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. Enrique

    Rick Perry has to turn to God to make up for his lack of intelligence.

    May 4, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. RS, CA

    All these poor folks who have trouble believing in something bigger than themselves (no matter what name you give it!). And yet they worship this man Obama without question! Sure, that makes sense!?

    May 4, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. Noah Daniel

    The illusion that unless a repulican and white is elected that the country will fall apart is an illusion proved a myth perpetuated by Repulicans. I was praying that people like him did not even get the nomination of the party.

    May 4, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. ChristoInferno

    Please, tell us more about how the free market cures all ills. Does that include all the ills we're currently suffering at the hands of the unfettered free market?

    He can lie all he wants, he doesn't care. He's financially secure. He knows the economy can't hurt him.

    May 4, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. Ronda in Houston,TX

    All I have to say from Texas is....OBAMA 2012!

    May 4, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. yoda

    God help us if he Does....

    May 4, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. johnny

    I think he means to say God helps us if Rommney gets elected...

    May 4, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. jimranes

    Perry has to be the dumbest Governor in the history of Texas. You could add 100 IQ points to Perry's IQ and it still would't be within 100 points of Obama's IQ. This guy is flat ignorant. All hat, and no brains inside. Texans need to vote out this imbecile!

    May 4, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. indyreader

    Quiz time:
    What happens eventually if a big auto maker goes bankrupt?

    IIt can operate in bankruptcy for a while, but if it can't turn things around quickly enough, it can't keep paying its suppliers,...
    ... and then the suppliers suffer, and their employees suffer,...
    ... and the downward spiral continues as the auto maker reduces or stops production,...
    ... all the while, the public loses confidence in them, and stops buying these domestic autos, fewer of which are available anyway,...
    ... and since there's a certain level of demand for cars anyway, some of the people buying them switch to foreign cars...
    ... SENDING THAT MONEY OUT OF THE COUNTRY (the proportion of it that's profit for the foreign company, anyway).
    That money is a LOSS to the US – it's lost, time marches on, and we're that far behind where we would have been otherwise.
    Yes, it was a risk having the government step in and bail out GM – but the gamble succeeded, GM is better off now, the government has gotten most of the way out of GM stock, and we never had to dip down to the low points of having GM and its suppliers and their employees fall like a line of dominoes.
    Anyone who doesn't freaking get it, and who still thinks the bailout was a bad thing (as opposed to *could have been* a bad thing if the gamble hadn't paid off) is frankly not fit to be part of the adult discussion. The Obama administration – and the others from the Bush administration who were involved in the idea in the first place – made a gutsy decision, took a calculated risk, intelligently, and WON. This is a GOOD THING!

    May 4, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Not a Pharisee

    God helped us with an Obama victory in 2008 and will again this November.

    May 4, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Joan

    During the last presidential election there was an e-mail going around from a huge evangelical group asking people to pray that there would be a terrible storm on the last night of the Democratic convention to spoil the outdoor ceremony. Well, it was a gorgeous night and the whole event went off beautifully. Conversely, when the Republican convention began, a hurricane hit Florida and the south and many politicians had to cancel coming and the first day was pretty much a failure. Karma don't you think? They also asked everyone to vote for McCain who was the best candidate. Well, since President Obama won, I guess God thought he was the best candidate. In most civilized countries the religion of the leaders is not only not relevant, most do not even know or care what church they go to. What is important is how well they do the job and whether or not they are capable, honest, dependable and intelligent. Church and state should be separate.

    May 4, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. FLIndependent

    Sometimes I do hope that Romney will win because he WILL NOT be able to do anything more than our current president other than possibly start WWIII. I think it's very funny how they accused the Obama supporters in 2008 of making him out to be a messiah but now the Romney supporters are doing the same thing. We know he has magic underwear but does he have a magic wand???

    May 4, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Perry fired the texas firefighters and when the fires came asked God to put the fires out-but God was busy and the fires continued burning. Romney was 47th in job creation as Governor so it is the BIG LIE that he knows how to create jobs in fact,he was so bad he did not run for a second term as he feared defeat. Unless you are a multi-millionaire Romney will NOT help you as his tax plan only serves millionaires and makes the rest of us pay for their new tax breaks-NO!NO! we cannot afford Romney as President-I am NOT a millionare.

    May 4, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Kevin

    Does it help or hurt Romney to have Perry endorse him? The far right and far left is mad at Obama, seems like a moderate to me. He should get another four years!

    May 4, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. FLIndependent

    @Vote the Tea Party Out – "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
    Yes, and what's more ironic is that I distinctly remember Palin saying the night of the 2008 election that God would put the right person in office...well, she LOST!!!

    May 4, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Grady

    the fact that Perry is running anything is proof positive that God has a sense of humor...a sick sense, but still a sense of can almost compare Perry to a platypus...except the platypus has a true place in the overall scheme of things.

    May 4, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Mike, Albany

    And God help us if he does.

    May 4, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. deb0155

    And, I remember Nancy Pelosi, Obama, and Biden putting religion into the health care debate. I thought that there was supposed to be a separation of chuch and state. And, for that matter, I don't think any of our politiicans are as religious as they say they are. Going to church/synagogue/mosque for them has turned into a photo op.

    May 4, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Cynthia

    No, Rick – God help YOU when Romney doesn't win. Texas can't be stupid enough to re-elect you again and you'll have no job!

    May 4, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. jboh

    God has already helped USA. He got Perry out of the race.

    May 4, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. FormerMarineSgt

    God didn't help you win there Perry.

    He showed how little you matter to the real world.

    Go be a good Christian and stop misusing God for your political gain, ok?

    May 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. Larry

    It might be time for these right wing extemists to understand they may claim to be christians but God ain't buying it. Rick claimed God told him to run..and he lost. Most of the repub candidates claimed God told them to run too...and they lost.Rick claimed God will put out the fires in Texas...and it didn't happen. Rick asking God to help the republican party is fine..except Rick doesn't understand God has helped, he helped President Obama win and he'll help President Obama win again. Gods not helping rethugicans anymore and by God not doing that...he's helping all of us.

    May 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. liz

    Being an atheist I don't believe but if I did I would say she already helped us Perry,Gingrich,Santorum and Bachmann are out of the race and come November Romney will be too.

    May 4, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Alverant


    So the bible is saying the bible is correct. That's called circular logic and anyone considering that to be proof is a fool.

    May 4, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Alverant

    @RS, CA
    No one is worshiping Obama, you're projecting.

    May 4, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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