Perry: Republican presidential field is far from set
May 17th, 2011
04:49 PM ET
9 years ago

Perry: Republican presidential field is far from set

Dallas (CNN) - With former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee taking a pass on a second presidential bid and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin still only eyeing the race for the GOP nomination from the sidelines, there remains room for a plain-spoken, Tea Party-friendly Republican to jump into the mix.

But Texas Gov. Rick Perry insists he isn't giving the race a second look, despite a new report that some of his political supporters still want him to join the presidential fray.

"I have made my decision," Perry told reporters following a speech to Republican National Committee members in Dallas, re-emphasizing earlier pledges to stay out the race.

Perry also has an important job on the side to worry about: chairing the Republican Governors Association and overseeing three statewide races this year ahead of a busier election season in 2012.

But in surveying the presidential race, Perry said he expects the Republican field to grow beyond the current crop of candidates. He did not name names.

"It's a bit early to be identifying who is going to the choice of the Republicans," he said. "I think there are still a number of folks out there who have not made a decision about it."

As he described the kind of Republican he would support for the nomination - an outspoken foe of federal money and regulations - Perry sounded very much like he was talking about himself.

"I believe in the 10th Amendment," Perry said. "I hope someone comes into play who believes it, lives it, implements it, and makes Washington as inconsequential as it can."

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    His support of sedition, secession and treason disqualify him. How Texas could elect him dogcatcher is beyond belief.

    May 17, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    I thought he was already considered President of the independent nation of Texas. I'd expect him to not come calling for any federal disaster aid EVER, and pull himself up by his bootstraps. Should of hired W to clear some brush.
    Palin wants to know: How's that secession thingy workin' out for ya Ricky?

    May 17, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Governor Perry has driven Texas into the ground. He is an even more ridiculous copy of "W" and his leadership has made Texas a strong competitor for the "Most Ignorant State Award". Thankfully, we have other "Red States" from the Bible Belt to challenge for that honor.

    May 17, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    since our govenror here in Texas has such disdain for President Obama, I wish he WOULD throw his cowboy hat in the ring. That way the rest of the country can see for themselves what those of us that aren't on the far right here have to deal with. I think Obama would mop up the cow pasture with Perry.

    May 17, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. Nancy

    Good grief! It is bad enough that we have Perry as governor in Texas. God forbid that he ever becomes president.

    May 17, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. mb2010a

    Texan here...NO WAY IN HELL.

    May 17, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    From the Federal Welfare State of Texass. Hey Rickster how's that "big government" FEMA money doing for ya? Or all that socialist stimulus money you were sucking up? These posers cry & whine with their hands out taking in more federal tax money than they pay out – typical southern hypocracy.
    We wouldn't miss a beat without your sorry Texass.

    May 17, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Rick in AZ

    How can a man be President of a country from which he wants to seccede? Larry L. Arizona has that "Honor"

    May 17, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Bill

    He would fit right in with the current group of unelectable clowns.

    May 17, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. James

    I wish he would run. Then he could resign as our governor. I hate this man with a passion for what he has done to my state.

    May 17, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. thomas

    an outspoken foe of federal money and regulations. Until it comes to wild fires do to lac of regulations or natural disasters !

    One angry Man !

    May 17, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. The Clear Thinking Independent Voter

    Mr. Perry –

    Why don't you run for President and press your case for "states rights"?

    You seem to equate these so-called rights with a restriction on the government to do anything that impacts its citizens. America is not 50 individual, little countries tied together in a federation. We are the United States of America led by a President. DEal with it.

    May 17, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Jeff in Virginia

    Who does Peter Hamby work for? CNN, or the Republican Party? No hard questions, as usual.

    May 17, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Marko

    Another act for the republican election circus. There will be somebody stronger coming. They are sitting back letting the ultra conservatives make fools of themselves and kill each other off in their lust for power. They are still drunk from the 2010 elections and think that the rest of the country gave them a mandate by only winning the House. The voting public is now finding out that it was not a bunch of knights in shining armor that they elected, but all the court jesters instead.

    May 17, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Chris B

    This Texan says NO NO NO to Perry!

    May 17, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. The Situation

    I don't think the US will make another mistake by electing another dimwit from Texas. Let's see. LBJ got the US involved with Vietnam and W got the US involved in 2 Wars.

    May 17, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. victoria

    if he put half the time into taking care of our state instead of going on book and speaking tours and being head of the Republican Govenors Assoc then maybe we would be in a better situation. I can't believe how stupid people in this state can mother voted for him, even though she doesn't like him...just to not vote for a democrat. so sad.

    May 17, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    [Perry: Republican presidential field is far from set]

    Perry – It's far, Far AWAY with NO Return – forget about "setting" more in a MOLD that has already "hardened"!!!

    May 17, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  19. annie s

    So how come this "outspoken foe of federal money" has been boo hooing that mean old Obama won't give him more money for the floods in Texas? Are there any Republicans who aren't hypocrites?

    May 17, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. nobody special

    So if Perry were president, would the USA secede from the USA?

    would that open up some "secession wormhole"?

    NOW I'm scared!

    May 17, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  21. D-NICE

    "an outspoken foe of federal money and regulations"
    Ha, wasn't Perry just begging for more federal dollars for the wild fires in his state last week. I guess he's against federal money when it goes to someone else. What a great guy...

    May 17, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perry is about as useless as a bull with tits. What Governor in their right mind would have their States Legislature set aside $22 million dollars plus in distressed economic times to update the Governor's mansion while the State pays for another mansion for he, his family along with maids, cooks live in and expect the President to send him money to fight wild fires as if there were deaths from tornadoes like the other states. Then Perry had the nerve and adacity to be angry because he is a pompus spoiled brat.

    May 17, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Tired of the nonsense

    So far, the GOP haven't produced a single possibility for a candidate that has an I.Q. higher than a #2 pencil.

    May 17, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. blake

    I voted for Perry and regret it. But there wasn't a good alternative - I will not vote for a Democrat and what they represent. The man is increasingly becoming a liar, a bully, and an idiot. This term as governor needs to be his last role in politics at any level.

    May 17, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    anybody that follows politics and see what we send to Washington from our red state of Texas can tell we don't have the "brightest bulbs" in the lamp come from down here...and includes BOTH sides of the aisle although moreso on the right. Perry would be just another one we need to boot out of here. Ann Richards may she rest in peace was the last decent one we had from Texas. But I admit I would take GW Bush over Perry ANYDAY!!

    May 17, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
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