Perry brushes off Bush comparisons
August 15th, 2011
04:31 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry brushes off Bush comparisons

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry dismissed comparisons between himself and former president George W. Bush on Monday, calling them "inevitable" but unfair.

"I am Rick Perry and he is George Bush," Perry declared as he marched through the Iowa State Fair, surrounded by reporters. "And our records are quite different."

Asked what the biggest difference is, Perry responded: "I went to Texas A&M. He went to Yale."

He did not answer when pressed to name a policy difference.

Perry, who took office in Austin after Bush captured the White House in 2000, seemed to bristle at the suggestion, which is certain to haunt him during his campaign.

Some Republicans are queasy about the prospect of the party putting another swaggering Texan at the top of the ticket in 2012, especially with recent polls showing that Bush still shoulders most of the blame for the sagging economy.

"George Bush is not my opponent," he told reporters. "He a former president and we give him all the respect for that, but we are talking about how you create jobs."

Perry is in the midst of his first trip to Iowa as a presidential hopeful, and on Monday he showed off the retails skills that made him such a formidable candidate back home in Texas.

Back-slapping and cheek-pinching his way through the fair, Perry displayed a common touch, posing for photos with toddlers and talking ranching with passers-by.

When offered to taste a sizeable pork tenderloin, he ate the whole thing.

"Pork, the other white meat," he said, before tearing into the slab of meat. "We won't have to worry about dinner tonight, and there will be a good little bit of exercise, too."

He made a point of shaking hands with military veterans and their families and rarely missed a chance to remind voters that he served as a captain in the Air Force.

Perry said that if elected, members of the United States Armed Forces would respect him more than President Barack Obama or any of his Republican rivals who have not served in the military.

"I think they would really like to see a person who wore a uniform in that office and I think that's just a true statement," he said. "I wouldn't back up off it an inch. Go ask your veterans if they would rather see somebody who has never served as Commander-in-Chief."

He added, "Experience matters, having walked in a person's shoes, having done what these young men and women in the military are doing matters to them. I don't want somebody sitting in the front left seat of that airliner who just got their pilot's license."

Filed under: 2012 • George W. Bush • Iowa • Rick Perry
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Bobby Ray

    Same village, different idiot.

    August 15, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Numyorangay

    When offered to taste a sizeable pork tenderloin, he ate the whole thing. (Isn't that special. . .Log Cabin Republican, mayhaps?)

    Pork is the other white meat. . .(I say, I said, I say again, Log Cabin Republican?)

    August 15, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Dave

    Sure, we need another arrogant dolt from Texas running the country. Look how well the last one turned out. If Bush hadn't been selected by the Supreme Court, Perry would be writing parking tickets right now.

    August 15, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  4. fayse

    I am a Texan, I have seen what Perry has and has not done for Texas. Property taxes are too high and the rankings for healthcare and education are near the bottom of all other States. Perry is a puppet for Karl Rove, among others. He is openly pandering to the right wing, extremists radicals of the Tea Party. Don't be fooled, do your own research.Take a look at his college transcripts for yourself also, google "Rick Perry Bilderberg Istanbut, Turkey". If you think that he is interested in helping anyone but himself, think again.

    August 15, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. fayse

    Sorry, not able to correct, that should be Istanbul, Turkey.

    August 15, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  6. Numyorangay

    "I wouldn't back up off it an inch." I'm skurd!!!!!

    "Go ask your veterans if they would rather see somebody who has never serviced as Commander-in-Chief." Really skurry!!!

    August 15, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. Dave

    Big difference...Bush was liked in Texas unlike the hated Perry.

    August 15, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. AR1000

    Just what we need, another nut from Texas.

    I wish we had the days that Texas voted for only Democratic Governors.

    August 15, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  9. pn

    Unfair to Bush that is.

    August 15, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. old Hag

    Not at all alike. Bush parts his hair on the left side, Perry on the right. Tells you somethin'!

    August 15, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. captnavenger

    Yeah, they're different. Bush may have lacked sophistication, but Perry is way more corrupt. Bush may have had his moments of arrogance, but Perry leaves his criminal activities out in the open for everyone to see. I suppose in Texas, where corruption seems acceptible and is almost never prosecuted, this sort of arrogant criminality is seen as the mark of a true maverick. To the rest of us, it's like watching a mob boss in action.

    August 15, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Julie

    The twang will remind us of the similarities every day on the campaign trail. With his grades in college, no wonder he switched from Democrat to Republican.

    August 15, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. dibick7837

    Perry and Bush are not too much alike – both of them were pretty dumb students in college. Bush might have the edge but Perry isn't too bright. Probably a good match up would be Perry and Bachmann or Palin and them we'd have dumb and dumber.

    August 15, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. lkc

    Mr. Perry must have thought very seriously that he will be certainly compared with George Bush before jumping into GOP band wagon. He needs to defend, which is going to be very difficult and an eventual fall.

    August 15, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Sgt. Joe

    I was in the military and it doesn't make me any more qualified to lead this country than anyone who wasn't. That's a bunch of hoo hoo. This guy's not impressive at all. He took stimulus money yet slams the government? Is hypocrisy something that the GOP embraces these days?

    August 15, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. handshake

    Voice, looks and hand gustures like Bush's was more than I could handle.

    August 15, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Unknown

    Things I would rather do than live in an America under Rick Perry:
    1. Be mocked in a North Korean propaganda film.
    2. Scoop up nuclear wast wearing nothing but my underwear.
    3. Work as a pork vender in downtown Tehran.

    August 15, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  18. Restore The Foundations

    Perry is a Bilderberger boy – attended the exclusive meeting in 2007. Wants the Trans-Texas Highway. Is a water boy for the bankers. Ron Paul has gotten more donations from the U.S. military than all the GOP candidates combined, and even more than President Obama himself, in the last two quarters of fundraising.

    August 15, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  19. Angy

    perry= bush2.0. he is just another texas repug/teabagger that will make this country worse. people want President Obama to be the miracle worker in 2 1/2 yrs, when they ol' bushy and crazy cheney 8 years.

    August 15, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Bush and Parry both look like monkeys ...

    August 15, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Ken in NC

    Many may look at Bush and Perry and claim them to be "Dumb & Dumber" but it is my opinion that Perry makes Bush look like a Rhodes Scholar.

    August 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    The man got a C in US history and a D in economics at Texas A&M. I seem to recall someone else being a C/D student as well...hmmmm....

    Averaging 11 credit hours per term, no less! (according to the report card online). At most universities, that's not even considered full time ... what was Parry doing instead?

    And if took out loans to pay for his tuition, has he paid them all back?

    August 15, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    "The man was truely a Captain in The Air Force & a Fighter Pilot, You cant take that away from him."

    We also can't take away the 18-month-long AWOL GW Bush was on ... or that everything he's touched has turned to poop ... or that he didn't have the stones to raise taxes (like Reagan did 11 times) when his two wars and unfunded Medicare Part D turned the Clinton surplus into a deficit ... or that he squandered the world-wide goodwill towards our nation after 9/11 ... or spitting on the Constitution by allowing torture of enemy combatants (heck, he didn't even have the stones to just call them POWs) ...

    August 15, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  24. steven harnack

    One of the Right's common slams against President Obama is that "he is arrogant". It seems that they don't mind arrogance so much if it's from a good ol' white boy, eh?

    August 15, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    OK, in my last post, I assumed you meant Bush ... my criticisms of him stand. Regarding Parry's military service: That in no way qualifies him to run our country. If we need an old guy to try to fly a plane, maybe we'll give him a call.

    End of story.

    August 15, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
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