Perry Says There’s Still Time For White House Run

NEW YORK (AP) – Governor Rick Perry continued to stir speculation Tuesday that he would seek the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, championing Texas’ economy before a packed GOP gathering in New York and telling a television interviewer he would engage in a “thought process” before deciding whether to join the field.

Perry traveled to New York to address the Lincoln Dinner, an annual fundraising event for the New York GOP. He replaced celebrity real estate developer Donald Trump, who canceled his appearance after deciding against a presidential bid.

“I find it ironic to be filling in for Donald Trump tonight,” Perry said. “He’s known for saying ‘You’re fired.’ We’re known for saying `You’re hired.’ That’s what we do in Texas.”

Perry, a three-term governor popular with tea party activists, used the speech to touch on several of his longstanding state campaign themes. He promoted his state’s jobs record and economic climate, which he said were a reflection of conservative principles. He urged Republicans to stand firm in opposition to abortion rights and criticized the federal government for excessive regulation and interfering in states’ decisions.

“Washington isn’t supposed to be the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-spending Oz, pulling the levers behind the curtain while limiting the freedom of our citizens. Instead, the states are supposed to lead the way,” he said.

Earlier, Perry told Fox News that was still considering a presidential bid and didn’t have to jump into the field yet.

“We have some time,” he said. “I’m not sure you have to make a decision in a month.”

Perry’s closest advisers say he has no intention of running, but last month he said he was “going to think about it.”

Perry would bring conservative bona fides, a proven fundraising record and a fresh voice to a field in which many conservatives are looking for an alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor is making his second bid for the GOP nomination.

Perry didn’t address the presidential speculation directly at the New York gathering. But he urged supporters to send a text message to his political team to receive updates on his efforts to battle federal incursion into state activities.

Perry was joined in New York by his wife, Anita, and by his longtime political adviser, Dave Carney, who recently resigned from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign.

Perry, the Republican Governors Association chairman, is doing several political events around the country this week. He is attending a private RGA event in North Carolina on Wednesday and will travel to New Orleans for the Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday. He is scheduled to go to St. Louis for another RGA event next week.

On Fox News, Perry took a swipe at the sexting scandal rocking congressional Democrats in which Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York sent lewd photos of himself and messages to several women.

Asked if Weiner should resign, Perry called him a “sick fella who made some really bad decisions.”

Perry said politicians and public officials should be held to higher standards than others and that if he were elected president and one of his Cabinet members did the same thing, he would “most likely” ask that person to resign.

“We have moral rules we live with every day. We have rules of conduct every day,” he said. “It’s like that definition of pornography: I know it when I see it.”

Perry also was asked whether Republicans should reach out to Hispanics on immigration enforcement issues.

“I think the Hispanic population in the country is no different from the Anglo population or the Asian population,” he said. “They want to live in a state where they can be free from overtaxation (and) overlitigation. They want to be able to have good schools for their kids and have a wide-open future. That’s what the Republican Party is all about.”

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One Comment

  1. Adam says:

    He has Texas in a mess and he wants to be President, give me a break, he has TEXAS in a mess, he’s only jealous that we have a black president running this country. When Bush was in Washington he sure didn’t complain about how the country was in ruins. What a dumb butt!

  2. Dan says:

    I’ve never seen a turd with legs, but run, Ricky, run!

  3. melvin says:


  4. texas grower says:

    Looks like all 3 registered N. Texas Democrats have now logged their comments……..

    1. jazabelz says:

      Guess you can’t read — the most recent polls show that less than 3% of Texans (Repubs, Dems and Independents) think Perry should run! Even the Texas Republican Congressional members aren’t supporting him!

  5. Marc says:

    No, Sir! Make that four…

  6. proudTexan says:

    5th generation Texan here.

    Let me help you out Rick – DO NOT RUN.

    Perry is bad for Texas.
    Perry would be equally bad for the USA.

    Anyone other than Perry.

  7. lori says:

    championing Texas’ economy ===Well that is news to me. And he is a first class jerk.

  8. Kim Dar says:

    The citizens of the United States as a whole are not as stupid as some of the voters in Texas. In order to be president you have to get more that 38% of the vote. In Texas you don’t. I would venture to say that more than half the folks in the US think he is a country hick and wants Texas stuck with him. Does he get to collect his pay check while running for President? My feeling is that if you don’t do the work you are paid to do then you don’t get paid. He is an absolute JERK with a capital J.

  9. jazabelz says:

    Gosh — $25 BILLION budget shortfall — yep, he’s really done an outstanding job for Texas — ha~!

  10. Hemroidious says:

    Oh boy, you can tell when the Libs are scared they start with their trash talking. Perry WILL run and he Will beat Obammy. Better get out those crying and whining towels Libs, your gonna need em.

    1. LJ says:

      Obammy??? Is that some sort of coded reference to mammy?

  11. LJ says:

    “They want to be able to have good schools for their kids and have a wide-open future”
    Yes we do Rick Perry, so why are YOU fighting so hard to keep us from getting those things. Why did you give billions in tax cuts to property owners when you knew that it would mean that Public Education would have to be cut by billions to afford it? I for one, did not mind paying the extra couple of hundred bucks a year in taxes for my $200,000 home. But I’ll bet that Perry’s rich friends who own multi-Million/billion dollar properties sure appreciate the Million$ that he gave them!

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