union.

    September 18, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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