Perry open to sending troops to Mexico against drug cartels
October 1st, 2011
05:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry open to sending troops to Mexico against drug cartels

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Perry signaled Saturday he would be open to sending U.S. troops into Mexico to combat drug cartels should the situation arise.

After speaking at a house party in Manchester, the Texas governor was asked a series of questions about the border and his stance on illegal immigration.

He said the leaders of Mexico and the U.S. should meet after next year's elections to address the deadly drug trade in that country.

"It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border," Perry said.

Campaign press secretary Robert Black said Perry wanted to cooperate with the Mexican government and wasn't ruling anything out.

"He's going to work with the Mexican government to do what's necessary," Black said.

Perry also fielded questions on his stance on illegal immigrants already in the country, and offered a glimpse of the stance he may deploy on the debate circuit. The issue has offered his opponents the chance to wound Perry in previous debates.

An audience member at the house party asked Perry about his support for a Texas law that grants in-state college tuition to the children of some illegal immigrants.

Perry defended his stance as being widely popular among state legislators and asserted it was a states' rights issue. And he told the audience that - as a border-state governor - he was the only candidate with the experience and "courage" to tackle illegal immigration.

"I'm the only one that's been dealing with it for the last 10 years, and I know how to secure that border," he said.

He also took a subtle dig at his opponents, who have attacked the Texas governor's conservative bona fides on illegal immigration at a series of debates this fall.

"I don't have the privilege to stand on a stage and say, oh here's what I would do," Perry said. "I've been governor of Texas for 10 years. I have to deal with these issues, real-time."

Filed under: 2012 • Mexico • Rick Perry
soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. tj

    If you have been dealing with border and immigration issue for the last 10 years, what is it still an issue? Send US troops into Mexico? Are you afraid we will have a shortage of troops deployed outside the US in the near future? We need to look for other wars to fight?

    October 1, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  2. Donna L.

    OMG, this is all we need as our troops are already spread out all over the place. Let them deal with their own problems. Why do we need to send troops everywhere to help other countries? Just what do they do for us?? We already give the illegals free everything in the USA, we don't need to give them our soldiers lives. I am totally against this ... don't think we need to put Perry in as Pres. this would be a huge mistake ..

    October 1, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  3. Bubba

    Good, take all of repub pansies with you. Ms.Palin says shes good with a firearm. Let her prove it. No more of our kids for your wars.

    October 1, 2011 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  4. moderationplz

    Oh, here's a winner. We are going to send our troops to police a neighboring Country and take over their police duties and a portion of their Government. I'm sure the Mexican citizens and the rest of South America will really be happy with that gesture. And we say we are not an Imperialistic Country, lol. This guy is an absolute fool and I give him a month before he has to bow out after making another gaffe which is tantamount of putting an occupying armed force in Mexico, omg.

    October 1, 2011 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  5. Terry

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA ........... Perry needs a spot on SNL.

    October 1, 2011 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  6. Justin H

    My initial reaction to this is absolutely no way. But the more I think about it, this is probably a more imminent national security issue than global terrorism. While I would not want US troops to "invade" Mexico or take any unilateral action, I could probably support US troops aiding inside Mexico at the request of the Mexican government.

    I also applaud Perry for willing to stand up for real solutions to immigration issues rather than falling back on the Republican platform or talking points. Doesn't mean I would vote for Perry, but I can hope he might change the tone of the debate on this issue.

    October 1, 2011 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  7. d

    What ? i do not think the mexican govt will be wanting this action...nor would most of americans.

    October 1, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. Clwyd

    Perry, have all your right wing loony tunes decided to show Americans how stupid you all are?

    October 1, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. Anthony... proud tax payer

    This might be one of the only points I agree with Perry on. Why noy? We'll send military effort to help the citizens of so many other nations, combating a war on terror, while in a sense.. the drug war terrorizes communities the same way. So why WOULDNT they require the same approach. I mean, cmon.. they are our neighbors, and we dont lift a finger to help them, while we fly thousands of miles to help others (who have oil). You want to curb the amount of "illegal immigrants" crossing the border? Why not make Mexico a place they dont have to flee for their lives from. Im waiting for the first case of "refugees" who claim "asylum" due to the violence plaguing their country and the inability of their government to protect them or their families... it's coming, you wait and see.

