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. saganhill

    Really? You're asking your invisible friend for help if your party doesnt win? Being delusional is keeping your party (GOP) from winning anything. How ironic.

    May 4, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  2. Suleiman the Magnificent

    Rick ran because God told him to. If God told him to, it means he talks to God. If he talks to God, then God told him what was going to happen. If he knows what is going to happen, why does he say God help us if Mitt doesn't win? Was he fibbing us all this time? Does this mean God doesn't talk to him anymore? Hope he doesn't feel too lonely. May Allah be merciful to him, he needs all the help he can get.

    May 4, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. ronnyg

    God already helped us, Rick–you're out of the race.

    So, you ran and dropped out, you backed Newt and he dropped out. Glad you're putting your valuable support behind Romney.

    May 4, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. JimmmyNelson

    so its ok to bail out the banks but not the autos? typical bankster..

    May 4, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  5. michael 1957

    God help us if anyone listens to this TeaPublican.

    May 4, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. Willie K.

    God has already helped us. Rick Perry will not be President.

    May 4, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  7. Evangenital

    Yes, god helped us already when they did not choose Perry as their nominee. Oops.

    May 4, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |

    God has already helped us, insuring that you don't become president was a blessing from above

    May 4, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  9. Tex71

    Once again, when a Republican speaks, read "we", "us", "Americans", and all such normally inclusive words as meaning "extremely wealthy people only", and coherence is restored to an illogical proposition.

    May 4, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  10. John

    What will he say when Obama wins and the world doesn't end?

    May 4, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  11. Nancy

    "God help us".....that's what we Texans have been saying for years with Perry in control!!!

    May 4, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. Marc in Texas usual – Rick Perry speaks up and immediately says something stupid. Texas Republicans are idiots to support this guy. And he's not even the worst – people just show up and vote for any half-wit thug with an R next to his name these days. And then they complain about voter ID, when their votes are fully manipulated and they're too stupid to notice.

    May 4, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  13. ST

    There is no signal at all for anyone to get fired up by Romney. The man is too wooden. He is not an open up person. First and foremost he is hesitating to issue his Tax Returns, just buying time and issue them at the last moment. How on earth, anyone can expect to be behind the person who has the wishy-washy character.

    May 4, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. Rudyard

    If Obama wins, wouldn't that be God's will? Who are you to dispute the will of God?

    May 4, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. S-Hug

    It's amusing how the biggest sinners on Earth actually think God is on their side.

    May 4, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. Louisiana Man

    If cerberal void imbecile RP's endorsement of MR isn't enough for the electorate to run in another direction....

    Another reason to vote for Obama!!

    May 4, 2012 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  17. CanadaONE

    Perry is againts abortion – he is against universal health care and edcuation – he is against imigration – IN SHORT he is against human beings welfare and should be charged under the UN laws that prohibit acts against human rights – we will look into it and file


    May 4, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  18. Howard

    Perry's comment reflects a general Republican train of thought that tends to believe the economy works best if managed solely to meet the needs to of business, and that everything else will thereafter fall into place.

    The problem is, the records shows that isn't true. The Republicans are fond of arguing for lower taxes for the job creators, but they're ignoring the fact that the so-called job creators have had lower taxes since 2003 and they still haven't created any jobs in America while skyrocketing their profits.

    May 4, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  19. cardog

    God did help us govenor...He saw to it that you were not the potential candidate for your party. Those of you on the right have made politics these last 3 years something totally negative and dark. It is my belief that the American people are fed up with the lies, distortions and out and out bigotry you and others in the taken over GOP represents.

    May 4, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  20. Tony

    When Perry said "us," he meant Republicans. Perry is right. The Republican Party needs help.

    May 4, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  21. works for me

    It seems as though Rick Perry has got himself a new pair of flip-flops

    May 4, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. Louisiana Man

    Rick Perry's endorsement of MR is enough to send the sensible electorate on a fast track to vote for Obama..

    May 4, 2012 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. wakiash

    God already has helped us. Perry the buffoon dropped out, and nopublicans can see the writing on the wall.

    May 4, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  24. Donald "ORANGE JULIUS" Trump

    Yeah, God help "the 1%" if Romney doesn't get elected. Thats what the 1% really needs. Help.

    May 4, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  25. Yonni

    How this utterly incompetent and obviously less informed a bravado Texas man still in the news is very mind boggling. A man has no sham after his performance in the R debate he should have disappeared into the outer space or hide somewhere in his ranch. God help us from politicians like Perry

    May 4, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
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