Perry at Squat and Gobble
January 13th, 2012
02:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry at Squat and Gobble

Bluffton, South Carolina (CNN) – One day after President Obama officially notified Congress that the national debt was nearing its limit, Rick Perry told an overflow crowd here that the Congress should say no to any increase in the debt ceiling.

"We got a President of the United States that is mortgaging the future of our children with all these spending programs – $15 trillion worth of debt – and wants more now, wants to raise the debt ceiling, and the answer to that is no, right Mick," Perry said, referencing Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who had introduced him during a visit to the Squat and Gobble restaurant. "No. No to the debt ceiling. Quit the spending."

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Most Washington observers see an incremental increase in the nation's borrowing limit as a mere formality following a compromise passed last year, and in order to prevent an increase, members of Congress would likely have to muster up enough votes to override a presidential veto.

But in Bluffton, Perry stuck more to generalities, continuing to claim the outsider mantle while calling for government to get out of small business' way. Citing what he called over-burdensome regulations, Perry also responded to President Obama's request today for the authority to merge federal departments.

"The president's talking about consolidating some agencies of government, good for him," Perry said. "He's not doing enough. We talked this morning about taking the Department of Interior, you know either eliminating or merging it into another agency like the Department of Agriculture. Those make sense. Why do we have a Department of Education in Washington D.C.?"

After a few days of deriding rival Mitt Romney's private equity experience, Perry didn't mention any of his opponents by name Friday, but he did stress the importance of the South Carolina primary.

"South Carolina picks presidents," Perry said, referencing the Palmetto State's record of electing the eventual nominee. "Don't let anybody tell you this is who is going to win, or this is who can win, or this is who can't win. The people of South Carolina are smart enough to figure out on their own what they want as the President of the United States."

In closing, Perry compared his campaign here to the Alamo, telling the crowd of 100 or so squeezed into the small dining room, "that although the Alamo got no reinforcements, help is on the way for Washington D.C., and we're going to be part of that that rides in to keep this country on track."

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Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Rick Perry • South Carolina
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. NVa Native

    nothing says GOP like "Squat and Gobble".

    January 13, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. ama01

    If you want to be the President, learn to speak like a President. It's not, "We got a President of the United States that is mortgaging". Try starting with, "We have a President of the United States who is mortgaging", and maybe more people will listen. Or maybe not...

    January 13, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Rick in AZ

    Did Rick Perry really say "We GOT a President...."? Is that an Aggie education?

    January 13, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. realitybites

    I think it's just awesome to see that we have someone running for the hight seat in the land abdicating that the US default on it's loans and risk further downgrading its Credit Rating while talking out his A$$ about how he would increase our solvency and build business. Somewhere in Texas there is an idiot that is not really missed that much anymore and the village hopes he stays gone.

    January 13, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. realitybites

    You know everytime I see Perry, I just can't get that vision of him deep throating corndog in Iowa out of my head. Uhg! Disturbing!!

    January 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If you include TARP, republican presidents gave us $12 trillion of that national debt. But that was when debt did not matter.

    January 13, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. Hugganoak

    Does Rick Perry really understand what raising the debt ceiling is? It's to pay the bills for the money you've already spent. Not allocating new money. It's like if Rick Perry bought a new Mercedes and when the bill arrives his wife asks him for money to pay the bill, and Rick says, "No, we've already spent enough.". They already have and are driving the car, but suddenly don't want to pay for it. It's what deadbeats do, buy something and then don't pay for it. Is Perry a deadbeat?

    January 13, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Who's Rick Perry? Wasn't he running for something or other? Dogcatcher or something?

    January 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    It's pretty clear at this point. Obama and the Democrats INTEND to run up the debt and bankrupt this country. Their refusal to cut spending in any MEANINGFUL way is clear proof. All they ever offer up is smoke and mirror accounting gimmicks and the usual, we'll cut spending (which never happens) if you raise taxes. The taxes flood in immediately, the crisis dissipates because of the new found taxes and the cuts never happen because that how they buy votes, dishing out money.

    The federal government has become an insatiable Frankenstein constantly in search of money.

    January 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. Really?

    We don't need another Texas bone head as POTUS. I didn't think anyone could make "W" look smart. I was wrong. Here is a guy who cannot actually speak like someone with an education, and who cannot even remember his own talking points in a critical debate. What's going to happen when he's actually in a crisis on the world stage? No thank you, Mr. Perry. Stop wasting money by trying to become something you are not suited to be. Go home.

    January 13, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. Independent Voters

    Perry that why you in last place with the Gop race because of your big mouth. Perry you will never be president, Obama doing a better job in office then you were Gov.
    Perry please drop out the race.

    January 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. diridi

    what this idiot is hinting is ban social security, and your Medicare. shhhh....not tax raise on rich. ha...shame. Cut defense spending and raise Tax on who make more than 250k or more....solved.

    January 13, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Perry said, "....Why do we have a Department of Education in Washington D.C.?"
    Gov. Perry should know the answer to his own question. Thanks to that good old home schooling, his home state of Texas ranks at the bottom in graduation rates and education as a whole. Probably explains why Texas is at or near dead last in so many other areas ranging from pollution to average wages.

    January 13, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "nothing says GOP like "Squat and Gobble"."

    At least nothing that would comply with CNN's profanity rules.

    January 13, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  15. Emperor Norton

    You just go right ahead and stick to those talking points, Perry. The ones who believe you won't stop; the ones who don't never will. It's the political equivalent of treading water and does about as much.

    January 13, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    When I listen to Rick, I am reminded of the Texan president who said, "I would still invade Iraq, even if Iraq never existed."

    January 13, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. rdude

    Perry who?

    January 13, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. patNY

    Obama offered to cut $4 trillion in spending, and the republicans said no, and only allowed a fraction of that when idiots likt the Truth poste say Obama and Dems refuse meaningful cuts, he's lying.

    January 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. patNY

    Seldom is the question asked, Is our children learn'n?

    January 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    LOL at Sniffit and the other poster!!!

    I saw the headline and thought maybe Perry had come out.

    January 13, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Mikey

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote: "It's pretty clear at this point. Obama and the Democrats INTEND to run up the debt and bankrupt this country."
    The good news is that few people are stupid enough to believe such a ridiculous statement. Wouldn't it be nice if people weren't stupid enough to write it?

    January 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Jimm

    Would it be treasonous for a president to allow the US to default on its debt?

    January 13, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. chill

    Somebody want to explain to this twit that the Congress already passed a budget that REQUIRES the debt ceiling increase. Anyone who supported the first, and it was a majority, can't vote against the latter without being a total hypocrite.

    January 13, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Tiller In Texas

    The last time we played this game we got our credit downgraded and now we pay more for less. Perry needs to go and take all that stupid Tea Bagger crap with him.

    January 13, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. anagram_kid

    My retirement fund is still recovering from the last time the Republicans/TP made a colossal mess of this! They are deliberately sabotaging the US economy to win an election. I guess it has not occurred to them that if, and that is a big if, they hold the House, Senate and WH, they will be expected to fix the mess they are creating.

    January 13, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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