Perry insists his strength lies past Iowa
January 1st, 2012
02:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Perry insists his strength lies past Iowa

(CNN) - Coming off a second-to-last place showing in a key poll two days before the Iowa caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry insisted Sunday that he has "a good bit to show" for his heavy campaigning in the state.

"We got in the race late," he told "Fox News Sunday," referring to his entry into the presidential field in August. "Some of these folks have been running for years" across multiple contests, he argued.

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And Perry insisted his campaign will move forward. Other candidates "may do OK in Iowa, but when it comes to running a national campaign they're going to falter," he said.

Dogged by missteps including notoriously bad moments at debates, the Texas governor wrote off a report suggesting campaign ineptitude had sunk his presidential hopes.

The report, from Politico, cited an anonymous senior adviser to Perry saying that "there has never been a more ineptly orchestrated, just unbelievably subpar campaign for president of the United States than this one."

Perry told "Fox News Sunday" he has not read the report, and described it as "inside-the-Beltway chatter."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    The only reason he is coming in 2nd to last is John Huntsman isn't campaigning there. Of course, if Perry thinks he has a chance anywhere else, he had better stop talking. Every time he opens his mouth, he loses supporters outside of states where the teeth-to-tattoo ratio prevails.

    January 1, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    I agree
    Mitt Romney must focus on Rick Perry not on Obama
    In south Rick Perry and Ron Paul have strong supporters.

    January 1, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. WhereIsPalin

    A deer in the headlights.

    January 1, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. NoTags

    Perry will very likely win in South Carolina because he has kissed Jim DeMint's ring. When you think of South Carolina always remember what the civil war legislator, James Louis Petigru said about that State; i.e. "South Carolina is too small for a republic, and too large to be an insane asylum."

    January 1, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. encore

    The only place Perry needs to lie is in jail for lying and murdering so many ppl in texas. He is evil as satan.

    January 1, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |