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. malcolm Spence

    Gov Perry did himself a lot of damage nationally. He will be viewed as a joke waiting to happen in future presidential races.

    May 4, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Sniffit – What a wonderful window you are into the soulless plutocratic abyss of the conservative hivemind.
    What a wonderful window you are into the vacuum of space that lies between the ears of all leftists.

    Oh brother did he ever get you Sniffit! Wow. I am SO impressed with his reply!! I bet you never post here again because this parrot just put you in your place!

    May 4, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. PoBoy

    God help us if Rick Perry ever becomes Predident. That is indeed a scary thought! As for Romney, he needs to decide which one of him is going to run against Obama since he can't be two people at the same time!

    May 4, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Romney is not My Hero

    God has helped us – President Obama won the presidency, and he will do it again!

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 4, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. jw28625

    It looks as if that village in Texas has allowed the prescriptions for their idiot's medications to run out. You know, they could call CVS and have it put on an auto refill basis so this won't keep happening.

    May 4, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. The fact is

    Perry will need a lot of help from his god in November.

    May 4, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. AB

    Who even cares what this idiot thinks? A run at 2016, really, you floundered so badly this time with your hate speech that your chances are nill. Funny how you tried to launch an attack on homosexuals "Gays in the military" commercial and then a matter of days later your campaign was over...get it yet Ricky? Go play in traffic and relieve us all

    May 4, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Max Powers

    This guy makes me want to give Texas back to Mexico.

    May 4, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. robinblue

    really why do we need a new pres every fricken 4 years, this is stupid, we vote for someone and wow look we need to vote again, why do we waste our time? just have them submit a resume and 100 page paper of what makes them the best, the congress can vote for the best person, look at the vatican they just shut all the doors and they handle everything inside. If I leave to be 80yrs im gonna have to vote for 20 presidents! "God help us' if we need to vote again!! geez, make the voting process shorter! 1 month! have a major brodcast!

    May 4, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. dave

    God help us if moron Perry and any mafia like Rethugs get elected to destroy this country like they did in 2007-2008

    May 4, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. JohnRJohnson

    Maybe he wants to be Vice President. Why else would he say something this stupid?

    May 4, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. trex

    ..This time Perry, we WANT YOU TO SECEDE. Texas is such a royal PIA that RECIEVES MORE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAN IT PAYS IN TAXES. take off you freeloader.

    May 4, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Marti M

    Perry said it perfectly. God help "us" – that 's right, he and his klan will need help because the other 99% will hopefully be taking back what has been stolen.

    May 4, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. COGowan

    Crime...boy, I don't know.

    May 4, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Bob

    The last thing we need is an inarticulate Texan giving advice. We already had one of those and he created this mess.

    May 4, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Mark

    God help us if President Obama doesn't win (I don't believe in god lol) I am an Atheist Democrat. If Romney wins he will move the White House to Utah!

    May 4, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. LogicRules

    Coming from Rick Perry, you couldnt ask for a better omen. Thanks Rick!

    May 4, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. starman

    Remember the day about 6 months ago when 3 candidates all told us that "God came down and told me to run for president". God must really be messing with their minds, is lying to them or simply doesn't exist and they are typical corporate lackeys with a pro-corporation agenda abusing Christianity in this country to get free votes. Which one?

    May 4, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Jerry

    I have a feeling all of you Mr. Obamalots are going to experience a rude awakening! Some of you may NOT want to put "all your eggies" in one basket.

    And, this coming from a life-long Democrat.

    Stay tuned...

    May 4, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. LouAZ

    "Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.”- Kin Hubbard

    May 4, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Observer

    God told Perry to run for president and you can see how well that worked out. Oooops.

    May 4, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Tom from Canonsburg

    In the 90's the GOP tried to take credit for the economic boom that occured under Clinton. They stated that it took 6 to 8 years for economic changes to take effect. Using their own criteria, Bush is still the blame for this. Of course, they keep telling us that anything bad is caused by the Dems and only good things come out of the GOP. Then this word does come from Texas, the self proclaimed center of the universe.

    May 4, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Loathstheright

    Something that doesn't exist is never going to help anyone. Willard is the one American should fear being in the White House, he had no problem destroying America jobs and sending them to China. He looted those employees pension funds so the American tax payer could pick up the tab. He hid money in off shore accounts. He enjoys firing people and he would not have a problem putting the nation into a depression.

    May 4, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. LC

    The better version of this statement would be..."GOD HELP US IF ROMNEY DOES WIN"!!

    May 4, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Iconoclast

    God has helped us Rick, but you unfortunately like many people on the evangelical right can't see the light through the fog of your own BS. Look around Perry, people are sick and tired of being assaulted with fear and superstician. It's time you question your relationship with God Rick because he hates sanctimonious fools as well.

    May 4, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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