First on CNN: NH activist endorses Perry
September 28th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
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First on CNN: NH activist endorses Perry

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Hampshire GOP activist and Hillsborough County Treasurer Bob Burns has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry, CNN has learned.

Burns was a prominent supporter of social conservative and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the last presidential primary cycle in New Hampshire, serving as President of the Huckabee Youth Outreach effort and the state grassroots coordinator for HuckPAC.

He told CNN Perry's record on job creation and lowering taxes convinced him to support the three-term Texas governor.

Burns' endorsement comes as Perry is working to overcome a widely-panned debate performance in Florida last week. Burns said he was not dissuaded.

"I'm not going to lie - it wasn't his best performance," Burns said. "But that's not the only reason you pick a guy for president, because he can deliver a great speech. I think you've got to look at the whole candidate."

Burns, who also serves as the New Hampshire Young Republicans National Committeeman, pointed to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as a candidate who could perform well in debates but who had not earned his support.

"Romney can say the right things at the time, but [he] hasn't been very consistent," Burns said.

Romney led the field of GOP contenders in a series of state polls released last week.

Perry visits the first-in-the-nation primary state this weekend and will host his first town hall in Derry Friday.


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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Perry
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. DVoice12

    He is a Bushie Loyal...boy those evangelicals are salivating over Bush/Perry II.

    September 28, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. DVoice12

    If you want a minimum wage job, no healthcare, no retirement, and bad education for your for Perry!! Or you can move to Texas.

    September 28, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. j

    The Republican Party has become a collection of numerous extremist groups masking as "grass roots" organizations. It is an example of the fractious state our country has become.

    September 28, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. rossmick

    Looks like he supports another loser again.

    September 28, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  5. thomas

    I'm sure Perry will talk about the drought in Texas and the rising price of executive jet pretzels !

    Perry / Enron
    Jobs you can count on !

    September 28, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Fran: Fran: Lynda – I'm not trying to convince anyone, the facts are convincing enough. If you can dispute any of the points I made, have at it.

    (Original post from Fran:)

    Pres. Obama is done. He is a failure and most sane people realize it. He has shown zero leadership during his time in office. Leading from behind (also known as following) in foreign policy matters and outsourcing major domestic issues to congressional leaders just showcases his inability to take charge.
    Perhaps if you were to state specifically what you feel his failures are, what lack of leadership you consider debatable, and review how a bill is passed in Congress - there is a really great grade school production available on U-Tube depicting such - I would be willing to concede a discussion is warranted.

    September 28, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. MTATL67

    "Perry's record on job creation and lowering taxes convinced him to support the three-term Texas governor." as a Treasurer the fact that Perry took his state from the black to $27B plus in debt. He is borrowing money from the federal government doesn't give him pause. I would like to know how in the world can Republicans and that extremist group scream and yell about fiscal responsibility and then support a Governor who has shown no fiscal responsibility. That is a huge creditability problem for Independents and swing voters and I'm sure many Republicans as well. No Perry would not make a good President.

    September 28, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    "I'm not going to lie – it wasn't his best performance," Burns said. "But that's not the only reason you pick a guy for president, because he can deliver a great speech. I think you've got to look at the whole candidate."
    Debates are not about making speeches. Debates are about expressing your views in a coherent and convincing fashion. Despite previous disappointing debates, Gov. Perry has been moving downhill. Apparently his ability to prepare is seriously lacking.

    How a candidate runs his campaign is usually a good indicator of how the candidate would conduct their elected office. Gov. Perry's campaign has been turning into a disorganized, uninformed disaster.

    September 28, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Perry's campaign has been turning into a disorganized, uninformed disaster."

    I'm pretty sure Parry's and the rest of the GOPers' campaigns actually started that way and it's just a matter of the thinly veiled incompetence and ignorance slipping off.

    How about some real news, CNN? Maybe something like Bloomberg reporting that economists are lining up behind Obama's jobs proposal and saying it would prevent a second recession, grow jobs and GDP and, in general, help the economy recover? No? That would be too much "truthiness" for you and ruin your fun based on selling everyone false equivalencies? Shucks. And here I thought you were journalists.

    September 28, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    One loser endorsing another loser.

    September 28, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. New Age Independent

    Rudy, I wanted to thank you for your response on a different thread. Especially so as it didn't contain the slander of other posters. Unfortunately, that thread was closed after only a few responses. Go figure, one about Palin is over 700!

