Rick Perry: A governor who 'means what he says'
June 17th, 2011
10:39 AM ET
12 years ago

Rick Perry: A governor who 'means what he says'

Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds a unique title: the nation's longest-serving governor.

The Republican became the state's chief officer in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned as governor to assume the presidency. Perry, who was lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the role, successfully ran for office in 2002 and has remained there since.


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  1. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    and Bush was a FAR better governor and as a normal Democrat voter that lives in the reddest state in the union, I never thought I would be saying that. I would take ol W back over Perry ANYDAY. Of course too bad we can't a real one back like Ann Richards.

    June 17, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If he means what he says then he should secede from the Union.

    June 17, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Really? You mean he plans to secede? Will he make Chuck Norris his Defense Secretary, and Ted Nugent the head of his secret police?

    June 17, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Give it up secessionist. The governor you replaced and served under is the worst president ever and you want the country to elect his refuse?
    Tea baggers are not wining a national election when all you preach is hate, lies, made up facts and your christian"values" (a joke)!

    June 17, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Marie MD

    That munchinson sounds like he is in love with perry. He's very male? Why because of his so called male looks and he shoots animals? I doubt that coyote, if he was with his dog, was any threat to either of them. Then again his rednecky shoot from the hip, wanted dead or alive is pure texan. Mission accomplished comes to mind.
    Austin needs to secede from texas!!!

    June 17, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Chipster

    Governor Perry wanted Texas to withdraw from the Union. How do you commit that kind of treason and then ask people of the U.S. to elect you to be their president? Texas gets back almost every penny they pay in taxes so it might be best to let them secede. It'll be interesting to see how many seniors move "to the U.S" and how many contractors leave the state because their won't be much funding for roads, bridges, etc. I suppose the nation of Texas will spend all of its money on religious schools, weapons, and security fences to keep out "undesirables."

    June 17, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. fayse

    So if Rick Perry is such a devout Christian why is he cursing at the Government in his speech? Rick Perry is part of the Good ole boy gang that got George W Bush elected. Bush/Cheney/Rove, etc.,etc. I am a Texan and I would love to see him out of the Governors office but, to put him in the White House would be a grave mistake. Texas is facing 15 to 20 billion in budget deficit. Most of the so called jobs here are minimum wage or slightly higher. Education and health care is rated pretty close to the bottom of all 50 States. He lies about confronting the President, he embellishes his actions. As for his critizising the Government for not coming to the aid during the fires, this was a farce because the Government did provide aid. His ego is massive and he really isn't all that smart, he is just aggressive and is interested in his own welfare and of course that of his rich cronies. Yes we are a "right to work State" but believe me, that always in the best interest of working Texans. Despite how it sounds, what actually happens is that the Corporation has most of the rights. The worker gets the shaft.

    June 17, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. vet in texas

    My governor seems to mean what he says - for many Republicans and independents, an immensely reassuring point:

    Hmmm, did he mean what he says when he was a democrat from a democratic family? the article failed to mention that interesting item of his history, did he mean what he says when Texas doesn't have budget issues? the article failed to mention that we are 27billion in the whole with almost all republican leadership, without high unemployment and no state tax but high property tax? Perry is the epiotme of telling you what you want to hear at a rally, then doing the complete opposite.

    June 17, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Rick Perry: A governor who 'means what he says'"

    Too bad what he says is total nonense.

    June 17, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. David

    sorry just something about this guy screams loser...

    June 17, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    I like the way he complained about the Stimulus, refused to take any (not sure if he finally took any or not),. Then this year, when Texas gets their yearly wildfires, gets upset because he can't get Texas declared a national disaster area. Even though many federal agencies were fighting the fires.

    June 17, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. XWngLady

    "A Governor that means what he says"......And when he says he will secede from the Union, dag nabitt, he MEANS IT!!!

    June 17, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Sandy

    Really? So why hasn't he seceded from the Union?

    June 17, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. tfranzman

    I rest my case...... Rick Perry is the embodiment of the rationale for Term Limits. Why not 1 term and out like Virginia?

    June 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. john

    "A Governor that means what he says"...... unlike Obama and the Democrats that are LIARS. Anthony Weiner represents exactly what Obama and the Democrats in Congress are – LIARS. The Democrats will stand there and lie thru their teeth to achieve their agenda, no matter what it costs or affects.

    Libya, another Obama FAILURE
    Failure on the economy
    Failure on taxes
    Failure on home foreclosure
    Failure on a budget
    Failure on health care, what a disaster Obama care is
    Failure on price of gasoline
    Failure on price of food
    Failure on everything

    June 17, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. once upon a horse

    these candidates that like to use their religion as a cover to show what good Americans they are turn me off...and I VERY much believe in God. Perry is having a prayer and fasting program in Houston in Aug and part of his sponsers are a group that claims Hitler's henchmen and killers were all GAY thus gay people are all evil. And so far Perry has NOT denouced them at all. These "Christain" folks do not practice what they preach and to me it is a big turn off. Wackjob Perry should be no where near the White House. In fact why would a governor who claims to be so anti-Washington want to be POTUS anyway?

    June 17, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    Perry isn't that popular in TX, he is just a known quantity, vs. the competition, who has always come up short. His last contender, was known to have created a safe haven for illegals in Houston, and that cost him the election, on just that one issue. Texans KNOW there is an illegal problem, and they have grown weary of it.

    June 17, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |