Full Speech: Rick Perry at CPAC 2012

A great speech from Rick Perry on what America is about that’s sure to spawn some of you to think “what might have been”. He even has a great line on the Chrysler ad “it’s halftime in America”:

“If it’s halftime in America, I’m fearful of what the final score’s gonna be if we let this president start the second half as the quarterback!”

Here’s the full speech:



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BJ Messick
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BJ Messick

I’m disenfranchised in VA, but I gave my widow’s mite as long as Perry was in the race. He was forced out by establishment big money. Even Bill O’Reilly and cronies dismissed him and would not bring on Arpaio, Luttrell, or Meyer, while bemoaning establishment hacks and their endorsements. Texas has prospered while enduring multiple devastating natural disasters under his leadership while other states floundered. He was the only whole “package” candidate: executive, commander-in-chief/military (heroes Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell and Medal-of-Honor recipient Dakota Meyer endorsed); successful business (no endorsement, but Glenn Beck moved to TX for Perry’s tax and business innovations); endorsed by AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio (immediately attacked by the Obama in-Justice Department) for real immigration experience–I equate his support of migrant children to Angel Tree and Constitutional no attainder of blood; plus faith, family values, and principled toughness needed. He targeted Obama’s war on religion. Reagan said, “If… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

WOW!! What a speech! That was the best speech I have ever heard given by anyone in politics. I have never been inspired by an candidate until he showed up, he has earned my respect and loyalty forever. It makes me very sad for our country that we lost the only chance to save it by rejecting this great leader.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

That was a great speech. I want to move to Texas. One thing I am seeing that really helps my confidence is that conservative leaders are speaking with one voice. They each bring their own perspective and state things in their own way, one highlighting this angle, another highlighting another angle, but they are all giving the same message. I notice Romney is the only one who has no idea how to speak this way. His dialect betrays him. We need a conservative in the White House, no question about it. But we need them as governors of the states too. And mayors of the towns, etc. The more conservatives we have in various positions, the better off we’ll be as a nation and as a people. I can see Perry being president one day. Right now I’m glad we have him as governor of Texas. That seems to be… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dear Brother and sister conservatives of the South. We will never have any influence on Presidential Nominations until we have a Binding primary at the beginning of the process. I strongly urge the powers that be, to get our primary moved up, so that we will have the power to select a strong conservative, to set the tone of the primary process. Until this happen we will be stuck with candidates of the YANKEE RINO type. Please Texas move our primary up. If it is not moved, we are doomed to a unaffective candidate.

Sentinel
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Sentinel

I like and respect Rick Perry very much. I like almost all of his ideas. He touches on many of the key things here and I’m sorry to see him out of the race.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

What a shame that the voters in Iowa cared more about ethanol subsidies than our country. We would have a frontrunner that can speak like a true conservative and not have to pretend to be one. Governor Perry is a great man. I know woman, a lib, who is moving back to TX and I told her that I wished Rick Perry was our nominee, not Mitt.
She told me that Rick is a great man and he’s done some wonderful things in TX, but then she told me she adores Obama. At least she can see reality.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And the preachers at country churches rely on those tithes from ethanol as well.

The entire state is nothing but a sham forcing ethanol down our gas tanks.

Perry was the ONLY candidate that ethanol was 100% against.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

We have to stop with just a few states deciding
Who our nominee is. Iowa voted for ethanol
Subsidies! It’s wrong.
I see some hoping Gov Perry would be VP
But it would be a step down for him.
He should run in 2016, when he is not
Fighting wildfires as governor & suffering
From recent spinal fusion surgery.

TXRight
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TXRight

I love you Rick Perry. The American people lost out on a great POTUS.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

how I wish you were still in the race!! GReat speech

digitalPimple
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digitalPimple

What a cool guy… just a cool guy. Love him.

I fully support Newt!!! 2012.

hemultipliedus
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hemultipliedus

For the record: Perry was the first to bring up Obama’s war on religion. He even made an ad about it. The rest of the candidates, once again, are late to the party.

PolitiJim
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PolitiJim

Hmmm. Who did Rick Perry endorse again?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This guy – http://tinyurl.com/87ulo99

Rick Santorum can’t complain about Newt losing seats as Speaker. In fact not many of them can see 2006 which gave us Nancy and Harry in the first place. The criticisms are laughable and Santorum was part of that very establishment.

Lee
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Lee

Wow, what a speech! Governor Perry is amazing. Too bad he dropped out of the race, would have cast my vote for him! I hope Perry runs next time around!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Great speech! Not surprised, since I have heard many good speeches from Rick Perry before. His knowledge, experience, wisdom and intelligence were on display and delivered with his usual passion. I have to believe that most of the people in that room had to be asking themselves why this man was not given more support by the so-called conservative media and pundits. The establishment went for Romney and the media fell in line. How sad. He will not beat BO. Neither would any of the other candidates win. They are all seriously flawed. Surely the Republican party is beginning to have legitimate doubts. by contrast, they passed on the only candidate that would beat BO, and lead our country with true conservative values. I have been yelling from the top of my voice for months. People, Why can’t you see we have another Ronald Reagan right in front of us,in… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I am with you!

Governor Perry said we shouldn’t settle for less but that is what we have right now. We need Governor Perry back in the race.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Blame the Coulters and other hacks. I tried my best to defend Perry at the time from the idiotic crap that was being said. Addressing the hyperbole that Perry is not a conservative. Rick Perry, same as Reagan, Herman Cain same as Reagan. Disillusioned former believers. Formidable foes to Democrats. Al Gore was considered a conservative when Perry supported him AGAINST an east coast progressive liberal Michael Dukakis. Hello! Now about the other popular distortions about Perry’s record: You can’t have state mandated vaccinations in Texas! A 2003 law state that anyone can opt-out of any mandated vaccination requirements for conscientious, philosophical, religious READ any reason by filling out an extra form when you enroll your kid in school. Stop lying about that. It was mandated by Governor Perry because he wanted to save lives. In Texas insurance companies aren’t obligated to pay for vaccinations unless they are mandated. Its… Read more »

hemultipliedus
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hemultipliedus

Exactly right on all points. In regards to the vaccine, your explanation had more thought and research into the issue than any member of conservative media establishment put into it. And, it took only a few sentences. This is what so ticks me off about the Rush’es and Levin’es and all of them. They bought into every attack Perry and exhorted no brain power in really looking into what was being said. It was Rush or Levin or both that bought into the lie about Perry wanting a U.S./Mexico health care zone. Their behavior was disgraceful. They never considered the fact it would have been a negotiated plan for people who live on one side of the border and work on the other. They could carry one policy rather than two, one for each side of the border. It’s a special plan for people in a special situation. It’s not… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I would still vote for Perry in a heartbeat.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I would still vote for Perry in a heartbeat.

MSGT
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MSGT

Where was this Rick during the campaign?

5ftflirt
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5ftflirt

He was giving interviews and talking with individuals. He was making speeches just like this. He’s just not good at 30-sec. soundbite debates. He’s good at everything else.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You did not pay attention. The shiny beads of others must have distracted you.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Did you ever notice that we love them more when they AREN’T running? Strange!

Lucy S. Overstreet
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Lucy S. Overstreet

Excellent speech by Gov. Perry!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

srhw

Anonymous
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Anonymous

OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

Linda Eppes Heyn
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Linda Eppes Heyn

What a man….what a patriot…thank the GOOD Lord I live in Rick Perry’s Texas

Anonymous
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Anonymous

OMG!!! THIS is the man that needs to be POTUS!!! Rick Perry is all the things conservatives say they want.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

FANTASTIC SPEECH GOV PERRY. If so many people weren’t so hung up on your debating skills you would still be in the race and you would be ahead in my opinion. The 2016 race is going to be very interesting. Best of Luck Rick!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Thank you mistermeister for mentioning http://www.teaandfedup.wordpress.com It is a good site for those who want to build strong support for Governor Perry and hope to see his return to the national stage either now or in the future.

Governor Perry’s speech was wonderful and some may see the resemblance to Pesident Reagan.

Linda M. Martin
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Linda M. Martin

Governor Perry-you are the best. That was a super speech you gave today. Please reconsider and come back. America needs you and I bet after hearing this speech a lot of people are really upset they didn’t support you. God bless you and your family.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Love Rick Perry! He gets it. If only…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This was the best speech I have heard in years from anyone. He energized people today like none of the primary candidates have been able to. Rick Perry come back in!

http://www.teafedup.wordpress.com

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This was the best speech I have heard from anyone for years. He energized people today like no one in the primary campaign has been able to do. Rick Perry you need to come back.

hemultipliedus
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hemultipliedus

Thank you RS for posting this!

I am happy to see he is still not afraid to approach the issue of responsible capitalism. Just as there is good and bad government, there is good and bad capitalism. And there is NOTHING wrong with discussing it and measuring the opposition’s experience against the yardstick of good business.

He is not and never was anti-capitalistic. It’s the exact opposite. It’s because he loves capitalism so much that he does not want to see it tainted with irresponsible behavior. It’s the “anything legal is everything good” crowd who do not respect capitalism. Perry loves capitalism enough to want to protect its good name.

Sigh. What could have been. Thanks guv! See you in the voting booth in 2016 if not sooner!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Wouldn’t it be great if he chose him for VP. If Rubio really won’t accept the job, Perry would be the next in line.

nancy sabet
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nancy sabet

He is the best, great speech. too bad establishment stabbed him in the back.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

You are correct…look what might have been and cry.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Yes, yes, yes, and yes! It’s not too late, citizens! We can have a man in the White House who is not interested pay-back but instead in personal, not governmental, pay-forward, and a return to a Constitutional Republic. May that man be Governor Perry.

We don’t have to settle for ABO, Anybody But Obama. Defeating Obama is the cause of our time. Carpe diem!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

How I miss this man. No one left anything like him. Too bad the Tea Party didn’t get behind a Constitutional Fiscal Social Conservative. Makes me wonder if people really want that much change in Washington. He had some oops moments, but all along he talked about the need for a smaller government, regulation changes, Federal Reserve changes, and a part time congress.
My all time favorite statement he made was: “I will work every day to make Washington, DC as inconsequential in your life as I can.” Governor Rick Perry, Texas

hemultipliedus
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hemultipliedus

I always saw Perry’s appeal as deeper than just fiscal conservatism. He has an understanding of where the dividing line between federal and state power belongs. He knows this by either intuition or by having been on the receiving end of federal intrusion as state governor for 11 years. In any case, it is a grossly under appreciated gift no current candidate can exhibit. (Sorry Mr. Levin, not even Santorum.)

Perry and Bachmann were THE Tea Party candidates.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This is the man who should have been the nominee. Too many Republicans like Federal power; they just want to run it more efficiently. We need more men like Rick Perry.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I don’t know how a vote for anyone other than Perry isn’t “resigning” myself. I’ve resigned myself to voting against Obama. I do think that almost any of our candidates is better than Obama.

But with Perry out, I’m settling. My heart just isn’t in it. The rest can fight their own battles.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

This about sums it up for me. It is half-time in America…and we can’t let Obama have the ball again…but the choices…not so good. In the primary…Gingrich…if Romney is the candidate…I will vote for him. Romney is a Progressive and Obama is a Marxist. That’s our choice…Thank you NH…Thank you Iowa, who only cared for those who believed in your Ethanol subsidies. Thank You Fox News for your bias, so that Karl Rove could have another shot at the WH through Jeb Bush.

However, I will say one thing…the only way Obama will win is with LOW VOTER TURNOUT…so…our hearts might not be in it…but we can’t let Obama have the ball.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I’ll vote. The voter turnout has been low for the primary, but that may be a by-product of the caucus system. I hope it picks up for the general. Meanwhile, I’ll be happy to concentrate on the damage BO and his fellow travellers are inflicting. Too much attention is concentrated now on the GOP race.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Remember this race must be about getting rid of Obama. I love Perry and it broke my heart when he left but ultimately we must fire Obama. He will finish destroying what he has left. Please vote on election day. In the primary if you want to vote for Perry do so, then hold your nose and vote for our nominee later. Perry will do the same thing. He has to.

hemultipliedus
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hemultipliedus

I admit. I am in the same boat as you. Lately, there is a fire in my belly to get the enemy of the people occupying the White House out. What sparked that fire? I am (pardon my French) p*ssed at the emperor’s assault on religion! It is so flagrant, blatant, egregious… I can spit nails over it. This little man child in the oval office MUST go! Imagine what he’ll do in a 2nd term with no re-election at his back.

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