Leading Perry backers head to Iowa for final push
January 1st, 2012
08:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Leading Perry backers head to Iowa for final push

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Rick Perry is enlisting his most prominent supporters for a major rally on the eve of the Iowa caucuses as he makes his final push for a third place finish on Tuesday, CNN has learned.

On Monday night, in the appropriately named Iowa town of Perry, the Texas governor and his family will hold their final event of the day alongside Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, both of whom endorsed Perry early in the race.

Joining them on stage will be former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, the chief proponent of Perry's flat-tax proposal, and Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a longtime Perry ally in Austin.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney, one of the most popular conservatives in the early Southern primary state, is also making the trek to Iowa for the Perry rally.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Ann

    Go back to TEXAS. Double dipper.

    January 1, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  2. neil

    Does anyone think this dumbo could be president? Really? This is not a game or a joke here people.

    January 1, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. S W

    Yay, Lets Go! Rick Perry 2012

    January 1, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. Ideas, Ideals, not Ideologies

    ... all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Perry err humpty back together again.

    January 1, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |

    Perry should be spending his time packing up and getting plane tickets back to TX. He's toast in Iowa and he knows it, he's skipping NH and going straight to SC, again, he should be going home to TX, he's history.

    January 1, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  6. MWM

    Let 's hope it really is the last push and we never hear from him again.

    January 1, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  7. Tom

    Dumb does not make you presidential.
    Hang it up already – geeeezzzzz !
    OBAMA 2012

    January 1, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    â–ºLeading Perry backers head to Iowa for final pushâ—„
    Americans have decided already – we DO NOT want another BUSH!!!
    Even if Perry wins the nomination he will be DOA
    When he goes up against President Obama he'll wish he was MIA

    PerryWinkle doesn't even sound right anymore... he's boring!!!

    Obama 2012

    January 1, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  9. Larry L

    This is the same final push the sphincter gives the load on the way to the porcelain bowl. "Get out! We never want to see you again!"

    January 1, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. Real Patriot

    Just like the Dallas Cowboys....a lost cause....

    January 1, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  11. Morpunkt

    The oil company/preacher industry backed candidate from Texas will fight to the end, until he fades under the weight of the water in his the brain.

    January 2, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  12. Tyler Durden

    Brainless liar who lives to serve his paymasters. He has destroyed our state and now he wants to destroy your country.

    January 2, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  13. Thomas

    Hey Rick , can you say Enron three times real fast ?


    January 2, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |

    The Apolstolic Federation still props him up in their takeover bid.

    January 2, 2012 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  15. Reefer Power

    I support Perry......for second in command.

    He has the edge and folksy charm that people like, but I think Romney brings the organization skills and financial acumen, which the country needs.

    At a recent town hall, Perry was asked a question whether the basic exemption would apply with the flat tax – after replying no – Jindal corrected him and said yes – I am not sure we can shoot from the hip on tax policy like that.

    That's where Romney is solid – on finance. He's more detail oriented than Perry is and more organizationally savvy.

    I think a Romney / Perry ticket will clobber Obama. But number 1 should be Romney because the most important skill that a President needs under the circumstances is a mastery of finance. Love him or hate him – Romney has that. He's reliable.

    Perry has other operational skills and personal charisma which would make him an excellent co-CEO – a foil to Romney's sometimes wooden character. But I wouldn't put Perry in the top seat because of the circumstances.

    January 2, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  16. John Boner

    Go back to Texas Ricky. Sadly, you even being a Governor speaks volumes about the people from Texas. While there, you might take some time to learn how to read and write.

    January 2, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |