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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  1. rteye

    The so-called "Texas Miracle" is deceiving. We have an advantage over most of the other states in that there is a very strong Energy Sector that drives much of the growth in Texas. Add to that a strong hi-tech sector, low cost employment overhead due to massive immigration, a "right to work" anti-union policy, strong Port of Houston activity, more Fortune 500 corporate headquarters than any other state, no state income tax and you begin to see why Texas has a strong economy.

    The Governor did not create this economy. The governorship here is more a political figurehead. The Lieutenant Governor has more pure power than the Governor. He/She greatly influences the law-making and budget-making process.

    Perry did not create this system. It has been in place for many years. When LBJ pushed the Civil Rights Act and Great Society policies through Congress the South reacted immediately. It was the end of the Democratic Party in the South, particularly in Texas. The conservative element of the Democratic Party fled to the Republican Party and the rest is history.

    Today here in Texas it is the rich, the rural and the suburban voter who rules. Almost no liberal legislation can get passed. The state has reduced spending on education on a population that is growing faster than anywhere except Florida. The emergency bills that are passed by the Legislature are mostly social issues, not economic or education issues.

    May 4, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Fuzzbee

    Is anybody listening to Rick Perry? After his abysmal, pathetic, inept campaign who could possibly give him any credence? I'd imagine there are a lot of embarrassed Texans these days wondering, 'how on earth did we elect this guy?' He says "God help us if Romney doesn't win." I'd like to remind him that he was sure God was supporting Rick Perry – how did that work out for you, Rick? The man can't think straight, can't talk straight and his support of Romney's has the same degree of importance as Ted Nugent's.

    May 4, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Blossom89

    I've been thinking pretty much the same thing if Romney DID win!!

    May 4, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Arun

    Actually Rick, god help us if the flipper wins!! Your party has to be the most pathetic bunch of people to walk the face of the earth!!!

    May 4, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Walt M

    God help us? No God help us if the American people are stupid enough to hire another Republican into the Presidency. If 20 out of the past 34 years where the Republican policies have shipped jobs overseas freely, increased the wealth gap significantly, created Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, have created $13 trillion in debt and counting as well as the greatest recession since the Great Depression and yet some of you still can't see who the party that has screwed this country up the most from the greatness we used to enjoy then we are truly done as a country. There's only 2 ways to go this fall still left and one of those two sure as heck isn't the liar Mitt Romney.

    May 4, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. JohnK

    This is what Romney was waiting for. In one week he received endorsements from two of the DUMBEST politicans in history, Bachmann and Perry.

    "The Lord will smite you if you vote for Obama"!

    Stay in Texas, Perry, where you fit right in.

    May 4, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. BobInIrvine

    Fortunately, God will answer Rick's prayer, and the answer will be "NO!"

    May 4, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Ray

    "God help us if he doesn't win." Really? If we look back at the disasters that have struck the south in the years since President Obama won in 2008, maybe God is telling southerners to straighten up and shut up and act like Christiians.

    May 4, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Ol' Yeller

    Actually he said the father, the son, and the... er, uh... wait a minute. Yeah, um... I know this.

    May 4, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    ...bain capital sells to china!!!!

    May 4, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. GaryB

    With Perry, I'm never sure if he's a habitual liar, or just plain ignorant.

    May 4, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Joyce

    What is this dummy talking about. The man suffers from amnesia so badly he spoke utter rubbish in the campaign .

    May 4, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. billy

    Came here for Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Steve Perry, Perry the Platypus, Perry Como. Got here to see this doofus again? If he was so hopeful that Romney win, he should have said some nicer things about him a couple months ago. If he had any consistency (Ron Paul anyone?) he would be saying God help us either way, but he's as much of a waffle as the rest of them. Go away already and take your version of god with you, Rick.

    May 4, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. Pete/Ark

    God already helped us...Perry dropped out.

    May 4, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. What?

    Thank God Perry didn't win!

    May 4, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    Yeah, Rick Perry, the best description I heard of him was, just another George Bush only less brains and ethics.

    May 4, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. MrsGutts

    Dear Lord,
    Please rebuke these devils who abuse Your name for evil doings. You said that vengence is Yours and I am holding You to that. These people who mock Your word for fame and glory need to be punished in a famous and glorious way. Rebuke those who follow such nonsense and help those who fight against it.
    Jesus Name...Amen

    May 4, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. martog

    Top Ten Signs You're a Christian
    10 – You vigorously deny the existence of thousands of gods claimed by other religions, but feel outraged when someone denies the existence of yours.
    9 – You feel insulted and "dehumanized" when scientists say that people evolved from other life forms, but you have no problem with the Biblical claim that we were created from dirt.
    8 – You laugh at polytheists, but you have no problem believing in a Triune God.
    7 – Your face turns purple when you hear of the "atrocities" attributed to Allah, but you don't even flinch when hearing about how God/Jehovah slaughtered all the babies of Egypt in "Exodus" and ordered the elimination of entire ethnic groups in "Joshua" including women, children, and trees!
    6 – You laugh at Hindu beliefs that deify humans, and Greek claims about gods sleeping with women, but you have no problem believing that the Holy Spirit impregnated Mary, who then gave birth to a man-god who got killed, came back to life and then ascended into the sky.
    5 – You are willing to spend your life looking for little loopholes in the scientifically established age of Earth (few billion years), but you find nothing wrong with believing dates recorded by Bronze Age tribesmen sitting in their tents and guessing that Earth is a few generations old.
    4 – You believe that the entire population of this planet with the exception of those who share your beliefs – though excluding those in all rival sects – will spend Eternity in an infinite Hell of Suffering. And yet consider your religion the most "tolerant" and "loving."
    3 – While modern science, history, geology, biology, and physics have failed to convince you otherwise, some idiot rolling around on the floor speaking in "tongues" may be all the evidence you need to "prove" Christianity.
    2 – You define 0.01% as a "high success rate" when it comes to answered prayers. You consider that to be evidence that prayer works. And you think that the remaining 99.99% FAILURE was simply the will of God.
    1 – You actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian.

    May 4, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  19. martog

    Wow, comments are being moderated now for content?!?!?!?! Let the censorship begin!

    May 4, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. DENNA

    Is this "Beverly HIllbilly" still talking? After 8 years of Bush are there really still people who are afraid of President Obama. He has been struggling against the mentally arthritic congress and he STILL has managed to succeed.

    May 4, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. economicsgenious

    Perry we already condemned ourselves. The minute we made capitalism our number one focus. You may not understand this but from everything your party has stood for as of recent it sounds more to me you should be talking to the opposite and not God. God if you paid any attention to the bible said that we should always think of others before ourselves. Well your party seems to support the people that extort services from our very citizens for nothing but personal gain. Lowering wages, laying off people, all in the name of mansions, Ferrari's and yatchs. Sorry Mr. Perry but that is not what the bible or God would seek to help. God would seek to help those who do not seek to be the envy or possess great material items. God would seek to help those who chose to save jobs and think outside themselves. God would seek to help those of whom think human health is more important then Healthcare executives 12 million dollar bonuses. I honestly think you should think before you speak Mr. Perry. I am not sure God would appreciate you using him as an endorsement for your selfish capitalistic ways. Gods words are to think about others before yourself because it is his or her job to think of you. Remember learning that as a kid in bible study or did you forget that when Exxon Mobile or Haliburton opened up their wallets to you? Read the book of Matthew in the bible sir. In fact please re-read your bible all together cause God is something that should not come out of a republicans mouth unless they have already been forgiven for all the sins that you do and repeatedly do each day. If you are not willing to repent and give all of your access possessions to those in need and follow the lords word in true. Than as stated in the book of Matthew. Verily shall a rich man enter the gates of heaven. It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the gates of heaven. Guess you missed that one to. Why you ask. Because a rich man begins to love and envy his wealth over the lives of gods children all around him. Bling Bling Mr. Perry.

    May 4, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. craig

    @GaryB He's from Texas. Down there you can be both. In fact, it's encouraged. It helps you fit in with the voters who elect idiots like this.

    May 4, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. sassysticks53

    No, God help us if that tax evading, job outsourcing cheater wins. It would be a dynasty for the rich and indenture servitude for the poor, with the middle class carrying the load. Oh, and thank God Rick Perry will never be POTUS – same for all the other GOP clowns!

    May 4, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Newmoon2

    No sure whether Rick noticed or not, but both he and Santorum were 'punked' by God. I'd hardly consider that an endorsement of any kind! 😉

    May 4, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. kl

    The biggest reason the economy cannot grow is that the rich companies want to continue to pocket 93% profit while working their current employees to death, instead of hiring additional help. You have to spend money, to keep the economy moving. It's simple economics. When people have jobs, they spend money. We need more products and in turn, it creates more jobs. Supply and demand. Unfortunately, Obama can't force employers to hire and let go of some of their profits.

    May 4, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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