Perry jabs Cain at conservative forum in Iowa
October 22nd, 2011
09:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry jabs Cain at conservative forum in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rick Perry targeted Iowa front-runner Herman Cain on Saturday night at a gathering of social conservatives, questioning the former pizza executive’s stated opposition to abortion rights.

Perry, who has stumbled in Republican polls as Cain has risen, was speaking at a banquet in Iowa organized by the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition.

“It is a liberal canard to say I am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision,” Perry said. “That is not pro-life, that is pro-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too.”

Perry did not mention Cain by name but the implication was clear.

Cain took hits from several of his GOP rivals earlier this week after an appearance on CNN in which he appeared to suggest that while he was personally opposed to abortion, families should ultimately be allowed to make the decision to terminate a pregnancy in cases of rape or incest.

Cain has since distanced himself from the remarks, and said in his own speech at the Faith and Freedom event that he was opposed to abortion, “no exceptions.”

Perry, though, made a point of devoting several minutes of his speech to the topic of abortion, an appeal to the roughly 1,000 conservative activists at the event.

He pointed to a litany of bills he has passed in Texas that have restricted abortion, including parental notification legislation and the de-funding of Planned Parenthood there.

"Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience, it is a core conviction," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Iowa • Rick Perry
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Lenny Pincus

    Faith and Freedom–mutually exclusive.

    October 22, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. roro

    It never fails to amaze me how this bunch of flip flopping slimeballs is always harping on getting rid of big government and its intrusion into your life. Yet they want government in your bedroom and in your body. They're such hypocrites!

    October 22, 2011 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  3. Dixie

    The self righteousness in the room must have cut off the oxygen for clear thinking.

    October 22, 2011 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. steven harnack

    More Republican schizophrenia.

    October 22, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  5. Rope a Dope

    How do you spell Big Government?? Perry, Wrongny, Cain't, Bachman, Santorious.

    October 22, 2011 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. whttevrr

    I don't know where he stands. Either it is a choice for a family to make or the government needs to decide for women. Either one is very condescending towards women.

    So, does Cain think the family should decide for women?
    Or, does he think the government should decide for women?

    October 22, 2011 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. Tough USA

    Vote Cain. The only Man to stand up against the poor. If your poor get a job. If you have a job, get a second job. If you are middle class, it's your problem. If your rich please contribute. Hemie McCain 2012!

    October 22, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  8. DENNA

    Mr. Perry, you are now just comic relief for the rest of the candidates. I would vote for Mr. Cain before I would vote for you. Under your tender, loving care, the Texas school system wouldn't be welcome in a third-world country. Maybe the people in Texas love you, the rest of us not so much.

    October 22, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Perry is dead wrong here... People who really don't government to control their lives would allow women to control their own reproductive decisions – even if the decision was repugnant to others. Perry is saying he wants a bunch of old men in the Congress to decide if women will have an minute zygote scraped off the wall of their uterus. Is that big brother or what?

    October 22, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Frank

    Do any of these GOP candidates have anything to say about what they are for by way of policies which will create jobs in this country and rebuild its infrastructure, or are they all about who is the farthest to the right on abortion, evolution, Jesus-is-my-personal-savior stuff? None of these last things matter as a way to insure a strong future for this country!

    October 22, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. Real Patriot

    Hey Pizzaman-Look out! He's got a gun!

    Or do you think he's just compensating for something:-)

    October 22, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  12. dan

    Abortion? Really? Why are they still talking about this? Isn't there a million other pressing issues right now. The GOP wants abortion banned! Then birth control! Then women can forget educaton! Finally they can where Berkas like all of the other women treated like dogs in this world. GOP women pop your heads out before you send your selves 200 years into the past! I cannot believe what these GOP candidates are spewing. The only one that sounds normal is Huntsman. He fought to bring the state of Utah, and fought the Mormons to bring this state back into this century. His conversation right now is more relevant to the countries needs.

    October 23, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  13. Independent from NH

    For a family or a mother a place like Planned Parenthood can literally be a Godsend. They rely upon donations for the most part but their services are rendered for the ultimate good that a family/mother having a choice to have a second chance. I understand the argument for pro-life, however, I humbly disagree. Those who are pro-life are more often than not the same folks that do not read or understand the Quran (or do not remotely want to out of ignorance) and believe that democracy can exist anywhere in the world. Simply put, this is a discussion/argument that will go on forever without a decisive or relevant "victory" for those on either side of the theological isle.

    October 23, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |

    Perry is a champion of pro-life,.. except he loves to carry out executions of several hundred prisoners in his state. What a phony Christian!!!

    October 23, 2011 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  15. thomas

    Remember when Bush questioned McCain's military history ?
    You haven't seen nothing yet .

    Rick Perry is a THUG , another Texas career political THUG !

    October 23, 2011 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  16. skarphace

    Cain is just now coming to terms with Tea Party hypocracy.

    Of course, the big bad government should stay completely out of our lives. And of course, the goverment should force those who are raped or molested to bring their illegitimate children into this world regardless of their choice in the matter.

    This is only one example of Tea Party hypocracy, and Cain must learn to speak from both sides of his mouth if he is going to stay popular among these wingnuts.

    October 23, 2011 02:18 am at 2:18 am |
  17. once upon a horse

    so did he call him "brother" this time??

    October 23, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  18. Sorensen

    Probably the most incompetant couple in politics.

    October 23, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |