Perry rallies New York Republicans as he weighs presidential bid
June 14th, 2011
10:42 PM ET
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Perry rallies New York Republicans as he weighs presidential bid

New York (CNN) - Emphasizing that the country needs to embrace a conservative vision to help solve some of its problems, Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged an audience of New York Republicans Tuesday night to "stand with us over the next 16 months."

Perry is seriously considering entering the GOP presidential field. Though his speech to the New York County Republican Committee didn't specifically mention that possibility, it contained what could be the outlines of a future campaign vision.

He asked the sellout audience: "Are you ready to take this country back?" He said he was referring to the need to elect more GOP governors to help states regain more power.

He talked about how Washington has too much power and attacked the Obama administration's handling of the economy.

"They promised jobs, and they delivered economic misery," said Perry. "America cannot continue on this course of economic ruin," he said citing the high unemployment rate and growing debt.

He alluded to the importance of upcoming elections.

"Conservatives are alive and well ... we will send a message in 2011 and 2012" against such Democratic-pushed programs as the 2009 stimulus and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, he said, and future elections will help "to ensure we are electing the right kind of leader."

Several times he touted some of Texas' successes, including tort reform and leading the nation leading in job creation, as examples of the benefits of conservative fiscal policy and empowering the private sector.

"We have produced the strongest economy in this country," he said.

In March Perry agreed with state legislators to use $3.2 billion in reserves to help erase a $4.3 billion deficit in a deal that also called for hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts.

A recent University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll showed the governor with a 42% approval rating.

Known as a leader in the social conservative wing of the party, Perry talked about his strong opposition to abortion and how that was of paramount importance. He also talked about how the Republican Party can find a home for both social and economic conservatives.

Perry said Tuesday six weeks ago running for the GOP nomination was not on his "radar screen."

Asked what changed, "it was a number of conversations with people I trust, including my wife, that basically said listen, our country is in trouble, and you need to give this a second thought," Perry told Fox News on Tuesday.

He said he did not have a timetable for making a decision.

"There is some, I guess, drop-dead time that you have to be in," Perry told the Texas Tribune Tuesday. "I don't think it's (arrived) yet."

"People would like to have some other options in the race," he told the publication.

Earlier Tuesday, Perry had lunch with about 30 leading GOP donors, including businessmen, Wall Street traders and lawyers.

The Tuesday dinner speech is one in a series of national appearances this week before key constituencies. He asked the audience to text the word "leadership" to a number and that would give them future updates them on some of his initiatives.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Debbie

    Perry wants Texas to secede from the Union therefore he is not for America. A no vote.

    June 14, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |

    Let's face it,.. the Republicans don't have anybody capable of beating Obama,.They keep parading out ,one buffoon after another,.. sure sign of desperation.

    June 14, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. Af

    I can see what is in your mind Perry, but you know what, it is too soon to hire a conservative to the White House, sorry Perry, way too soon because all these are : republican, mess, conservatives mess. Please step aside from the W.H

    June 14, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. DJ in TX

    He's such a good governor, but only a 42% approval rating in his own state. Please tell me how that is going to relay into a general election. Maybe Texas is leading the nation in job creation, but what people are NOT talking about is the TYPE of jobs. These are not the high paying jobs you may be thinking. BTW – in just Austin alone, about 500 plus teachers will be losing their jobs. What you don't hear about Texas is how we are leading the nation (or close to it) in a bunch of NEGATIVE categories as well. Education being one of them. To put it bluntly, this is one of the "dumbest" states. We don't have a state income tax, but our properties are pretty high, sales tax is a little high, energy costs are rising. I will give credit on housing. While the rest of the nation was using their home as s credit card, Texas was one of 2 states that DID NOT allow that 125% equity refinance. Anyway, be careful of what you wish for, Perry is borderline on the extreme. BTW – when the legislature cut the education budget, Perry was asked about all the teacher layoffs. His answer – he isn't laying of any teachers..................basically passing the buck to the school districts, although he was in favor of the education budget cuts, he didn't take responsibility of the laying of teachers or some public servants (fire, police).

    June 14, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  5. Indy

    Well at least he would not pee his pants like Timmy Pawlenty did last night when he was asked to confront Romney on Obamaney Care

    June 14, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  6. Rebecca Thompson

    I <3 Rick Perry!

    June 15, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  7. logic in LA

    The countries conservative approach is what got us in this mess. We have nearly 30 million more citizens then 10 years ago but we lowered taxes. Our economic policies of the past led us to a economic disaster not seen since the late 20's yet conservatives want us to use the same policies that not only caused the problem but kept the depression alive for almost 4 years before FDR changed direction.
    For a group of people opposed to progress, why is it conservative expect instant results to repair the damage they caused? Has anyone you know making more than 250K hired anyone this year? Me either. But they got therir tax cuts thanks to conservativess

    June 15, 2011 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  8. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world

    I'm not ready for another governor from Texas – are you?

    June 15, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  9. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world

    The GOP House also promised jobs in the run up to the 2010 elections – where are they? Anyone guess China!

    June 15, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  10. Name jeremy@Dallas

    Oh my God. Texas is education ruin ranked at number 49 out if 50 states. Texas is among the poorest state in the union. We will have over $27 billion budget deficit next year. What is he talking about? Does anyone know about $200million tax payers money he pockets every year to buy businesses to Texas? I would like him to leave. He is corrupt.

    June 15, 2011 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Shouldn't the texas secessionist be rallying the troops back in Texas? Oh yes, right, they don't like him either!
    Don't you have a fire to put out back home?

    June 15, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  12. Che_Lives

    We "need to embrace a conservative vision" like we need a hole in the head. I live in Texas where this fool is governor. In case you didn't know, this simpleton is more focused on stopping women's rights, rather than focusing on Texas' financial crisis. I wish he would take a page out of Sarah Palin's book and quit.

    June 15, 2011 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  13. Liberal elite=anyone with an education

    So the guy that wanted to secede from the Union now thinks he's qualified to lead it? Plus, he thinks the American people are so unbelievably short of memory that they will forget that our current economic problems stem from the mistake we made last time a Texas Governor got the job? Save your money, Rick. You may energize the wing nut "base" but to paraphrase the last guy "fool me once, shame on you- fool me twice shame on, uh, point is we can't get fooled again..."

    June 15, 2011 07:05 am at 7:05 am |
  14. lgny

    He may - or may not - be the right person to win the Republican nomination, but it's disappointing that he says nothing new or different from what all the other candidates have been repeating endlessly.

    Where are the new fresh ideas in the Republican Party? Until then, the platform for each candidate is little more than "I can do the same things better than the others" - how boring!!

    June 15, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  15. Clwyd

    No man or woman who said their state should secede from the Union is a true American or worthy of consideration for president let alone gov. The people of the state of Texas should be ashamed of their actions and this man they made governor!

    June 15, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |