What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?
February 27th, 2014
08:28 PM ET
9 years ago

What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?

(CNN) - Straying from his 2012 campaign trail all-American, no-frills persona, Rick Perry had a new look while making a round of media calls in Washington last week – a trendy pair of thick-rimmed glasses.

But the former presidential candidate's new specs aren't all about fashion.

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The Texas governor, who is not running for reelection, told Iowa Public Television on Thursday that he's wearing the glasses now because of deteriorating vision in his left eye.

"An accident as a young man is manifesting itself in my vision, finally," Perry said. "When I was 17, I was hit in the eye with a rock and miraculously healed, and now it's manifested itself as a deterioration of eyesight in my left eye."

Who's to thank for Perry's updated look?

"I give credit to my wife - she picked out the frames and I'm learning to wear them," he said.

Perry’s hipster-esque frames might have caused a stir but what's keeping him in the headlines is speculation he might launch a second bid for the White House.

Hence, his trip to Iowa - the state that kicks off the presidential primary and caucus voting calendar. He was in Des Moines on Thursday to campaign for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.

If Perry decides to launch another presidential campaign, he'll have some ground to make up among other potential GOP contenders.

A CNN/ORC poll conducted from January 31 to February 2 shows him with 8 percent support, nearly last on a list of Republican choices for their 2016 nominee.

Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • Rick Perry
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Rusty Krus

    They match that spiffy, new toupee!

    February 27, 2014 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    a vast wasteland, a void that would make saudi arabia's empty quarter seem like Times Sq on New Years eve, the lights are out and lonesome Rick is lookin's fer some cows to poke.

    February 27, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    This is news? What's next boxers or briefs?
    Slow news day much CNN?

    February 27, 2014 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  4. S. B. Stein

    I think that he wants to look more intelligent. That is a waste of time like putting lipstick on a pig or Sarah Palin.

    February 27, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I love the outfit Rick Perry wore at Texas A&M , the one with the knee high boots and riding pants .

    Please CNN , will use that image soon , it's the look of a man with power.

    February 27, 2014 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. bill

    his vision is ok with me-Texas is the best state in the union-look at the businesses that are setting up shop. IF he could get to be president those same methods would have our country once again where it belongs-from the odd house back to the white house. JUST LOOK AT HIS RECORD AS GOVERNOR OF TEXAS. fyi: if wendy davis gets to be governor it will turn texas into another detroit or chicago and we will sell our house we have lived in for 40 years and move-I hope and pray his legacy lives on with a healthy texas.

    February 27, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Greg in Arkansas

    Delusions of being Clark Kent....???

    February 27, 2014 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  8. Norma jean

    What's behind Rick Perrys new "specs'?.??.....A slightly less attractive Rick Perry????????.....

    February 27, 2014 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Behind the glasses are his eyes, then there's a big empty space, then you reach the back of his skull. Beyond that there's skin, hair, and empty space. Much like the inside of the skull but there is a chance for light on the outside.

    February 27, 2014 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. jed clampett

    He looks just like Leonard from The Big Bang Theory

    February 27, 2014 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the repub/tea bag majority

    He's trying to look intelligent ... he lost his contacts ... and .... oops! I forget the third reason.

    February 28, 2014 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. sam o'brien

    Glasses make one look smarter?

    February 28, 2014 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  13. Dar

    What's behind Rick Perry's new specs?

    Hummm, that's a hard question......................... I know, I know... His eye balls!!! Nothing else lays beyond that! LOL

    February 28, 2014 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  14. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    This GOOF from Texas will NEVER be president. Why don't you take the rest of your teaparty clown circus and start your own disfunctional country in a place that shares your values , like SAMIALIA!!!!!

    February 28, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts walk the plank toward another November. They voted for Perry in 2012.

    February 28, 2014 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  16. wwf

    There is nothing behind those glasses. Nothing but hot air.

    February 28, 2014 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  17. salty dog

    What's behind rick Perry's new specs, not much from what I've heard out of his mouth . You can't change peoples opinion with glasses, your still braindead.

    February 28, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  18. TomInRochNY

    Stick a fork in him, he's done.

    February 28, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    This time none, practically none of these republican idiots are worth for a dime. I strongly believe GOP is a total out-of-touch with main-line USA. Very pathetic idiots of GOP made nonsense, utter nonsense.

    February 28, 2014 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Perry’s hipster-esque frames might have caused a stir but what's keeping him in the headlines is speculation he might launch a second bid for the White House."

    Wearing glasses caused a stir, did it? Glad to see CNN is keeping up on the buzz.

    February 28, 2014 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What's behind Rick Oerry's new specs?

    February 28, 2014 07:55 am at 7:55 am |