Rick Perry gave a short speech tonight at the Ronald Reagan Dinner tonight in Iowa:
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This would have been better if I had not watched Newt’s speech first…..no comparison.
That is EXACTLY what I was thinking….meh, yawn…
I haven’t watched Newt’s speech. I can’t forgive Newt for the commerical on the bench with Pelosi, that is an unforgiveable sin.
I will vote for Newt if he’s the nominee, he’ll wipe Obama off the floor in debates, I have no doubt about that.
Newt may have brought me back towards him a little bit in his speech. Perry seems out of touch to me. I thought he may have had a substance abuse problem until the last 2 minutes. He was good in the last 2 minutes. I like his passion but he doesn’t sound very sharp consistantly. Cain is still my man though!
Ever since Cain said he’d support anyone but Perry I have been suspect that he’s in this to get the non-Romney voters and will then endorse Romney. If I am wrong, then I am wrong but too many times he’s bashed Perry and said great things about Romney. As a person living in MA, I know Romneycare is horrible for the people, the employers and the illegals still go to the ER and order take out, all our taxpayer dollars.
I believe Romney is trying to tie himself to Cain to sway the non-Romney voters, double team against Perry and then Romney will eventually leave Cain in the dust. Cain doesn’t add anything to Romney’s experience. Doesn’t Cain see that? Romney was double teamed by Huckabee and McCain. I see Romney doing the same thing with Cain to Perry. I’m not voting for Cain or Romney.
I’m glad I’m not the only one that remembers 2007-2008, Romney is doing the same to Perry but using Cain. I hate that Romney has Career Politician website to launch attacks at Perry, it shows that Romney is afraid of Perry. Romney has had that site since 2007. I dislike Romney more and more and I live in MA. I voted for him in the 2008 primary but would only vote for him if he’s the nominee now. I don’t trust the man that imposed Romneycare on us to get rid of Obamacare.
I know the MA legislature is all liberals, Romney should have vetoed it and they would have passed it and Romney could say he tried but instead he will not apologize for it. It is horrible for employees and employers.
Newt is ideologically and spiritually a different man than he used to be.
Almost three years ago I saw Newt on Sean Hannity and he said something that really shocked me.
After I saw these academics go to the Obama administration and I saw what they were doing I realized that academia, where I hail from, is far more radical than I ever realized.
These people are so radical and so dangerous, that they are a bigger threat to America than the Soviet Union ever was. I say that because if these people get their way America as you and I have known it will not be recognizable.
My friends that is the kind of realization that changes everything. Since that time Newt has had a moral clarity that has been amazing.
There are times when someone has a true, genuine life changing almost spiritual transformation. I really believe that Newt has undergone such a process. This is why I do not ding Newt for “flip flopping”
Newt was going down a wrong road for a long time, but after he married Callista he changed for the better and he has not looked back. Now he speaks with a boldness that I think even shocks many Republicans.
AMEN! Thank you Chuck. Gonna look for that Hannity segment!
Chuck, is this the segment? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZ_iQpWWoPY
I have seen those life changeing experiences…they don’t always hold true…many backslide back to the way they were…
Very true Nancy, but we are all sinners. We have to have hope some will grasp the truth and hold on. I was a DEM until age 16, my change to GOP has lasted 40 years. My record is like Perry’s, open to see. If Newt VP, POTUS can rein in. I still like delighful Sarah as Sec state.
Chuck Norton. If you have any sense at all, one year of college teaching will convince you of the academic radicalism. I was fired froma college, because I had a light conversation with a liberal english teacher. We both laughed. The dean was enraged. In school, many a liberal prof was enraged if I brought a patriotic true fact. Most people would be shocked at what goes on in a college classroom. I believe Newt just aged a little, and got wise. He has also learned about public speaking. I like Newt as VP to a unbending president Perry.
I think it’s totally possible to change stance on “global warming” without seeming to be the kind of poly-rationalist that Mitt appears to be on so many issues.
The science is always changing, and people can change their opinions based on the science, and will do so for many long years ahead. Newt has changed his opinion on the warming debate, so he’s kind of apologized for the “couch” thingy. We can forgive folks for being that dumb back then, when so few scientists were willing to speak out on the issue of the climate for fear of being fired.
It’s taken a lot of brave folks to create the better scenario we have for speaking out today. (It was given a kick past the starting gate by the release of the emails from the CRU folks who were pushing the fraud the hardest.)
I can forgive Newt that moment, provided he doesn’t go forward sounding like we need to pay attention to the IPCC idiots and start capping carbon.
Perry has a tough row to hoe by always focusing on spending. Every politician claims that they spend too much in Washington. Even Obama, right in the midst of the biggest spending binge in world history.
So sure, yes! let’s reduce spending. Good luck with that! Honestly. It just doesn’t capture the imagination, because it’s like selling soap: it’s a basic need.
Perry’s tax plan is a pretty good starting point for reform. But he kind of stumbled through that part of the speech. I think Perry would make a fine President. I’m just not terribly excited about his ability to campaign well.
For my money, the top two contenders are Newt and Cain, because both can speak well, both have deep knowledge and experience to draw from, and both are close to being “ordinary conservatives,” i.e., not in the moderate, Rockerfeller Republican chunk of the Republican party.
Newt troubles me mostly because he’s closer to the Rockerfeller types than Mr. Cain. That style has cropped up with him many, many times, where he appears to be leading from a moderate, consensus stance, and not from a position of principle.
His latest speeches seem to show much improved focus on being a real Conservative. But we all know how hard it is for people to change.
Unless Mr. Cain falters, I’ll still expect him to be the nominee. But unlike Gov. Romney, I believe I can at least vote for Speaker Gingrich in 2012. However, If I think Newt is likely to roll over on Obamacare repeal, I’ll write in someone else.
I’ll be paying attention.
Ditto to all you have said… I particularly like your line on the economy…”Honestly. It just doesn’t capture the imagination, because it’s like selling soap: it’s a basic need.”
I agree… talking economy is like talking the flag (something Liberals never talk about btw), mom and apple pie. I will put forward that right now… there are greater evils and threats to America than even a crash and burn economy. And one of those things is the “everything to the left” termites burrowing into Americas culture and institutions at all levels. This MUST be exposed and this MUST be a major point of discussion with the candidates. Only Newt is exposing this with any degree of coherence… and for that he looks mighty attractive as a candidate.
My hope is that Cain will become much more coherent on the Cultural Marxism that is destroying America… but I doubt he’s even heard the term. But having said that… Cain/Newt is the only viable and salable ticket for America… given the present line up.
I’m kind of stuck with Mr. Cain (unless Gov. Perry steps up his game by a huge amount).
But it doesn’t seem that Cain has made an explicit study of the philosophical underpinnings of the Declaration and Constitution. If he had done that, he’d be more conversant with terms used frequently in the body of work studied by the founders and the modern scholars.
This would include the big-name economists like Hayek, Keynes, Adam Smith, Marx, and others who have set the basic terms of the conversation.
If he had, you’d hear him sounding more like Mark Levin and Thomas Sowell, and less like Mark Twain and Will Rogers (which is still a huge improvement over the SCOAMFOTUS).
Ron Paul and Newt are the only ones running who seem comfortable with the terminology and ideas embodied in the founding fathers. Sarah Palin wasn’t exactly scholarly on them, but showed remarkable instinct for it, nonetheless, and clear interest in learning about it. (I wish she’d gotten in the race, but I’m over it.)
I wish every candidate made a serious study of those things before stepping forward.
Governor Perry sure knows all about our Constitution and Declaration…and what our Founding Father’s principles were…after all…he says in Texas we still teach Creationism…and we do…even in our small town schools. Our Founders…and all the way up to the 1960′s…Christian Principles and morals was what made us a great society…those who don’t like it…are the ones who are running us into the ground. Governor Perry has always said…DC might tell us we cannot pray…but we will…After all …recall the Response…Gov. stood up to the radical left…and we had it…he won.
Perry is a little more like Palin in that regard, as far as I can tell. Not a scholar on the subject, but has a good, natural feel for it.
I think the RNC should invest in seminars for candidates. They should bring in Dr. Larry Arnn, Mark Levin, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams, and give them a crash course in the fundamentals, and how to teach them. Then a course in public speaking, followed by one-on-one clinics with the speakers.
OTOH, candidates should do these things themselves, as a matter of course.
“I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change. And I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.” ~Newt
“We do agree, our country must take action to address climate change” ~Newt on the couch of Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection.
“Well, let’s see, first of all, I was really attracted to working with Reverend Sharpton because he took the position that education is the number one civil right of the 21st century. Without education, you can’t have a decent job, you can’t be an effective citizen. You really are crippled in your ability to be an American. ” Newt, on the couch with obamao and sharpton
“We are not going to deport 11 million people,” Gingrich said Thursday as he kicked off his first forum on Latino issues. “There has to be some zone between deportation and amnesty.”
GINGRICH: Exercise a no-fly zone this evening, communicate to the Libyan military that Gadhafi was gone and that the sooner they switch sides, the more likely they were to survive, provided help to the rebels to replace him. …The United States doesn’t need anybody’s permission. We don’t need to have NATO, who frankly, won’t bring much to the fight. We don’t need to have the United Nations. All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we’re intervening. And we don’t have to send troops. All we have to do is suppress his air force, which we could do in minutes.
On September 25, 2008 Congressman Gingrich appeared on Hannity and Colmes and called the proposed TARP legislation socialism and stated that it should be defeated in it’s form.
On September 28, 2008 Congressman Gingrich appeared on ABC’s This Week and stated that the question was not whether something needed to be done, but whether it needed to be TARP and whether it needed to be done in the
next 48 hours. He then states that he would probably reluctantly vote for the legislation.
Need to hear more? Because there is more.
Perry has been through so many campaigns…and WON…he has been down…he has been up…but he always run…if you think he won’t reduce spending…well he damn well did in Texas…to the size of WWII. When Governor says…Governor means it…he was called a pit bull in the State Legislature when he was a Democrat…CUT SPENDING…CUT TAXES…and he has never changed…always been 100% Conservative…and listens to we the people…stands behind us all the way too…he will tell you his mistakes…and take the lumps…He is a proven leader…and Texas is the proof.
You go girl!
Like I wrote, he’d make a fine President.
Hate to upset such a fine thought, but Hilter was the best orator of the century. Oration hopefully will not win this election. Good proven ideas, leadership, proven record, are the things I hope the USA will vote for. If a glib circus squaker takes the cake, most people know the road ahead, like Germany did. We have a new problem, Asia has taken up the UC trade barrier scheme. We need a POTUS who is a leader, who will call their bluff. Let’s see how many will buy a $100,000 Honda?
Oration is not the same thing as being able to drive a podium without tripping over one’s tongue. My comment was not about the need for great oration.
(Obama would have been a more accurate comparison, BTW.)
I think Perry, Cain, Gingrich, and even possibly Bachmann would be capable of leadership. Bachmann, for exmple, has shown leadership in the Tea Party movement, and in initiatives within Congress.
SO among those folks, we still need people who can drive a dang podium. That’s been whittled down to Cain and Gingrich. Perry and Bachmann still have a chance, but they have to bring their “A” game, and somehow get around the phony “debate” format to do it. That’s not going to be easy.
I hope they get a chance to speak in other venues, and it gets coverage.
Just watched it… ho hum…
Please,someone wake me up when he’s done.
You are very hard to wake up. Please wake up. your country is going down the drain. This is not TV or a movie. It is about your life, and your kid’s life. It is S e r i o u s! He is trying to save you from drowning.
He sounds like he is running for dictator.
No he sounds like a leader! He cares about the America people!
I noticed that the crowd was in full “main course mode” during Perry’s speech.
How many political dinners you been to? The media always switches to the eaters, when their main opponent speaks. I also noticed a man walking, some people got to go. Do you watch crowd when O b speaks? Duh!
Excellent speech. Excellent ideas. Perry/Gingrich 2012!
RIGHT ON THE MARK!!!!
I believe in Rick Perry. I especially liked his reference to Senator Tom Coburn’s “Back in Black Plan” which he referred to in his interview with Chris Wallace last Sunday, 10/30. Coburn’s 625-page plan cites $9 trillion in cuts. Coburn has done thorough research and I think it’s commendable for a candidate to recognize that fact and respect it. I thought this speech, during the main course of the meal, apparently, was genuine and to the point. He is a proven leader and he gets my vote.
I agree with all of that. I just wish he’d step up his performance at the podium. Until he does that, I’ll have to go with Cain or fall back to Newt if Cain falters.
WEll…watch Governor Perry and see K-Bob…he is ready to campaign now…he did the important stuff first when all the rest had plenty of time to do it…Gov. raised the most in half the time for his campaign…and he also had to deal with our wildfires…as well as get himself introduced…Newt faltered with his vacation…and Cain did not take it serious…guess he is finding a little help from the business tycoons in opposition of Soros…the Koch Bros…but those guys may contribute…but don’t throw much money away…They might be a little biased against some candidates who challenged them to clean up their polution tho…
You raised a point that I have been pondering. Maybe nothing, have you ever thought the wild fires may be man made? Have Muslims found a way to burn us down? It is almost untraceable. I have lived thru several BIG ones, lasted for days. Much damage. Maybe it is just careless illegals. Another cure by Perry.
I think Perry did a great job with the Chris Wallace interview. And you’re right about the fires. That’s why I haven’t written him off.
But he has to claw his way back in it.
I have no idea why the meme about Cain and “being serious” has any traction whatsoever. The man is on a roll. He’d have to screw up on purpose for it to be “not serious.” It’s going to take a heap of convincing to get folks to believe that the current front-runner would choose to not go for the big prize.
Yankee in OK…y’ll are real smart up there…tough to beat in Football too…OU is always tough. Your statement goes to show that Governor Perry is in step with DC…he keeps abreast of what is going on up there…after all…states leaders need to know…it affects us. And another is that Governor knows the flat tax is something the Republicans already have been getting on in DC…as Ryan said…”I am kind of a flat tax guy.” After reviewing Cain’s flat/fair tax plan…which will be like a snowball in August in Texas and Oklahoma heat to get thru. Melted on arrival.
I can’t believe all the persons who complained about Gov Perry’s speaking ability. He has served for 10 years running Texas. He has done what he said – he made sure that spending was cut, not a little, a large amount to balance the budget of the second largest State in the union. And Texas has a very diverse population – Hispanic, Black, Asian, Anglo – he deals with a mini US. Under his guidance and appointments (of all races but all conservatives), regulations are minimized and reasonable. He has championed lawsuit reform. Everything he states, maybe not the most articulately, he has done.
What do you want, talk or performance.
Good speach Governor…might have been better if everyone was not eatting the main course tho…did not want to put down the forks and glasses to applaud…that makes it tough for any speaker…but ya stayed the course yourself. Have heard better in Texas tho. Bring out some of that stuff…don’t care if they don’t like the Texas swagger…we have led the nation…and we would do best to move forward if all got the Texas swagger…we can rename it…Pride in America.
D A M N Gal, you sure right!
Perry was NOT a JFK democrat like Reagan, he supported socialists, pacifists and cheaters. Perry is soft on illegal immigration. The jobs created in his state had little to do with his efforts and were filled by mostly illegals. He made a deal with Mexico’s leader Fox involving the super highway in exchange for immigration being allowed. He mandated a shot to protect his donor Merck which effectively removed them from liability since the government had mandated it. He lied about not running and that he had met with the cancer victim before he mandated the shot. It was after. He went to Turkey in 2007 to meet with the secret organization to discuss US issues on energy. He admitted it on video and audio. He violated the Logan Act by doing so and should be fined like Hillary was when she did it. He is believed to have attended again in June of 2011 in St. Moritz, as he was out of the country. Bill Clinton and Obama were vetted at the Bilderberg meetings before getting the nominee nod. He has increased taxes and spending. He has put $440 million on the border yet has 60% increase in illegal immigration.
Whose watching out for the tax payers’ money and the border? Many of the jobs Perry brags about were filled by illegals. Perry is not fit for the job he has now—the same one he swore he would stay in. Question–who is financing Perry since he only got in a few months ago and EVERYONE knows you have to start years before you run? Soros? The Democrat Party? Why did Rahm Emanuel help Perry by leaking info about Cain? Perry is the back up plan to Obama. Cain is a former Fed Chair in Kansas City. Newt is a member of the Center For Foreign Relations. We need an outsider. Please visit AmericaNeedsMitt.com WhyRomney.com EvangelicalsForMitt.com MittRomney.com
WOW! No conspiracy stoned left unturned………
This is for U, American public. the 60′s drug partiers are now a serious block in the elections. Now, I know U think that little toke you take at nite, or the one you take for a ‘parti”, doesn’t matter at all. U think it has nothing to do with the people dying, and raped on the border, but 300 million people doing it, does. Like alcohol prohibition, U get a little thrill, when U break the law. If you just grew you own little plant inthe backyard, all would be fine. U, afraid of getting caught, instead make your supplier millions,and the Mex cartels, billions. Try to imagine a semi full of your treat, barreling down our interstate. That takes organization, my friend. the whole border is full of warehouses, and safe house, guarded by machine guns. they are well into Texas. U got a guy who is expert at jailing these creeps, running for office. For G O D’s sake, have a little compassion, and get these guys off the street. Elect Perry, and let’s see if he can even make a dent in their National crimes.
Addding to previous comment. The other candidates, DEM’s included have not a clue what is going on on the border. Perry knows it well.Build a fence, get real, you think the mex criminals have no brains?