Rick Perry, Sarah Palin Visit North Texas

By Jay Gormley, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Perry and Palin. Palin and Perry. Either way, their supporters may argue that ticket has a nice ring to it. But will it ring true with voters in 2012? And will it even happen?

At a book signing in Dallas Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry tried to end any speculation by saying he had no plans to run for the White House. Perry did admit, however, that he has considered it.

“Oh yeah, I’ve considered it, and I’ve said, ‘no, that’s not where I want to go,’” Perry told the crowd. “I want to stay here in this state and help lead.”

But state Democratic leaders aren’t so sure of that.

“I think he’s running,” said Boyd Ritchie, Texas Democratic Party Chair. “According to reports I’ve read, he’s doing polling in Iowa. What does that tell you?”

And then there’s Sarah Palin, former nominee for Vice President. She too was in Dallas Wednesday, speaking at a pro-life fundraiser at the Majestic Theater. In fact, Palin shared the stage with Perry.

“So good to be back in the Lone Star State, and always really, really good to get to be here with your governor,” Palin said. “A man that I just dearly love and respect.”

It’s no secret that Palin has worked to position herself for a Presidential run, but she has not gone on record with any such intentions for 2012.

Palin once again declined to take questions from reporters Wednesday. Meanwhile, political analyst John Weekly said Palin may not get backing from the Republican Party leadership in 2012, if she does decide to run.

“She has a lot of baggage,” Weekly said. “I think that baggage would be there to exploit.”

Weekly agrees that a Palin-Perry political pairing would generate tremendous interest, but he said it would likely be the type of interest the Republican Party would rather avoid.

  • bonnie

    Perry, Palin 2012. More Like room 2012
    “So good to be back in the Lone Star State, and always really, really good to get to be here with your governor,” Palin said. “A man that I just dearly love and respect.”

  • falling

    If she decides to run and the Republican party does not back her, it will guarantee her a win! Everyday American’s love an underdog, especially one who never backs down…and Sarah Palin is just that! The thing I admired most about her, long before she was McCain’s running mate, was that she took on the corruption in her own party BEFORE she took on the Democrats. I would take it as a very good sign of her power to rid DC of corruption should Republican’s be afraid to see her go to DC!

  • amy


  • Donna Wilkinson Broden

    I saw Governor Palin yesterday at the pro-life fundraiser. I didn’t think much of Palin in the past. But as one who rescinated with her sentiments yesterday about life and children with special needs I thought, Sarah I like you! She is a dynamic speaker, she talks like she is your friend, and yesterday i felt a kinship with her.
    I am a special educator of 29 years. I love children with special needs, and I simply love children. When Gov. Palin spoke about her difficulty being pregnant at 43 and later discovering she would have a child with Down Syndrome I felt a kinship with her. I have a newphew, 22 years old with Down Syndrome. Aaron has worth, divinity and is made in the image of God just like the rest of us. He is so cool, he often text messages me with the sweetest thoughts. The group that brought Sarah to Texas should be commended for their work, Heroic Image. Sarah is a leader, a sister, and a wonderful woman.
    She sticks to her values and I appreciate her. I support you Sarah Palin thank you for supporting our country and especially people with special needs, and the cause of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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