Perry delivery falls flat
June 24th, 2011
10:58 AM ET
11 years ago

Perry delivery falls flat

(CNN)-Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry didn't exactly receive a warm welcome Thursday when he spoke at the National Association of Latino and Appointed Officials annual conference in San Antonio.

According to the Texas Tribune, the 13-minute remarks were "brief and tense."

Perhaps timing was the real problem for the third-term governor, who appeared at the conference less than a day before "sanctuary cities" legislation advances to the Texas state House floor. The bill, passed by the state Senate in mid-June, would forbid cities from adopting policies that defy the enforcement of state or federal laws, specifically regarding immigration. It would also allow police officers to inquire detained citizens about their immigration status.

A hot-button issue for Latinos, the governor, who is mulling over a 2012 bid for the GOP presidential nomination, steered clear of the subject.

Instead, the article states Perry welcomed the gathered group of more than 500 Latino elected officials to "the job-creation capital of the world," a point of pride for the Texas chief executive, though the majority of the crowd were not Texans.

And though his comments, mainly focused on the state's employment growth, received "scattered claps," when Perry brought up Latinos that he's appointed to office, a well-meaning joke fell flat. He mentioned the appointment of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director Jose Cuevas, and said "That is the right job for that man."

Only a few in the audience saw the humor.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Robert

    Perry's a tool. Let's hope his fifteen are seconds, not minutes.

    June 24, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. A disgusted former Republican

    Why would a Texas racist politician speak to a group of Mexicans in the first place? Does he really think they would vote for him? Perry exemplifies the typical Texas politician; all hat and no cattle.

    June 24, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS

    Perry is not even respected in his own state. I hope he's not seriously considering running for POTUS. The last thing the country needs is another cowboy in the Oval Office. As far as these discriminatory immigration bills being passed in Arizona and Texas, Texas better watch their back before they get hacked like Arizona did. Stop racial profiling!!!!

    June 24, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. B

    He is he best example of what serious trouble the Republicans find themselves in now..

    The bottom of the political barrel..

    June 24, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Me thinks the more other Americans, besides the right-wingers, find out about our sorry governor here in Texas, the more falling flat he is going to do. Perry is only popular here in Texas with a certain group of people and those are the ones that keep putting him in office. All that talk about the jobs he created is is just hogwash, sure some were made here but many were low paying minimum wage jobs with little to no benefits. You know, the type the GOP slammed Obama on when McDonalds did all that hiring a few months back. I dare you to try to take care of yourself with that less known a family. This man needs to be NOWHERE NEAR THE WHITE HOUSE.

    June 24, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. avery

    Not surprised that this guy who always seems to be overcompensating is falling flat.

    Red flag, people. If the GOP is looking to Rick Perry to save them, they are about to go extinct.

    June 24, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. logic in LA

    Another hack. How has this state fallen so far from LBJ, John Connolly and Lloyd Bensen?

    June 24, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Mutt

    Just what this country needs.........another 'wont change no matter how wrong I am' Governor from Texas.

    June 24, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Sniffit

    No way. You mean a vapid ideologue with pefectly coifed hair came across as stilted and disingenuous? Shocking.

    June 24, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Andrew

    This is the same Rick Perry that wanted to secede Texas from the US last year?
    If he hates America so much, why should he be president?

    June 24, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Dan

    Well...let's be honest. the entire Republican party is falling flat these days.

    June 24, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    Rick Perry is a star. But Democrats hate him with good reason. He showed how to get spectacular results using effective management instead of just throwing big dollars at every problem and trying to buy your way back to prosperity. The success in Texas really makes the Obama Administration and the Reid Senate look pathetic with their pile of excuses.

    June 24, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. vet in texas

    he is what's wrong with this new version of conservatives, they (the lawmakers) pander to the rich (the donators), and persuade the lemmings, thus gaining credibility in their eyes, then in the name of lower taxes and smaller governnment, they steal your land under eminent domain, steal your tax revenue in the form of tax breaks for companies that don't need them, funnel your tax money to their larger donors, then blame the President when the budget is in the red. How is it Obama's fault for the states that have hardline conservatives running the state, and have huge deficits? MS, TX, AZ, SC, WV, VA, should not have budget issues because conservatives know how to lead and know how not to overspend?

