The eyes of more than Texas are on Rick Perry
June 10th, 2011
03:53 PM ET
12 years ago

The eyes of more than Texas are on Rick Perry

Washington (CNN) - The stars have aligned for Rick Perry to enter the 2012 presidential race.

Now all eyes turn to Austin, as Republicans wonder whether the swaggering Texas governor will actually take the plunge.

Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, boasts a national profile among Republicans and Tea Party activists, a network of deep-pocketed donors and a track record of creating jobs in the midst of a recession.


Filed under: Rick Perry • Texas
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  1. Marie MD

    Really? A man who wanted to secede from the Union and likes to cry about not receiving money for fires that were not nature related? perry has much of a chance as . . . . . . . . any of them!
    This is just as bad as the traitor from AK who was a member, along with her husband, of the AK independent party.

    June 10, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. xlntcat

    Then the eyes best look at his wife's threat to secede from the marriage. Just when you thought that republicans were back to doing girls ., , , , ,

    June 10, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry wouldn't dare enter the race after the remarks that have come out of his mouth. Let's start with misleading the country into believing that Texas was receiving no federal assistance for its' wild fires. The feds were paying 75% of the cost, despite FEMA having its' budget cut.

    June 10, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. nycLonghorn

    Its insulting as a Longhorn that CNN would use this play on our Alma Matter as a headline for potential Rick Perry presidential run. Rick Perry's education policies while Governor have be focused squarely on eliminating the research capabilities of the public universities in Texas including A&M and UT. Stripping these top tier institutions of their ability to attract the best in every field kills the very thing that makes an education in a Texas university such high return on investment.

    If you pay attention to Texas politics over the past year only one thing is blatantly clear...they eyes of Texas have been on Gov Perry wondering why he thinks solving the states budget problems by killing education makes him remotely qualified to be a public official much less President of the United States.

    June 10, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS

    Mr. Seccession can't be taken seriously. The last thing the country needs is another Texas cowboy in the Oval office. Where's that Bobby Jindal character of yours republican party????

    June 10, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    I've voted for Perry every election for governor, because the alternative was a far left liberal opponent. But I don't think he's the correct candidate for president at this time in our poor economy. That said, if he's the nominee, of coarse I'll support him. At this point ABO- anybody but Obama.

    June 10, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Mikey

    That's a laugh. Didn't he threaten to secede from the union? Who's going to vote for this traitor? Well, I guess he'll add even more variety to the can of mixed nuts that is the GOP field.

    Then, perhaps anti-Americanism is now mainstream Republican ideaology, since the Palins belonged to the Alaskan Independance Party, a separatist political party who's leader also espoused separation from the union.

    June 10, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. gt

    i dont know much about him , but some one needs to do something fast... its terrible now...

    June 10, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Tulsa

    I guess ancient texans are just stupid.

    June 10, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Look, there are nuts on both sides of the political isle out here in the public and in the media. But in only one party do the tin-foil hats consistently rise to become candidates for federal office. Trump, Palin, Bachman, Buchanan, McDonnell, etc. and now Perry! That such rightwing, cartoon-like malignancy and delusion can find refuge and support as a candidate for a political party SHOULD be damning to that party. That it is not says volumes about the kind of people that are today's rank-and-file [R].

    June 10, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    As a person that does not think that prayer should be allowed in school., theology should be taught in the seminary and not in our textbooks, that property taxes are not only for home owners but for businesses....if billions of dollars of debt were okay, if big government should tell a person how they should live and what woman are allowed to do about their own bodies...this should be the guy for you.

    Texas ex here,
    GO MAVS!!!

    June 10, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Tulsa

    to "my name tony weiner",
    then why, pray tell, is Texas 50 Billion in the red?
    BTW, I'm a democrat and I bet I have a better job than you!

    June 10, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. GI Joe


    Never Never Never Never Never

    June 10, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    @ Tulsa...
    you check and see what comes out of this great state of Texas for politics from Tom DeLay to Louie Gommert and you can see why there are plenty like Ancient Texan down here. The only good thing about a Perry run for POTUS is it would get him away from being gov. down here. But even with that happy thought I wouldn't want this moron anywhere near the White House.

    June 10, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Positive

    Mr. Succession himself as President! Good grief, that's funny. What will Republicans think of next?

    June 10, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Jilli

    Why should anyone vote for a man that apparently doesn't believe in "one nation...indivisible"?

    Never again would I vote for a presidential candidate from Texas, the last one did so much damage it may take generations to recover. I'm from TX, and wouldn't give Perry the time of day – the real Perry in the white house wouldn't be Rick Perry – it'd be Bob Perry (Perry Homes) – that's who's been funding and directing the intiatives of this clown. No thanks, one TX nitwit in my lifetime is more than enough.

    June 10, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    Not a chance in h#ll but I hope he gets the nomination for the humor

    June 10, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. Tulsa

    @once upon a horse...
    I lived in Alvin and Pearland during the Richards/Bush campaign and stayed under 2 years of W. I hear you loud and clear.
    It's amazing to me that anyone would buy into Governor Good Hair's BS.

    June 10, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Tulsa: that's no guess, it is a fact. One that people like ancient texan confirm themselves, time and time again......People, like the mindless neo-moron who posted before him. No one in that party, whether it be the politicians or the RANK-and-file have any independent analysis skills left. Its all about ideology and partisan dogma. This country is going downhill alright, but it has little to do with the economy, or terrorism, or national debt - instead it is that nearly ~50% of the population CHOOSE to leave their cognative abilities to wither, and to instead blindly believe in fairytales cooked up by the partisan rightwing media-gods that they worship. I can't tell if this is caused by innate laziness or purposeful stupidity - either way it is a severe malignancy on our poor country.

    June 10, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. informed voter

    Ancient Texan will be extinct soon enough. Unfortunately he or she will continue to vote against American citizens' best interest. But those kind of rigid conservatives are fortunately a dying breed. Our younger generation (those who are being well educated) are more progressive and tolerant than Ancient Texan.

    June 10, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    Informed voter,
    You give hope for a better, less bitter future. thanks.

    June 10, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. vet in texas

    Well if this is the only way we can quickly get rid of Perry, then i'm all for it. Unfortunately, after he looses, he'll come back. He's a loser and we here in TX, red/blue alike know how big of a loser he is.

    June 10, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. kat

    I think he would be a good choice, but then again anyone would be better than the clown we have now.

    June 10, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |