Perry slams Obama during New Hampshire appearances
August 23rd, 2014
04:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Perry slams Obama during New Hampshire appearances

(CNN) - Libya. Egypt. Israel. Syria. Ukraine. Iraq.
Rick Perry ticked the countries off one-by-one, his list of what he terms President Barack Obama’s foreign policy failures.

Speaking at a rally for New Hampshire Republican activists, the Texas governor touched on the execution of journalist and Granite State native James Foley at the hands of the Islamic extremist group ISIS.

“Our hearts are heavy today, because of a young man from Rochester. A hero. A man who stood in the gap to reveal the evil that ISIS is all about,” said the potential presidential candidate.

Perry also referred to the “red line” Obama said he drew in 2012 if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in his country’s civil war.

Assad did use the weapons but Obama backed down from potential military action after the U.S. and Russia brokered a deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.

Perry said that lack of action is something the world will remember.

“When a president draws a red line that means nothing, the world takes notice. When a president’s word means nothing, our adversaries are emboldened and our allies are endangered,” Perry said.

On the topic of ISIS, Perry found a way to tie the issue to a place closer to his home, the U.S.-Mexican border.

Perry has been a staunch critic of the Obama administration for what he says is a lack of comprehensive action to deal with border security issues. To that end, Perry said Obama’s domestic policy failures are tied together with his foreign policy ones.

“Anyone who thinks a porous border does not represent a tremendous opportunity for global terrorist groups to inflict harm on the American people is profoundly naïve,” Perry said.

“National security starts at the border and we have enormous exposure because the border is not secured.”

Perry also criticized Obama for his handling of the economy.

“When we think about where we find ourselves today, economically, with the millions of Americans that are being forced to go on food stamps. The millions of Americans that have just given up hope to even find a job, they’re not even counted anymore, because of the policies of this president. “

Perry was introduced to the crowd by former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu, who brushed aside Perry’s recent indictment on charges of abuse of power and coercion.

“The Democrats are desperate, they’re taking every potential good Republican candidate and coming in with all kinds of distortions.

“They tried to do it to Chris Christie in New Jersey. They tried to do it to Scott Walker in Wisconsin,” he said. “But one place they made a big mistake is trying to do it in Texas. “

The rally was the first stop on the second and final day of Perry’s trip to the state. This is the first time that Perry’s visited New Hampshire since his failed bid to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

At an event on Friday, Perry said he hadn’t decided whether he was going to run again, but that recent trips to Iowa and South Carolina were meant to lay the groundwork in case he did decide to do so.

- CNN’s Greg Clary contributed to this report


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soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Perry was introduced to the crowd by former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu .

    What a corrupt guy he is.

    August 24, 2014 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  2. bassman

    We all know if Mrs. Clinton had done the ice bucket challenge our media would have been all over it. But when Sarah Palin does it, not so much. Why? Because the last thing our media wants to do is humanize Mrs. Palin.

    August 24, 2014 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  3. Tony in Maine

    Lonesome Rick – did anyone expect him to speak truth? He is a REpublican politician, you know.

    August 24, 2014 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  4. Name uche agonsi uche agonsi

    Whaooh Perry who doesn't understand his own criminal indictment now talks of foreign issue matters.

    August 24, 2014 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Gov Oops can forget about it. Really can't wait to see Thad Cochran,Kevin McCarthy,Thom Tillis,Sheldon Adelson,Rupert Mourdoch,Karl Rove,Lindsey Graham,John McCain,Susan Collins,Hayley Barbour,Grover Norquist and the GOP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats EXACTLY like they stuffed Romney down. Straight no chaser. Hillary will drink to that!

    August 24, 2014 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    -if you talk of ACA Law, you WILL further go down drainage tubes with other stools. Yes, ACA Law is now a law for four years, not going away. Better take this Anti-Greed-Pill. Take water while taking pills.

    August 24, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Perry and the Twilight Zone, a brand new episode.

    August 24, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  8. don in albuquerque

    bassman
    Ummm, just a note......the whole country dumped a bucket of cold water on little Sarah, several years ago. Sorry you missed it.

    August 24, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  9. rs

    bassman
    We all know if Mrs. Clinton had done the ice bucket challenge our media would have been all over it. But when Sarah Palin does it, not so much. Why? Because the last thing our media wants to do is humanize Mrs. Palin.
    ____________
    First of all,you're wrong, Ms. Palin's dunking was well covered in the media yesterday. On the humanize thing? How do you humanize someone who gives an interview in from of a turkey shredding machine- while a turkey is being killed?
    Palin is dumber than most rocks.

    August 24, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. rs

    Well, Mr. Perry can try to compare himself to other Republicans- smart ones like Mr. Christie, or Nazis like Walker, but the truth is Mr. "I forgot the third one" is a few bricks short of replicating Mr. Bush- And we all know how well his Presidency worked out.
    Meanwhile, Mr. Perry needs to be honest about his little felony indictment. The Prosecuting Attorney in Austin (the States' Capital) is a Republican, and is more than half of the sitting Grand Jury. It is simply a lie to say his legal troubles are the result of Democratic finagling.

    August 24, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Vence

    A criminal is irrelevant in this country!

    August 24, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Dennis Freeman

    Wow! He remembered 6 things (countries). That's more than twice the number of U.S. departments he would cut and could remember during the debates. Must be the new glasses...

    August 24, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. Gunderson

    Aw, Well,
    I consider my a day a total loss until I catch hell from somebody. So who we talking about Perry or Obama? Obama see no evil, hear no evil, speak, uh say nothing! Obama catching hell from every direction! when Rome is burning you put down the fiddle and put out the fire! Obama either doesn't know where the fire is, or has no idea how to handle it!

    P.S. The ACA Law is looking to look like a hunk of Swiss Cheese. Full of holes. So how is your retirement plan going?

    August 24, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. rs

    Chris..E.Al
    And by the way Rick P. Iran is still spinning centrifuges and the deadlines have been moved and changed around no news this is normal practice with the democrats on all issues these days they have no sense of direction on nothing and our enemies have taken notice . But i am not spinnig the facts like the democrats have mastered as norm . Kerry on .
    _______________
    Whining, Chris isn't a solution. Just what should our nation do about Iran (or Iraq, or any number of other places) you folks shed crocodile tears over? Complaining, whining, nagging, exploiting the problems in other nations for political gain is a child's game. C'mom- WHAT'S THE SOLUTION? More wars? Who's gonna pay for it? How big a debt does our nation need? Whose gonna die in it? Certainly not Mr. Perry, or Mr. Romney (or his umpteen kids).
    Solution, man, let's hear them! Your precious Republicans are off on a 5-week vacation- from two years of doing nothing. Think they have solutions? NOT!

    August 24, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Longtimer

    More Republican lies- like the ones from yesterday: "kids from Central America bring Ebola to Texas"; "ISIS wading the Rio Grande". What a pathetic, delusional bunch of challenged idiots!

    August 24, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Lily

    Oh ya, it is the next prisoner in waiting Rick Perry. Even if you can write your names with (R) at the beginning and at the end (here I mean): (Republican) – Rick Perry – (Republican), you will never ever put your leg in the White House as President. Be wise and use your time fighting up your cases though you are not aware what is it about.

    August 24, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. rs

    Mr. Perry, who claims he cannot comprehend the two felonies he has been charged with by a Republican Prosecutor and a majority Republican Grand Jury in Austin (bribery for one, corruption for the other) has the nerve to attempt to explain the difficult and intricate nature of foreign affairs to the people of NH? That ought to be on the Comedy Channel (and probably will be Monday night).
    "Simple" proof that Republicans are no longer suited for any higher office in America today.

    August 24, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Lizzie

    Judy king, have you forgotten that this administration sues GOVENORs for trying to close the border, have you forgotten that THIS administration said it's THEIR duty to enforce immigration laws not the states, have you forgotten that THIS administration does not want e-varify, because it does not like the law, only laws THEY like are enforced,

    August 24, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Tony

    Perry: I don't really understand the details of foreign policy, if I remember what foreign policy is.

    August 24, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. don in albuquerque

    rs
    Don't confuse Chris with facts.

    August 24, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Lizzie

    Nathan and THE GOP.... Both the same, at least change some of the words.
    -–Tom Steyer, hedge fund manager who made his money in oil and gas, and Haim Saban, a multibillionaire media mogul, said Monday he is prepared to spend "as much as needed" to get Hillary Clinton into the White House in 2016.
    Seems you have no say so who gets into the WH but RICH people who take every tax loophole they can find, but yet you despise them, so Hillary will be shoved down your throat, and YOU will become more and more a SLAVE of the government, until the money runs out or is not worth to be used a glo-papier

    August 24, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Perry slams Obama... Such an original guy he is!

    August 24, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  23. rs

    Lizzie
    Judy king, have you forgotten that this administration sues GOVENORs for trying to close the border, have you forgotten that THIS administration said it's THEIR duty to enforce immigration laws not the states, have you forgotten that THIS administration does not want e-varify, because it does not like the law, only laws THEY like are enforced,
    ________________
    really Lizzie- you're being lazy with this one. Name ONE Republican President who has enforced immigration laws more firmly than Mr. Obama. No one has deported more illegal immigrants. No one! As far as suing Republican Governors, well, maybe because these junior-league fools don't understand the role of their state government, and the role of the federal government. In the case of Arizona- well they talked a good game, but the best they could come up with was to make Driving while Hispanic illegal. As far as the border and "securing it" goes- well, what's the solution? We sure haven't heard anything but the "build a wall" idiocy- naturally with no thought how to pay for it after the GOP cut the rich's taxes.
    Your party's hero, Mr. Reagan granted immunity to 11 million illegals. Perhaps you should chew quietly on that for a few minutes before parroting Mr. Perry.

    August 24, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. Tampa Tim

    bpster
    Unlike Jerry Brown who doesn't give a crap about the citizens of California Texas is extremely lucky to have Perry....I'm scared to death to live where I do now. Brown and Obama both need to be arrested.
    ----
    Of course you are scared, you are a RWNJ. You are afraid of children, veterans, minorities, seniors, American workers, students, firemen, teachers, and this makes you the perfect Fox viewer.

    August 24, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Gurgyl

    Lizzie, did you forget 9/11 happened during Bush the thush era, now you talk big. Nonsense. Why didn't republican held hostage congress pass fence on border, and immigration reform? Republicans are menace and thuggish nonsense yo USA.

    August 24, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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