N.H. editor knocks Perry following Gingrich endorsement
November 29th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
11 years ago

N.H. editor knocks Perry following Gingrich endorsement

(CNN) – The New Hampshire Union Leader's editorial page editor explained the paper's decision not to endorse Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, saying he is not prepared to run for president of the United States.

In an op-ed published Tuesday, Drew Cline said the Texas governor's debate performances proved he "just can't perform at the national level."

"He did more than misspeak. He did more than recklessly attack his own base and generally act like the class bully assigned to spend study hall with the chess club," Cline wrote in a piece headlined "I like Perry. But...." "He did more than forget his talking points and display an uncomfortable lack of knowledge of important topics. He simply suffocated."

Perry received criticism following the debates so far this election cycle, most notably over his failure to recall the third government agency he would cut as part of his plan to reform Washington, D.C.

The paper's conservative editorial board in the first-in-the-nation primary state backed Newt Gingrich Sunday, citing his experience and leadership qualities. The former House speaker has seen his national and state-wide poll number rise recently, while Perry's have dropped.

Although Cline said Perry is politically astute, he remains "unprepared" for the national stage, which the polls reflect.

"Had he entered the race much earlier and had time to better prepare, maybe things would be different now. But he didn't, and Republican voters nationwide saw Rick Perry Raw," Cline wrote. "Unfortunately for Perry, it wasn't as good as advertised."

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Newt Gingrich • Rick Perry
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. CGD0027

    Resist We Much … Mr. Gingrich for His Character Assassination for Conservatism – http://bit.ly/s1qZqj via @C4Palin

    November 29, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Majestic

    he (Perry) "just can't perform at the national level." Perry is the governor of my state and I can assure you he is unable to at the state level.

    November 29, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Bill

    They are just figuring this out? Perry needs to crawl back into his cave.

    November 29, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Rick Perry is not prepared to run for president of the United States so they endorsed Newt Gingrich silly explanation.
    They completely ignored Jon Huntsman, he is ready

    November 29, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Ben Dover

    Has anybody ever seen Rick Perry walk and chew gum at the same time?
    I'm sure its quite a sight! LOL.

    November 29, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Drew

    The only hope you Repubtards have is Romney and he's a Democrat lite. Oh it has got to burn in your smaller government, no new tax bellies..OBAMA2012

    November 29, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. Mr. Moderate

    Did anyone catch how the editor of the Union Leader was literally laughing during his radio interviews explaining their choice of Newt. Even this paper recognizes the Republican field for the joke that they are.

    November 29, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. AB

    It is absolutely time for Mr. Perry to hang up his bid for the White House and go back to Texas where he belongs. The people of Texas should be embarrassed and ashamed of this man as their governor. We, the American people cannot afford to elect Perry as our president and risk being ashamed of him before the international community. He would be a laughing stock of the world and we would be seen as fools for electing him. We made this mistake with George W Bush. Please, let us not make the same mistake with Perry!!

    November 29, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. MTATL67

    They got it half right. Perry isn't prepared but neither is the one they endorsed. I'm voting for President Obama but I have go to say that Mr. Huntsman is the only one in the GOP field that is remotely qualified.

    November 29, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. unsub

    what must texas be like under this moron?

    November 29, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |

    While I absolutely agree Perry is nowhere ready to run for POTUS, much less any other office, ( I still can't get a handle around how he ended up Gov.), I hardly think Newt is qualified. Just because he can string words together into a sentence better than Perry, that's hardly saying much. Are we supposed to just forget about Newts history?!? I think Not! It's hard to find anyone with as much slime attached to him as Newt. I admit that the GOP has a group of clowns (for the most part) running, but the GOP has no one to blame except themselves for allowing the Tea Baggers to hijack the party. So the tea Baggers picked these guys and now the rest of the GOP has to live with them. Good luck with that!

    November 29, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. not so swiftboat

    If the Republicans are the party of family Values, then the only recourse is Mitt over Newt. If Cain has to drop out due to past affairs why shouldn't Newt be sent packing also. Just asking

    November 29, 2011 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Emmy Skaddittle

    is he honestly calll the other candidates the chess team? a lot more like the checkers team

    November 29, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Dennis

    Seems also, that he can't perform at a first grade level either. However, it does appear he has a leg up on all the other candidates in his party.

    November 29, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Jamie from Riverside

    The New Hampshire paper's stinging op-ed of Rick Perry was only half done. The editor should have also singled out the despicable audiences we've seen in these debates: screaming approvals for the huge nos. of Texas executions, applause for fellow Americans being left to die on the streets without health care, booing our men in uniform. Unbelievable!

    November 29, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  16. vc

    It was planned by Bush and Perry that when Bush ran for president, he would put Perry in as governor. Texas people are ran by big wigs. Perry is for those people, he does not care at all for middle class. But since he had a hand in all the teachers loosing their jobs, he is not their favorite. Sometimes when you can't tell people anything, sometimes it is best to step back and let thechips fall. Now they understand because it hit their pocketbooks. Just pray for Texas to get a new leader!!

    November 29, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Pack it up Rick you are not ready for prime time

    November 29, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. RINO Bil

    His debate performance????

    Rick Perry's debate performance is the best thing about this clown's presidential nomination campaign. His positions are elementary, his views on evolution and climate change are childish, he has coasted as governor of Texas, and he manages to stick his foot in his mouth once every ten days. Had Herman Cain not grabbed all the headlines, most news organizations would be talking about this guy's gaffes beating out Michele Bachmann's.

    I think even the big oil companies don't have enough money to pull Perry's behind out of the hole into which he has dug himself.

    November 29, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. vote2012

    Newt is heavy baggage. It's Dole and McCain all over again. Once again the gop has allowed the main street media to pick their candidate. Right wing conservatives again have hijacked the Republican party pushing them to nominate another old white man nobody wants to vote. Pat Buchanan got it right. The death of the west.

    November 29, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Handofdoom

    Criticizing, loling , but anyone editor from a newspaper that has the ball's to put someone down is not much of a peper to read ! New Hampshire, with Union Leader's on it sure not worth the time to read !

    November 29, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Voice of Reason

    Wow. Perry's debate performances show that he's 'not ready' for the national stage? I'm glad we have these crack journalists out there to pry these secrets out for us. We'd never have figured that our for ourselves. Like a month ago.

    A word of advice to the editorial board of the Union Leader: Re-stating month-old news that has been blatently obvious to anyone with a TV and a pulse doesnt really raise your credibility.

    And in other NH news: Dan Quayle is an idiot, Reagan was senile, Bill Clinton was a womanizer with a thing for cigars, and GWB got us involved in multiple foreign wars. Hope you guys all caught that 'news'.

    November 29, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. logic in LA

    The man can't perform on a local level or even compete with a fifth grader. If he is a product of the educational system of Texas, they have failed miserably.

    November 29, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. george of the jungle

    when they finally pick one of these clowns then we will hear how great he is. untill then they will just keep slamming one another.

    November 29, 2011 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. JDinTexas

    Sorry bout Perry. Our bad. The govenor in Texas has little power so we stuck him there.

    November 29, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |