Perry courts voters in Iowa again

Texas governor hopes to overcome gaffes that put him out of running in 2012
Associated Press
Jul 19, 2014

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is visiting Iowa for the fourth time in eight months, hoping for a second chance to win over Republican voters who delivered him a stinging caucus loss when he ran for president two years ago.

Perry, 64, hasn't said if he plans to run again in 2016. But he's clearly considering it and is meeting Saturday and Sunday with veterans and conservative activists in the northern Iowa communities of Algona and Clear Lake.

Perry has been raising funds for GOP candidates and seeking advice from political insiders since November. He is signaling he's committed to the grassroots politicking that Iowa's Republican faithful expect and that many felt he didn't prioritize when he ran two years ago.

Whether Iowa voters give Perry a second chance remains to be seen. But GOP volunteer Joni Scotter believes Perry — a relatively late entry into the 2012 race — could make a comeback in the state whose caucus kicks off the presidential primary season.

"He crashed and burned, but that was because he started out a little late. Look at Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, look at all those people that have crashed and burned. I wouldn't give up on Rick Perry at all," said Scotter, of Merion. She backed eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2012, and hasn't decided about 2016.

Connie Schmett, a longtime Republican party activist from Clive, isn't convinced. Although she likes Perry personally, she said she just can't see herself supporting him in a second bid for president after his ruinous debate performances.

"I love him to death, but I just can't," said Schmett. "You cannot undo that impression. And that's sad."

Perry became Texas' governor in 2000 when then-Gov. George W. Bush stepped down to become president. He has been elected to full four-year terms three times — becoming the longest serving governor in Texas history — but is not seeking re-election next year.

Perry's last presidential campaign began with great promise but quickly faltered. He parachuted into the race relatively late, in August 2011, but quickly went from being a front-runner to an also-ran because of a series of gaffes and poor debate performances — most notably his "oops" moment, when he could only list two of the three federal agencies he said he would close if elected president.

Perry aides have said he simply wasn't prepared when he entered the last presidential race, which was already well underway. They blamed his poor debate showings on Perry's busy schedule — he was very busy wrapping up a Texas legislative session — and pain medication he was taking following recent back surgery.

After finishing fifth in the Iowa caucus and sixth in New Hampshire's primary, Perry quit the race.

"I was disappointed for him. He didn't have as good of a showing as he could have or should have," said Hamilton County GOP chairman Mark Greenfield, who backed Perry in 2012.

Greenfield said he wasn't sure that he would support Perry again, but said the governor is making the right moves for another run.

"Definitely the grassroots are what wins the caucuses and getting here early, that makes a huge difference," Greenfield said.

Several other prominent Republicans are also testing Iowa's political waters, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who visited the state Thursday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Although it may be hard for Perry to overcome the image he left voters with two years ago, his supporters say it's possible.

Robert Haus, who advised Perry in Iowa in 2012 and is doing so again, said the governor has the opportunity to do things differently this time. He said Perry is coming to stump for Iowa candidates, to speak to activists and better get to know the state. Perry will be back in early August for a forum sponsored by an influential conservative policy group.

"I think the luxury he has now that he didn't have in 2011 and 2012 is time. By his own admission, he got in late," Haus said. "I think people are very open to second chances. I think the measure of a candidate is what you do after adversity. Do you curl up or do you learn from your mistakes?"

 

Comments

The Big Dog's back

Another GOP jerk who is off.

deertracker

Agreed!

The Answer Person

EVIL.

SamAdams

Rick Perry is, indeed, evil!

Well, he's evil if you define "evil" as wanting to protect our borders, setting policies that result in massive job growth, having NO state income tax and yet running a very large state in the black...

Yup! Evil.

P.S. Before Big Dog goes into a tail-chasing tizzy, at this stage of the game I'm not backing ANY candidate from ANY party. And given a choice, when I DO back one, it won't be Rick Perry. Why? Because I prefer another Texas politician.: Senator Ted Cruz. Who, in the narrow and closed little minds of the average progressive, likely makes Perry look to be on the side of the angels, LOL!

deertracker

I stopped reading your post at Ted Cruz!

jazzbo

Ted Cruz is a flaming moron !

Contango

As the longest serving gov. in TX history, Gov. Perry knows a thing or two about helping to create a strong economy AND jobs.

"Texas isn’t just leading the nation in job growth—it’s doing it more equitably, too"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/bl...

CNBC - TX #2 best state for business:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101694066

God Bless Texas!

deertracker

Yeah, a bunch of minimum wage jobs.

Contango

Re: "a bunch of minimum wage jobs."

Wrong. Read it:

“Texas has also created more ‘good’ than ‘bad’ jobs,”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/bl...

The Big Dog's back

pooh, when are you moving there? Not soon enough for me.

Contango

Re: "Not soon enough for me."

You can't REALLY be stupid enough to think that they don't have internet in TX are you, blo-dog?

When are you moving to OH? :)

sugar

Gov. Perry is exactly what we need. He's a politician that gets thing done.
Too bad the MSM can ruin a great persons chances with focusing on a few misspeaks. Even here they bring up " gaffes" when we know that the man in the WH generally sounds like a fool, and his VP can't get through a day without saying something insane.
Bottom line though Perry actually has achievements that has brought his state and it's residents "forward".

Contango

Re: "few misspeaks,"

Gov. Perry has stated that he was suffering from back pain and thought that he could 'tough it out.'

http://www.chron.com/news/housto...

deertracker

You would believe that. No excuses!

Donegan

You bought Hillary's "I fell down and cannot remember Benghazi now" So before insinuating someone is gullible go look in the mirror racist.

Contango

Re: "Hillary,"

She helps to create job openings in the diplomatic corp.

Her 'I'm incompetent' defense:

“I’m not equipped to sit and look at blueprints, to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be,”

“That’s why we hire people who have that expertise.”

deertracker
The Big Dog's back

Yep, perry believes as long as you are breathing you should be working, even if it's for nothing.

Contango

Re: "long as you are breathing,"

Pres. Obama crows about the number of his "McJobs."

Contango

"A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center"???

A lefty website. I would expect nothing less.

My link was quoted in part from the much more credible:

"Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas • First Quarter 2014 "

http://www.dallasfed.org/researc...

deertracker

How do you know what I believe? You don't!

Donegan

Your a Liberal. That means your a lot like sheep or Lemmings, You know one you know them all. You bought her story hook, line and sinker. You were told to.

Contango

Re: "You were told to."

Cut him some slack; he's just anticipating the excitement of the idea of having his old 2008 model Obama anal-brain probe replaced with a 2016 Hillary one. :)

jazzbo

Take your tranqulizers , dumbagain.

Donegan

Another typical brainless liberal response, Someday your post might not be mistaken for a 3rd grader. Keep trying.

The Big Dog's back

Seeing how right wing radio and media fill the airwaves, I don't think it's Liberals who do what they are told.
lib·er·al [lib-er-uhl, lib-ruhl] Show IPA
adjective
1.
favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
2.
( often initial capital letter ) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
3.
of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
4.
favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
5.
favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.

JudgeMeNot

1) Most liberals are hateful people.

2) Liberals do more than any other group to encourage race-based hatred.

3) Most liberals are less moral than other people.

4) Most liberals don't care if the policies they advocate work or not.

5) Most liberals are extremely intolerant.

Liberals still do not make a connection between liberal policies and actual outcomes. Facts do not concern them.

Liberals are like illegal aliens. They want something that they haven't earned and are not entitled to. They hate productivity and people who are self-sufficient. They despise anyone who has found success on any level.

The “success” of liberalism has given us a nation where a million unborn are killed every year, where marriage is subject to a 50% divorce rate, where same-sex marriage is now law in several states, and the middle class is heavily taxed.

jazzbo

Man , you have it upside down.

Donegan

Ok which one of these covers the government droning citizens, Spying on them, confiscating their property, extorting them or lying constantly to them?
You liberals are for larger government which is the embodiment of force and laws that infringe on our rights, In other words the exact OPPOSITE of the definition.

The Big Dog's back

Coo coo.

SamAdams

Numbers 3, 4, and 5 are why Thomas Jefferson was considered -- and considered himself to be -- a "liberal." Unfortunately, those definitions no longer apply to the far left. Too many are in favor of mandating action, legislating personal behavior even if it flies in the face of the Bill of Rights, and growing the government into a tyrannical and unwieldy behemoth that no longer protects individual rights but rather destroys them.

I actually agree with 3, 4, and 5 myself. But Big Dog, you DON'T. Unless, of course, the vast number of your posts here have been lies...?

Contango

Re: "You would believe that."

Prove him wrong.

freespeech1

Liberals really are brain dead, when a demorat fails they make excuses, and blame conservatives, but when a conservative succeeds all they do is attack. You idiotic liberals can say what you want about Rick Perry, but his record speaks for itself, and it drives you batshitt crazy! I don't see droves of people moving to Detroit, all I see there is freeloaders that wont pay their water bills crying that they cant have free stuff!!Yeah liberal policies are just wonderful.

Contango

Re: "Detroit,"

They're shutting the water off to residents for non-payment.

Where's that sense of bleeding heart liberalism????

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/1...

The Big Dog's back

The capitalist corporations sure destroyed Detroit. Started in the 80's with raygun's war on unions.

Contango

Re: "destroyed Detroit,"

Try lefty Mayor Young.

freespeech1

Unions were the problem there puppy poo get your head out of the liberal feed bag

jazzbo

You are wrong again , freebullsh!t1 .

freespeech1

Everything out of your mouth is name calling or just stupidity. You look like a fool keep up the good work.

jazzbo

Same goes for you , clown boy.

The Big Dog's back

With all the name calling and labels you put on people controlled speech, how can you with a straight face criticize others?

jazzbo

They think THEY are " entitled " to name calling.
They are hypocrites.

freespeech1

Every time someone posts a comment that doesn't agree with your twisted view, the attacks come. Many times someone will post a comment that would make for great debate, but unfortunately instead of offering something of substance you name call. How about next time you bring some intelligent conversation to the table, instead of the same old "right wingnut" crap. You might find people might take you a bit more serious.

jazzbo

You have nothing , you bring nothing , and youre a nobody.

You are a twisted rightwing nut - end of story.

Dr. Information

jazz is throwing a fit. I love it. This kid just can't win a debate.

jazzbo

ya think ?

AJ Oliver

Geez, what a bunch of extremists !! they will all lose to any sane Dem. - now I just hope the Dems nominate a non-corporatist like E. Warren.
And note that Perry as Prez would have NO AUTHORITY to shut down Commerce, Education and (the one he forgot) the EPA. That's up to Congress. Perry was totally blowing smoke, or was displaying really awesome ignorance.
But he could sabotage them like Reagan and the Bushes did.
Why in heaven do Americans vote for people who do not believe in government and work hard to make it NOT WORK ?? !!
And BTW, the states with higher minimum wages show more job growth.

Contango

Re: "the states with higher minimum wages show more job growth."

Got some facts?

Agree. Firebrand Sen. Warren would be much more politically interesting than retread Mrs. Clinton.

Contango

Re: "NO AUTHORITY to shut down Commerce, Education and (the one he forgot) the EPA."

Agree. Most politicians tend to play to their base.

Not to worry, the overly cumbersome bureaucratic govt. will only continue to expand.

Can you name an agency or dept. that was EVER eliminated?

Donegan

Obama has set precedence by telling the Border patrol or the DOJ to ignore congresses laws. Whats stopping the next president to stop the EPA, Commerce or Education completely? Are you one of those hypocrites who will complain about one team does but not the other?

Blowfish

I voted for Obama and have no regrets other than his handling of Bergdahl and Snowden. However I have family that works in Perry's office. Perry is no joke. I dare say he is as savvy as Bill Clinton. His gaffs were very uncharacteristic of him. Insiders blamed it on a recent medication change in conjunction with the hectic primary schedule. Republicans are stupid if they count him out.

jazzbo

That's the problem.....Republicans ARE stupid.

Contango

Re: "Republicans ARE stupid,"

Sure...

Dem TX gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is goin' to go down to a smoking defeat in Nov.

http://elections.huffingtonpost....

jazzbo

off topic.

What does that have to do with Rick Perry ?

JudgeMeNot

I don’t understand why you won’t just stfu, you add nothing relevant, useful, valid, intelligent, moral to any discussion you comment-bomb.

freespeech1

Jazz has nothing that's why. Just a troll with no substance.

jazzbo

Jugglemynutz--

You and your girlfriend , freebullshit1 , should really stfu.

Your compliance in this matter would be deeply appreciated.

Contango

Re: "What does that have to do with Rick Perry?"

The odds of Gov. Perry's replacement being the Dem's golden girl don't look good.

The "war on women" tactic won't work; she shot herself in the foot.

bucknut36

In my opinion, John Huntsman was the most qualified GOP contender. He did not appeal to the "lunatic fringe" part of the base. You know the Rush Limbaugh, Ted Nugent, Fox News, etc. fans. I would have voted for Huntsman. But like I said, that is just my opinion.

Contango

Re: "He did not appeal 'lunatic fringe' part of the base."

i.e. a liberal RINO.

FYI: It's "Jon." Obviously his family couldn't afford the "h."

bucknut36

i.e. a reasonable, intelligent, accomplished gentleman.

Contango

Write in his name in 2016. 'Cause he's goin' nowhere.

deertracker

Just like Cruz, Rand, Perry and all the other clowns. GOING NOWHERE!

sugar

i.e. A useful idiot with an R behind his name. Huntsman has no clear view of Conservatism. He is a classic liberal, old school Dem. he had to pick the GOP, because there is no sanity left in the Dem party. But you can have him, we obviously don't.

bucknut36

I was in the USAF for 23 years. I served under Presidents from both parties. I have voted for members of both parties. I do not blindly follow someone because there is an "R" or a "D" behind their name. I research and cast my vote for whomever I feel is the best person for that office. But that's just me. Everyone can vote however they want to.

sugar

For such an accomplished person why would you take my post so personal?

SassieSuzieSez

As a former Ohio resident, and resident of Texas for the past decade+, I can assure you that Rick Perry has done GREAT things for Texas, to include bringing business and revenue into our state. This, a feat, which most other states/Governors have failed to do. Nobody is 100 percent perfect in all areas, but he also has unusual circumstances to deal with, including protecting our southern border, without much help/attention from the current administration. So go ahead liberals, make fun of his new glasses. Atleast he gives a damn about his state and its occupants.

knowitall

I do like the fact that he is not waiting for the federal govt to do something about his border with Mexico. No problem with his glasses. They just won't help him with his gaffes.

knowitall

Perry is one of the most embarrassing politicians I have seen in my lifetime. I actually felt sorry for him during the last election primaries. He should stick with Texas and not venture into the national scene anymore.
Here's a tandem......Pres Perry, VP Palin. Or vice versa since Sarah was already a VP candidate.

Dr. Information

Perry has done more this year for this nation than Obama has. BAMMMMM, truth hurts.