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. MRF_2010

    God helped us a little already!!! Perry is not the nominee.

    May 4, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Charlie from the North

    God has already helped us, because you are no longer in the race you warped crazy man. I hope he helps us again in inspiring a high voter turnout. The only way to keep an adult in the White House.

    May 4, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. fofo

    Last time this jerk asked for God to help with rain, his God gave him fire instead. When is he going to learn that God doesn't like him.

    May 4, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Romney is not My Hero

    We all know that everytime "Purty" Perry prays – God ignores him. Prayer denied! LOL

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 4, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  5. Scott

    I was talking to God last night before I went to bed, and he was pretty clear he was supporting Obama. He said he was still upset with Bush for never listening to him. Just thought y'all should know that.

    May 4, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. Larry L


    Asking "god" for help again? How did that work out for him when he prayed for rain?

    Don't blame ole Rick... He was speaking tongues when he prayed for rain... God couldn't exactly understand Rick and thought he said "start fires and burn the hell out of Texas". Rick was still fairly new at the tongues thing...

    May 4, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Kevin

    Scott, right on!!

    May 4, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Ambrose Smith

    This dude was actually the GOP FRONTRUNNER for a short while? Wow!!!!

    May 4, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. Rickster

    "In April the number of people not in the labor force rose by a whopping 522,000 from 87,897,000 to
    88,419,000. This is the highest on record. The flip side, and the reason why the unemployment dropped to 8.1% is that the labor force participation rate just dipped to a new 30 year low of 64.3%."
    Fewer people working means more people on the government dole......exactly what democrats want.

    May 4, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Joe citizen abroad

    Rick Perry is a talking haircut, which he proved again and again during the primaries. If anyone at this point thinks anything he might say is important, God help us indeed.

    May 4, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. James

    You're a shameless and confused failure Governor Perry.

    May 4, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    God told me to tell you that he's not speaking to you anymore, and to go whizz on a Texas fire.
    I'm just the messenger......!

    May 4, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. frank

    This ex-candidate is an embarrassment to Texans everywhere and to the GOP-except he has a lot of company as to the latter.

    May 4, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. louise

    I've been asking myself, how much more can Texas take of you, must have a decent Attorney General.....I just say Thank God every day for OBama

    May 4, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Investment Advisor

    I'm not an over the top religious person but I do believe and to that end, Most of the people that have commented here are going to have some "splain'in" to do. Maybe you can have Bill Maher as your spokesman when the time comes. Good Luck.

    May 4, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  16. ron

    The LAST thing we needed in the White House, for the next hundred years, was another Texas politician. Jeez, give some of the other states a chance!
    As for the Bush family, At least Jeb Bush was smart enough not to run. The name Bush is still very toxic to an awful lot of Americans, folowed only by a single word, TEXAS.

    May 4, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Martin

    This is absolutely hilarious every single primary cycle, for both the Dems and the GOP.

    Every single time, the candidates who get defeated end up supporting the guy that they just spent millions of dollars and months in time completely bashing, saying that his policies are ridiculous, telling the party faithful why they shouldn't vote for the other guy or gal.

    Then when the other guy gets nominated, they nearly always put their support behind them, telling voters that "actually, the other guy is ok now".

    These guys make me wanna puke. Why doesn't the USA have a system where they have a leader of the opposition, similar to other Western countries such as Canada and the UK, and the leader of the party with the most seats gets elected?

    The idea of voting for "electoral college seats" and then having just over 2,000 people out of over 100 million eligible voters pick the candidate is laughable. Greatest democracy in the world? I'd laugh if I wasn't crying.

    May 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    I think all media outlets should be required to use the photo of Parry saying "Oops!" in that primary debate – that better sums up his character than the phony pic at the top of this story.

    May 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  19. freidamurray

    God help us if he doesn't win? What will happen? Armageddon? What a ridiculous statement!

    May 4, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    @Investment Advisor: Since President Obama took office, the stock market has soared, our country did NOT go into a Great Depression, the auto industry is thriving, we've had 25 straight months of private sector job growth and while not as fast as we'd like, the economy IS slowly turning around.

    So I don't understand your beef ... unless you're just another knee-jerk, unthinking reactionary Fox dittohead who transcribes the GOP's daily talking points with nary a spark between your ears.

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The ONLY way forward

    May 4, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    indyreader: Thanks for the excellent post!

    May 4, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Birdwatcher1

    Okay Mr. Perry, so getting to the White House is like getting to Carnegie Hall, it just takes practice, practice, practice.

    May 4, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Bev

    you people really need to get off the hate wagon & wake up to the state of our country. this is very serious our childrens children are going to be stuck with a debt so bad they will never even come close to having the life that we have

    May 4, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. bellby

    I wish there were a god to help us, because in all likelihood either Romney or Obama will be elected, and they're really just two sides of the same coin.

    May 4, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. NVa Native

    Americans are getting real tired of the these GOP hypocites trying to use God to promote their political mis-deeds and selfish greed.

    May 4, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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