Inhofe to back Perry
August 24th, 2011
04:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Inhofe to back Perry

(CNN) – Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma plans to endorse Gov. Rick Perry in his bid for the White House, his office confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

"I called Rick Perry a year ago and told him, 'If you're running for president, I'll be the first to endorse you,'" Inhofe said at the Tulsa Press Club, according to the Tulsa World. "I'm going to be that person on Monday."

Of the current 2012 GOP contenders, Inhofe said Perry was the strongest choice to beat President Barack Obama.

Inhofe is known as one of the Senate's most outspoken skeptics on climate change and shares his doubts with Perry, who has drawn fire for saying manmade global warming is an unproven scientific theory.

The paper reported Wednesday that Inhofe also weighed in on other White House hopefuls, saying former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is "a little mushy" on environmental issues. As for Newt Gingrich, Inhofe said he's always had a vision of the former House Speaker "sitting on the couch holding hands with Nancy Pelosi."

Besides Perry, Inhofe said there's another potential candidate who could oust Obama: Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.

"The reason I say that is he's taller than Obama is, he's better looking than Obama is, and he's the same age Obama is. He would have made a good candidate, but he's not running," Inhofe said.

While Thune was a favorite in early talks of 2012 presidential candidates, he decided against the idea in February and said he'll stay in the Senate. But in an interview in July, Thune left the door open for a vice presidential spot, saying he wouldn't rule out any options if asked to be the GOP running mate.

- CNN's Steve Brusk and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Jim Inhofe • John Thune • Rick Perry
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Austin Dude

    Dumb endorsing Dumber.

    August 24, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Good stuff

    So Inhofe thinks that Romney is mushy on environmental issues? God forbid we have clean air and water. If anything Inhofe's comments are a credit to Romney's more reasonable position and a criticism of Perry's anti-scientific position.

    August 24, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. sara

    No HE won"t! Obama is going to slay these "extremist" in 2012.

    August 24, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, birds of a feather tend to flock together. One who doesn't understand science endorsing another isn't a huge surprise. I hope that it comes to pass that they understand that they were mistaken.

    August 24, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. NoTags

    The fact that Inhofe is backing Perry is enough reason in itself not to vote for Perry.

    August 24, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Ian

    Rick Perry has declared he has no confidence in our nation's scientists. It's insulting that people actually support him in any way.

    August 24, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. BeverlyNC

    Goodbye Inhofe – backing the lunatic moronic Perry is the kiss of death to your re-election. Perry will fall quickly as soon as the REALITY of the destruction he created in Texas fully comes to light. He has neve been out of the state of Texas and has no clue how real government works on a national level in a DEMOCRACY. If it is possible, he is even stupidier than Bush and is even less educated. He is NO leader. He just shoots off his mouth with factless statements and thinks he is a cowboy who can run America with his concealed weapons and spurs. He is a FOOL – another one added to the laughable list of Republican "candidates".

    August 24, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. diridi

    one idiot to other idiot...ok,

    August 24, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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