FULL SPEECH – Rick Perry: I’m running for president

***FULL SPEECH ADDED***

His presidential website is already live. He’s already announced on a conference call this morning that he is indeed running. And now he announces a run for the presidency before the nation:



Here’s the full speech:

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181 thoughts on “FULL SPEECH – Rick Perry: I’m running for president

  1. I’m concerned about Perry’s conservatism, but considering the nuts and bolts of his speech, he hit on all the significant conservative principles, and he did it with feeling, unlike some of the candidates who seem to use canned talking points. I think a Perry-Palin ticket would be good, and safe, for us…having strong principles, Palin would keep him between the conservative lines. If only he had also said something like: I won’t have an administration full of Czars running the WH. That would have really sealed it for me. Anyway, he’s far better than the others, IMO.

  2. 14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President

    “The truth is that Rick Perry is a big-time globalist, he has raised taxes and fees in Texas numerous times, he has massively increased the size of government spending and government debt in Texas, he has been trying to ram the Trans-Texas Corridor down the throats of the Texas people and he tried to force young women all over
    Texas to be injected with the Gardasil vaccine. No, Rick Perry is not going to save America. In fact, he would likely be very, very similar to both Bush and Obama in a lot of ways”

    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/14-reasons-why-rick-perry-would-be-a-really-really-bad-president

  3. No way Romney will surpass Perry. Perry will bump Romney out unless something major for either one takes place…
    I think, if Palin does not run, this contest will be between Bachmann, Paul and Perry.
    Each will have their own base solidly behind them and it will split those of us who can resonate with certain things we like about each… There will be no perfect candidate, but there are a handful of good ones to chose from this time… so far.

  4. Sounds plenty good, but I am concerned about what we see from his fellow Texans who say he is spending and just a big RINO.

  5. This guy is a typical republican of today; which is yesterday’s democrat. He sure isn’t a Tea Party candidate.

    I hate to say it, but the way he talks REALLY reminds me GWB. I hope he’s at least a little smarter that George.

  6. DanC doesn’t understand the principle of federalism and must have not went to secondary school where numerous vaccinations are required to attend.

    1. I AGREEE!!!! If Perry was president the issues we truly care about he will cave just like GWB. Just like an establishment candidate! Just CAVE!!!!

  7. The same regurgitating rhetoric against Palin with yet another declared candidate. Beating Obama is not indicative of taking our country back. The last governor of Texas gave us Obama, and his father before that gave us Clinton. Perry is from the same party machinery as Bush. Sarah bucked the party establishment. Sarah Broke up the entrenched dealings of party, and special interest. She dealt with the stuff that matters. No one from the GOP came to her aid as she was harassed out of office. The GOP inside, and outside of Alaska sat there with popcorn, and did nothing. Nothing! But look what she did inspite of it all.

    The rhetoric for love of country, and patting ourselves on the back rings hollow cause the rhetoric fails to match the real world as it unfolds. 14+ trillion dollars of debt is not love of country. Special interest is not love of country. That’s exploitation. We keep heading towards crap instead of taking it back. Is anyone better than Obama? I have little faith.

    1. Agree, Rick Perry has been Governor for almost 11 years, some criticize him of being “Bush-type big-spender” Republican which is a part of the problem not the solution. The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor, but much credit to the governor, he balanced the budget this year with difficult decisions and austerity measures. In fairness, he is a good governor of Texas with impressive job creations and economic growth results to show for.

  8. I like him but nobody has the guts of Sarah Palin and maybe Bachmann. Sarah doesn’t give a rat’s rear end what the left thinks of her and she will not back down. I don’t know enough about Perry to even comment really but, as I’ve said before, I would vote for Yosemite Sam over the fraud we have now

  9. Meh, I’m really underwhelmed by his speech.

    He is a man of substance and values, but some things he’s done I do not like.

    1. Good speech of Rick Perry hitting the right notes on all the key issues, albeit a bit underwhelmed and not as flamboyant as some expect of him on his candidacy debut speech, and yes, Rick Perry is a man of substance, a man of faith and conviction as shown when he called to pray for the nation

  10. I loved his speech. Get Govt out of our lives! I am very surprised he did not call the current admin Commies yet but you know that will be coming soon! He puts God first and I like that! The commies take God out of everything and hopefully we will restore faith in our country with the help of our God we serve!

    Restore the DOMA and make it so all the states comply with this law! Do not support abortion and make We the People pay for it and quit selling dead babies to stem cell research labs! Get govt out of our lives as much as humanly possible. Build a new Administration with conservatives who can take off the books all the new taxes and regulations that they have imposed on us. Get all the states right to work states so we can take down these One World Unions who are giving AMERICAN JOB TO EVERYONE BUT THOSE WHO DEPEND ON THE JOB IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.! Repeal Obamacare and get more competition back into the health care sector! Dismantle the DOEducation and let the local communities decide on how to educate our children BUT MAKE TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY AND CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY A REQUIREMENT! Dismantle the EPA and tell them to get in the unemployment line! Sell our federal land back to the states so they can manage how they feel best for their states! Tell the DOI to quit eradicating our wild horses and restore them back to the land so they can roam free! Make cut, cap and balance a law in 2012 so we will never LET OUR COUNTRY TO BE SO INFILTRATED BY COMMIES EVER AGAIN! PERRY / PALIN 2012 OR PERRY / RUBIO 2012 THEY BOTH SOUND GREAT TO ME! GOD BLESS AMERICAN, PLEASE?

    1. So you would dismantle some of the Federal Government yet at the same time give it more over reach? Read the Constitution and then show me how the DOMA is anywhere within the scope of Federal Authority, as well as forcing the “Right to work” on states that voted it down, Cut,Cap & Balance is a constitutional minefield and would put any balanced budget amendment in danger of being immediately struck down by the courts and how is mandating what subjects will be taught giving the authority to decide these things to the states & local communities?

    2. Perry thinks it is up to the states to decide for gay marriage, so I don’t think he’s for DOMA. He signed an obama like hate (thought) crimes bill into law for Texas, so I have to think he’d be all for the Federal (thought) hate crimes bill, which could leave a lot of Christians fighting lawsuits.

        1. Marriage is a petty issue. Compare to everything is going on right now. I wish no candidate makes it a big deal. The candidate that says were going amend the constitution on marriage as soon i’m president. I will not support. That is way I can’t support Bachmann. I believe marriage should be left to the individuals decision and that is the way it was until 1933 thanks to ss this is an issue. I’m going to vote for Palin my #1 choice or perry. I know there view of marriage is deferent from mine but I’m voting for Palin because I want cheap energy and if President Palin does what she says she’ll do. Cheap oil is in our future. :)

  11. One crucial thing we should not forget: whoever gets the nomination will have to be endorsed by the Tea Party.

    Will the Tea Party endorse Perry?

      1. I should have phrased that differently. At the end of the day, there’ll be Bachmann, Perry and Palin (let’s say she runs), who of the three do you think has got more chances of being endorsed by the Tea Party?

        1. Grateful that we now have credible conservatives candidates rather than the flimflam flipflop Mitt Romney in the primary contest. Let the primary contest play out and the people decide for the best candidate to prevail.

    1. Which one?
      There are several different organized groups…and a lot of local little groups…and a lot of other folks who identify with the Tea Party philosophy, and just donate to them.
      There’s not just one big ‘Tea Party’.
      Those darn hobbit terrorists are everywhere…haa.

      So some might endorse him.
      And some might endorse other candidates.
      But whomever gets the nomination…I hope all of the Tea Party ‘terrorists’ will vote for him/her.
      🙂
      Because if we don’t…we get the nightmare of 4 more years of Obama, when he will show us the horrors that he has been holding back from doing to us, only so that he can get re-elected.

    2. Which one?
      There are several different organized groups…and a lot of local little groups…and a lot of other folks who identify with the Tea Party philosophy, and just donate to them.
      There’s not just one big ‘Tea Party’.
      Those darn hobbit terrorists are everywhere…haa.

      So some might endorse him.
      And some might endorse other candidates.
      But whomever gets the nomination…I hope all of the Tea Party ‘terrorists’ will vote for him/her.
      🙂
      Because if we don’t…we get the nightmare of 4 more years of Obama, when he will show us the horrors that he has been holding back from doing to us, only so that he can get re-elected.

  12. In response to Ms Scott: I believe that Governor Perry clearly demonstrated his strength and resolve regarding both immigration and border violence when he walked an on topic letter out to Pres. Ob who was sitting in his jet on a Tarmac in Austin TX. Pres. Ob had several times refused Governor Perry’s request for a meeting. Persistent to the core, the undaunted Governor Perry delivered.

    1. Rick Perry opposed Arizona’s tough Illegal Immigration Bill SB1070, some argue that he favors open border like Obama. Perhaps, due to sensitivity to a large Hispanic voter base that he represents. Macro Rubio is also been criticized of his stance on immigration (amnesty) by some Tea Party supporters as a sellout. But I think both are for tightening border security while supporting comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty.

  13. I made it all the way to the 2:22 mark when he started talkin’ about his Eagle Scout Award.

    Oh, we are in deep doo doo if this guy is our nominee. He doesn’t stand a chance in hell.

    1. Huuuuuuuuuuuuh!??

      He will in fact be the next President. A little blackbird told me that, just before joining three and twenty others that I baked in a pie.

      I just want you to smile…and help me eat this pie.</i.

  14. Bushies do not like Perry, so I doubt that Rove will be enthusiastic. Besides, who cares about Rove? Regardless of whether Christine O’Donnell was the right candidate, Rove’s relentless trashing of her infuriated me.

  15. Bushies do not like Perry, so I doubt that Rove will be enthusiastic. Besides, who cares about Rove? Regardless of whether Christine O’Donnell was the right candidate, Rove’s relentless trashing of her infuriated me.

    1. Well then Perry will be batting zero. I am not a fan of George W. Bush and he’s the only thing Perry reminds me of. So it’s a sweep. People who like George W. Bush can’t stand Perry and people who don’t like George W. Bush don’t like Perry.

      Oh, what a perfect nominee. We’re screwed.

      1. Dang! I was going to nominate you as head cheerleader!

        I like Bush and Perry, especially compared to this hooligan we have now.

        Ready! Ok! Ra, ra, rye, poke him in the eye, ra, ra reck, punch him in the neck.

  16. I read the comments, and it sounds a lot like the comments I heard when Obama decided run for Pres. You people are too hungry and are willing to grab at anything new and glistening.

    #1. When he is done being vetted,(if you are willing to do this) he is not what we want to run this country.
    #2. Just because Rove & Co. want to make him appear to be the new Reagan for the Republican party. Do not let the charm betray you. Remember Obama press.
    #3. He is the establishment candidate. They started Daniels, tried to get Christie, trying Huntsman, etc. This is not what this country needs.
    #4. Just the fact that he is associated with the Bilderberg Group should make you spit him out of your mind. Please do your homework.

    Nothing personal. Just the future of our lives, children’s lives, grand-children’s lives
    etc. etc.

    1. Did it ever occur to you that he might want to convince them that some of their ideas are counterproductive and, uh, dumb? Is it a monolithic group? Really? Are they incapable of changing their collective minds? Is it even a collective mind? Must one sign an oath of allegiance before one can attend a get-together there? Get outta here with that tripe.

      1. Birds of a feather flock together. Not tripe, just the facts. Please check out the agenda of this group. Sorry I did not make this up. Google it if you want to.

    2. Well, I cant speak for the rest on here, but I am excited because I see a candidate that may have a shot at winning next year.

      As far as vetting- Gov Perry has been a Govenor for almost 12 years, for a border state. He’s an Eagle Scout, was Air Force Captain, a family man from humble beginnings. He may have just recently decided to run, but his name has been mentioned on and off for months.
      Do I agree with everything he has done? No- will I agree with all of his policies if he were elected? Probably not. Is he conservative enough? I cannot say for sure. But I do know, he is a 180* turn from where this Country is going under the direction of our current President, and in my view he has pretty good qualifications.

      I thought Rove was pushing Romney this time?

    3. REHLV — I love Sarah Palin and have never heard her say one thing i disagree with; however, I do not believe she could get the nomination, and if she did, she would lose. Even her fans don’t want her to run.

    4. What are you talking about, REHLV?

      Rove hates Perry.
      That has been common knowledge for years.

      And that Bilderberg thing is ridiculous.
      Are you trying to imply with that, that Perry is some sort of ‘globalist’?
      Perry has worked to bring in investments into Texas…and bring jobs into his state.
      That is not what a globalist would do.

      The Bilderberg meetings started out during the cold war to promote Capitalism in Europe.
      Just attending one of those meetings does not mean…anything.
      People attend those things for all sorts of reasons.

      1. Bilderberg courts capitalists worldwide indeed but its goal is global governance and dismantling national sovereignty, including ours. Ask Hillary if it can make or break a Presidential candidate.

        Like any governor, Perry woos any company, including foreign ones to his state. Texas is the top state for Chinese investment dollars. He has made critical energy and telecom deals with the Chicoms. Perry pushed the NAFTA superhighway – pretty darn globalist of him.

        1. “Bilderberg …its goal is global governance and dismantling national sovereignty…”

          Is this stated somewhere, sDee?
          I mean, officially…by these Bilderbergers?
          If so, I would really like to see it.

          Like you, I have natural dislike for the idea of ‘global governance’ and anything that erodes our national sovereignty.
          But guess what…the people who want that do not limit themselves to having private meetings at the Bilderberg hotel.
          They meet all over the place.

          Perry didn’t discourage Chinese investments in his state?
          Investments that created some jobs.
          Oh the horror.
          They didn’t bring in an army of Chinese workers to fill those jobs, did they?
          Would any of the other candidates who were governors, have run those Chinese investors out of their states?

          Back in the 80’s when Japanese investors were the ones on shopping sprees here in the states…people were up in arms about it.
          The Japanese built some car factories, bought some golf courses and real estate.
          They ended up losing money on most of those investments.
          Money that was spent here…and lost here.
          Money pumped into our economy.
          And as the recent Congressional hearings for Toyota showed, when companies build factories here…they are subject to our laws.
          Foreign investors cannot pick up those factories and real estate and take them back home with them.
          And they have to pay US taxes on them for as long as they own them here.

          Perry didn’t create NAFTA.
          It was pushed on him and Texas…by Washington.

          I live in Oklahoma where the burdens of the increased Traffic from NAFTA has worn down I35 and I40 to the point that those corridors are in constant need of repair.
          Repairs which cause even worse traffic problems.
          People who live in other places don’t know what it is like.
          They keep adding lanes…but it is still not enough!
          Most all the bridges are old and ready to collapse, and some have.

          I don’t know this for sure…but I suspect that Perry was trying to get some investment from foreign investors to improve the I35 corridor, because he couldn’t get it from Washington.
          Washington and the Unions have created these problems.
          And the states are left with having to deal with them the best way they can.

          I don’t like the state of things, sDee.
          But I don’t see how Perry has done anything more than trying to help the people of his state.

          And that video is total one-sided propaganda.

          I know you are a Palin supporter.
          We don’t know how she would have dealt with these problems that Perry has had to deal with, do we?
          Her record as governor was not as long as his is…and Alaska’s problems were different.

      2. Bilderberg courts capitalists worldwide indeed but its goal is global governance and dismantling national sovereignty, including ours. Ask Hillary if it can make or break a Presidential candidate.

        Like any governor, Perry woos any company, including foreign ones to his state. Texas is the top state for Chinese investment dollars. He has made critical energy and telecom deals with the Chicoms. Perry pushed the NAFTA superhighway – pretty darn globalist of him.

    5. REHLV, you are full of crap. Perry is not part of the Bilderberg group. That is your fantasy. He has 12 years of vetting my boy..do your RESEARCH AND LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD FOR JOB CREATION IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS! Does 40% of the jobs being created in the U.S. are all in Texas mean anything to you? You are just a liberal troll!

          1. Good post, but I have my reservations still. However, I will research your reports and others sources to determine the real purpose of Bilderberg Group. I appreciate your post however. By the way I never believed that Bill Ayers was just Obama’s next door neighbor, still have trouble believing it.

            1. The ayers, bho involvement goes way back thru an interwoven network of people for a few decades.

  17. The Debt Ceiling fiasco has cooled me on West, at least for a while. He already need to be rehabbed for me to support. Great of foreign affairs and defense, but on economics he hasn’t put it together yet. He is a great speaker and I am so sick of the Bush and McCain speech stumbling and bumbling. West is new to politics and Washington, I haven’t given up.

  18. I love Palin, but she has to be rehabbed first. First she got unjustly “Dan Quayled” by the media, but “Dan Quayled” none the less and then she quit/resigned as a sitting Governor. she needs to be rehabbed badly to win. Perry/Cain or the Perry/Rubio tickets are great.

        1. I love Rubio too!
          🙂

          But do we know yet if he is eligible to be President?
          I mean, that’s a requirement for VP because if something happened they’d have to step in, right?
          There is that thing about whether he meets the Constitutional requirement because his parents weren’t citizens yet when he was born.
          But I’ve only read about it on other blogs.
          So I don’t know for sure.

          Rubio would be great though.
          So I hope there is nothing to all that.

            1. I don’t know, C_H…if they were or not.
              That’s why I said that I have only read that on other blogs.
              Which I take with a grain of salt.
              When I went to Rubio’s official webpage to read his bio…it didn’t say, one way or the other.

              I think Marco Rubio is great.
              So I am hoping that he is eligible to be prez, because he seems like he would make a good one…someday.

          1. Rubio said that he wants to stay where he is, he feels he can do more in the Senate. I love him to pieces, and would love to see him as President though. And I could be wrong, but I think his parents were born in Cuba :-/

            1. Cuban law states, or used to at least, that when both parents are from Cuba, the children are Cuban citizens, no matter where they reside. Who cares what Cuba says anyway- like Cindy said, after wOnder bOy, does it really matter? Hey!! If it doesn’t, maybe I ought to run! Kidding.

          1. Blatant violation of Article 2 Section 1 does not seem to bother the RNC, DNC, a single politician, Congress, any Federal Court, the DOJ, the media nor any any of the great and glorious institutions of Constitutional defense.

            People only seem to defend the parts of the Constitution they like.

  19. first West ,2 days a go Paul ,now Perry but I still with SARAH and she don’t need any of this elements .

  20. Okay, Bachmann is running and now Perry jumped in the race too, my question is what happens if Palin announces she is running? (And you just KNOW she will!!) Don’t these two owe their rear end to Palin’s? I am curious to hear them say they are better than her! Heck, Did they need her as a stepping stool (last year) in order to end up in the limelight today and say we are better than the queen maker?

  21. Okay, Bachmann is running and now Perry jumped in the race too, my question is what happens if Palin announces she is running? (And you just KNOW she will!!) Don’t these two owe their rear end to Palin’s? I am curious to hear them say they are better than her! Heck, Did they need her as a stepping stool (last year) in order to end up in the limelight today and say we are better than the queen maker?

    1. Perry was a governor before…and after…Sarah’s brief years as a governor.

      He has had to deal with issues that Sarah has not.
      I don’t think it would be fair to Sarah to compare her record to Perry’s.
      But…you are free to.

      1. Her record speak for herself! On top of that she enthuses her audience.
        Bottom line, I do not care if any of the two becomes President. I would rather have a righteous leader in office. Really! But I think, it is a bit of a problem when one year ago you badly needed Palin to endorse you then turn around the next year and think that you are better that her. This will become a bit of a problem for both Perry and Bachmann! More like an embarrassment after she declares!

        1. SP does enthuse the audience on the right- and unfortunately alienates the people that sit on the other side of the aisle.
          How do we attract the people in the middle, and skim some from the left as well?

          1. The people in the middle have already thrown O’ to the curb.

            The left can rail from Purgatory.

        2. I don’t think that Perry, Palin and Bachmann look at it that way, Cindy.

          At least…I hope they don’t.

          And an endorsement can help you with some voters…and hurt you with other voters.

          1. Yesterday Palin was surprised that Perry was deciding on a run…! Now why would that be surprising? He flip-flopped but he was mulling it over the past weeks. Now that he has declared himself as a potential candidate, this could play out against Palin’s strategy to hold back and announce at the last minute! Perse, you do have a point!

            1. How could she be “surprised” when Perry has been telegraphing it for so many weeks?

              So, I really doubt that she was surprised.
              They are friends, and that would come across as snarky, or uninformed.

              1. … Unless she said it that way just for the press to hear and make their own conclusions!! They are friends and both of them are good candidates!! I mean, Perse, Palin a little bit better than Perry. Wink! Wink! May the best candidate win!

                1. Oh hey, I would love to see Sarah Palin as President.
                  It would be a great day for our country, IMO.

                  The big question is…can we get her there.
                  The things that make us cringe about Perry, are things that make him more likely to win in the general election against Obama.

        3. I don’t think that Perry, Palin and Bachmann look at it that way, Cindy.

          At least…I hope they don’t.

          And an endorsement can help you with some voters…and hurt you with other voters.

      2. You are also free to post on this site, even if you do not do your homework. Palin did more in her time as Governor than Perry has done ever. If you look at the structure of the systems in each state. The Governor of Texas is more like the Queen of England. The legislature makes the decisions. In Alaska, just the opposite, Governor has the decision making power, and Sarah did a great job. Get back to me with some achievements that YOU can point to that Perry has accomplished.

        1. That is not a comparison that is fair to Sarah.

          Because, Perry has had to deal with Hurricanes, an influx of refugees from New Orleans, illegal immigrants flooding across his border, droughts, floods and tornadoes.
          Sarah hasn’t had to deal with those.
          And while dealing with those things, he has cut taxes, done lawsuit reform and agressively courted businesses to relocate to his state to create jobs…as well as courted outside investment in his state from any source he could find.

          I could go on…but like I said, I don’t think it is fair to Sarah compare their records.

          1. He cut some taxes, but raised others to help make up for it, so he came out almost even on that. Some of those taxes came through businesses, and higher unemployment taxes. Persephone, I love yours and Rshill’ opinions and funnies, but I respectfully disagree with you guys on Perry.

            1. Not on your life Missy! Perse and I have you in writing agreeing to agree agreeably, with every agreeable thing we say, provided we have all agreed to agree on it…and you know it!

    2. You are correct Cindy that Palin gave crucial endorsements to both Perry and McCain in 2010 when big chunks of their bases turned against them in the Tea Party awakening.

      Why, however, I do not know.

      1. They could have been perceived as closet RINOs in certain areas. At the end of the day, every candidate will have to seek the endorsement of the Tea Party.

  22. I like the alliterative sound and all ’round quality of this…President Perry and Vice President Palin.

    I spit all over my computer screen! Try it!

              1. The job pays both minimum wage and maximum wage, which in Obama’s world, would be the same. I’m not sure I can afford it. When Perry wins, I’ll get back into the stockmarket, and you can all keep your hats.

                1. I will say this, if it’s Obama vs Perry, I will vote for Perry. But until then Palin is my number 1 and Bachmann is my number 2.

                2. I will say this, if it’s Obama vs Perry, I will vote for Perry. But until then Palin is my number 1 and Bachmann is my number 2.

        1. Very SMALL club, since he’s its only Texas member!

          By the way, he won that race in grand style against “TWO” serious Republican contenders, then beat the Democrat by a country mile in the general.

          Folks in Texas really like him, and I think we know him best…

          1. Perry is the third Texas Governor who won re election three times. First two times, he did land slide -58 percent of the 2002 vote and 55 percent in 2010, but I wouldn’t exactly say it was a huge landslide in 2006 with 39 percent, but it was enough for his second term anyway.

            1. Sorry. I should have said “consecutive” terms, where he’s the longest serving ever, passing Bill Clements who held the record at “eight years” prior to Perry’s win with his re-election in 2010. If we’re counting non-consecutive terms as Governor, Perry is actually the fourth…

      1. Did he really?

        It was mutually beneficial…but do we know for sure that Perry actually needed her?

  23. I liked the speech. I like Gov Perry as a candidate.
    The “news” media is already out in full force against him, so that’s a good sign.

    1. I loved how he called out Obama!
      He pretting much called him President DownGrade.
      Hah!
      And then went down the list of how Obama has downgraded us, in addition to our downgraded credit rating.
      Good stuff.

  24. Rick exceeded my expectations today. He had to have hydrated so many thirsty Americans.

    Words can’t transmit how good this was IMO. I hope everyone listens attentively to this announcement. It is soooo good.

    Wooooooo!

            1. How long can Sarah “think” about it? Jaynie said on another thread that Sarah will miss the ballot deadline if she waits longer than Sept (date?).

              1. Yeah, I know.
                I’ve read on some blogs where some people are getting fed up with it and calling her “indecisive” and “being coy”.

                I’m not willing to think that though.
                It’s us, her fans…and the media…who have been pushing her to run.
                I don’t think she ever said, or announced, that she was “planning” to run this year.
                People just kept asking her about it.

                1. Here is something for you guys to think about. Palin is a media magnet and the moment she announces she will be the center of attention. For that reason she most likely wants to be the last one in. She needs the media to vet the others before she gets in.

                2. Good points.
                  Maybe that is part of her thinking…I don’t know.
                  She is also saving a lot of money by waiting, I should think.
                  Which is smart.

              2. I don’t think she will run, because I don’t think she feels qualified on a number of fronts. I’m sure she could get the job done but just being “good enough” isn’t “good enough for her” in my opinion. What she MIGHT do is accept a nomination for VP and she DID endorse Perry in the Governors race over Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who ain’t exactly dog-food in her own right!

                “Perry-Palin 2012” … anyone???

            2. How long can Sarah “think” about it? Jaynie said on another thread that Sarah will miss the ballot deadline if she waits longer than Sept (date?).

          1. You didnt answer my question!

            But
            I like Palin—As mom, wife and person of similar values we share a lot of similar views. I respect her thoughts and everything she has done. No, I havent been a Mayor or Govenor or even commerical fisherman. Honesty though, with the medias constant harrassment of her I just dont know if she can pull off a win as a Presidential candidate.
            AND my primary concern is to win this next election and get our GREAT Country back on course.

              1. I think you missed the point of poljunkie. He likes Palin but doesn’t see her as beating BO and that is the prime objective. It’s not that he is patiently or not patiently waiting for Palin to enter at all.

            1. I can totally see Palin runing with Perry as VP. Then the media would be forced to take her seriously when it is her turn.

                1. She never got the chance last time, just ran for the job. It would be a powerful combination. Not my choice, but if they received the nomination, I would vote for them.

                2. It would be a powerful combo but I dont think she would take being 2nd on the ticket.

                  But then what the heck do I know?

                3. Palin will NOT settle for VP this time around. No, it’s Prez on nothing.

                  addendum: Let me rephrase this another way, If Palin does not run as Prez and accepts a VP nomination I will not vote for her. There I said it and I don’t think I’m alone!

          2. You didnt answer my question!

            But
            I like Palin—As mom, wife and person of similar values we share a lot of similar views. I respect her thoughts and everything she has done. No, I havent been a Mayor or Govenor or even commerical fisherman. Honesty though, with the medias constant harrassment of her I just dont know if she can pull off a win as a Presidential candidate.
            AND my primary concern is to win this next election and get our GREAT Country back on course.

    1. It must have been hot in that room…he was sweating.

      I agree, though….really good announcement speech!

      He covered all the main points that matter to me:
      – Defeating Obama
      – Taking the hobbles off of our job engines
      – Defeating those who seek to destroy us
      – Cut spending
      – Getting Fedzilla out of our lives, and making them work for us!

      1. That Gardisil dog won’t hunt, DanC.

        Mandated vaccinations have been done before, as the leading way to erradicate an infectuous virus.
        Perry wanted people to be able to get the vaccination at no cost to them.
        Mandating it was the only way to do that on a large scale.
        And waivers were made available to those who didn’t want it.

        1. Perse,
          Did you ever catch the significance of the premise of Gardisil.

          For the first time in modern medical history it was admitted that a CANCER is caused by a SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE. (caps for emphasis, not shouting)

          Cancer has been popularly defined as a bad thing that occurs random because of some mutation.

          The Gardisil cover is masking the PROFOUND implication that what we all thought was a random scare (the old ‘nobody asks to get cancer, it just happens’, ‘it’s not his/her fault’, universal victim) is actually a behavioral consequence.

          This is why there was such a tremendous push for Nationalized Health Care. The elimination of pre-existing conditions………..Why? Because it is becoming increasingly apparent that living risky lifestyles has direct, costly, and devastating consequences. The old world of healthcare allowed pooled risk among groups of known lifestyles and behaviors that keep healthcare costs low.
          High risk regions were drowning in the spiraling cost of treating their own lifestyles and had to get the ‘low risk lifestyle’ people into their risk pool.

          I know this has little to do with Perry alone, because it got pushed through in Kentucky as well. I thought I’d bring it up FYI.

      2. Every had a polio shot, measles vaccine, etc?

        Pretty sure other vacinnations are required to attend secondary school.

        DanC does not understand the principle of federalism.

      3. Gardisil flap is silly. Perry made sure parents always had a choice to opt out their kids from taking the vaccine.

    1. Which other candidates…declared or otherwise…is what you would call “strong” on immigration?
      No really.
      Which one?
      Which of the others has even had to deal with it?

      1. Immigration is one of those issues that causes less political damage to ignore, than it does to fix.

        Cain just took a pretty strong stance in the straw poll forum
        – secure border
        – use existing legal immigration system for path tho citizenship – we do not need a new one
        – enforce existing laws
        – allow states to deal with existing illegals

        1. Yeah, I watched that.
          They all say that…or pretty much the same.
          It’s easy to say.
          Perry’s the only one who has actually had to deal with it.

          1. Rick Perry stood up to Calderone and Obama and let the execution of that Mexican national take place. That required a lot of backbone in my opinion and speaks to his resolve. I love Palin, Bachmann, and Perry and if we are fortunate to elect any of the above I will be happy. I just hope Fast & Furious does not have any links to Perry.

            1. Take it to the bank, NOTHING of substance will ever tie Rick Perry to Fast and Furious. Among other things he’s well known for his “common sense” and that foolishness doesn’t demonstrate any at all.

              Of course, it was also a “Phoenix Area” program and Phoenix is a long way from Texas…

              1. “Gunrunner” was originally started out of the El Paso offices of BATFE, as a Federal “solution” to a El Paso area problem, that said both are Federal Programs and I believe that Perry had as little to do with “Gunrunner” as Brewer had to do with “Fast & Furious”. IOW I don’t believe either Governor had anything to do with either program.

              1. Good question, just a guess that the cost of compliance would weigh so much more on Texas. That is no excuse it is my opinion based on their proximity to the border and the amount of business’s that have relied on illegal labor. It needs an answer from him more than an answer from me.

              2. E-verify is a federal program, and it appears Perry simply doesn’t like it. Considering his position on States Rights, is that really surprising? What do any of us really know about e-verify? I know all the federal propaganda but I’ve never worked anywhere that tried to use it, and considering my experience with federal programs in general, it’s probably just another high-priced failure! Rick Perry is in a position to actually know how it works, or more than likely, doesn’t work…

    2. Which other candidates…declared or otherwise…is what you would call “strong” on immigration?
      No really.
      Which one?
      Which of the others has even had to deal with it?

    3. I’m in Texas Law Enforcement, not at the State level but at the local level, in the border area, and no matter what anyone says, Rick Perry has funded with STATE funds, “LOCAL” Law Enforcement efforts to stem the tide of illegal aliens flowing across our borders, and he didn’t just start it THIS YEAR OR LAST so it’s not a “Campaign” move, it’s an attempt to slow down the flood. It’s been an ongoing effort for more than 3 years now.

      Perry is not as Conservative as I would like since I’m a Constitutionalist, but he’s far ahead of whoever is in 2nd place this time out (probably Michelle Bachman) and his track record as a “FISCAL” Conservative can’t be challenged with the facts. He, with the help of our Legislature balanced the Texas budget this year, and it was painful for everyone. No one liked it. It was just necessary so he did it…

      1. I’m not trying to be sarcastic with anyone, I just want to know facts- I know Texas has been one of the few states to balance their budget, but didn’t Perry finally accept and use $12.1 billion stimulus money to help with that?

        1. Perry never accepted it. He fought it till the end, but the Texas legislature did and certainly used it to help balance the budget. Unlike many States, Texas doesn’t have a “Strong Governor” who can unilaterally decide on anything. He’s only in control of “one branch” of our government so if the House and the Senate make a decision on something like accepting federal funding, he can’t override it. He can veto “legislation” but the decision to accept federal funding for anything is up to our Legislature, not him. Our Lt. Governor actually has more power in that situation since he’s the head honcho in the Senate.

          Most of that stimulus money was already dedicated, by the way, to programs the fed wanted to perpetuate, like “long-term unemployment.” The problem going forward is that since our “legislature” took that “one-time payment” from the Fed, we now have to continue that extension after the federal money runs out! That will cost us in the future, maybe a LOT, and that’s why Perry opposed it…

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