Potential Perry donors to meet Tuesday night in Austin
July 19th, 2011
12:28 PM ET
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Potential Perry donors to meet Tuesday night in Austin

Austin, Texas (CNN) – Some potential donors and bundlers for Texas Governor Rick Perry, if he mounts a presidential campaign, are meeting Tuesday in Austin, a Republican source confirms.

These money men have been talking to possible financial supporters around the country weighing how much support a candidacy would garner and will deliver their preliminary results during these meetings, the source told CNN.

The Austin American-Statesman reported four dozen potential donors were attending the session. Perry spokesman Mark Miner told CNN the governor is not attending the meetings but would have dinner with the donors Tuesday evening.

This comes as Perry is seriously weighing whether to mount a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

He has been calling many Republican activists and party leaders in the key early voting states in the past few weeks and on Tuesday spoke by satellite with a group of South Carolina pastors.

Over the weekend an interview Perry gave to the Des Moines Register stoked more speculation that he was ready to jump in.

"I'm not ready to tell you that I'm ready to announce that I'm in," he told the paper. "But I'm getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I've been called to do. This is what America needs."

At a bill signing Monday, he sought to clarify his reference to being "called" was not meant to infer that God was seeking him to run after he faced some criticism for the remark.

"There's a lot of different ways to be called. My mother may call me for dinner," he said.
"There are people calling from all across the country, into me directly or to people they know and saying, 'Man we wish you would consider this,'" he added.

Later this week Perry, who is headed of the Republican Governors Association, will travel to Aspen to attend a major gathering of 200 of the group's donors – a potential large base of financial support if he enters the GOP presidential sweepstakes, a source with knowledge of the meeting confirmed to CNN.

Perry will head to California for private meetings with business leaders to talk about jobs and the economy, his spokesman told CNN.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
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  1. ConservaFASCISTS/Domestic Terrorists/Taliban/Al Queda/TRAITORS

    I can't take the secessionist governor seriously. There's something seriously wrong with the guy if Bush can't stand his guts. Rick Perry's so called "calling" is a figment of his imagination.

    July 19, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. shawn

    Ummm, I think most Americans will agree that one stupid religious fanatic from Texas was enough for many lifetimes. No thanks.

    July 19, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rick Perry aka George W. Bush, Cheney/Halliburton et al, Karl Rove et al, Koch Brothers and you've got who Perry works for. No more Presidents from Texas especially Perry, he's behind the closing of schools here in Texas while spending billions to rebuild the Governors Mansion and Perry, his family, maids, cooks etc. are living in another mansion that's also being paid by taxpayers during the renovation. Perry said Texas should "sucede" from the Union while our troops are serving abroad, many from Texas, is treason.

    July 19, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Marko

    I agree. There is something not right with this guy. There are a couple of loose screws in rolling around in his head. It will come out, he is not together enough to keep the facade up.

    July 19, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. jean

    Are YA-ALL goin to fetch your "Bibles" before ya go to the "Drinken Party???? Ya, "Thats Good, "Lets all vote for a "Separatist" Thats the ticket??? A guy who "Twist the ancient scriptures to what ever he wants his Evangelical Sheep to believe??? What a Joke? Have fun,Hippokritz! LOL

    July 19, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Does this mean CNN will actually start taling about the financial mess that TX is in? Oh...what's that? It's under the rug with MN's state gov't shutting down? Ah, I see.

    July 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Perry believes he's "being called" to run? Does this mean he has a "calling"? When you surround yourself with folks too far on the right to join the KKK they might tell you what you want to hear. Perry is old-time politics – where every contribution is tied to a favor and in this case, every favor is either for the evangelical right-wing or the wealthy power brokers. Take a look at Texas education and you'll understand why this weasel has been toxic to people in Texas who fall outside of his group of old, Christian, right-wing radicals.

    July 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    Oh yes, Pompadour Perry is the one we need in the President's office.

    Slush funds of taxpayers money which is used to 'lure" businesses to TX most of which ends up in the pockets of big providers of campaign donations to "bring" their business to TX, living in a rental mansion at 10K per month since the capital burned years ago, and he was going to solicit private funds to restore it(still just a burned out shell), cutting 4 billion in education, while leaving 9 million in the "rainy day" fund, most uninsured children without healthcare of all 50 states, Parkland Hospital in Dallas County is number 5 on the list of who sucks up the most Medicaid and Medicare funds, dismissing commissions set up to investigate if the state killed an innocent man, the day before the commission was to present a report stating that the fire chief used 30 year old technology to determine if the man set the fire that killed his 3 daughters, yeah we have spent money on up to date technology in TX, the Energy Star rebate program to replace inefficient appliances run by Controller Suzy Coombs was a cluster...just say it was a total disaster, phones crashing, recording saying to keep trying(really helpful) I personally emailed Suzy and suggested she use either carrier pigeons or the pony express the next time, "prays for rain" to put out wildfires,results in the biggest drought in decades, and his latest little faux paux is in the news today, folks trampling one another to get a chance to just APPLY for section 8 housing this morning. The reason? Governor Goodhair outsourced the original application system to one of his IT buds from his past days at A&M who designed an online app system, which was so badly designed that each new application overwrote the one submitted just before it. Now, we have a "day of prayer" conducted by Elmer Gantry Perry at Reliant Center in Houston just for right wing "christians", and finally, the President of Texas secessionist now want to rule the other 49???

    Yes, just what we need, another politician that needs to hear "voices from above" to help him solve these pesky earthly problems,a nd then if he doesn't he wants to secede from the country!

