Gov. Perry a ‘superstar’ in eyes of Gov. Haley
August 13th, 2011
01:15 PM ET
9 years ago

Gov. Perry a ‘superstar’ in eyes of Gov. Haley

Charleston, South Carolina - At a conservative gathering in South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley called Gov. Rick Perry a “superstar” and said his move to announce his run for president in her state, while other GOP contenders competed in the Ames Iowa straw poll, was brilliant.

“It just let’s us know that it’s game on for all the candidates and I love that,” Haley told reporters, referring to Perry’s announcement at the RedState Gathering where she spoke earlier.

She was effusive in her comments about the latest GOP presidential contender but fell short of endorsing the candidate.

“He comes from a great state, he has a great hope for America,” Haley said. “He wants to make the people of our country feel good again and deliver results.”

The first-term governor said that she would throw her support behind a candidate before the state’s primary that has a stellar 20-year record of selecting the eventual presidential nominee.

Without citing names, Haley told the audience not to discount socially conservative candidates like Perry or say Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s ability to beat President Barack Obama in 2012.

Haley argued her unexpected gubernatorial win is a lesson for the candidates who need to break the momentum of well-financed frontrunner Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in order to win the party’s nomination.

“No one thought I could win but what this group and RedState, and certain people around the state, they thought I should win and they’re the ones that lifted me up and I’m proof when you take the person that should win, that person will spend the rest of her time trying to prove to everyone that they made the right decision, and they’ll do it with their fight and they’ll do it with results,” Haley said.

Filed under: 2012 • Nikki Haley • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Sorensen

    Superstar?? Go away. He is a mediocre, low IQ guns and religion maniac, for the old, naive GOP people in the deep
    south. Not a chance in a million years.

    August 13, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Penobscot

    We don't need an evangelical nut in the WH...I'd rather keep Obama. If Perry is the nominee, I'm sitting this vote out. Can Hillary be the GOP nominee? Please?

    August 13, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Marcus

    Rick Perry/ Al Gore 2012

    August 13, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Listening to Perry NOW – he started off by praising the RED STATES only – BIG mistake!!! STRIKE ONE!!

    He blames THIS administration for the downgrade and ALL of the DEBT from the beginning of time – really??? STRIKE TWO!!

    He blames THIS President for NOT protecting the borders of the US even though President Obama sent many guards to the border – MORE THAN any other President!! STRIKE THREE!!

    He's OUT!!! And he's saying much more that does not make sense... Job creation to HIM is bringing illegal aliens over the border and paying them below minimum wage.........Yes he did!

    Please Perry – you BARELY won the govern-ship in TX and you will NOT win the Presidency – REMEMBER, you wanted to secede from our nation and NOW you want to represent ALL????

    And who in the HECK is HALEY???

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    August 13, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Anyone who supports Perry has blood on their hands. Perry executed an innocent man to protect the lawyers and police who prosecuted him to death row by refusing to reopen the case and that is unAmerican to deny a person their legal rights.

    August 13, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Larry L

    The Republican party continues to be the party of divisiveness and bigotry. They are anti-labor, anti-environment and anti-working-class people. Just look at the jabs they poke at each other, with any vote supporting any of the above subjects seen as a sign of "liberal" behavior and a negative attribute. When did these things become negative? They are the Party of No Ideas – just a deep desire to return things to an era where white men ruled America exclusively. Rick Perry is the latest poster child – an especially humerous outcome since their number one homophobic right-winger has a very suspicious past in this area.

    August 13, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Busted

    The governor of one of the biggest welfare recipient states supports fello' welfare recipient friends. Enjoy bankruptcy America

    August 13, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Of course - the H1-B visa holders from India are Management for the working poor (uneducated) in texas. they INSOURCE the Indians when the job can't be outsourced - even some of the better paying jobs. I know - it happened to me in 2007 after 27 years of expertise I was told t "teach the indians"..

    August 13, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Former Republican

    I wonder if she would cheat on her husband with Perry...After all, she is known for her indiscretions!

    August 13, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Tubby the Tuba TEXAS

    Why not announce in TEXAS? Some loyalty!! Left TEXAS broke with a 27 Billion Dollar deficit, and massive teacher layoffs to make up for the lost monies!! Now we will see 30 to 40 kids in a classroom now. And with the money he saved by laying off teachers, he has put it to work for him and his entourage to run for this Presidency thing. If you can vote for this guy, I've got some land in Louisanna I love to sell you!

    August 13, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yep... And just like a supernova, he'll go down in flames...

    August 13, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |