Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race

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  • DaveRL OGDEN, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Being from Texas I can tell you Perry is the only Texas Governor to win with less than a majority of votes, he had the most votes but not the majority only 25%-33% of the vote. So 66%-75% of the voters were not in favor of him. Perry won because 1. The GOP changed the election rules so a majority was no longer needed, 2. Many Independent & Democrat votes were disallowed for bogus reasons -I had been a registered voter for over 40 years and I was given a provisional ballet and later received notice my vote would not be counted. The reason given was a registration date mismatch - so bogus of an excuse....I had I had voted in the primary and had all the proper ID.
    Texas does have the most new jobs, all are minimum wage jobs. Texas also has the most uninsured people of any state - most businesses in Texas have cut or reduced benefits under Perry's watch. Perry was involved in the biggest government land grab when he took private land for toll roads run by his out of country buddies. Perry would be a huge disaster for the working class.

  • coco_sweet Sandy, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 11:57 a.m.

    Oh yeah... he's just GREAT! Wanted to have Texas susceed from the Union (and this man wants to be President of the Union?). Yes he's created tons of jobs for Texas. BUT they were mostly minimum wage jobs with no benefits.. God help us if that fool were to be elected.

  • carpediem Holladay, UT
    Aug. 14, 2011 12:07 a.m.

    No one wants another president from Texas.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    Captain Smash: Perry might attack Romney's Mormonism, but Romney has enough class to stay above the mud slinging of the religious right. Perry's praying to be seen of men turned me off. The candidate who tries too hard to get the tea party's vote might get nominated, but in the process he will turn me and a lot of independents off. Frankly, Perry is just another bigoted Huckabee.

  • Kouger Lehi, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    Ok all you think that Perry will beat Romney - Dream On! Mark my words, Perry will fizzle! He's going to be a flash in the pan! Wanna bet?

  • isrred Logan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    "My main question is"will he stop Abortion in America." and Stop funding overseas abortion on Jan 20, 2012 or as shortly there after as humanly possible."

    No President can EVER single handedly stop abortion. EVER. It is legal. It is law decided by a Conservative United States Supreme Court. It would take a Constitutional Amendment to change that, and that isn't happening.

  • chiefbrady Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 10:32 p.m.

    When it comes right down to voting for a conservative, I'm a one topic voter - GUNS. Romney previously declared his support of banning assault weapons and to me, that's the kiss of death. Besides, I defy any progressive, liberal, gun grabbing commie to tell me what gun caused that hole in the target. Perry/Bachmann or Perry/Rubio is going to be a great ticket!!!

  • micawber Centerville, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 9:57 p.m.

    I think it's a little early to cede the Republican nomination to Rick Perry.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 8:25 p.m.

    Perry is not perfect, (no one is), but he is close enough for me!

    Perry-Rubio 2012 or Perry-Bachman 2012!

    Perry is not afraid to stand up to Washington, especially the Obama bureaucracies, and fight for what is right.

    Texas has created more new jobs than all the rest of the states combined--- not because Perry is hiring state government workers, but because Perry and conservative legislators have removed the shackles that hold back private enterprise.

    Perry supports states rights, not more bloat from Washington.

    Perry supports gun rights (and carries his own protection), unlike most hypocritical politicians who demand armed guards while trying to disarm law abiding citizens.

    I will vote for no more wishy washy moderate Republicans picked by the media elites and Democrats. Let them pick the liberals for the Democrat party, but let's have a real conservative choice for a change.

    Now is not the time to go wobbly and compromise with the policies that are destroying our country. Rather, it is time to go out and change them drastically. Cut spending. Cut government size and regulations. End inefficient government programs and departments, and entitlement programs that are absolutely unsustainable!

    Perry for President!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    The tea party is now the tea-vangelical party. Utah Romney supporters are now on the outside looking in.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    Aug. 13, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    My main question is"will he stop Abortion in America." and Stop funding overseas abortion on Jan 20, 2012 or as shortly there after as humanly possible.

    While this was happening there was a fundamentalist day of prayer in Texas, praying for him and raising funds him to come out and run.

    I am not sure yet of course but i will look at him closely. He surely did not get to be Gov of Texas by walking in the middle of some sorry pro choice road.

    The others have Not Tried to Stop Abortion and have not Promised to Stop Abortion. Huntsman does not matter as he is a non issue.

    Everyone wants to dismiss Palin which one should not really do. Bristal and her shots on the net aside. I do think mom has just chosen to cash in on her fame and let it be.

    What you do not want to do is unite the Mormons no need to one way or the other Utah is 3 Votes when its mostly over.

    You want to Unite the Chrisitian Center and its Right and Left, go both ways cneter mass. I did say the Christian Center.

  • jw Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    Rick Parry for president. A for America, and A for IowA. Write in Rick Parry.

  • dave31 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:36 p.m.

    Perry gave an impressive speech today, and I have great admiration for him. Because of his Evangelical connection, he will probably do well in the GOP primary. Unfortunately, because of his perceived similarity to George W and to his Evangelical connection, he will probably have difficulty convincing the independent voters, who now make up the majority, to vote for him.

    I sincerely hope the GOP does not "shoot itself in the foot" again by ignoring the above.

    It is imperative for the survival of the country that Obama be a one term President and that his inept administration depart with him.

  • Capt. Smash Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    All you Mittens fans look out! Perry is going to rip Mitt apart on the Mormon thing. This is going to get nasty.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 3:15 p.m.

    IMO, the last thing we need is another egotistical, swaggering, I-know-best Texan in the White House. The last time we did that we were plunged into an unwinable war and sent down the road toward record deficits. True, Obama has made things worse but still....

  • Waipahuboy WAIPAHU, HI
    Aug. 13, 2011 2:27 p.m.

    From a blue-collar guy in the W. Texas oilpatch.....Perry = Bush 43. Look at Perry's record as Governor. You really want another career politician, in the mold of GWB, as POTUS?

    GOP should bring back Colin Powell to....oh wait, the Bush neocons crucified the good general/Sec'y of State, didn't they?

  • eagle651 Chino Valley, AZ
    Aug. 13, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    Mitt needs to become a mainline-C to have any chance in the south

  • KJB1 Eugene, OR
    Aug. 13, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    Nice knowing you, Mitt.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    Another neocon warmonger. He will be no different than Obama.

  • SL Rexburg, ID
    Aug. 13, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Perry bears a vague resemblance to Ronald Reagan. That will qualify him in the minds of many conservatives.

  • David B. Cedar City, UT
    Aug. 13, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    I'd go with Perry before I'd vote for Romney.Romney has already shown he's in favor of gov't run health care and higher taxes in Mass. I just don't trust Romney.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Aug. 13, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    This marks the end of Romney's run. Not enough support from his conservative base, no compelling arguments on "why" he should be president, and perceived flip-flop. It was his to lose, but he really is not a strong candidate in any way that matters.

    I'd love to hear some great innovative ideas from Romney, how he will translate his CV from turning around businesses to turning around the country and economy. He seems to just spew out boilerplate conservative policy on every issue conceivable. A great guy personally, but lacking the strength to capture our imagination (outside Utah of course).

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    Aug. 13, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    Perry is an unknown to most of us outside of the south. It will be interesting to see just who and what he is all about. He adds some more interest to the process.