    America go to the treasury website and look at the public debt by year, total up January 2001 to January 2007 and subtract that from 14.3 trillion, that way you can see how much the GOP spent by themselves. then do it from january 2007 to January 2009 when the democrats were in control of the house and senate.........that's why we are where we are with the debt.

    June 24, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  14. Dave

    So, the voters in Texas decided that George W. Bush and this idiot Perry were the best choices to lead their state? It's no wonder that Texas and places like Mississippi and South Carolina are laughingstocks.

    June 24, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. Texas Doc

    Well I just can't figure out how the white reperesentative of the extreme wing of a Latino hating party could go wrong. If you are latino/Mexican American and you are a Republican, you might as well be Jewsih Nazi sympathizer. Minorities need to figure out that the Tea PArty/GOP hates them. Four and The Door; are you from here? If you were you would see what a disater this guy is.

    June 24, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. roscoe

    Four and the Door, are you saying that Perry rescued Texas from the terrible manager of his predecessor? I guess Perry and Obama have something in common.

    June 24, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    You must measure success by the size increase of the deficit.

    June 24, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Rick Perry is a Used Car Salesman

    "But Democrats hate him with good reason. He showed how to get spectacular results using effective management instead of just throwing big dollars at every problem and trying to buy your way back to prosperity." – Four and The Floor

    Spoken like a non-Texan tea partier, or even Rick Perry himself. Perry has messed Texas up so bad, he doesn't even have the support of his own state. The guy is a hater of America – he has been quoted several times of his wish to secede from the union. What has he done for anybody, much less the average citizen?

    Democrats hate him? Maybe so. But they'd have zero problems in him getting the GOP ticket.

    June 24, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Sandy

    "Rick Perry is a star."


    June 24, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. Dan from Tx

    This guys is still our Governor? With all his high-dollar prayer rallies I figured he was running for Imam.

    June 24, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  21. once upon a horse

    @ Four and the door.....

    you're welcome to come on down here and get one of those "jobs" Perry created, see if you can make a living off of it. Oh and by the way hope you have your own healthcare because Texas leads the nation in uninsured healtcare folk. People that don't live here in Texas and just get their talking points off FoxNews really have no idea. In fact I would rather have "W" back in office here than Perry, especially since Ann Richards is no longer here.

    June 24, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. GOP Tea Party Is Selling America to China and India at Low Bottom Wages

    this IDIOT just found out that NOT EVERYONE is buying into his HATE SPEECH!!!

    "the job-creation capital of the world," INDEED?

    Watch out America!...labor laws are under attack by the GOP – Tea Party....and welcome to low bottom paying wages, with no workers comp or workers rights, American children under 16 being forced to work in sweat shops, no healthcare being provided by US corporations, and the same abusive working conditions that is soo attractive to US corporations in China being implemented by the GOP and their political goons once they are elected into office!

    Go ask the KOCH BROTHERS!!!...they are in cohort with the GOP in remaking America to satisfy their corporate greed on the backs of the hard working American people!!!

    June 24, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. EDDIE

    Hey "four and a door" just what planet do you live on? The last thing perry has done is been 'EFFECTIVE". Well I take that back he was effective in getting government involved in womens health. Because we all know a woman can't make her own decisions about her body and health.Tha's why Rick with a P was voted in because he knows whats best for women.Oh he was effective in letting a company from spain control our highway's and charging us to use them and none of the money was for texas.Oh he did fail in forcing young girls to get a vaccine to prevent some sort of cancer.Because we know that thje parents of girls in texas are capable of making decisions for their own children.But Ricky does.Oh by the way his former staff advisor works for the company that was gonna get the contract to supply the vacccine. RICK PERRY DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH INTELLEIGENCE TO EVEN BE IN THE SAME ROOM WITH OBAMA.

    June 24, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    It is time for Americans to recognize that Latinos have become a large, and significantly illegal, special interest group, who put their own special interests ahead of the well being of the US.

    NO CITIZEN, should be giving any credence to their special interest wants, because those come only at the sacrifice of this country.

    June 24, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    He tells an ethnic joke to a group of people representing that same group, which paints a stereotype on said group. The man needs home training. I say let him stay in Texas.

    June 24, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |