Perry Courting Tea Party In Next Round Of Primaries

MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBSDFW.COM) – While the political spotlight is on Mitt Romney in New Hampshire, Governor Rick Perry is planning a huge comeback in South Carolina.

Perry says the results in New Hampshire show the race for the “conservative alternative” to Mitt Romney is still wide open.  This is likely why the governor stayed in the race after Iowa.

In a statement Tuesday night, Perry described South Carolina as — “Friendly territory for a Texas governor and veteran with solid outsider credentials, the nation’s best record of job creation, and solid fiscal, social and tea party conservatism.”

And now, courting Tea Party members is once again Perry’s strategy.  But how?

During both debates this past weekend, the governor suggested he was the right candidate for Tea Party members. “Who is it who can invigorate the Tea Party?” he asked.

But he’s not exactly winning them over.  Just ask Dallas Tea Party member Katrina Pierson.  “The Texas Tea Party people know Governor Perry. He does say some great things right in line with our principles and values. The facts are here in Texas, we aren’t governed conservatively.”

Pierson says Governor Perry didn’t push hard enough for legislation that targeted illegal immigrants.

Perry, along with former house speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum are considered to be the conservatives in the presidential race.

But Santorum has been criticized for being a big government spender, and Gingrich for supporting the idea of requiring people to buy health insurance, both unpopular with conservatives.

So why are they better than Perry?  Ken Emanuelson is also a member of the Dallas Tea Party.  He says in terms of policy, the governor is conservative.  “I think he is better than Santorum and arguably Gingrich. the problem is when you start leveling Perry against Gingrich, the question is ‘who are you going to put on that stage against Obama?'”

So both Emanuelson and Pierson are supporting Gingrich.

Even though he’s not gaining support from Tea Party members, political analyst John Weekley says Perry must still court them.  “I think he’s trying to reach out to those people because his only shot is in South Carolina.”

And in what may be a surprise, Romney won among those who call themselves Tea Party members.

The economy was the overriding number one issue in New Hampshire.  And it’s expected to the same in South Carolina.  Despite Governor Perry’s jobs record, he remains in fifth place in the polls there.

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  • Jack

    This is just a sign of desperation. Anybody that seriously believes they are going to be elected into the White house by winning the Tea Party vote is very misguided.

    • Caitlin

      I personally believe that U.S. Americans in the Palmetto State will put Rick Perry back on the map. Perry’s pledge to reinvade countries, such as, the Iraq will resonate in South Carolina. Thanks to Gov. Perry, our education over here in Texas should help the illegal aliens get discount tuition so we will be able to build up our future.

    • Ghostsouls

      Perry is nothing more than one of the missing 3 stooges. Maybe obama needs to loan him a speech writer and a teleprompter. Every time he speaks, he sounds so damn back woods and uneducated.

      • Dave S

        Really, I think he sounds reasonable and friendly, relatable to most Americans.

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  • No Slick Rick

    I’ve got news for you. I’m in The TEA Party, and I wouldn’t vote for him. That whole crooked thing with Merck and the trampling of our liberties that followed totally turned me off to that sleazeball.

  • Peggy Venable

    It is too bad Jack Fink failed to talk to Tea Party leaders who are supporting Gov Perry. The tea party leaders and activists have not coalesced around any one candidate, that is true.

  • NiteNurse

    Again all you Perry haters I know by the vote count in his last election you probably voted for him. You all are such hypocrites, typical GOP right wing christiian holy then thou idiots. BY the way the only thing he got right was to try and make young girls get protected from the HPV virus with the vaccine. WOOOO like doing that would make them sexually active. GET REAL!

    • Atheist Lawyer

      To me it has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with our civil liberties, which both parties at every level of government seem to ignore. Oh, and yes, NiteNut is totally clueless. If you’ve read half her posts, you’d see that within a few reads.

    • Troy C

      Look, you can support Rick Perry if you want, but if you do, don’t even try to pretend that you are a “conservative” anymore. As I have written about previously, Rick Perry has a long track record of doing things that Tea Party activists should abhor. Rick Perry has dramatically increased government spending in Texas, the size of the debt in Texas and the size of government in Texas. Rick Perry is incredibly soft on illegal immigration and he was leading the charge to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor which would have been part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system.

      If you cast a single vote for Rick Perry, you might as well tattoo “RINO” on your forehead.

    • BJ

      You really don’t get it.

      It’s not about promoting sexual promiscuity it’s about a state requirement that tells me that I need to have my daughter take a particular medication. Sure there’s an opt out but it should have been an opt-in. Something that Perry has acknowledged.

      Calling people idiots for not wanting to lose control over what drugs enter your child’s body is silly. Degrading Christian GOP voters … man you are clueless.

  • Toby Marie Walker

    I’m in the tea party in Texas and know quite a few people who support Rick Perry in Texas and around the nation. He is a limited government candidate that we would not have to worry about supporting the individual mandate or implement Cap & Trade policies.

    • Troy C

      Not true, he is a globalist who goes to G20 and other NWO meetings. I’m from Texas and most people I know now hate him.

  • Troy C

    Drop out Rick Perry and let the true constitutionalist have your votes.
    Ron Paul 2012

    Perry is a globalist who goes to the Buildeburg meetings and other New World Order events. Not good for Texas. Not good for your daughters. I can’t remember what the third one was? A little help from Ron Paul please…

    • Dave S

      Ron Paul is a Nutburger and most people think so. No way am I voting for that defeatist RINO.

    • Brian


  • Brian

    I’m starting to believe that the mainstream media thinks they will be struck by lightning if they even utter the phrase, “Ron Paul”. How utterly dishonest! A story about who can court the Tea party vote, and not a peep about the #2 contending candidate,who, by the way, was Tea Party before Tea Party was ever cool.

  • Klaus

    I personally believe that U.S. Americans in the Palmetto State will put Rick Perry back on the map. Perry’s pledge to reinvade countries, such as, the Iraq will resonate in South Carolina. Thanks to Gov. Perry, our education over here in Texas should help the illegal aliens get discount tuition so we will be able to build up our future.

  • delquattro

    Who considers Newt Fannie Lobbyist Gingrich, Rick lobbyist Santorum, and Rick TTC/Gardasil Perry conservative? Oh, the Marxist/Fascist press/pundits? The same folks who have ignored the only genuine conservative in the race…Ron Paul.

    • HTS

      Ron Paul is not a conservative, but a flaming liberal. His only supporters are pot-smoking, draft-dodging, free-lov’in hippies.

      • Dave S

        Very true, those who do not support the military support RP..

      • A Texan

        Ron Paul gets more donations from members of the military than ALL other candidates combined. He is no chicken hawk he served when his country call.

  • ZudZ

    Perry is a pro-amnesty, big-government globalist. He needs to go away. If you Texans love him so much, keep him there. A vote for Perry is a vote for Obama. If he becomes the GOP candidate, I wil vote third party or not at all. By the way, I would be considered a TEA party sympathizer and thought that G W Bush was aso a RINO, big government liberal. We need to stop these types of big government politicians. The federal government is constantly over-reaching and violating the constitution, especially states’ rights. Enough is enough.

  • Michael Wurner

    Entire article and not one mention of Ron Paul, I guess being in second place right now in the race does not mean as much as being in 4th and 5th place. How can the author say that Gingrich and Santorum are the “known” conservatives in this race and not even mention Ron Paul who is the MOST conservative of all of them. Another media source following the establishment agenda.

    • Dave S

      Are you kidding? Santorum is in 2nd place.

  • Jesse Floyd

    Perry couldn’t make a comeback even if you handed his come and back.

    • Que


  • Charles M

    What is this guy on he is becoming an embarrassment. It is time he get out and goes back to Taxes and hope in time the people of Texas forget what a bumbling clown this guy is and salvage what if any political career he thinks he might have in Texas.

  • knightflyer

    Rick Perry is a good and honest man that TRULEY does stand for smaller goverment,a roolback in over the top regulations and to return congress to what the founders invisioned congress to be “apart time job”. Sure he stumbles thru debates untill lately,he has found his voice.As a Texan,I do not want to loose Perry to the federal goverment,but Texans are always willing to share.Romney on the other hand is a connected insider that in his heart agrees with obongo care.The question remains….Do Conservatives eat their own?

    • Ann-Marie Nepper Meyers

      I really hate to be a troll, but you, sir, are a perfect example of what we get with Perry’s “fund big business at the expense of education policy,” atrocious spelling, poor grammar and spacing. I am not saying it to be rude, but it was really, really hard to follow your intent.
      I will agree with your saying that Texans are always willing to share. That is very true.

  • porchhound

    Perry begs the voter to forget his 1/2 MILLION acre big government land grab attempt for the boondoggle 16 lane elevated tollway infamously known as the Trans Texas Corridor. He would like us to also forget that he REFUSES to use E VERIFY to check citizenship status for STATE EMPLOYEES! Then there is that pesky magnet pulling thousands of illegals over the border called IN STATE TUITION! According to his own office the FOUR MILLION NEW residents of Texas are MOSTLY ILLEGALS! Guess THAT is why he called Tom Tancredo a RACIST for his pro enforcement policies.

  • HTS

    Rick Perry is not very conservative and is pro-amnesty. Romney is far more conservative than the press lets on. He has the most conservative stand on immigration of any of the candidates, and he is a strong fiscal conservative. His social stances have been evolving, but he is a strongly pro-life and anti-Gay marriage. Romney has a great presentation and will appeal to many independents in a general election. I campaigned for BArry Goldwater door to door, and am an active TEA party member. I strongly support Mitt Romney for president.

  • Rindy

    Of all the persons running for the GOP nomination, Rick Perry is the most conservative. He and BHO inherited an economy from George W. Bush. Texas has flurished under Perry (if Texas were a nation, would be world’s 13th largest economy) while the US domestic economy has declined. Wonder why??? He believes as most all Texas do, in that great quote from another great man:

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage earner down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initative and independence.
    You cannot help people by permanently doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    ……..Abraham Lincoln

    Learn it, live it, love it!!

  • brojer

    Planning a comeback? How about a go-back?

  • Jeannie

    Some of these negative comments about Governor Perry are over the top. I suspect we have a lot of incognito Paulbots on this site with a few left wingers mixed in.
    Perry is the only candidate with a proven record of economic success governing Texas. That is fact which cannot be denied.

    • Klaus

      Why must you disrespect Texans by calling them Paulbots? Perry’s people have been cannibalizing our party ever since Perry switched from supporting Al Gore.

  • jimconch

    I’m in the Tea Party and I’m hoping the only come back he’ll make is when he goes back to Texas.

  • Gigi

    Poor reporting – the 2 tea party leaders he cited are dating and both live in Dallas. Better reporting would have been to get tea party leaders from around the state. Might have had the same opinions but at least it would have been better journalism.

  • David Bennett

    Rick! Go away.

    Ron Paul 2012!!!
    Ron Paul 2012!!!
    Ron Paul 2012!!!
    Ron Paul 2012!!!
    Ron Paul 2012!!!

  • Tina Rocha

    If Perry continues trashing free enterprise which means he doesn’t understand free enterprise he will lose me if not already but fear not, Triumph the Insult Dog would beat Obama by 20% at this point.

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