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. TerryMKC

    When Perry says "God help us" he is referring to the greedy and privlaged. If Romney get elected then "God help America".

    May 4, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Gymo

    I was watching CNN Carol Costello this morning and today was the last straw.
    I watch CNN because it's not FoxNews and when I saw Carol playing a Mitt Romney interview from FoxNews, with the FoxNews Logo proudly on display, I realize that Carol and her bosses have dragged down CNN to the point of being a subsidiary of FoxNews CNN was to me an illustrious beacon of what news was about, but not so anymore with these people at the helm.

    Therefore I have decided it would be better to switch to FoxNews and get it from the source, because CNN is now irrelevant.

    CNN has become Mitt-Romney-Central – Just count the amount of CNN posts for Romney and you would be shocked and disappointed in CNN.

    May 4, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. J

    I can't even imagine Romney as president. God help us if he wins.

    God help us all regardless. This country/world is crazy.

    May 4, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. SadlySensible

    No, Gov. Perry, God help US if the morons in my state vote YOU back into office again!

    May 4, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Veritas

    Perry is a not the brightest crayon in the box by any stretch of the imagination, and I should know; I've lived in Texas, where he as been governor now for 14 years. He said, "God help us if he [Romney] doesn't win." If by "Us" he means greedy, one-percenters who are trying to either turn the United States into a corporate plutocracy/ fundaMENTAList theocracy or else secede from the Union to form their own corporate plutocracy/fundaMENAList theocracy, as he's advocated," then yes I suppose he's right; they will need some form of divine intervention.

    May 4, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. rossmick

    Isn’t it amazing how the GOP invokes GOD when they have nothing left to rely on? Perry, Walker and others all use GOD as a crutch for their failed polices and life. Come on Dem's and Independents – WAKEUP and get rid of these sorry excuses for human beings.

    May 4, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Steve

    God did help us when Perry dropped out.

    May 4, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  8. Publius Novus

    That's odd. Just the other day, I said to my wife: "God help us if Romney wins." Go figger.

    May 4, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Rich

    God helped us all when he short changed Rick in the smarts department.Rick actually went to 9th grade which is unusual in Texas...

    May 4, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. carly

    Why does anyone listen to clowns like Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich or Romney?

    May 4, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. spike

    The five largest banks control over 50% of all assets in the US. So, Perry, what do you think would happen if they were allowed to collapse?

    May 4, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Logic

    God wont fix the economy, dude. People will. But not people like you.

    May 4, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. Steven Colo

    The GOP is deluded if they believe that they are the party of God, chosen to lead the USA, and that Obama is the Devil.

    Their problem is that they have no issues to run on. The economy is faltering but better under Obama than under Bush and Clinton set the bar for economic performance, so the GOP can't effectively run on that. Bush allowed the worst terrorist strike on US soil and backed off from his pledge to kill OBL, which Obama delivered on, so the GOP lost the terrorism issue. They've lost the women vote, the Latino vote, and are working now on losing the gay vote.

    All they have left is vague weirdness about how horrible and nasty Obama is.

    May 4, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Detada

    Those of us from Texas have been praying for God to help us ever since Slick Perry entered the race. Perry has sufficiently humiliated everyone from the state. Now, we just hope that he disappears from media coverage.

    May 4, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Fred8680

    Every time these people bring 'God' into politics, the whole notion of God seems more stupid to me. I really wanted to believe. I tried. But the use of God in politics diminsihes my faith. Religion looks like a silly hamburger advertisement.

    May 4, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Publius Novus

    I find it interesting that all these Republicans say that bailouts are bad public policy. As though Democrats think bailouts are GOOD public policy. No Democrat of whom I am aware has ever said or suggested that bailouts are good public policy. We all agree–Democrats and Republicans–that in a free enterprise system, bailouts are not good. War is also bad public policy, But sometimes a nation has no choice but to go to war. Likewise, sometimes a government has no choice but to bail out a city, a bank, or a company. Good judgment is the ability to chose between the lesser of two bad things–something we all have to do from time to time, but many Republicans refuse to acknowledge. To his credit, Bush 43 realized, when confronted with the imminent collapse of the U.S. and world financial systems in August-September of 2008, that a bailout was the only way of averting another great depression. His own party made the bailout as difficult as possible. After Obama was elected, the GOP continued to keep its collective head in the sand, refusing to assist in any effort to get the U.S. economy moving again–except to insist on a return to the very policies that caused the economic meltdown in the first place. The result was an insufficient stimulus and an anemic recovery. Which they now seek to exploit politically.

    May 4, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Cheryl Jefferies

    Rick Perry is exactly right!

    May 4, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. V in Chicago

    @ Joan – I like the way you think!! Karma, indeed!!

    May 4, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Mike from Orlando, Florida

    this guy again.....

    May 4, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. James B.

    It is difficult to imagine anyone making GW Bush look smart, but Rick Perry has managed to pull it off. I sincerely hope that Texans will show better judgement in future elections.

    May 4, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. TPatt

    A few months ago Perry said "God help us if Romney does win". Given a choice of endorsements, he supported Gingrich over Romney but now he is singing Romney's praises? That's like saying "I think he sucks but he is all we (GOP) have left".

    May 4, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. JohnTX

    Rick Perry has plenty of jobs to be thankful for. All paying less than $9 in fast food and retail. Except of course now Macys and JC Penny are laying people off. So there goes the jobs. Maybe we can eat more.

    May 4, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Michael

    Yet another moronic, not thought out comment by Perry. Didn't Sarah Palin say she accepted running as VP because it was God's decision. And, Bush invaded Iraw because God told him too. And, I'm sure Santurm ran for the same reason. GOD has spoken GOP'ers.s And, he doesn't appreciate his name being used for person, political agenda's. Besides - Perry's God isn't even Romney's God. Ironically, the Mormon religion says all non Mormon Temple believers are going to hell. So, which God is Romney saying should help us?!

    May 4, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. B4Cons

    Who would of thought that Texans could have found a Governor that makes their last one look smart?

    May 4, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Thomas

    Wonder if he's worried about a Grand Jury....

    May 4, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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