Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval backs Perry
September 13th, 2011
07:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval backs Perry

Washington (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry picked up another high-profile endorsement Tuesday with the backing of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval.

“Today I am proud to endorse my friend @GovernorPerry for President,” Sandoval tweeted.

Support from the first Hispanic governor of Nevada will be key as Perry competes in the early caucus state.

"Governor Rick Perry has the strongest record of job creation, fiscal discipline, and executive branch leadership among the presidential candidates,” Gov. Sandoval said in a written statement. “As a governor, Rick Perry created a tremendous blueprint for job creation and as president, I know he will get America working again.”

Nevada falls third in the GOP primary and caucus calendar, preceded only by Iowa and New Hampshire. The South Carolina primary will follow Nevada’s caucus contest in 2012, according to the current calendar.

This is Perry’s second endorsement from a conservative governor who doubles as a potential running mate—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal voiced his support for the “newcomer” shortly before the first-ever CNN Tea Party Republican Debate on Monday.

And Nevada will serve as a battleground in 2012. Aside from its influential spot on the primary calendar, it is a state that President Obama won in 2008 by twelve percentage points. But four years earlier Nevada helped elect then-President George W. Bush to a second term with a two-percentage point margin over Sen. John Kerry.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held onto his seat during the 2010 mid-term elections with a narrow five-point margin over tea party challenger Sharron Angle.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Brian Sandoval • Nevada • Rick Perry
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Ron

    Let's see. Piyush Jendal has Louisiana almost dead last in terms of poverty levels (MS is beneath LA)! What is NV worst at? Seems these loser govenors are quick to jump on the Perry band wagon. Great supporters! I hope these two clowns go down with Perry, now that the "common sense" republicans are starting to reject the far right/tea bagger mentality. Just hope they don't forget to get rid of Cantor, McConnell, and Boehner in the process!

    September 13, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. thomas

    He needs a Latino for VP !

    September 13, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. diridi

    83 percent of Americans do not need Perry, which era this guy is I don't know....pity...

    September 13, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    Keep lining up behind, Parry, Repubs! I see an independent run in your future – and couldn't be happier!

    September 13, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. Reggie from LA

    I tell you what. After that smackdown from Bachmann last night, he probably needs all the endorsements he can get. Convenient. Those endorsements are poppin' up like wack-a-mole. Didn't "Jingle" give him one right recently? Wow! his buds put a hurt on him. Don't like the idea the the Neo-candidate stole all the thunder they've stirred up, I suppose.

    September 13, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. C. Howe Yulikit

    Who cares?

    September 13, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. Indy

    How come elected officials fail to realize that we all know the real truth about Perry's job creation numbers and where the money came from. Do they really think it is OK to lie about hese facts ? They must be after the dumb vote. The road to ruins is paved with Republicans.

    September 13, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. Texan

    Birds of a feather flock together ---Cuchoo birds

    September 13, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Richard T.

    Not a surprise. Sandoval is cut from the same cloth. Ever notice that the majority of GOP candiates and leaders all look like an ad for precision grooming and big smiles.

    Sandolval has operated as a control freak as my Governor in Nevada. He, like Perry, has no solution other than the debunked cut taxes for wealthy, cut education, cut and cut some more. He thinks that the debunked "trickle down economic" theory is a valid model. He say he listen but that is a misstatement. It was Scott Walker who indicated Sandolval was a supporter and a great thinker. Why, because he will never change from his belief that he is absolutely right (correct) about everything. The only exceptions will be if the far right tells him to, to get a political advancement (check out his history of polictically being promoted) or big money interest tell him to do it.

    September 13, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. ja

    so what, i back Obama, how many votes does Sandoval have, just one, the beauty of democracy

    September 13, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It won't amount to a hill of beans because Perry won't be the nominee. He is too far to the right to be a good nominee to win nationally. If he does become the nominee, there is plenty to challenge him in the national election.

    September 13, 2011 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. trex

    WHO? my dog just coughed up a loogie and his name is perry. Guess my dog didnt want to pass perry all the way thru to my dog's backside. My dog's backside is too good for perry.

    September 13, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Sorensen

    What an uninformed idiot.

    September 13, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  14. YouIdiot!

    Oh goody! Another endorsement....mmm...kiss...kiss...kiss...pucker...pucker....pucker! Q up boys!

    HEY! WAIT A MINUTE! Wasn't Sandoval against illegal aliens? Does he know Perry if for illegals? Does he know most of the jobs Perry created were minimum paying jobs? Does he know Perry used the stimulus to fix Texas' budget deficit? Does he know Richards and Bush created more jobs as governor and were governors for a much shorter time than Perry? Does he know Texas is ranked low in health insurance? Does he know that Texas ranks low in education? Does he know that Perry signed an executive order by passing the legislature?

    REALLY? He thinks Perry would be a great for the U.S. as president? REALLY?!!!!

    September 14, 2011 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  15. DannyCali

    Brian Sandoval, you endorse the wrong person to be come the President of the United States of America.

    September 14, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |