February 23rd, 2012
02:51 AM ET
8 years ago

Perry: GOP race could lead to brokered GOP convention

Mesa, Arizona (CNN) – None of the remaining Republican candidates for the White House may get enough votes to win the party's nomination outright, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said following Wednesday's CNN/Arizona Republican Party debate.

Such a scenario could result in a brokered convention when GOP delegates meet in Tampa in August, although the former presidential candidate doesn't see that as a problem.

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“I think the Republican primary voters and the American people are just interested in solutions for what face this country,” Perry said. “The process of how we get there and the process of how we choose this person is substantially less of concern to the American people.”

Perry withdrew from the GOP contest on January 19, immediately throwing his support behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich himself has talked about soldiering on to the 2012 Republican National Convention despite trailing frontrunners Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Ask if he still wished he was in the race, Perry said: “No, I made the right decision,” Perry told reporters. “I’m comfortable I’m at the right place.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Arizona • Republican National Convention • Rick Perry
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Nothing new here

    A brokered convention is only going to be a temporary fix for a broken GOP.
    The GOP has really sunk to new lows. A bunch of misguided souls arguing about who is the most "Christian" or the most "conservative".
    Absolutely ridiculous, considering that these candidates fail miserably on both counts.
    Whatever happened to the party that Lincoln fought and died for?

    February 23, 2012 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  2. S.positive

    gop troubles... gop destroy self... gop lose again...

    February 23, 2012 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  3. Libertarian

    This is not necessarily a bad thing because it gives Ron Paul a remote chance of being nominated...

    February 23, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  4. steve

    Looser from Texas, no one really cares what you think!!!!

    February 23, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  5. madmaninthemiddle

    Lots of wishful thinking going on by the "has beens" and "wanna bes"in this party. Great sense of loyalty... Whatever happened to the Grand Old Party I was proud to be part of .... So long ago.

    February 23, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  6. Sage Sophos

    The liberal Mitts will break it for sure!

    February 23, 2012 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  7. carrotroot

    Romney is a mediocre candidate, and the GOP knows it. His inconsistencies and inability to connect with regular folks is going to hurt him in the general election.

    February 23, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  8. Dennis

    Ron paul could lessen the chance of a brokered convention by gracefully dropping out. silly old man and now pandering to willard for his son rand. willard has 5 sons to find offices for.

    February 23, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  9. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    Pretty interesting that Pretty Boy Perry says Americans don't care much about process, only solutions. In reality, a great deal of focus IS on the process, though the underlying dysfunction of the process, via the corrupting power of money and the psychopaths hidden among the elite, is rarely discussed or covered by the press. Still, Americans know in their gut the reason we don't have better solutions is because the process has been corrupted.

    So while people want solutions, people also want a fair process. Yet Perry implies we should ignore the dysfunctional process failures (the GOBP primary and the obstructionist GOBP House being only two of the most obvious examples) going on right now. Remember, Mussolini as a dictator "made the trains run on time". Perry is essentially advocating for the fascist position. Not sure if Perry's smart enough to know he's taking a fascist view, though it's a surer thing that his handlers and backers are well aware of the fascist overtones in Perry's words.

    February 23, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Perry: GOP race could lead to brokered GOP convention◄
    OMG I hope Perry jumping in is NOT his intentions!!
    His one attempt is DONE!!!

    Obama 2012

    February 23, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That would be messy. It seems if that would happen, I think there would be a lot of back door exchanges and talking. I think there would be so much in the way of rumors, the press would have a field day.

    February 23, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  12. The Elephant In The Room

    Who did he hear say this so that he could REPEAT it? HeLs not bright enough to have looked at what is going on and have had the original thought.

    The GOP has reduced itself to a joke of a political party because it lauded the likes of [Um, I forget] Perry, [Birth Certificate] Trump, [$2 gas] Bachmann, [Leader-not-Reader] Cain and a whole bunch of other clowns as worthy opponents to our erudite President. Even now, the remaining characters are "c" / "b" players at best

    GOP donors, save your money until 2016.

    February 23, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |