Perry: ‘God help us’ if Romney doesn’t win
May 3rd, 2012
07:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Perry: ‘God help us’ if Romney doesn’t win

(CNN) – If the voters who supported his presidential bid aren’t fired up to support Mitt Romney, the GOP had “better get a fire going,” Rick Perry said Thursday.

“God help us if he doesn’t win,” Perry said in an interview on Fox News.

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The Republican Texas governor looked beyond differences that emerged on the campaign trail between himself and the former Massachusetts governor, including the financial industry bailout designed to keep “too big to fail” banks above water.

“I think he understands that too big to fail – and I’ve heard him say that on numerous occasions – is not appropriate, and that the economic models of supply and demand - they work,” Perry said.

The issue of bank bailouts made under the administration of President George W. Bush, however, may be a lasting difference between Perry and Romney. While Romney has said he opposed federal bailout of the auto industry – arguing in his “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” op-ed that a process of managed bankruptcy would serve the company better – he said as recently as March that the financial industry bailout was a different matter.

“There was a different occurrence that happened at the end of President Bush’s term, and this was that there was a concern in the country that all of the banks were going to go out of business, that there was going to be a run on the banks,” Romney said in Arbutus, Maryland. Concerned with the stability of large banks, he said companies were prepared to pull millions of dollars from their accounts, and with that “there was a fear that the whole economic system of America would collapse.”

Perry had a different take on bailouts on Thursday. “Whether it’s Wall Street or motor companies, is bad public policy.”

When he withdrew from the presidential race after a disappointing finish in the Iowa caucuses, Perry threw his support to former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who ended his own bid this week. As the nomination appeared increasingly to be going Romney’s way, Perry made a late April announcement that he would back Romney.

But should Romney not win in November, Perry may have yet another run up his sleeve. He said in February that the 2012 debates “could be” preparation for a White House run in 2016.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (582 Responses)
  1. vf

    God already helped us by getting Obama elected.

    May 3, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    if it is the SAME God you claimed told you to run for president Gov Perry I think I would be more afraid if Romney wins. People like you and Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann need to STOP invoking the name of the Almighty to try to forward your plans for this country.

    May 3, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. lyn

    Got that wrong Ricky. God understood when the GOP nominated the 2 clowns 4 yrs ago and sent us Obama. God will do the right thing again and bounce Romney out of this world, magic underwear or not.

    May 3, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. Bonnie

    God helps us if Romney wins....

    May 3, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Jules

    Hey Rick – there are millions of us out here that say God help us if Romney wins. I don't think I have ever seen such an unimpressive candidate for president as Romney.

    May 3, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. the Situation

    Who cares about this fool! Perry makes Dubya looking like a Rhodes Scholar!

    May 3, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. BobinCO

    GayParree, I think Romney not winning *is* God helping you.

    May 3, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Jack V

    Go back to drama class, blowhard.

    May 3, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Indy

    God help us if a Republican is allowed back in the Whitehouse while the recovery from the last Republication administration will take another 10 years minimum.

    May 3, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. PTNY

    Rick Perry, God already started helping by not allowing you to win.

    May 3, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  11. Tired of republican lies

    God help us if Robmey does win.

    May 3, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  12. Honeybe

    If Perry considers those debates as preparation for a 2016 White House run, "God help us". What an ignorant windbag.

    May 3, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Perry needs more that GOD'S help!

    May 3, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. SFRich

    Considering Governor Rick Perry's irrelevance, perhaps CNN will quote me.

    God help us if Romney DOES win.

    May 3, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. Kris Craig

    This coming from the governor whose disaster response plan was to get everyone into a stadium and pray for rain. The drought continued.

    May 3, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Mary Ann

    What an idiot,every time he opens his mouth,I'm reminded of his fellow Texan,Bush

    May 3, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  17. Norman

    leather faced fool-no one cares what this loser thinks

    May 3, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  18. Raul

    no mr.perry its the otherway god help us if mitt Romney becomes president

    May 3, 2012 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Lies and fear is all the GOP has. God help us from the idiots that support and vote GOP.

    May 3, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. A not-so-stupid former republican

    God help us if any republicans get elected. They seem to want to destroy the country with their give to the rich policies.

    May 3, 2012 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  21. Mario

    Perry is another FLIP FLOPPER!!! Out of all the republican flip flopper Perry is the Dumbest

    May 3, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    God helped us when McCain/Palin lost. I am confident that God will help us send the flip flopping liar back to Malibu, NH, MA, and all his other homes.

    May 3, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Ken

    God help us if any Republican wins another election, especially Romney.

    May 3, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. Bill form GA

    God Help Us if Romney does win!!!

    May 3, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. Lionel

    God help us if Perry was the US president. I am sorry for Texans having to put up with buffoons.

    Latinos for Obama 2012

    May 3, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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