    October 2, 2011 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  10. aramscullard

    His he crazy?

    October 2, 2011 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  11. Jimi

    "He's going to work with the Mexican government to do what's necessary," to get votes for his floundering campaign. By the way, he will provide free education to the orphans of any drug dealers he shoots

    October 2, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  12. LittleLordHoseaComethUntoU2Say

    Its easy for a 6 figure politician to keep spending taxpayer "Billion$" each year to stop the drugs and the gangs that sell them , the only problem is ...its been going on since mankind's first breath and nothing as even slowed it down. Sure could use that money back in the economy but it must be comforting to someone that we are fighting external groups that supply mankind's addictions even if we are loosing and can NEVER win as long as we don't just except the addiction like future thinking counties of Europe are dong and save the BILLIONS ...FREAKING BILLIONS TO make simpletons living in fear sleep a little better. Americans are so afraid of things they don't understand. Riddle me this? if we learn from our mistakes ...then why are we afraid to make mistakes?

    October 2, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. Coach Lew

    Well Perry you may have to deal with a lot of things if you get elected. It would be nice to know how you would use troops to assist Mexico in rounding up the drug cartels? It will take more than just numbers of troops. You have to have a plan of action using all the latest technology available to the military and not hold back on anything. So do you think Congress will let you do that, No Sir, too many pansies in government. So think first before you speak.

    October 2, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  14. Johnny Blammo Saves The Day!

    What a painfully stupid idea, right down there praying for rain and threatening secession.

    Is Perry really this stupid?

    Is he just pandering to his angry idiotic base?

    Does it even matter?

    Is the right capable of putting forward someone who speaks intelligently and does not resort to the knee-jerk insanity of howlers like Perry and Limbaugh and the rest?

    I would swear the Tea Party is actually a guerrilla organization run by leftists. I find it so difficult that people could sincerely come up with the Tea hysteria as their preferred form of political behavior.

    October 2, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  15. mommytwice

    yeah, because we're not fighting any other wars right now...let's get into another one. Good Idea.

    October 2, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  16. Aaron

    To the ultra-right, he's not that conservative on illegals. He gave in-state tuition to illegals. That is going to sink him with the teabaggers.

    October 2, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  17. Mike

    Did anybody think to ask him where the troops and the money to do this would come from? Last I looked we still had most of our military on the other side of the planet fighting the wars the last guy from Texas sold us and then failed to budget for.

    October 2, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  18. Dreamer96

    35,000 killed in Mexico in last four years by drug cartels, just what are we waiting for?

    October 2, 2011 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  19. Texas Resident

    If Perry can't secure his border as the governor there is no way he can do it as the president. Wishful thinking and pandering to those who listen to him.

    October 2, 2011 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  20. gammay

    Too bad nobody here is listening to the Mexican president who wants less drug use here and fewer guns going from here to Mexico. But then again, our politicians don't listen to us either.

    October 2, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  21. Lethaldose

    What an awful idea. Lets spread our already thin military even more so to fight another war. The war on drugs is the biggest failure ever. Legalization and Education is the only solution.

    October 2, 2011 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  22. bailoutsos

    He just put the final nail in his coffin fora presidential bid.

    October 2, 2011 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  23. Cobra

    Let me make sure I understand . . . this idiot governor is the same dope who turned Texas into a haven for illegals, now wants the rest of our nation to send our troops into Mexico? Have I got this right?

    October 2, 2011 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  24. F L Schmild.

    You can't make this stuff up. Amazing! Then they discover gold in Oregon?

    October 2, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  25. Shayne from NH

    He's not even elected and he's already looking forward to starting another war. I tell you, there's a big difference between a war thousands of miles away and then a war that BORDERS our country. Perry, why don't we just push on down and take over South America too??!!

    Oh yes.......and HOW do you propose to FUND this Mr. Perry? Wars are not exactly fiscally responsible, as our economy can attest to.

    October 2, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
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