Forbes endorses Perry
October 24th, 2011
10:23 AM ET
10 years ago

Forbes endorses Perry

(CNN) - Rick Perry's presidential campaign Monday touted Steve Forbes' endorsement of the Texas governor for the GOP nomination.

Forbes is a businessman, as well as editor and publisher of Forbes magazine. He is also president and CEO of its publisher, Forbes Inc.

Forbes made two unsuccessful bids in 1996 and 2000 for the Republican presidential nomination. He made a flat tax the centerpiece of both of his White House runs. Forbes is currently advising Perry as the Texas governor gets ready to unveil his own flat tax proposal on Tuesday.

"Steve Forbes is a well known fiscal conservative, and provided strong support and advice throughout the process of drafting my economic and jobs plans," said Perry, in a statement. "I am honored to have Steve's endorsement of my candidacy for president."

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Steve Forbes
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Jose the Wrangler

    The flat tax appeals to only three kinds of people: 1) Those too stupid to understand what's wrong with it, 2) Those who are smart enough to understand but have some emotional reason for wanting the world the bee simpler than it is, and 3) Greed-heads who don't care that flat taxes screw everyone but the rich, and like it. Unclear whether Forbes is type 2 or 3. Perry is clearly type 1.

    October 24, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Steve Forbes has never created a manufacturing job a day in his life. End of Transmission.

    October 24, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Precisely why Forbes was elected will be the same reason why Perry isn't elected. A flat tax sounds all good and dandy, but the devil is in the details. Here we have another uneducated Texan running for POTUS and is dumb as a box of rocks.

    October 24, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Frank Cardenas

    Perry will be the GOP nominee for President.

    October 24, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Ed DFWTX

    Steve Forbes is making a big mistake endorsing Perry. Perry is a career politician snake and total flip flopper. As Gov of Texas he has taken stimulus money for a variety of projects and then criticizes President Obama's stimulus package. He continues to borrow money from The Federal Government & still criticizes the Feds for spending the money Texas is borrowing. He complains about Obams's health plan yet Texas dropped to about 40th in heath care spending. As Gov. Texas went from surplus to approx $27B in debt. A bad endorsement indeed! Obama 2012!!!

    October 24, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. David

    What a joke...

    October 24, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    This is like Joe Hazelwood (Exxon-Valdez captain) endorsing inland waterway navigational safety skills, isn't it?!

    October 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. ja

    good thing he has only one vote, oh then there are the ninja lobbyist he can pay

    October 24, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Max


    I don't think anyone should be proud of being endorsed by a loser as Forbes. This guy ran twice for the republican nomination and lost on both occasions. This is no big deal. It is just a clearer sign that Perry is on the losing end and is willing to catch after even a piece of straw to keep floating in there like Huntsman, Bachmann, Sontorum , Paul and last, but least Gingrich.

    Endorsements mean nothing whatsoever. If he endorsed the shifting Mitt it still wouldn't mean much. Mitt is now seen as a flip flopper and has no chance of winning the nomination. The best candidate to endorse now is really Herman Cain who has the best chance of winning the nomination, however, the racist republican bigots just don't want another black man running for president. Cain, however, will win iinspite!

    Why does one endorses someone we know is a loser?

    October 24, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Bill

    Great for Obama! Go Perry.

    October 24, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Debbie

    Flat tax sounds nice but it doesn't work.

    October 24, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Russ

    Wow, getting an endorsement from Forbes holds about as much water as the Captain of the Titanic saying "Don't worry about the iceberg, we can survive the hit."

    October 24, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Just Saying

    Steve Forbes endorsed Perry? Yet more proof, as if any more proof were needed, that Perry is totally unfit for the job of President of the US. Just Saying...

    October 24, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. WatchDawg

    More Big Money pushing bad ideas onto the middle income earners...

    October 24, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bye, bye, Mittens. The republican party rejects you again. Oh well, there is always 2016.

    October 24, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I'll bet Mittens will come out with his flat tax plan now, and announce he thought of it first.

    October 24, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. george of the jungle

    What a surprise. a fat cat magazine published for rich people endorses a republican texan for president. Texan is at the bottom when it comes to unemployment welfare poverty and education. Great job Perry. Now a flat tax. This will benefit the wealthy even more. Yeah go ahead and vote for this clown

    October 24, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. AC

    Steve Forbes, with all that money you have, you should have your face fixed.

    Stevie boy, share some of your weatlh with the 99%! Give al little Steve.

    October 24, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  19. thomas

    Thats like an endorsement from Kenneth Lay and Enron !

    A corporate political money machine " RICK PERRY " !

    October 24, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. Enough is Enough

    Don't know Forbes was proillegal.

    October 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |