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. Dave A.

    Send troops? Now there is a waste of tax money by a conservative
    The war on drugs? Drugs are winning!
    Legalize and tax cannabis! That would put the drug lords out of business!
    An idea that would work? How UNrepublican!

    October 2, 2011 04:15 am at 4:15 am |
  2. Danielle

    I thought he was the governor of Mexico!?!?

    October 2, 2011 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  3. publicano

    Well now is official He is an idiot

    October 2, 2011 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  4. reddragon696

    I sincerely hope that the American Voter will not be so stupid as to put this man in the White House. As bad as bush was for this country, Perry would be much worse. The only good thing that would come out of his being elected president is that we would FINALLY be rid of him as Governor of Texas, something we have been unable to do on our own due to the backwards Election Laws we have in Texas. perry maintains that he has a Clear Mandate from Texans to do as he does but that is simply not true. He won the last election with only 30% of the vote. Unfortunately that 30% was more than any of the other contenders received and under State Law it is not who gets a majority of the votes; ie-51% or more; but rather who gets the highest percentage of votes out of everyone that ran. Since we had 3 people running that year he received 30% of the vote, clearly not a majority but he still maintains that he speaks for the whole state. Keep perry out of the White House if you really care about what is left of our country.

    October 2, 2011 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  5. DaGuard

    no speak Americano

    October 2, 2011 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  6. Joe

    He may be open to Troops in Mexico as another give away to big Military contractors and the cost of American lives, none of which are related to him! Want to end the problem in Mexico? Lets get real with ourselves and legalize the narco drugs that are at the source of the problem and poof! Problem solved! Another area we can focus on is the transport of American made weapons across the border. These politicians only want to add fuel to the fire and spend our money doing so! Stop this madness before we become truly financially insolvent and the Chinese decide to send their troops here to claim this land as their own!

    October 2, 2011 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  7. Alice

    So we move troops from a middle eastern sewer to a mexican one? No American soldiers should be sent there to die when calderon refuses to do anything to gain control of his country or stop illegal filth from crossing our borders.

    October 2, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  8. EMervin

    If Perry is open to sending troops to Mexico, which would be starting a fourth war (Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya), then rather than risk more American soldiers' lives, he should arm himself, wife, children, concerned relatives and campaign supporters and head to Mexico. He should also set up a mobile website on which he can post updates on the progress he is making.

    October 2, 2011 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  9. Ricardo Williams

    With policies like instate tuition I can see why Rick Perry is having a hard time curbing illegal immigration. At least he doing something which is far different from all the do-nothing Republicans. The only problem is that he is doing the wrong thing.

    October 2, 2011 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  10. Don Mega

    Why? So US troops can be killed with the same weapons that the ATF let "walk" over the border in to Mexico from Arizona during Operation Fast and Furious?

    No thanks Perry, I think Americans are pretty much sick of war at this point. But hey, you can send your kids to war if you want.

    October 2, 2011 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  11. Katy

    I thought we were broke? We can't pay for social security but we can send out military to yet another country? Further, this idiot has considered what Mexico might think should we send our soldiers into their country. Just another reason why this jerk is not electable.

    October 2, 2011 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  12. Paul

    For a good cause this would solve the notoriety of these cartels.This is surely a good move although Mexico might just disagree because of past events of occupation.

    October 2, 2011 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  13. Snow

    Republicans wanting to start another war on money we don't have.

    October 2, 2011 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  14. Weasley

    America is completely done with war monger politicians, or didn't he get the memo.

    October 2, 2011 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  15. Gary

    Great, another republican from Texas who wants to get us into another war.

    October 2, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  16. Jt_flyer

    I'm sure hes open to troops in every country in the world. Just like his mentor George -the idiot- bush.

    October 2, 2011 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  17. Dale

    Normal Republican answer to most questions, Let's invade another country...

    October 2, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |

    This whackjob is truly nuts . He needs to drop out but the teabaggers love him.

    October 2, 2011 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  19. truthserum48

    Ricky says, "..I know how to secure that border (Mexico)". Really? Wow, I'm glad to hear that. I guess we would have had 20 million illegals instead of just the 10 million we have now. Thanks & way to go, Ricky. They want to thank you as well for the in-state tuition, too. More money to send back home to bring cousin Pedro over.

    October 2, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  20. JJinCVCA

    This guy is an accident waiting to happen. We can't say we weren't forewarned. Anyone who actually wants this guy to be president is just sadistic and utterly sociopathic.

    October 2, 2011 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  21. snowdogg

    Sending U.S. troops to yet another war... in Mexico, no less! Shouldn't happen. Spend the money on reducing or eliminating the demand/supply cycle in our own country instead.

    October 2, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  22. PK California

    Troops alone cannot stop llegals. They come by car, submarine, underground tunnels,over and under the walls that have already been built, and stuffed into trucks! It is going to take more than Perry, and troops, who has dealt with it for 10 years and cannot stop it,

    October 2, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  23. Craig from Pa.

    Yeeeha!!! Let's get into another war!!! ..........It's the Republican way!!!........ True job creation!!!

    October 2, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  24. dmacm

    My good God!!!! This man is a frontrunner to be the GOP contender for president of the most powerful country on earth (at least in military terms) and uninvited, he thinks it is OK to talk about sending US troops into a sovereign country to combat civilians. It is no wonder that the US has lost respect throughout the world, it is no wonder that US financials are such a mess, it is no wonder that so many US citizens are the lost souls who are the market for mind altering drugs, it is no wonder why so many US citizens who are the major market for drugs in the world want to escape from the reality of people like Mr. Perry

    October 2, 2011 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  25. edgy33

    Can anybody take Perry's candidacy seriously? Troops in Mexico? Our military doesn't have enough grief already?
    How about getting America off drugs? That is the only solution that will solve this problem and it is not one that either American citizens nor politicians have the will to face.

    October 2, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
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