    Pomp will do well in the GOP primaries, but the general election, not so much.

    July 19, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry has too much political baggage to run for POTUS. He's a right wing extremist. Look at the lies he told the nation about not getting federal assistance with the Texas wild fires this past spring. The government was footing 75% of the bill while he claimed he was getting no asistance.

    July 19, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    maybe this will be what it takes for more Americans to see what a lot of us in Texas that aren't "blinded by the right" already know about the myth of Rick Perry. In fact if you're a GOPer just ask Kay Bailey Hutchison about him since she tried to unseat him. This guy is awful, smoke and mirrors, and only appeals to the far right wingnuts. Heck even the Bushes here don't care much for him and that is saying something.

    July 19, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Biggge

    Run please..... we need crazy guys like this running......easy money for the Dem...I live in Austin, Tx I know first hand how bad this guy is.. Ask him how long is he going to live in Westlake Hills on tax payers money.....

    July 19, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    It's going to be long time before America elects another Republican Governer from Texas. A very long time.

    July 19, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. John

    Who would want to vote for a GOV that say he wanted to Secede from the union. To me that man a trader to this Country. and I sure would want someone like that to run this country. He should be Put In Jail , not let him run for President.

    July 19, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Jake

    is God calling on them to donate?

    July 19, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    If signing more death penalty warrants than all the other governors combined is a qualification, then Rick Perry is qualified to be President. Unfortunately, that is the only thing he is better at than the rest of the field on non-entities running against Mitt Romney for the Republican Nomination.

    July 19, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    No more Republican Governors in the White House.

    July 19, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Denny

    I would never support anyone that doesn't believe in The UNITED States of America. Aside from that...I live in TX and see firsthand what a mistake a perry presidency would be. Perry makes GW Bush look like Einstein. The "calling" he's hearing is probably from the wealthy donors looking for their latest puppet – GW worked out so well for them, they're seeing a repeat with Perry. I deplore phony "Christians".

    July 19, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Al in Texas

    Perry is a major proponent to exclude government in one's life. Recently he vetoed a bill to outlaw texting while driving. He considers that just too much government intervention. He was, however, a major proponent in the bill to require women seeking an abortion to have a sonogram and listen to the heart beat of the fetus. That's not considered government intervention....it's just intervention by an idiot.

    July 19, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. Kpitman

    Rick Perry has consistently shown that he cares nothing about the poor or school kids for that matter. But his buddies are getting rich. I'm telling you folks that Perry is the wolf in sheeps clothing. He has the gaul to ask the people of this great state to pay for his security detail if he runs for president. If you think Bush was a hit – Iraq, Default Credit Swaps, TARP just wait till you get ahold of tricky Rick. And he will cloth himself as a man of God but he is really a thief in the night.

    God Bless Trxas

    July 19, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Phil in KC

    This guy has been playing his supporters. "Oh, no, don't throw me in that briar patch." He wants it.
    I agree with Shawn, after Bush, we can't handle another right-wing TX governor.

    July 19, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Positive

    Yea, like I'm going to vote for someone who called for sucession and now wants to lead the country he wanted to leave a year ago. LOL!

    July 19, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. DA

    OMG!!! Let's hope the same folks who bought Bush election are not planning to do a repeat!!

    July 19, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. gandoman

    After 8 years of George '3 below plant life' Bush, Texas has fulfilled 200+ years of bad choices in one go.
    As for those candidates looking for HELP from the Tea Party ..... Big Mistake!

    The Tea Party is really the ..... TEA POTTY ..... & I am not talking about the BOSTON ACCENT.
    The TEA POTTY is where all good ideas get washed down the toilet, leaving only a few skid marks to be turned into TEA POTTY rhetoric.
    The TEA POTTY sect wishes to relive a certain incident which occurred in Boston Harbor on Dec.16,1773.
    They somehow equate the American Colony's protest against a 'tax on tea' with the current political situation.
    In other words, they wish to overthrow the current Government & set up a White Supremacist Nation where Liberals, Gays, Blacks, Jews, darker skinned Latinos, Muslims, Buddhists & all NON-Christians will have some semblance of democracy until they are slowly & inevitably exterminated.
    Except of course for those UNEQUALS who are unusually well trained & educated & can become useful in the new America.
    Professional Athletes for example!
    The TEA POTTY movement (think bowel) needs to be flushed down the proverbial sewer where it sprang up from.
    Like a new infectious disease which gathers strength quickly & mutates, the TEA POTTIERS will eventually be destroyed by a combination of disinfectants such as the MAJORITY of the American People will supply.

    What about Sarah Palin as Perry's running mate?
    Has anyone ever noticed that from the moment John 'Maverick my Ass' McCain introduced Palinitis (she is a minor infection) to the world, she has not once, never even come close to having an original idea. After 2+ years of listening to her defend yourself, she appears less likely to be a political candidate & much more likely to be the defendant in a murder by stupid case.
    Truly, ALL candidates representing the republican NAZI party, is quite honestly; 'scraping the bottom of the barrel', 'rinsing out your old dirty linen', 'bringing the garbage back into the house', 'wiping your butt with used toilet paper'.
    The good news is ..... they cannot win.

    July 19, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. SuburbanBob

    Where's the video of him telling off the cop?

    July 19, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Feel free to flush you're money down the toilet following this guy. But then stop you're whining when you lose. (Or is it all the "spare" you got from the big tax breaks...?)

    July 19, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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