Perry ponders another White House bid
February 14th, 2012
09:37 AM ET
10 years ago

Perry ponders another White House bid

(CNN) – Rick Perry may "absolutely" run for president again and described the debates in the 2012 primary as good practice.

The Texas governor, who suspended his White House bid last month, also had positive memories about his presidential campaign.

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"I tell people it was by far the most exhilarating thing that I've ever done," Perry told ABC News. "In a perfect world we would have started a lot earlier."

After an initial surge in national polling, Perry failed to gain traction and was plagued by less than stellar debate performances.

But Perry, now a Newt Gingrich backer, said the debates "have absolutely nothing to do with governing." When asked if they were good practice for 2016, Perry responded "Ya, could be."

The long serving governor also pushed back against labeling Romney the inevitable GOP nominee.

"I think this race is completely open," Perry said. "I don't think anyone's got a lock on it at this particular point in time."

Playing political adviser, Perry opined that Romney should have changed his tune on the health care plan he signed while governor of Massachusetts that resembles the current national plan.

"I'd have said listen governor, you've got to stand up in front of the American people and say that what you did on health care in Massachusetts was wrong and he never did that," Perry said.

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soundoff (359 Responses)
  1. T in Dallas

    Clearly he does not think he will get better by then...

    February 15, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  2. PaulC

    Has anyone noticed a trend in the caliber of politicians coming out of Texas?
    Texas is ground zero for the dumbing down of America and the sooner they secede the better for the rest of the country.

    February 15, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  3. mactsr

    Perry your as dumb as a box of rocks. Please stay in Texas.

    February 15, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  4. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Oh...and the third reason is I have nothing else to do....

    February 15, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  5. George

    I do believe that he will go the Palin route and quit as governor and make oodles of cash from the lemming t bags that follow FascistNews. He will be a guest personality on Tea bag media and never do anything for this country, except stop ruining it with his public service.

    February 15, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. Thomas

    oh please please please... more bullets for the circular firing squad! Yay!

    February 15, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Neurodoc

    Pretty funny actually

    He thinks next time, if he can only remember those 3 agencies he wants to ax all will be fine.

    He has already shown us how dumb he is but he is even dumber than most of us thought if he is really considering another run

    February 15, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Thomas

    @Marie MD
    @thomas wrote "I just hope all you Lefty Pinko Socialites will give Rick Perry another look before you throw the baby out with the diapers." First of all, pink is a great color, get over it. In this case I would rather keep the dirty diapers than the loopy cowboy wearing it!
    Second, what has the secessionist been doing since he dropped, or was made to drop out of the race? Has he been spending time in that n.... ranch of his cleaning up the racist stone? To think that the law allows this cretin to carry a gun makes me shudder!

    You have opened my eyes to the color pink, THANK YOU . Perry / Enron 2002

    February 15, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  9. JW

    Please noooooooooooooo

    February 15, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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