    You had said "Minority voters know that their best chances for middle class jobs come through education and government jobs. While the private sector is open to minorities, the opportunites are not as abundant as the public sector. Education and public sector jobs are two areas that Republicans seem bent on eliminating."

    I don't see how you validate this reasoning. In truth, the lower income private sector jobs are filled with unskilled workers, regardless of race. Sure, some of a certain race tend to gravitate to agriculture, food services, etc, but that is more a social/economic/geographic issue. But I have doubts about your claim of govt and educational jobs. I would agree that education, specifically trade and college, is a huge problem, but frankly Democrats have done little here as well. you appear to say that the govt should create more public jobs. I couldn't disagree more, as the govt historically is terrible in this area (I speak from experience). The solution, in my opinion, must be in the private sector.

    September 28, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Fred

    I DO NOT endorse you Texas Gov. Perry nor will I ever. I am from Massachusetts. And also visit New Hampshire alot. So, I hope you dont think because a few people endorse you. Others will also. I can see thru your propaganda campaign. You dont have my vote...

    September 28, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Has anyone else noticed how conservatives are highly skilled at creating and using talking points in their arguments than their liberal counterparts. But, yet at the same time, liberal are more skilled at collecting and using facts in their arguments than their conservative counterparts.

    So, why is it that conservatives seem to dominate the national conversation? Because they focus on that human failing known as emotion. It is easier for people to identify with and remember emotions that it is to understand and identify with facts. In human terms, facts are abstract and emotions are concrete.

    September 28, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. B

    Perry is a Bush clone and it is not at all surprising that the South is supporting him. Land of the right wing extremists.

    Some things never change –

    September 28, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Republicans are ALWAYS making snide remarks about speeches. In MY opinion "good speeches" go with the job of the presidency and they are only admitting in no small part they are too ignorant and too stupid to compete. Most of us don't want a president who CAN'T speak English (we've been down that road). The truth is none of these morons being pushed by the TP can spend one minute on stage against our current president. They are both ignorant and greedy and in TOTAL need of a front runner. If I were President Obama I would be flattered they are so intimated by just my "speeches". Republicans better face it THEY ARE LOST.

    September 28, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. SecedingfromTexas

    1. "...record on lowering taxes".............My property tax rate was just raised 200%.
    2. Perry refused to debate his Democratic opponent, Bill White, in the last gubernatorial race – now we know why.
    3. Perry asked the State Legislature to SEAL his travel records until after the November 2012 election – they did .
    Now we are denied the right to know how much taxpayer money he is spending travelling with his State
    paid police bodyguards. Why? he got caught charging the taxpayers for scuba gear bought for said "bodyguards"
    while on vacation in the Bahamas.
    4. "...record on job creation" .............unemployment now at 8.5% in August.
    Just sayin'

    September 28, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. Jilli

    So this guys endorsement is supposed to impress? Impress who? A loyalist being loyal, big whoop.

    September 28, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  18. hongli

    I do hope that the security guards are checking on Mrs. Perry's guns because she sure looks like she can draw one at any time . Mrs Perry was very outraged while defendig the DICTATOR - her husband.

    September 28, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. diridi

    These Evangelicals are playing nasty drama, that may even secede the State of Texas, and Abolish your Social Security, and Medicare.....Enough Bushie, BS....Read my lips, no new Texan....enough of this nonsense in America. Do not give a dime to these churches....I am not even going to these social gathering places....o.k, do the same, instead fight for Manufacturing, Agriculture, Oil-Independence, and Energy Efficiency....God bless...pray at home...

    September 28, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. SaintM

    Endorsing Perry is like endorsing a wolf to be a guardian of sheep.

    Perry is unfit to hold public office of any kind–and if Texas is so angry with him, why have they not started a recall? Perry has shown that without preparation, he looks and sounds like the ignorant, uneducated Texas fool that he is. Never mind how he's running his campaign, I'm more concerned about the fact that he would not be coherent when faced with a large-scale national disaster–or worse, an international incident. This ignorant, Dominionist fool needs to be out of the political limelight soon. Please, please, Texas–I know you want to......

    September 28, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. GOP Failed America

    Perry's performance was part of the problem with Perry the candidate. He only appeals to a small element of votes. Parry has been a failure as a governor, harming the Texas public school system and creating low-wage jobs with little or no benefits. He's also a whiner and a traitor, threatening to secede Texas from the Union when he didn't get his way.

    September 28, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. Robert

    Did he tell you how he plans to embed oil in NH so you can have jobs success 'the Perry way'?

    September 28, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |