Are you buying what Texas Governor Rick Perry is selling?
August 15th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Are you buying what Texas Governor Rick Perry is selling?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Now that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is officially a candidate for president, we thought it would be a good time to spin through some of his greatest hits here in the Cafferty File.

In a column for The Daily Beast, CNN political contributor and fellow Texan Paul Begala said Perry, who "threw his hair in the ring" this weekend, will say or do absolutely anything to win.

That includes calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme, and saying both it and Medicare are unconstitutional.

Perry has also flirted with secession and presided over the execution of one of his constituents who was probably innocent.

In questioning Perry's intellectual capacity for the job, Begala points to his very mediocre grades at Texas A&M, or as Begala calls it, "this cute remedial school we have in Texas."

One of the things Perry likes to talk about is how Texas leads the nation in job creation. But Paul Krugman in The New York Times calls this so-called economic miracle a myth.

Turns out the Texas unemployment rate is higher than in states like Massachusetts and New York and one in four Texans doesn't have health insurance. That's the highest rate in the nation.

Krugman writes that the idea of a Texas miracle comes from the economic effects of population growth. Because the population has been growing faster in Texas than the rest of the United States, job growth is also higher there than in other states.

And, because the rapid growth in the Texas workforce keeps wages low, lots of companies want to move production there.

Almost 10% of Texan workers earn minimum wage or less. There's a joke down there about Texas job creation that goes, "Sure, Perry has created thousands of jobs. I'm working three of them."

Here’s my question to you: Are you buying what Texas Governor Rick Perry is selling?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Doug in Miller Place, New York:
Jack, We have over 300 million people in this country. Are you telling me that the best candidates we have to offer are Obama, Romney, Bachmann, and now this guy Perry? It's a sad, sad state of affairs. My brother lives in Texas, and he tells me that Perry's intelligence makes Bush look like a Nobel laureate.

David in Missouri:
Absolutely, Jack. It’s not that I don't like Obama. It’s that I don't want to live in a socialist country crushed by a government that knows what is best for me whether I like it or not. So I will vote for Rick Perry so that I can be free.

John in Cedar Rapids, Iowa:
Of course not! But many will buy Perry's look and high energy. Substance need not apply.

Karen on Facebook:
Oh yes, let's vote him in because Texas only has 8.2% unemployment and 10% of all jobs are minimum wage. That sounds like the solution America needs to the economic crisis: "Read my lips...no new Texans"!

Judging by how much this man is hated by every facet of the left wing, including most of the comments here, I say: Yes, I am buying what he's selling. There's nothing I love more than seeing loony lefties go crazy over what anybody on the right says or does or thinks. I say to Rick Perry, "Do not back down."

Buying? I wouldn't take it if he was giving it away!

No thanks, Jack, I'll pass. I don't want to over-fertilize my lawn.

Perry is an incompetent narcissist from a backwards state. I predict he will be our next president.

Filed under: 2012 Election • Gov. Rick Perry
soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Why would anyone want to be President to be inconsequential?


    August 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  2. Jim


    Perry offers what amounts to a political IQ test for the country. After suffering for eight years under one of the most astonishingly unsuccessful presidents in our history, are we really stupid enough to hand the reins of power over to Dubya the Second? If so, we'll deserve the disasters that will follow.

    Reno, Nevada

    August 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  3. Charles from MD

    Nope.... I believe Rick Perry is just another Texas cowboy (George Bush the II)

    August 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
  4. Noel Sivertson

    Not for a minute.

    Somehow, in the midst of the Great Depression, we were able to mount the biggest military buildup in the history of the world, defeat two powerful enemies, and emerge the richest nation on earth, manufacturing the most goods, with a strong middle class, with nearly free college educations for anyone who wanted one. And many of those programs are still in effect, successful and popular.

    How were we able to do that? Did we do it by wringing our hands and tightening our belts? Did we do it by cutting taxes to the rich? Did we do it by vilifying government and cutting services? DID WE DO IT BY LISTENING TO REPUBLICANS???!!!

    No, to all of those questions. And everyone viewing this KNOWS that.

    New mexico

    August 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  5. Bernie

    No!! He's another george w bush

    August 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  6. John Waldo

    i prefer the man who represents the14th congressional district of Texas..Ron Paul.

    August 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  7. jack

    Jack- Rick Perry and all the rest of the candidates,regardless of party, are lucky they do not have Pinochio's problem, although, it would make our job as a voter much easier. What would help is if you, the media, would call these people out when necessary. Force them to answer the questions, embarass them if that what takes, stop accepting answers that make no sense. Too many times, they come across as not being smarter than a fifth grader and are given a pass. Stop playing softball with them and kick some butt. We the people deserve nothing less.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  8. linda mucci

    I believe he is man who truly believes in what he says and will try his utmost to do what he feels will bring this county back to greatness once again. We need a true leader in this country and not one who has no backbone. The people of this nation must unite also to bring this county back. The new complaint now is that the jobs that were created in Texas, many were minimum wage. I know it is not easy to live on minimum wage, but I am also sure a lot of these jobs created, the people will eventually receive raises or will have more of an opportunity to get better paying jobs. At least people are working. It will be not an easy task to bring our economy back, but I feel he has better ideas and knowledge on how to to it. He will surely have
    my vote

    August 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  9. J.D.

    Governor Perry is, essentially, a nice head of hair and little more. His "Texas Miracle" was thanks to the stimulus funds he railed against and the jobs created are primarily minimum wage and without benefits. Take a close look at Texas. Other than BBQ restaurant ratings, they're at the bottom of just about every list.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  10. Jeff from Chicago

    I think it's hard to say right now until we start seeing some specifics but I read his credentials and like what I've seen so far. Yes, the job that were created are minimum wage, but it's putting people back to work and in the end that is what is important. It's giving people a chance at a better life. It seems to me that those born in the 70s, 80s and those joining society who were born in the 90s expect a high five figure salary coming out of college. My grandparents and great-grandparents barely got by but made ends meet, raised their kids and survived. We need to start understand that things aren't going to be handed to us anymore and we need to work for what we want. We need to get out of this "must have it now" mentality.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  11. Richard, in Kansas

    We havent even finished cleaning up the mess the last right wing christian conservative Texan left us in. What the hell is wrong with us, don't we ever learn?

    August 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  12. Russ in PA

    I'll buy what Ron Paul is selling. At least he has a long history of promoting freedom, sound money, and fiscal responsibility. And a voting record to back it all up. Who else can say that?

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    August 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  13. pat in michigan

    the only thing I'm buying is stock in Defense dept. stocks .War is good for the economy.look what it has done for us since 2001.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  14. The Daleks

    Perry isn't running for President. He's running for Ayatollah. He is so viciously dangerous and uninformed, he makes Sarah Palin look rational and thoughtful by comparison.

    From Flemington, NJ

    August 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  15. David, Canada

    No, he seems to be just another religious zealot who believes that God will rescue America through prayer. Better to go with a candidate who espouses greater use of the brains and backbone that She provided to each of us at birth.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  16. Doug Johns

    I'm tired of being lied to on the jobs situation, and I don't understand why everyone is afraid to just say "Buy American Goods and services" If people would just make an honest effort to buy and American product, it would either creat opportunities, or bolster an existing American company. As far as taking the rich.....how about this.....since we are borrowing 40% of the money we spend from China (Our ultimate enemy, by the way!) Why don't we ask the wealthy, or any willing American, to loan the country the money at the same interest rate we pay China? Sort of like War Bonds.......we are certainly in a fight for our future...........

    August 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  17. Tony from Topeka

    To answer your question, 'No', I am not buying what he is selling. We are definitely living in interesting times Jack. President Obama defies political physics with an approval rating above 40% while the economy goes POOF and now Rick Perry will ride in and save the day? Common, please, give me a break!

    America is truly in trouble now with the political market looking more like the stock market with wild swings to the left and right with neither side being able to get anything done because the opposing party know they are right and won't compromise. This country desperately needs to cease and desist from "lefty – righty" politics and get back to solving problems. Otherwise, the "Arab Spring" will become the "American Spring" and my 401K can't handle that.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  18. Charles

    No! If he touts job creation in Texas as a plus, then he is really all about minimum wage jobs. We don't need another TEXAN especially not Bush-lite!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  19. ken

    Heck NO !. He tries to shut people up about corrupt corporations ,corrupt special interest govt favors,and the regurgitation of industrial implosions ,with the use of prayer, HE is a perfect example of why our constitution was written with the demand of separation of church and state..Even God will get Mad when a money worshpper promotes prayer to silence the masses ,while the masses are subjected to the poisoning of our water supply for the wants of more fossil fuels <(natural gas,oil and mining and malt liqour money.HE proves that our u.s. govt is a money worhsipping special interest that sells out the people then tries the 3rd world version of call to prayer inhopes of shutting up the people regarding govt's bad trade policy and special interest favors that destroy our 1st world culture so a few can rule over the many..

    August 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  20. Brian from, Colorado

    I buy what Texas Governor Rick Parry is selling as long as he loosens restrictions on my Second Amendment rights. Maybe someday I won’t need a FFA to obtain and carry a 1919 A4 fire arm, or the pig M60. Guns are everbodys right, and should not have restrctions.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  21. Mel - Houston

    Wow, another functioning illiterate in the race.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  22. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    Since Texas ranks among the worst states in education, health care and health insurance for its population, and has among the most regressive tax policies in the nation, since he has staged events to pray, (unsuccessfully) for rain, and since supporters at his “Response” rally have said that the Statue of Liberty is an idol, and called Oprah a harlot, and since I am not insane, I guess I’m not buying, Jack. If that weren’t enough, compared to Rick Perry, in Texas, Bush is known as “the smart one”.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  23. Peg from NY

    No way I shall ever buy one word Governor Perry is selling. He is GWB revisited. Next!

    August 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  24. Herman Portland OR

    Rick Perry is selling himself and a good track record with Texas on jobs and fiscal responsibility. He is selling the same thing the other competing republicans are selling – facts. Just listen.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  25. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Yet another human being that projects being Christian, or any other religion, has some magical aura that makes him wiser or more ethical than others and wishes to control how one thinks and believes, don't we get that enough from Al Qaeda?

    Subscribing to a belief, any belief, is a personal matter and should be kept that way. What may help one find peace and strength may not be what another needs to find peace and strength, and neither is wrong or right. It has no value on integrity or ethics of a person, only understanding real truth and rejecting the lies that lay in knowledge and individual perception have authentic power. Isn't that what the bible is all about? Yet he and all the other "religious" politicians will judge, condemn, create fear and hate in a war of control, ah...to be a right wing Christian.

    The sorrow is, that so many people will think him or any other person who claims being religious has some higher advantage of being an authentic and holistic person capable of leading other people.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  26. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    When Rick is compared with George, they call Rick the dumb one. If that's not enough for you, one in six Texans lives below the poverty line. No other state has more people working for minimum wage. Easy to see why he's trying to bail out, but the electorate isn't interested in replacing Medicare with a voucher, so ride on, Tex.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  27. Ken in Seattle

    No. Texas bravado, swagger and greed greatly contributed to our current economic mess. The country got suckered in once by the whole "good ole boy" schtick we cannot afford to do it again. In addition, bragging about job creation which is largely due to the oil industry and the military, neither of which he has control over, is more than a little dishonest. Since Obama is Commander in Chief one could make the case that he in fact can lay claim to the jobs created in Texas that are the result of military spending, directly and indirectly, and not Governor Perry. Perry may be viewed by the Tea Party as an attractive alternative to Michele Bachmann, but let us hope to heck the majority of the country now sees them for the fanatics they really are and rejects the horse manure he's peddling. And coming from Texas he has a lot of it to peddle.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  28. Pete in Georgia

    Yeah Jack, I think I'll believe someone who ACTUALLY governed something..............very successfullly, like one of the largest states in America, compared to a neighborhood organizer who has LESS experience than the average American housewife running anything.
    No tough decision here.

    August 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  29. Joan Childress

    No, but it might make really good fertilizer.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  30. Lou Mullin, Fayetteville, NC

    No, because the lady Senator from Florida told on him this morning. With the possible exception of Ron Paul, they are all lying through their teeth. Looks like they would have learned from Obama. Promises, promises, NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITHOUT CLOROX AND A FULL HOUSE CLEANING.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  31. lou

    Read my lips: No New Texans!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  32. Jax from LA

    NO! We already tried cowboy polotics once and look where it got us. Two unfunded wars still going on now and the worst part, many in Congress will not admit Iraq was a mistake. I have been more embarrassed that our citizens don't read the facts and get the whole story. America, pick up a book and read or pull it off the internet. We have become too short sighted and forget the past. All I see from the Repulicans is do the opposite of what Obama decides.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  33. Ed Hoffman

    Yes. We need a fiscal conservative who knows how to run something, not a spender who do not know how to run anything.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  34. W.

    I think we've already tried that Kool-Aid with George W. Bush! No thanks, I'll stick with President Obama!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  35. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    No, what he is selling is the last stages of a bale of hay.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  36. perry jones

    I made a decision after the last election I am tired of these liars the bushes the Clintons the obamas they all ar thieves and liars for there crime against this nation they should all be sent to prison. And mr perry is a master at the state of all lies.
    Perry Jones
    Council Bluffs Ia

    August 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  37. Michael,New York

    Please, do we really want an evangelist politico crack pot running the United States ? He's the christian version version of muslim extremists!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  38. Cee.La

    No. No and No......he is taking advantage of the huge natural gas field discovered Dallas and East, it has really kicked the Fracking/drilling/service related industry into gear....thank Chesapeake...not Perry......thats for starters......He railed and spit about the evil of the Obama Stimulus, and took the money........ he has decimated the Public Schools, and Health Care....I could go on.....

    August 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  39. John in Alabama

    Jack: I am not buying what Gov. Rick Parry is selling, because it is same thing President George W. Bush was selling. Bush sold us Part D medicare with out paying for it, over 4000 young men and women died in Iraq and no weapons of mass destruction, went from 4.4 trillion dollar deficit to 11.2 trillion deficit, oil companies making energy policy, allowed taliban in Afghanistan to regroup, T.A.R.P. to bailout banks for bundling mortgages, No bid contract for Halliburton, making Texas slang words acceptable, and outing a C.I.A. operative. Please America save us from Texas. Do not elect Gov. Rick Perry.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  40. Reggie

    Jack, I am buying it 100%. We definitely need a change in 2012 and I think he will be the change for America. We have finally woken up and smell the coffee. It took us a while but we finally have come to our senses.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  41. Greg

    The father of the Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln, fought the bloodiest and costliest war in history to prevent secession from the Union. Perry, representative of whatever smoldering ruins remain of Lincoln's party, openly suggests secession as a punch-line to a fringe group of protesters that just don't happen to like our current president. I don't care what he's selling, he is entirely unfit to become president of this country.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  42. Selvin

    I like Rick perry, Seems Very jolly.But I honestly think he's better off being the governor than our president right now. Im not sure if he's really ready to tackle the Problems of America at this point. To me the real Deal Is Ron paul,Seems to be the only one making true common sense and Could Lead america to it's true Super Power ways. Not with War, But with Prosperity and True Freedom for the American people.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  43. Lori - PA


    He's a politician, and I stopped buying what any of them are selling.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  44. Bobby E.Lahmon Jackson

    Buying it? hell no he couldn't even give it to me let along buying it what we forget you will repeat great ! is this the GOP's knight in shinning Armour a cheap carbon copy of George W. Bush I don't think so read my lips we don't need another Texas cowboy in the white house the only vote Rick Perry would get from me would be one to send him to the ranch with Bush

    August 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  45. David in Tampa

    It's summertime in Florida Jack. The air right now is to thin to swim in and too thick to breath in. Isn't what Mr. Perry trying to sell the same pile of natural fertilizer from Bush just in a different, new and unimproved bag. I don't know about other people out there but I do not want to live in the 19th century. As far as I can tell, neither the Republicans nor Democrats have a clue because they have to pander to the extremes of their parties to get the nomination, then repackage to a broader audience and try sell that narcotic. I wonder how we can get none of the above on the ballot in 2012.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  46. Doug-Dallas

    If Perry creates the kind of jobs in the rest of the country he's created in Texas, we"ll go broke. Wait for the hammer to drop; with the new budget tens of thousands of state workers and teachers are going to hit the unemployment lines. After saying he didn't want Federal money from the stimulus package, he quietly used it to balance the budget for the last two years. Smoke and mirrors!!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  47. Rick McDaniel

    Perry is the strongest candidate in the running, at this time.

    That doesn't mean I believe everything he is saying......but then don't believe ANYTHING Obama says. (Talk about liars!)

    August 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  48. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    No I am not buying what Rick Perry is selling. Because when you look into his claims of what he accomplished in Texas it doesn't look as good as what he would want you to believe. He says he is against stimulus money, yet he had his hand out when it was offered to Texas. Which he then used to create temporary jobs to make his resume look good. He claims god talks to him, yet he could have sent an innocent man to his death when there was overwhelming evidence for at leased a stay of execution while the evidence was checked into. To me he is just another George W wrapped up in a fancy ribbon that his Texas billionaire backers can dangle on strings if he gets elected.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  49. Kay Pils

    Perry says that Texas is the Economy. If that be true then all people who make under $80,000 a year might as well sign up for subsidized housing. As a Texan I know how unfair and recessive our taxation system is. Most people don't know that Texas has no state income tax and we rely totally on property tax and sales tax. Because of our recession, sales tax has gone down and our property taxes continue to rise to make up for this shortfall in revenue. Our state Republican Representatives and Senators and our Governor, Rick Perry, refuse to do anything about this (even our U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison refuse to address state income tax stating "Not in My Lifetime"). For example, my husband and I live in a home bought back in 1979 for $13,000.00 and are now paying $7,000.00 a year in property taxes but we continue to make less than $40,000.00 a year between the two of us. A neighbor bought into the neighborhood about 3 years ago and paid $350,000.00 for his home and he pays $7,000.00 a year in property taxes but he makes $200,000.00 a year. This means that we pay 17.5% of our gross income for property taxes and he pays 3.5% of his gross income. THIS IS TEXAS ECONOMY! The more you make the less you pay. And that's the way THEY (our Republican leaders) want it to stay. Is this the way we want to see our domestic economy to keep going? Oh, and by the way, forget about the subsidized housing because they don't want to fund that either.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  50. John Denny

    jd of Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Of course not! But many will buy Perry's look adn high energy. Substance need not apply.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  51. Brad, Portland, OR

    Nope. He's just another mindless puppet catering to the Tea Party and evangelists to get elected, while really being run by the corporations.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  52. Patsy, Texas

    Jack, if its OK I want to answer both questions here. The short answer is no. Rick Perry has tea running in his veins.
    CNN has run stories on his "job creation" abilities that show he is "fudging" the truth. His "accounting manipulations"
    to balance the budget" and "save the rainy day fund, standing on quicksand. His waving of the "veto pen" is
    fuzzy in that Bush didn't veto any Republican spending bill for six years, and not a peep out of this guy.
    As for his stance on keeping government out of our lives, guess he doesn't mean State government, for instance
    his Executive Order MANDATING girls 11 and 12 years old be given Gardsil (HPV vaccine) before entering
    sixth grade, luckily blocked by State lawmakers, but he tried, and that is the point. Then we have the MANDATED
    sonogram law. Property taxes are sky high, despite his claim he "lowered them". As for Palin, she will hook up
    with him, ride in on her bus, declare herself a king-maker just like she did when he ran for Guv the third time.
    Never intended to run, just wants to screech, and she can certainly do that, so Bachmann is not on her radar.
    Just sayin, dagummitt!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  53. Arlene, Illinois

    Whats he selling, that the Rich shall inherit the earth?

    August 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  54. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Absolutely Jack,Its not that I don't like Obama its that I do not want to live in a socialist country crushed in life by a
    government that knows what is best for me whether I like it or not.So I will vote for Rick Perry so that I can be free.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  55. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    Heck no, Jack!!! America does not need another evangelical president attempting to establish Christianity as the state religion! Remember Bush's constitutionally dubious "faith-based" initiative? Non-Christians need not apply!

    BTW, Gov. Perry prayed for rain and none fell. He prayed for the economy in a state sponsored Christian only event on a Saturday and the DOW tanked 634 points the following Monday. America doesn't need his god!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  56. DaveM

    Rick Perry is a cliche. Between public displays of "faith", his obvious preference for big business over middle class America, and his extreme and simple stances on complex social issues, he is simply another right-wing conservative Republican clone. This type of candidate appeals to the lowest common denominator and makes me fear for the future of our country...

    August 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  57. Annie, Atlanta

    The Rick Perry who:

    Spent taxpayer dollars renting $10,000 a month digs while the mansion was renovated;
    Disparaged stimulus money that he then used to attempt to balance the budget (no wonder the stimulus didn't work);
    Wants to be President of a country he hates enough to want to secede from;
    Is governor of a state that has created minimum wage or less jobs he’s bragging is a good thing (I’d like to see these idiots feed and shelter a family on minimum wage jobs);
    Managed barely a C average at TX A&M, like we need another ignoramus in the White House;
    Caters to dominionists and other hate groups disguised as "christians."

    That Rick Perry? God, even the war criminal Bushies don’t like him, so what does that say? I just can’t imagine the kind of ignorance involved in supporting such an idiot, yet can’t say the same for about 50% of my fellow Americans. But what do I know? Why do the Republicans feel the need to reach out to the lowest common denominator these days?

    August 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  58. Mr. Snead

    Oh the days of old; "Yes We Can" !!!! turned out to sound more like "Yes I Thought I Could" !!!

    Governor Perry is newest sound bite that will probably have an above average chance of unseating the President. His message is filled with today's "Yes We Can" adjectives but as the old Wendy's commercial used to say "Where's The Beef !!!" If you look at the Texas blue-print for job growth get ready for our new workforce to ask the question: Do you want to supersize that meal ?

    August 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  59. Mia

    Buying??? I wouldn't take it if he was giving it away!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  60. Jeff Pierce in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, it doesn't matter what any of the republicans are selling. This better question is "Are you buying what Barack Obama is selling?" With Obama's approval ratings on steady decline, it seems the constituents are saying, "no thanks!!"

    August 15, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  61. Dennis in Florida

    No Jack, I am not buying all of it.

    While Perry seems to have some major economic accomplishments in Texas, there are other things that cause me concern.

    Somewhere I the bible is the phrase “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”. Based on some of Perry’s comments, I wonder if he can make this distinction.


    August 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  62. bud rupert

    Nope! And if anybody buys the promises politicans in general make they need a brain transplant. NOW – aboiut Perry. These so called right wing christian candidates are going nowhere. People may get excited about these characters in the bible belt or in places where narrow mindedness and bigotry is tolerated. But I am pleased to announce to the American people – the majority of us are not. And as long as Chris Christie or Mike Bloomberg are not running – President Obama will have a second term. But, if Mayor Bloomberg was running, he'd have my vote.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  63. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    No thanks, Jack. I saw the remake of The Sting. It ran for 8 years from 2000-2008 and co-starred Bush, Cheney, Rice, and Rumsfield and the nation is still poorer for it.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  64. Dennis north carolina

    we do not need a bush clone from Texas. we did that twice and look what shape the country is.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  65. Ron

    Why not. I bought Obama's Lies. Perry can't possibly do any worse.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  66. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    All there is in Rick Perry's head is an empty peanut shell and a picture of Michelle Bachmann with crayon scribbles on it. Far from buying what he is selling, I wouldn't take it if he paid me.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  67. Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    Nope. Ya'll probably heard the sayin': 'Everything's bigger in Texas', well, there you go- so is Perry's sales pitch.
    Ralph-Corpus Christi, Texas

    August 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  68. Greg in Arkansas

    I particularly believe his claim about creating all those new jobs in "Texas"....however, he has yet to explain where he will create the new jobs in "America" since most of the new jobs in "Texas" came from other states....as President, is he going to compete with Mexico for new jobs by offering them tax breaks and less government regulation if they move jobs to the U.S???

    Speeches and slogans won't cut the mustard in this election......workable solutions might.

    August 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  69. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I live near Dallas and I've seen him for over a decade. I don't like snake oil, or their salesman. If you are looking for enlighten ideas, you won't find it in Rick Perry. Perry is the only governor to veto a bill that would make it illegal to text while driving. If you want the wealthy to have tax breaks, offshore drilling, oil on the beaches, loosening of environmental laws, etc then Rick is your guy. Let's not forget education. Texas ain't #1 by far.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  70. Dora Cabral

    Heck NO Jack, but I've got an bridge I'd like to sell!! Brownstown Michigan

    August 15, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  71. David Ullman

    Once folks know the honest Perry record in Texas, they won't buy his malarkey either.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  72. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Ah Nope. He may be a fellow Aggie but he is a true shister and liar. He is believe it or not more arrogant than W. We better hope that he doesn't get to the White House other than on a tour.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  73. mike halter

    no im not bullies birthers and blockheads
    aka tea party dont belong in the white house.

    mike halter
    largo fl.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  74. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,I haven't heard the whole sales pitch yet.So far,I think his product sounds pretty good,but then,so did Obama's "Hope and Change".Now the" Hope" is gone and the "Change" is terrible!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  75. Karl in Flint

    No thanks, Jack, I'll pass. I don't want to over fertilize my lawn.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  76. Bryan, Co, Spgs

    Please!!!!! Really another Texas Gov.?

    August 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  77. Bill in S TX

    TX facts: 25% of population – no health care insurance; population increase many retirees who do not join work force; median individual income 24.3 thousand dollars/yr; Most new hired get minimum wage or less; How does Perry's form of government differ from theocracy?
    Is this what is wanted by U. S. citizens?

    August 15, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  78. Rich McKinney, Texas

    The job of any politician is to solve problems and to create problems for other politicians to solve. Having lived in Texas where Perry has been serving as governor I can assure you that he is a master of at at least one of those two things. Problem solving isn't one of them.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  79. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I don't buy anything he is selling. When you have understood that nothing is, that things do not even deserve the status of appearances, we no longer need to be saved, and we will be miserable forever.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  80. Doug Hayman (from Miller Place, NY)

    Jack, we have over 300 Million people in this country. Are you telling me that the best candidates we have to offer are Obama, Romney, Bachmann, and now this guy Perry ? It's a sad, sad state of affairs. That's what we need, another oil boy from Texas, who will let oil companies flourish and skirt paying taxes for the next 8 years, at once again, the middle classes' expense. My brother lives in Texas, and he tells me that Perry's intelligence quotient makes Bush look like look like a joint Economics and English Nobel laureate.....

    August 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  81. Ray in Knoxville

    Are you kidding, Jack? Research theTexas economy and you see how much they depend on defense spending for their livelihood. That's government spending, Jack. You will also see how much of the Texas economy is based on oil and gas production. All Perry had to do in his years in charge of the state is kick back and let the pro-oil, war-mongering Bush/Cheney White House feed his states economy. Sounds like good work if you can get it.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  82. Dan K

    Some of what he says is interesting to say the least. His “religious” rally seemed a little out of sorts to what the bible teaches though! The bible tells Christians to show your Christianity in the way you live, but not to flaunt it like the Pharisees did! They were condemned for doing it! Makes me wonder if he is just another professed Christian or just the run of the mill conservative who will make the rich richer and ignore the plight of the poor and downtrodden like the Pharisees of today and yesteryear !
    Please, we cannot stand another governor from Texas as president!!!! We've had one dud already!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  83. Barbara Leavitt

    No Jack I am not but then I'm not buying what any of them are selling. I saw where at first (as governor of Texas) he felt abortion was a states problem...........now running for president and needing all the votes he can get he has changed his
    mind on that one. They're all the same regardless of party but this guy scares the hell out of me!

    Henderson Nevada

    August 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  84. Joe

    A folksy RepublicanTexan governor with a twang? Fool me once shame on you... fool me twice shame on me.

    New York, New York.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  85. Fred Schwacke

    Certainly, I have been looking for a new snake oil supplier for some time.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  86. Jesse-Elizabeth, NJ


    I can smell what Rick Perry is cooking and it smells like the same old GOP protect the rich and screw the poor and middle class all the other GOP'ers are peddling.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  87. Jacqueline

    Heck No !
    You people finally have an intelligent President that everyone in the world respects except you, And now you want to throw it all away for another "Jethro" from Beverly Hillbilly Texas. You people just cant be staisfied so you deserve what you get.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  88. Dave - Phx, Az

    Heck no. Those that proclaim the loudest to walk with god are usually those who do not. Why does he have to convince everyone he is religous? Because he isn't, it's a political ploy to fool the weak minded and easily led. Republican values are not in line with god.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  89. Gail, Plano TX.

    Not for a minute! He may be able to bamboozle others, but here in TX, we've got his number! He has been a most ineffective governor. His claim that we have increased jobs more than any other state is skewed. Most are low paying jobs and the fact that we are an oil state works in his favor. He has cut education to the quick. And his signing of the abortion law requirements is offensive. So no, Jack, I definitely am not buying what he is selling!

    August 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  90. Adem, Oakland

    He was not good at school. So, the answer is NO.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  91. Mr. D

    The only thing I'm buying is at Walmart. We will have to support the job creation that Rick Perry is promising. I wonder if they sell two thousand dollar cowboy boots at Walmart?

    August 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  92. Scott

    I'm a conservative independent, so do I buy what Perry is selling? What can we tell about Perry after one or two speeches?

    I'll buy a balanced budget, no spending cap increase, taxes on those with the ability to pay, a pullback of 200,000 military from overseas, and marshall law at the U.S. border with Mexico. All illegal activity must be punished. If Perry is saying these things, I'll buy.

    But working a ranch at Paint Creek and getting his Eagle Scout badge isn't enough, but is perhaps a start. The positive jobs record in Texas may be key. I'm trying to figure out what role Perry may have had in the Texas jobs success. The Jury's still out on Perry.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm |

    Buy what Rick Perry sells, well we here in Canada, are saying we had Bush 41, Bush 43, Guess its Bush 45..... As if to say a Bush didnt already screw America over badly enough we need to be nailed even harder. Well I suppose the Tea Party and the Red States enjoy being raped by the hands that allegedly feed them, so why mess with a good thing. There slowly being killed faster than they realize and it will make life for us in Canada and the Blue States of the US easier.... Go RICK PERRY....

    August 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  94. Tina Tx

    No. Vote for this phoney and you will get more of Bush's baloney. He is George W Bush all over. Do we need another cheerleader in the White House? No.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  95. Joshua Murray

    How goes it Jack, I deffitnetly that Gov. Perry would be one of my best choices for the next President. Certainly because he is a hard core right winger and because he is from Texas. We already had very good Presidents in the last forty years that came from Texas, and keep in mind Texas is The Lone Star State.

    St. Louis, MO

    August 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  96. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Uh, no. He really should be wearing a loud, checkered sport coat. I'm fairly sure that when you folks in the media really begin to look into what he's supposedly done over the past 10 years as governor of Texas (and by the way, aren't the Tea Party for term limits?), his rock will be turned over and he'll scurry for the next one.

    August 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  97. Al in Delaware

    Not unless you are interested in snake oil. This is a Cowboy without any cattle.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  98. Stuart Groten

    NO!!! He is just another Republican who wants to continue the destructive policies of the
    Republican gang.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  99. Joshua Murray

    How goes it Jack, I deffitnetly thought Gov Perry would be one of my best choices for the next President. Certainly because he is a hard core right winger and because he is from Texas. We already had very good Presidents in the last forty years that came from Texas, and keep in mind Texas is The Lone Star State.

    St. Louis, MO

    August 15, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  100. Jane in CA

    No. If you liked George W. Bush you will love Rick Perry. If you think $16K a year is a great wage, you will love Perry creating all those minimum wage jobs. Until the Minimum wage law is repealed. If you like the fact that your kids can stay on your insurance after they graduate until they find jobs of their own, remember that Perry will make sure they can't. If you think prayer alone can solve all the country's problems, Rick Perry is your guy. Because he certainly won't take any action of his own to fix them. If you think that innocent men should be executed instead of being set free, Perry's your man. There is nothing like killing the innocent to show that you are God's choice for president. Sounds like the perfect Republican candidate.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  101. marybeth, massachusetts


    Would that be the snake oil, the elixir of life, or the used car?

    Nope....not at all. I think religion and politics needs to be kept separate, and what Perry, Bachmann, and others of his ilk want to do is weld them together forever.

    Nor do I think that being a deeply conservative Christian like Perry claims to be is any kind of guarantee. Look at Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert, and others who took a holier-than-thou and I know best because I'm deeply conservative Christian approach–they were worse than someone who doesn't proclaim his or her faith and say that his way is the best (i.e., only) way.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  102. Carl


    No, not at all, I'am not drinking his Kool-Aid. He is just our typical lieing politician. Say and so anything to get elected, then it's business as usual. Ignore the people's will, lie, cheat and steal from the tax-payers. The easy way to tell when a politician is lieing, is when they move there lips.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  103. KP

    The problem with the governor is that his messages are mixed whenever he is in front of the camera. First he says that he prays for President Obama everyday, then as soon as he announces his run for the presidency, he criticizes the President by giving him a pink slip.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  104. Lori - PA


    I stopped buiying what ANY politican is selling.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  105. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    A neocon theocon? No, thanks.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  106. Lori - PA

    I stopped buying what ANY politican is selling.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  107. Marlene

    Perry's got a couple of problems, 1) at least 1 innocent man has died on death row under his watch, 2) teachers in TX don't have the requisite autonomy to meet their students educational needs, because of the one-size-fits-all dictatorship of the Dept. of Education, 3) most jobs recently created have been low pay, 4) his recent prayer-a-thon shows a blatant disregard for the 1st Amendment....that's my short list

    August 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  108. Bhagos

    No. He is another voice for Tea party. Cut, cut, and cut. There is no hope from this man. His vision for American workers is low paying jobs. Not interested on what he is bringing or saying.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  109. Ann from Charleston SC

    So far all I've seen that Rick Perry is selling are religious fervor, low paying jobs, and jabs at Obama that aren't even original. Nothing I'm interested in.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  110. Boomer in Mo

    Looks like a bulldogger (the rodeo guy who jumps on a steer and wrestles it to the ground.) Too "cowboy" for me and I grew up around cowboys. And if most of those jobs he created are minimum wage, he ain't that great either.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  111. curtis in philadelphia

    When it comes to Rick Perry, Texas governor running for president, I think Yogi Berra said it best: "Its like deja vu all over again". Are we really that stupid Jack? Don't answer that.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  112. diridi

    you ask Texans, Jack, all 4 dollar jobs, no insurance, o.k, all McDonald's and K'Mart jobs....this idiot has fired tens of thousands of Teachers. Sate received Stimulus, with that money he pulled on some time. Now, Ask any Texan, you know this....ok, No health care benefit to any one in there....o.k, Oil, and corporations he gave lot of money, not for middle class Americans....o.k, Corporate thugs....America, wake up.....

    August 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  113. dave in nashville

    Prayer, minimum wage jobs, used cowboy boots, just what is he selling besides his looks, charm and far right religion? Oh, and correct me if I'm wrong, but did he or didn't he plant his key adviser's into Newty's camp to destroy it? Think what he'd do with the supreme court...dangerous guy in my opinion, I'll pass.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  114. Tina Tx

    No I am not. He will spew the same Christian messages that the former cheerleader taught this one. Go for the Conservative Christians while ignoring the rest of us.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  115. Cy Gardner

    Do we really want another Texas governor in charge of America? Why don't we all just move to Texas where all these "jobs" are. We can work for below minimum wage in a state that's first in pollution and near last in education. We can give up on the idea of having health insurance. The fact that every other country in the world insures all of its people should be enough to convince anybody that universal health care is for FOREIGNERS!! Real Americans don't get sick. And God forbid you should not be a Christian. No, literally, in Texas God forbids that you not be a Christian. If we end up with this idiot as president the rest of the world will be convinced that Americans are the stupidest people in the developed world. Cy from Arlington, VA

    August 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  116. Curmudgeon in Centereach

    That question is a little premature Jack. Perry has just barely entered the race officially and already we're being asked to comment on how he ran it. I'll wait to hear more of what he has to say for myself, and not make judgments on heresay.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  117. ronvan

    Dear Jack: Van here in good old Columbus, GA. This must be a trick question? Can ANYONE beleive ANYTHING these people say? HECK NO! They prove, on a daily basis, that their ONLY goal is to get elected and put as much of our money in their pockets as they can! Throw all these "children" out and put some H.S. Graduates in their place, we would be better off!

    August 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  118. Valerie in Raleigh

    Few Texans see Gov. Perry as a winner. The jobs he says he created had little to do with him as they were jobs in the oil industry and defense. The jobs he did have a hand in creating were lower paying jobs with few, if any, benefits.
    I see another George Bush, not too bright and makes poor decisions such as wanting to leave the union when he did not like how things were going. Add his devotion to The Tea Party nut cases and he becomes impossible for me to support. My vote goes to Barack Obama, our best hope.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  119. J. B. from Nashville

    Yes, I'm buying what Rick Perry is selling. And, unlike President Obama, he doesn't need teleprompters in order to speak.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  120. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Well he's been Governor for 12 years which gives him more experience than Obama, and he has a better track record at job growth than Obama, and Texas has a balanced (painfully done) budget. So yes I'd buy more of what he's selling than what Obama has. And he can make a decision without deferring to a committee for study.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  121. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Heck no. My boots don't go up that high. His Texas miracle is based on teacher firings, minimum wage job creation and the benefits of an oil bubble and his anti-Catholic end-times Amen Corner give me the willies.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  122. George D Stewart

    Not today or any day. Gov Perry is selling snake oil!
    Evarts, KY

    August 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  123. Joe

    Extremists such as Rick Perry belong in the church, not in the government. Why buy when the hyperbole is so wrong. Often I wish Texans and other extremists like Perry would secede and form their own dictatorship. "No problem, we will have the uncivilized wild west again." Perry brags about his Texas A&M days, with C's and D's? No wonder Perry is looking to get out of Texas before the jobs created by the US Stimulus are lost. The only cure Perry is selling reminds me of the old days of traveling salesman on their wagons selling drinks from city to city to remedy all ills, only to have a drunk fall asleep on the sidewalk.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  124. LA Belle

    Are you joking? Who wants another republican president from Texas when this country is still struggling from the previous Texas republican presidential mess. We would be asking for 100% unemployment, new wars, more rebates for the wealthy, more bail-outs to support corruption and abandonment of tax paid-for Social Secuirty & Medicare funds. Perhaps if we paid our elected officials less without benefits for the rest of their lives, any politician running for office might be serious about why they are asking to be elected. At this point, it's just a get-rich-quick and setup-for-life scheme.
    Lafayette, LA

    August 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  125. Mark Connell

    Nope. He is a politician and they only say what their supporters want to hear. They don't gather the facts, analyze them and develop solutions. What's your plan for the country Mr. Perry? Not the extreme right's view.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  126. Stephen Hanks

    Read my lips....nNo moreTexans

    August 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  127. Fred

    So Ron Paul takes second place in the Iowa straw poll, trailing Bachmann by a few hundred votes and there isn't any Ron Paul coverage to be found on any of the large media outfits.
    Business as usual for Big Media. Truly sad.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  128. Chris Brown FL

    i think we need to be very careful with this one look at the mess we got into in past years when the religious right gets involved they seem to bring out the old coo coo clock I would like to know the line on separation of church and state the line seems to be getting pretty fuzzy. I could see this guy starting up the inquisition again

    August 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  129. Alex Griffith

    I'm not buying another Texas Governor for the Republican party. As a Republican myself I want to see a candidate that appeal to people outside of my party and win the general election. This is why I'm supporting Governor Huntsman and not Governor Perry.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  130. Gary H. Boyd

    Yeah, I guess I am Jack. Comparing Perry with Obama's an easy thing to do since they're coming from opposite ends of the solar system. Obama's on-going line of melarky has taken him to a 54% disapproval rating according th the most recent polls while Perry comes across as a straight talker.You may have gathered I have absolutely no respect for Barack Hussein Obama so "yes" Jack, I'm buying what Perry's selling.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  131. john thomas

    No Jack, it's just more snake oil medicine show with the same old snake oil. And by the way, I don't see much rain in Texas. Maybe we need another rain dance.
    John Thomas Marathon, Fl. Keys

    August 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  132. Noe

    There's a reason he can compete with China... Cheap labor.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  133. Ed Scheiner New Freedom Pa

    I like you lead "Buying". Seems he has some really BIG BIG MONEY coming out to get him elected from Texas-Connolly, etc.
    So buying the elections as is "OLD POLITICS" is the same old game. "If" he get elected what do they want for their money invested? What is he not telling us?So what is new about Perry. Machine Paolitics!

    We can do better.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  134. chris

    i trust him more than obama any day

    August 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  135. Lenny Greenblatt from Boca Raton, Florida

    I honestly don't know much about Perry yet, however a lot of Presidents have executive experience. Governors, specifically CURRENT Governors, need to be taken seriously (take note Romney and Palin). Candidates from Congress are usually busy touting their light bulb legislation (take note...you know who you are).

    August 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  136. Barbara in Sherman Oaks, CA

    Let's see, Jack: Seccessionist tendencies, affiliation with super church ministers who belong to no particular religious sector, but who have absolutely no trouble calling out other religious denominations (two biggies come to mind: Catholics and Jewish people, John Hagee has choice words about both), and how 'bout that guy from the Association of the American Family or some such, who made some serious slurs re homosexuals being Hitler's fiercest fighters...oh yeah, this guy's got a shot...NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's my fervent hope that all these right wing nut jobs are just going to do little more than cancel each other out and then we can watch President Obama cruise to a second term, as well as enjoy the spectacle of those sorry Tea Party peeps that swept in in the 2010 election get swept out like yesterday's news (or comic strips).

    August 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  137. Simon/Orlando

    At least he is creating jobs. Unlike our current president whose only concern is keeping his own job.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  138. Jk from Minnesota

    No we are still paying for the 8 years of the last Texas Governor; why on earth would we want another one so soon????

    August 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  139. Gigi Oregon

    Being the Daughter of Texan heritage, my father and his family left there in 1934 looking for food and the American dream. Never to return. The only thing he brought from there was many a "tall tale". Sort of like Perry and his good friend George.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  140. Rick, Medina, OH


    I'm not buying any of it. Rick Perry has just sat back and watched as lack of political will and economics joined forces. Texas is a very porous border state. If anything, Mr. Perry is a 'poster child' for illegal immigration.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    August 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  141. Mike - Hewitt, TX

    Make no mistake. Rick Perry is a career politician who has never held a private sector job. And, has never been defeated in an election. Apparently, he has political savvy and knows how win an election. Can Rick Perry change the current state of the economy? I don't know. Can he change things is Washington if the T party and the Republicans hold on to the house? He can try. But, it will be politics as usual in Washington no matter who is in the White House. Oh,,, and to answer your question. NO. I don't buy what Perry is selling either. But I'll be watching the race for President.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  142. Lew (Haddon Twp, NJ)

    Jack, I'm a conservative Republican and I want nothing more than Obama to lose his job by 2012. But Rick Perry is not the answer. This Republican field scares me...we dont have a good leadership pool to choose from. That being said I think there are only 2 people qulaified to run this country and run it the way it should be run. Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin. I sure hope Sarah runs, she will get my vote. I dont like Romney, too much of a flip flopper and he doesnt have a backbone. We need strong willed people, you know...the Ronald Reagan types. I think Gingrich or Palin would fill the void.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  143. Frances

    I didn't buy what George W. Bush was selling. I sure don't buy Perry's even more radical preacher style candidacy. Our Founding Fathers were close in time to the Kings, Queens, and Dictator"s of Europe who worked together with the Priests Allah's, and Preachers to make sure all the people had the same religion or it was jail, torture, and death. Their was a reason the Founding Fathers adamantly put in the separation of Church and State. That along with the freedom of Speech is our basic Freedom.

    The radical Republicans can stay out of our religion or no religion, out of our bedrooms, out of our wombs, out of our marriages or none, out of who can have or adopt children (as long as their are loved and cared for) out of our medical care, out of our Social Security, and Medicare.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  144. Bob in LA

    Perry thinks social security is unconstitutional and he advocated Texas seceding from the United States. This might play well to Republicans. The general public will reject him.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  145. RickFromDetroit

    If Texas Gov. Rick Perry were to say he is going to trade in his politics and join the rodeo I would probably believe him, otherwise I thick he is so full of hot air that he could replace the Goodyear Blimp at a Cowboys Football Game.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  146. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Not one teent-tiny bit. Just another ego-ridden Texican, all hat and no cattle as they are wont to say down there.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  147. Jim

    Jack, Every time I see Rick Perry with strident posture, God on his shoulder, hardened by Texas Folklore, and speaking as if he knew what he is talking about, I think of Bert Lancaster selling rain on the Prarie. Perry is definately a "Rainman".
    Jim Los Angles

    August 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  148. Bill in New Mexico

    No, I'm not buying what Perry is spinning.

    Listen to all the Texans complain about Perry. Hear their complaints about all the programs (education, highways, prisons, etc.) that Perry cuts. But the Texas voters vote Perry back in as governor.

    Heaven help me, if my choice in November 2012 is between Perry and Obama for President.

    I will pull the rest of my hair out.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  149. NORA H.G, CC TX

    "Paul Begala says, Perry will say or do absolutely anything to win" Really that is probably true of everyone running for political office, yes for President too. The way I see it compared to what is out there Perry is as good as the others and in most cases better. will I buy what he is selling, sure why not, look at what some of the others are trying to peddle. There is some craziness going on out there.

    August 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  150. Don Storm

    Yes I believe in Rick Perry, and the tooth fairy, and the easter bunny, and Santa Clause...Etc...Etc.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  151. OnTheRoad

    As a Texan, who has lived here my entire life, except the 2 years spent in Vietnam, I beleive that Perry will do whatever it takes to fill his own pockets and nothing else. He has told so many lies that he has forgotten what the truth is!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  152. Scott from Oregon

    The so-called Texas Miracle that Rick Perry speaks about is a myth – and it needs to be debunked. It is a West Texas snake oil sales pitch of the worst kind.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  153. Jay DeKing

    Of course I don't buy what Perry is selling – not a word of it. He's just another Dominionist seeking to impose Christian doctrine upon our nation. I don't want Texas' environmental disaster visited upon the rest of America either.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  154. Lishka9

    Texas has supplied enough village idiots for one century. Thanks, but no thanks.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  155. JC

    Who said Social Security isn't a ponzi scheme? It's a known fact that as the boomers start hitting the rolls that on'd-day' it will expend more than it takes in... The boomers are the ones that set this nice system up for us young folks. So..who's left holding the bag? The young folks that had no say in how it was setup. How is that not ponzi?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  156. Brian

    The guy believes that Katrina was God's punishment on New Orleans, yet he doesn't mention the horrible droughts in Texas. Just another religious wacko trying to be president.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  157. Jenna Roseville CA

    Are you buying what Texas Governor Rick Perry is selling?

    'Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again'

    Sorry governors from Texas all sound the same to me..

    No I am NOT buying what Rick Perry is trying to sell..

    Roseville CA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  158. John from NY

    Perry is a talking head and nothing more. Ron Paul is the man. I'd take Cain as VP.Bachman and Palin are repulsive and epitomize what has failed us with the Republican Party. Ron Paul gets it. He has a plan. The others represent the problem that got us to our current hopeless predicament.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  159. Rose TN

    Absolutely not! For a man who touts so my religion, it is quite surprising to know that he doesn't tithe.

    Also, if God told him to run for president, then why did God also tell Michele Bachmann to run for president? Did God also tell Rick Santorum and Sarah Palin to run? Seems strange to me.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  160. Neil from texas

    I am an American first and libereal second. I think $5/hr job is better than claiming unemployemt or foodstamps. I am voting for Perry as long as he doesn't bring Palin or Bachman on his ticket.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  161. Dean

    To begin, I have no idea why religion has become such a big part of politics, I thought there is separation of church and state in this country. Second, to say the jobs claim is overblown because it's caused by population growth and they are low income is rubbish, I bet a lot of the unemployed in this country would move to Texas and take one of those low paying jobs so they can support their families. Too bad they can't sell their home and move!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  162. edpeters101

    He's on a par with Bachmann and Romney. I truly understand why Obama has a MAD "What Me Worry!" look about him...

    August 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  163. David

    Bush jr who publicly stated that he wanted Texas to secede, that is what he is selling and I hope to god the public isn't ill informed enough to buy that.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  164. jojo

    I don't know much about Mr. Perry but could he be worse than Obama?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  165. frank

    * Social Security IS a Ponzi scheme BY DEFINITION.

    * If things are so great in Massachusetts and New York why are people leaving in droves for Texas?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  166. Jedidiah

    I'll only buy one thing from Mr. Perry and that would have been his silence instead of announcing he's running. Guess he's passed that, so I'll put about as much in him as I do in any politician...still waiting on my million dollar refund from the last two elections, so I won't hold my breath.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  167. jeff

    He pushes his record of employment gains in Texas but that number does also include the Green Card holding Mexicans not spoken of in this article and it doesn't mostly include those making more than $8 an hour. So his remarkable efforts simply put people into the "just surviving" category and nothing more. Why Texas is closer to an anarchy state than it is to a democracy state. Whats an anarchy?, well it is the rich controlling something like a peasant population. If anyone is really in contempt of you, it is Rick Perry because he allows the Green Card holding mexicans to outsource jobs that the American born public needs. Don't get carried away on his record, Texas is not representative of the toils going on in America,it’s an oil state.. Had it been any other governor, the same would have happened in the state of Texas.Remember the last cowboy,and don't forget it.This cowboy wears the same hat. Don't get caught in that nice down home sermon, remember we had that before. Just remember what we have seen in July , the republicans taking us to the edge because of their party loyalties, why non of it represents you and me. The republicans represent the inherently wealthy, not you. They are a cult of greedy people, who feel comfort in dividing themselves from the rest of us.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  168. Patti

    He's a politician. What do you think?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  169. Rudy Padgett

    I don't buy anything that any of the candidates say.

    Rudy P.
    Roanoke, VA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  170. Vicky from Milwaukee

    You mean the guy with the Greacian Formula do? No he's just another Repub. religious, no brain wacko. Wha't to buy?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  171. joshua

    Why not? Even if he's just a little bit better than Obama, we deserve a little bit better.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  172. Christopher D


    I haven't bought into what Perry is saying. I haven't bought into anything a republican says since George W Bush's inauguration in 2001. The fact is that they care nothing about us, the common working man, who has to slave all day long to hope to achieve a small fraction of the American dream. Give me a candidate who tells the truth, isn't afraid to do the dirty work to get things working right, and actually does care about the American people, and I'll vote for him right now. Alas, a dream, perhaps. You know, maybe the problem isn't the politicians, maybe it's Americans. Maybe we've gotten to the point that being truthful, hardworking, and realistic as a politician is a bad thing. God forbid we actually have one that's willing to reach out across the aisle to get things done. That would be, well, Unamerican.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  173. Sheila - Missouri City, TX

    No, I am not buying what Rick Perry is selling and neither should anybody else. I'm embarrassed to call him my governor – never voted for him; but Mr. President, I don't think so!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  174. BD70 - Webster NY

    Absolutely not! Its the same rhetoric all the republicans/tea party has been spewing. Besides...fool me one....they won on the jobs platform last November. Not a word out of them about jobs. First attack ObamaCare...then hold the debt celing hostage...etc. Thanks but no thanks. Perry is no different and he is scary with the things he did try to pass in Texas. Especially the HPV vaccine shot and the mandatory sonagrams. That and his failure to mention he is renting a mansion for 10k a month and billing the tax payers while the governors mansion is renovated. Some fiscal conservative.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  175. CJ in texas

    Having lived in Texas for the past ten years, I don't believe anything the govenor says. The article forgets to mention the layoffs that have been taking place among state workers. Oh by the way, I haven't had a pay raise in the last 3 years and probably will not see one for another 3 years. Rick Perry, what a dork.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  176. Burbank from CA

    I thought he had possibilities at first but on closer inspection with all his flip-flopping I have changed my mind.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  177. buckup

    Live in Texas, never bought his bull
    seen enuf of thiis to know it won't be good

    August 15, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  178. David, North Carolina

    Let me put it in a way you will understand. NO!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  179. Ken

    buying his talk, please, this guy is just another mass produced tenor from a political party thinking the same all song will still get us to dance. Here is the issue. The nation's problems can not be solved with the two political parties that caused them.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  180. Ed in Sacramento

    Perry's hairdo is a wig. Obama is completely artificial. I'm not buying what either of them are selling.

    Ed in Sacramento, CA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  181. shannon g

    I'm too broke to buy anything and clearly he doesn't have the goods.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  182. Ed Sutterfield

    Texas govenors have very little power so like GWB we should really question his experience. But what is really frighening is his mixture of ideology and politics. That said, when compared to some of the other declared GOP potentials he has some credibility.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  183. Bill

    In April 2009, Rick Perry endorsed a resolution supporting Texas’ secession from the United States. And you have to ask whether I am buying what this Texas snake-oil haircut is selling? I may have been born at night, but not last night.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  184. pbsat

    Yes, I don't see a better choice than Rick Perry at the moment.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  185. Bob, St. Thomas PA

    No, Jack, I'm not buying it all all. The other thing I'm not buying is the MSM's exclusion of the second place finisher in the Iowa polls. That comment doesn't apply to you, Jack- I just heard you mention his name.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  186. Col (Ret) JIm Johnson

    Yes, I buy it and I will be celebrating when the Obama disaster is over and done with.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  187. Larry Madison

    With a 39% approval rate, 9.1% unemployment rate and a double dip staring us in the face. Why not Perry or some other "change" other than what the last bozo wrought on this country! What planet are the people expressing favorable views of Obama living on? Must all be "entitled".

    August 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  188. calaurore9

    Fuzzy C- math. Just what we need. Another Texan lite.

    Carol in Northampton, MA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  189. Itsmeagain

    Jack, I can personally think of quite a few Texans who have moved to Wyoming and Colorado for jobs, so I don't believe Texas is a job paradise. Rick Perry's benefactor, wealthy Texan Mr. Wyly, died recently in a car accident. I never heard of Wyly or Perry either one imitating the great patriotism of Warren Buffett who has challenged the highly wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes. No, I believe Rick Perry believes in Republican wealth and what the country - and the job of president -- can do for him and his cronies.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  190. Bill Dunker

    I don,t buy a word of it. I am a conservative and a republican but I would vote for Obama over Perry. I don't trust him and I don't believe he is qualified for the office of President. I especially don't like his religiosity and don't believe that he realizes or understands the need for the complete separation of church and state. Freedom of religion and separation of church and state are still a relatively new concepts and we need to guard them with diligence.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  191. Dave from Georgia

    Please don't forget that the state of Texas had taken the stimulus package a couple of years ago. Perry should give Obama a credit on this.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  192. Adicus, Dallas, TX

    NOPE! Unlike most Texans, I'm not blindly supporting someone simply based on their party ticket. Furthermore, I'm not losing faith in someone else whose shortcomings are all due to his opposing party's unwillingness to compromise. I have a brain and I use it. Sadly, most Texans...and repubs....obviously lack such an organ to not acknowledge what's so obvious. We already have a brilliant man in office....but is powerless to an opposing majority House party who arrogantly opposes everything he suggests. So, what do Texans and repubs do? They take the path of least resistance and blame one person instead of the guilty.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  193. Melissa

    Ask teachers in Texas what Perry has done to improve education. You will get a blank stare, or laughter. He's all hat and no cattle.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  194. t h beyer

    Jack, can you imagine this great nation under Texas Clown-Governor II? This guy is as scary as Bachmann!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  195. Stan - Jackson MS

    Governors don't create jobs; they steal them from one of the other 49 states with better tax incentives. The skills behind that are not relevant to the nation's employment challenges. How could Perry steal jobs from China when companies locate their because of their low wages? Sweatshop wages in America a viable plan? No Jack, I'm not buying it.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  196. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, Perry is selling America down the river, and I'm not buying any of it.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  197. Dan Weisman

    Who knew that Bush was the good one?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  198. Kristian

    No, I do not believe what Governer Perry is saying.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  199. Kris

    Absolutely not! Bachman, Perry and Palin want WWIII so they can all "go to heaven". Not on my vote they don't

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  200. Ralph Nelson

    No. Texas is a state driven by oil. So when we pay high prices for gas, Texas benefits to include jobs. Texas is next to last in education (Mississippi last). The PAC-10 was reluctant to accept Baylor and U of Texas because of low education standards. Texas is at the bottom in health care. At the top in pollution of air and water. Is this what we really want in America? Also, he is a Supply-sider, got a "D" in Economis in college, and that means Great Recession. But I believe he'll win because America wants hope and Obama sells hot air.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  201. Bener

    Absolutely. But I also buy Harry Potter!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  202. RMT

    Heavens NO I'm not buying wht he's selling. He's just a rich cowboy secessionist with a lot more ego and money than intellect.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  203. Sam

    No. I would rather pay more taxes to get better healthcare, than paying $2000 for an EKG.


    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  204. Jeff Myhre

    Governor Perry seems to have seceded from reality.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  205. David Sisters OR

    Not a bit of it–but especially the evangelical crap–that scares the heck out of me.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  206. Steve,NY

    I buy more what he's selling as compared to what Obama sold us. Compared to Perry, Obama was a snake oil salesman.
    CNN should list all of Obama's promisses and lies and compare them to Perry's promisses. You'll find that Perry is a man you need to listen. He may be the Messiah that Obama was suppose to be but didn't not deliver.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  207. Michael from Dallas

    Ain't voted for him yet, ain't gonna start now. The "Texas Miracle" has more to do with geology and the price of oil than with Rick Perry. He's living proof that it's better to be lucky than smart. In 2006 he got reelected with less than 40 percent of the vote.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  208. Jeff, Columbus Ohio

    nope, wouldnt rent it either. the same old product under an assumed name. dont be fooled. wake up and smell the tea folks.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  209. PJ Malek

    The last thing we need is another governor from Texas in the White House. Look at the mess the last one made.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  210. Al

    I believe that we have had enough of former Texas Governors. Haven't we learned our lesson from the last Texas Governor?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  211. Benjamin Carter in D.C.

    Bush made the same promises. Enough said.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  212. mark in arkansas

    Jack, I'm buying what Ron Paul is selling, and THANK YOU for reminding us of who came in second behind Bachman... No one else on TV seems to take him seriously. As for Perry, he's just another smoke and mirror blow hard Texican.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  213. edidiong ekpo

    I do not think rick perry will be able to handle the national economy well,being govenor of texas is a different ball game.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  214. Josh

    Jack- I sure do... My belief is that any job is better than no job at all.... but thats just my common sense talking.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  215. Mike

    Just what our country needs. Another cowboy from Texas.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  216. Canute( From Texas)

    I was thought never to buy anything from a Snake Oil Salesman. Move on Perry! I am out of cash for you.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  217. chuck in bishop ca.

    Thank you for finally saying what needed to be said, I could not have said it better.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  218. Jared Dean

    Absolutely not, Rick Perry is nothing but another George W Bush in a Tea Party Tricorne hat.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  219. Austin Tabb

    Jack, He's like a crooked used car sales man trying to sell me my old car that I know has problems. So no I'm not buying anything he has to say, I do not want another Governor from Texas in the White House again.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  220. Scott

    Thanks for being one of the media's few personalities pointing out that Ron Paul is still quite relevant. Not only am I not buying what Rick Perry is selling, but I'm really questioning whether to buy anything the media is selling nowadays.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  221. Lang

    No way Jack, he thinks he's Jesus, Jr., the New Messiah, and he sounds exactly like George Bush.
    Another fast talker from Texas, distorting facts, and preying upon the ignorant.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  222. Ed S. in Indiana

    Every politician has a common factor, lying to get votes. The only question you can have in a political campaign is, Who is less likely to not fulfill their promises?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  223. Sandra Michell

    As a Texan all I can say is, vote for Perry and become a 3rd world country.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  224. Patricia Vail San Antonio, Tx

    Jack, take a look at how many kids actually graduate from high school in Texas. The Leave No Child Behind Act should be renamed, "Let's Kick the Kids to the Curb, especially if They're Poor or Minorities Act" because that is what has happened. And Rick Perry is happy to preside over it.
    Besides, have you been here? IT's mostly cows and farmland for as far as you can see.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  225. HeyTeach

    I'm not buying it, but the Sheep in the Republican Party (the voters who listen without any fact-checking) will buy it. None are so blind as those who refuse to see...

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  226. Cathy Jeske

    Not at all. The more he brags about his policies the more I hope people will see through him when good news sources like CNN will tell us the truth and prove him and all the other candidates running wrong. Just proves that all politicians lie.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  227. maryanne B

    Ok – I'm a dyed in the wool democrat but if there's any blue states or ANY states out there who can claim to be creating jobs – ANY KIND OF JOBS – minimum wage or not – those states should speak up and defend the president!

    Why are we trashing Perry for minimum wage jobs when we as a party can't even do that????
    What does that say about how mean spirited we are. Starbucks is minimum wage and quite frankly – I'll take a starbucks job any day over STARVIN-BUCKS???

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  228. Rose TN

    No, not even if you coat it in chocolate and deep fry it!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  229. fayes

    Jack, not a chance, I am a Texan and while I would love to be rid of him, I would not wish that on the rest of America. Anyone that even considers voting for him should do some research into his background.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  230. Pam Maas-Maciak

    Seriously? Why on earth would any voter in this country trust or believe anything Rick Perry or ANY politician said? Not only is consumer confidence in the loo, so is government credibility!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  231. ds

    Not a fan and we are one of those with the job that pays lower then before. Of course we have no benefits. Since the contract workers that went back to work after they lost their real jobs, no benies are offered.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  232. aubrie

    Aubrie from Corpus Christi writes:

    Not on your life... I voted for this guy, but rest assured I won't make that mistake again... Watching him recently, I sincerely think the cheese has slipped of this guys kracker!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  233. Bob

    Isn't suggesting Texas might secede from the US, treasonous? Isn't presiding over the execution of an innocent man, murder? Do we really need a treasonous murderer as the Republican nominee for President?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  234. Gayle Austin

    Jack I have lived in Texas all my life and what Ricky boy is trying to sell is hog wash. Letting the vetting begin and open up the closest and people will really see what a horrible job he has done in Texas. I am glad he has decided to run for president get his but out of Texas. Now I bet all those people who voted for his but wish that had voted for White. I see this was the plan all along. Now we will be stuck with another dummy.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  235. Kyle T

    Maybe we should stop paying so much attention to Rick Perry, who is constantly losing to Ron Paul. It seems that some power out there is throwing their money and influence to push Rick Perry as a contender, but in reality he isn't. Can you not all see this?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  236. Curry In Texas

    When are people going to realize that the Texas economy runs itself – on oil. The Governor of Texas doesn't have ti do anything meaningful – witness George Bush as Governor and Rick Perry as Governor. Perry is more superficial. Fellow Republican Kay Bailey Hutchinson even said he wasn't an acceptable Governor. Why isn't anyone talking about that?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  237. Nate

    Thanks, Jack, for going against the rest of the bought and paid for media by mentioning that Ron Paul is still very much in the race. As far as Perry goes, what exactly is he selling? A theocratic, fascist version of George W Bush politics? No, I won't buy that, ever.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  238. Jim Evans

    NO WAY........ We have read this book before,it is called George W. Bush. Now volume 2??? The last thing we need is a Tea Party, Cowboy boot wearing Gov. from Texas. Tea Partiers go home, and STAY THERE

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  239. Robert from Texas

    As an Aggie and Texan I will say that in the last election I voted republican except in the governors race for Texas. I really do hope that Perry is elected president so us Texans can get a new governor.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  240. Linda in Arizona

    First of all, he's a crook. Secondly, he's an idiot, and thirdly, he's a Talibangelical. Looking forward to living in a Christofascist theocracy? By all means, vote for Perry. Then, there's that dirty closet he needs to clean out.

    OFF TOPIC: Thanks for mentioning Ron Paul's near win in the straw poll. Nobody else even bothers to. He was ONLY a few votes shy of winning, but you'd never know it listening to CNN. Not that I'm a fan, but the way the media writes him off is inexcusable.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  241. David Kearney

    The concept that Perry has been responsible for job growth as a platform for his election is solid. That is, if we want more jobs at or below minimum wage, less than 1 in 4 Americans having health care coverage, and if we want the wealthy, especially the Oil and Gas companies and their cronies to continue to get richer, while the average citizen gets poorer. I'm not buying it, GOP. Not one bit. Don't try to dupe us with your trickle-down hocus pocus. It just does not work, and you have proven that, thank you.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  242. Herman

    After seeing what the American people did in the 2010 election, not only will we drink Perry's coolade, we will be bathing in it. Stupid us.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  243. Eileen - Texas

    Do not buy what Perry is saying. I live here it is not nirvana. We call it the Texas mythology. Get out of the big cities go to the rundown small towns. Maybe a Perry candidacy will shed light on what a sad, illiterate racist state it really is. Please people open your eyes and ears!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  244. Kenny M

    Jack Come on, Obama went to Harvard, but Perry's grades at Texas A&M are questioned? Our Harvard in chief is doing such a great job isn't he? LOL

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  245. Fritzy White

    The people supporting the Perrys. Palins and Bachmanns are people voting against their own interests. Wait until they have no SS, no medical coverage and the candidates they want elected continue to champion the corporatio­ns rights to free reign ala Ayn Rand...pro­blem is Ayn Rand wanted total individual autonomy..­.no government interventi­on, no unemployme­nt benefits, no Medicare and if you are not able to compete against the competitio­n..too bad, it is up to you to figure out how. Long term, they are on the road to total self imposed disempowerment. It is the blue collar, christian right wing fool, blindly trusting these politician­s that is so tragic”

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  246. William Elder

    Special education teachers are taught that growth for these needy students is best fostered through the "least restrictive environment." That is Perry's philosophy for business growth and that is what we need most. I'm buying.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  247. BJ Blinston

    So Jack, all your arguments against Gov Perry come from the left. Should I believe them any more than I believe him?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  248. Larry in VA

    Rick Perry never had a private sector job. His record with the TX legislature shows more about confrontation than results. He's more hat than cattle. We don't need him as a national leader.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  249. nate

    of course i will as soon as the MTA buys that this certificate that i got from Rick Perry saying i own the Brooklyn bridge is valid i had to ship a million of the worst jobs i could find to Texas he told me that it was real just like all the dreck hes saying now

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  250. mary

    I am currently living in NY after living in TX for over 50 years. NO I am not buying what Perry is selling. He is a joke, just like Bush. I was part of the education system (high school counselor) and I am here to tell you the TX system is also a joke – ranking almost lowest in the US. Underfunded, and the More Children Left Behind is devastating to all involved. I feel so liberated after getting out of there!! If he is elected, I will seceed!!! Canada is not that far up the road.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  251. Della R from Amesbury MA

    Nope. I used to live in Texas. It was a poor state then and it remains one today, thanks to low wages, poor education and minimal social services. Anyone who wants to live in a poor state is welcome to move there, and anyone who wants to live in a poor country should vote for Mr. Perry. But remember, you can't eat bluff and bluster, and it won't keep a roof over your head.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  252. Bob Dayton, Ohio


    What Perry is selling was what Goerge Bush sold us and we bought. No. I think the American people understand jobs and slavery. Trickle down that concept Perry.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  253. Jay

    There's a common trait among Texans: to aggrandize everything about what they do, and do the biggest, showiest thung the can for appearance-sake – no matter if it's economically wise or not.

    We just had a President like that; I want to avoid another Texan just as much as I want to avoid bedbugs.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  254. Koye Lott

    The only reason Rick Perry can boast at all about the Texas economy is because the Big Oil Companies there have done so well profiting off the rest of us. He, like other Republicans are the puppets of the Tea party. They really have no solutions to any of our problems. They just stall the government and point fingers at Barack Obama, when it was a Republican who caused the deficit in the first place. Face it, tax the RICH! you've already sent the middle class to the unemployment lines with higher taxes.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  255. Zach

    NOPE and NEVER! We need a fiscal conservative and as a Republican voter that is exactly we need now in this country of ours; no ifs, and buts.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  256. Marie McClintock

    Why would we want another president like George W Bush? Perry is cut from the same cloth!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  257. Mary Kidd

    No, I have enough snake oil left over from the GWBush administration to last me a lifetime.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  258. D from the Peg

    Judging by how much this man is hated by every facet of the left wing, including most of the comments here, I say yes I am buying what he's selling. There's nothing I love more than seeing loony lefties go crazy over what anybody on the right says or does or thinks. I say to Rick Perry "Do not back down".

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  259. Jim

    Be wary of anyone who wants to change the constitution.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  260. Matthew

    Absolutely not. He spews the same crap as most of the other GOP candidates, and seems to have just gotten lucky with the job situation in TX. I will, however, support another man from Texas who has consistently stood by his principles, Ron Paul.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  261. Bren

    This mess regarding the economy started with George W. Busch from Texas, so Voting for Perry would be putting George Busch back in office, so I do not think American want another Texas Republican in office anytime soon.


    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  262. Liz

    No way! Where are the jobs? Texas is the worst...I've been looking for 8 months and have found zip. I'm college-educated keep hearing that I'm over-qualified which won't pay the mortgage. If I had the money, I'd move to your #1 Best Small Town in the U.S. (Louisville, CO) which is one of CNN's top stories today. Oh yeah, the weather is awful here too.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  263. dawntreader

    I would buy Rick Perry s stuff before I would the dribble that Begalla puts out.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  264. mike

    Perry reminds me to much of George Bush enough said. Texas should also be known for having the most ignorant goveners of all time. Bush was enough, we dont need more of his policies and that is what perry is building his economic campaighn on and I dont need another anti social security politician

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  265. Name*Arthur

    Rick Perry is assuming that voters are not paying attention to the facts concerning his positions and his record of "non-accomplishments" in TEXAS God help us if Social Security is ever viewed by the mainstream as a "ponzi a scheme"

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  266. Dave

    All hair and no cattle.

    Sebastian, FL

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  267. David - NY

    II don't think this nation can trust a man who was handpicked by then governor George W. Bush to be lieutenant governor. His radical religious views scare me, violating the Separation of Church and State, I thought this was the nation with the can-do spirit. I've found I get more things done with two hands working, then a 1000 hands clasped in Prayer. Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  268. Edward Jack Cheatham

    Personally no, but he sells the sizzle. Anyone who wishes to challenge his claims will have to do so consitantly and across the board with facts that are easy to digest and hokey. Otherwise the general public will believe him at face value.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  269. freedomPoints

    Wow Jack. Way to go off the script and start you segment tonight noting the elephant, RON PAUL, in the Republican room. The other main-strea-media is intentionally ignoring Ron Paul even though he was less tha 1% of 1st place in Iowa. Nothin' but cricketts from your fellow Journalist. You have earned my respect 4 sure! All the best in Liberty...

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  270. Peter from Wisconsin

    Perry has trashed Texas education. He's used accounting gimmicks to balance the budget. No, I'm not buying what he's selling. But, the nation elected "W," the lowest common denominator. This reflects public literacy, education and the force of corporate "speech."

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  271. Ed

    anything is better then Obama All i want is a leader not a cry baby that blames everything bad on someone else

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  272. Jim Evans Chesapeake, VA

    NO WAY........ We have read this book before,it is called George W. Bush. Now volume 2??? The last thing we need is a Tea Party, Cowboy boot wearing Gov. from Texas.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  273. Mark

    The only thing Perry is selling are teachers down the river.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  274. Rob Kilbride

    You quote Begala and Krugman quotes from their opinion columns as if they were impartial facts...those guys are far from unbiased...of course Rick Perry will play up his "successes" just like any politician. The real question is whether his economic principles will help our economy recover.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  275. Stephen Charchuk

    Of course not, Jack. The real problem with Perry is not just what he is trying to sell to America, but how much of America he is willing to sell to the highest bidder if he gets in.....

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  276. Fred in Houston

    It will now be the responsibility of reliable media to expose Rick Perry to the rest of the nation for what he really is and is not. That shouldn't be a difficult task. He needs to be torn to shreds.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  277. Cy Gardner

    He'll appeal to Americans who lack a complete set of teeth or brain cells. He might bring all Americans together on one issue: Yes, Texas should secede from the union. Cy from Arlington, VA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  278. kh

    I do not really like Perry. But we have to have someone to get the economy going. Campaigning to get re elected does not create jobs.Obama has had 3 years to turn around the economy and has failed .

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  279. Dwight in Minnesota

    I'm not buying what most of them are selling! Most of them are just spouting the same old lines I heard last election with the twist for this year! Ron Pual is the only one I have heard actually address issues so far, and the rest seem to be just dissing each other!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  280. Matthew

    Of course not. Perry fails to note that the state of Texas is underperforming in education, health care, and other social services. Texas has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, and many of the jobs that Perry claimed to have created offer "less-than-minimum" wages. The rest of the jobs came from factors out of Perry's control, including rising energy prices and a booming oil industry. Also note that Texas has a huge budget shortfall. Fiscal conservative, I presume?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  281. Bill in Jacksonville

    In Florida we've had a string of Republican Governors since 1999, all slashed taxes and government spending with the promise of more jobs! Today Florida has the third hightest unemployment rate in the country.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  282. Dave, Orlando, FL

    He’s another right wing Evangelical governor from Texas. As the last one said, “…fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again."

    So the answer is, of course not.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  283. Jim

    If you convince a company to move to your "right to work state" from another state where the company is unionized you haven't created another job for American workers you have just allowed an organization to pay an American worker less money and fewer benefits.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  284. James

    I am a native Texaan. We got you suckers to take George Bush so by all means take Rick, anything to get
    him out of Texas

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  285. vJ

    Jack, he is looser. Don't trust that guy. Another Texan for president. We are tired with them. No way Jack.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  286. Steve from Kentucky

    Nope. If I want a minimum wage job, horrible schools, lots of pollution, and a failing health care system, I'll go to Texas.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  287. nick @ Mammoth Lakes, CA

    Rick Perry's Texas-style vision is of a low paying, low quality of life America so that we can compete with developing nations. It will work, but I dont like it.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  288. carlos

    i live in Texas, Houston to be exact. I do buy it for a second but only a second. The growing population is a major factor in the increase of jobs and with a high minority mostly Hispanics, most of the jobs are stereotypical low wage jobs such as lawn mowing. Rick Perry is Ironically facing the same issue as Obama. Both have created jobs but it has not had a large impact on unemployment numbers or the divide between social classes.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  289. Walker from SC

    No, I don’t buy it or the claims from any potential candidate that say they have the key to creating jobs. All they have to do to turn my head is to tell me how! None has so far.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  290. JP

    of course im buying it! duhhhhh!!! next thing you know he'll be saying that iraq is hiding nukes and global warming is a myth just like someone else we all know from texas....the only person i'll accept as a republican president is romney and that's because out of all the retards that stand up there to try and become the next republican president he's the one with the best smile

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  291. Dolores Surprise AZ

    IF he were running for a preachers job, maybe I would buy it but not for President. Remember Separation of church and state. How about the guy that spoke at his prayer breakfast and said the Statue of Liberty is a Demonic Idol, or the one that said Hitler couldn't get enough soldiers to kill for him until he got all of the homosexuals and they would kill or do anything. Anyone that associates with people like that, I don't think we would want him for dog catcher, let alone President....No Way Jose,,,,stay in Texas with the bushman....birds of a feather and all that jazz

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  292. Vance

    Jack–Not buying anything Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, Romney, or Obama or any politician saying since the debacle with the debt standoff–buying Gold Bullion, buying surival crackers, buying a new survival shelter, making biofuels from corn for my car as gas from OPEC will go up again sometime, buying American made products. Semper Fie!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  293. Steven in Denver

    If I wanted to move to Texas for a job, as a current citizen of the U.S. I'd need a green card when Governor "Jefferson Davis" Perry seceeds.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  294. Andy

    Of course I'm not buying what Perry is selling. The main thing to remember going into this election season is that the "selection process" is dominated by corporate interests, and that the whole electoral process has been subverted by these groups, which are only interested in the perpetuation of an economic/financial system that only works to maximize their prerogatives at the expense of the lower and middle classes. This involves the wholesale takeover of our public institutions and the "dumbing down" of our political discourse. Perry is in on this game, like the other Republican candidates and Barack Obama too.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  295. Michael K

    He is the kind of Gvenor that takes money from promgrams that help pay the electrical bills for the poor people and uses the money to balance the Texas Budget, while people in Texas suffer through the worst heat wave since 1980. Money is taken out of our electric bills every month to help the poor, this will be the kind of president he will be.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  296. jimmiek in Texas

    Well Gosh! The coming of the "Second Decider"! iWorse actually since he can make a great sounding speach (until you understand the underlying motives) Yes, Please! Take him. It will get him out of here. Course I wouldn't really wish that on the country. Makes a Palin / Bauchman ticket look down right appealing...

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  297. Philo

    Well, my 15-year old daughter, in the midst of eating chips before I start grilling, answered your question if she was buying what Rick Perry says by pausing and saying . . NO. Welcome to the future.


    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  298. Anne Houston

    I live in Texas, the RIGHT TO WORK (several min wage jobs with no benefits) state. I think between W and his hand-picked successor Governor Good Hair, it's safe to say that while Texas ranks at or near the bottom of the list in education, we are first by several lengths in "idiots who vote for idiotic, ideologues." I wouldn't buy anything FROM Rick Perry. I might a ticket to a desert island FOR him, though. Man wants to secede, but he wants federal dollars for fires. Can you say "Talk outta both sides of your mouth?"

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  299. Brad

    Rick Perry is the perfect candidate! He's a George Bush clone, only not as intelligent and much crazier. He's sure to get the full support of all the nut-jobs that have been supporting Palin, Bachman, and all the other teabagging crazies the last few years. How can he lose!? I'm sure the media loves him even more than his supporters.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  300. Chester Bickerstaff

    No, Jack, I'm not buying what Rick Perry is selling, but I am voting on what RON PAUL is saying. Except for you Jack, everyone else in the media seems to forget that RON PAUL got 28% of the straw poll votes, which is very close to the top. Ron Paul had the right answers last election and I think people will recognize that and elect him during this election.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  301. Jimbo

    I'm a right winger and I do not want this knumbskull elected. The last thing we need is an evangelical nut case running this country focusing on non-issues.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  302. MaryAnn

    No don't buy it. Texas has lots of jobs –minimal, house keeping, janitorial,picking vegetables, farm. Perry hates education. Wants to tell UT & other major universities how to run their organizations. Texas has the lowest ratings in education, wages, and don't forget we have the highest uninsured population. Guess who will pay for Texas elderly, sickly(those in Nursing homes) the people that vote him in.
    He is another "Good Ole Boy" just like GW except with dark hair.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  303. Deb in MT

    Some Texas 'miracle'. And, didn't Parry use stimulus money to disguise the true size of the deficits in the Texas budget? No, Jack. This Grandma is completely uninterested in buying Parry's snake oil.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  304. Sunita

    No, I don't buy what Perry is saying. He looks like the typical southern preacher. I expect him to drag some innocent from the audience and declare him healed. What happened to separation of religion and state?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  305. Ken in NC

    No Jack. With the inventing of antibiotics, Texas Snake Oil is no longer needed.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  306. nita

    Perry has been an embarrassment to thinking people in Texas....only good thing I can say about him is he was for the wonderful rest stops built along the highways in West Texas. Of course he was critized by the non-thinkers.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  307. Beth from San Diego

    As Governor of Texas, Rick Perry actually stated that when Texas was a Republic and agreed to join the United States, it retained the right to secede. He said Texas was thinking about doing just that. It doesn't make sense that it is now "his calling" to lead the United States.
    And, after blistering speeches about the Federal stimulus, he, like Michele Bachmann, took not millions but billions for their respective states. So his job creation, such as it is, was generated by Federal money.
    So, no, I don't believe him. He puts such a blatant spin on his "accomplishments" that when you check his record, his ability to lie is probably his biggest accomplishment. He would be worse than G. W. Bush 2.0.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  308. John

    No, I do Buy his rhetoric.I have lived in Texas for 25 years and this guy has ruined the Great state of Texas! I don't know how he is going to fix our problems, when he only works a couple of hours a week as governor and earned the name of Part time Perry.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  309. Name*DeRamius A. Leonard

    No I don't buy it. Republicans don't have any new ideals. They figure that they can win the white house by allowing the county to fail. I hope that all Americans take a real look at what's going on and see how the only campain message that they have is jobs a problem that started on the watch of a Republican. They got us in this mess you would have to be a fool to vote another one in. And the hell with the TEA party crazys.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  310. Terry, Ontario, Canada

    Perry is the Tea Party's dream candidate. If elected to the presidency in 2012, the budget will be gutted with even more tax cuts given to the rich while all entitlement programs will be destroyed. And people thought the Briton riots were bad. Wait until all of his policies hit the the fan. Also, Iran will be attacked within 2 years of his ascension to the 'throne'. You are looking at the next Dubya. I hope you take a seriously good look because he will destroy any good will the US has re-built under Obama. The rest of the world won't be fooled again.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  311. John

    I live in Texas and I don't want to see slick Rick running this country. He's full of lies

    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  312. Jerry Fair

    Jack-I am not buying what Perry is selling but unfortunately millions of simple minded voters will. It's mainly a beauty contest with little attention paid to record or character. Perry looks good but the idea of electing bible thumping former governor from Texas scares me. I was planning on skipping the election but if Perry gets the nomination I will run to the polls and vote for President Obama.
    Huntington Beach, CA

    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  313. dan mcfarland

    Rick Perry reminds me of a t/o ( turnover) man at aTtoyota dealership, telling you you must buy the paint sealant and the fabric protection. people recognize a carpetbagger when you see one.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  314. Howard

    I listen to your comments as often as I can. I think you make fair and accurate observations. One thing you overlooked in your comments on Rick Perry. A major attraction to Texas jobs, let's say, as to those who relocate from California, or other similar states, is that there is no personal income tax in Texas, as opposed to those other states. Rick Perry does not make the attraction. You are right, population growth and no personal income tax are the influences. He's no good for Texas, and could be worse for higher office. Just listen to him.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  315. Ron

    No but i can sure smell what hes selling. this guy is every bit the ill tell you anything and the sheep will buy it! i have friends in texas and most of the jobs in texas are minimum wage and there is limited jobs with health care. and from what i have heard he wants to do away with medicare OMG WHAT!!! i would rather vote for the marx bros. least we know what were getting with them.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  316. Nika Davis

    America should ask Texans about the leadership of Rick Perry. I am still trying to find one of those jobs that Rick Perry created. Also ask Texans about our education here, if he is the jobs president why are teachers being laid off as a result of excessive budget cuts. And why are parents scrambling to find after school care for their children because schools lost funding to provide a safe place for kids to stay until their parents can pick them up after work.

    From a Texan

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  317. ron

    No I am not buying what Perry is saying. I would not take what he has to say for Free. Besides he seems to think he has a hot line to God. He called upon him to run for President so he can save the world, so he claims. I wonder how many fools are going to believe that one.....

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  318. jeanne

    Rather simply....NO!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  319. Leslie

    If you think it is fair to expect parents to work four jobs to support a family, you must be a Perry lover. With both parents working two 38 hours a week job- a total of 156 hours per family- expect ever increasing violence with our kids. Everybody trying to put food on the table, nobody home to watch the kids, Can we have the one bread winner 60 hour work week back?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  320. Betty Carroll

    Absolutely not! He doesn't have enough upstairs to be president. Way too far to the right to get elected. The only decent Republican candidate they have is Romney.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  321. John from Tillamook, OR

    If you are photogenic and say, "Praise God" enough, you can easily sell yourself to most of the right-wingers in this country. I may be old-fashioned, but unfortunately for Mr. Perry, I don't sell out quite so easily.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  322. David Hagen

    This guy is a preacher not a politician. He believes that god talks directly to him, what a joke. He makes Bush look good. This guy will want to start the Christian crusade against the Muslims. He scars me. The hair is to good!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  323. DANA from Texas

    Jack...; If you ask me, when Rick Perry mentioned in public, secession from the rest of the country he allowed the whole world to see who 'Rick Perry' really is.... an opportunist.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  324. Terri

    Jack, Rick Perry is not offering anything in Texas. I have been out of a job for almost 3 years, if jobs were here as he is telling everybody we in TExas would all be working. I do not trust Rick Perry as far as I can see him nor believe anything he says. He is using FAITH to get people to vote for him. I am not repeat I am not voting for him if he can't treat Texas right what makes people think he will treat the United States of America right. Wake up people don't be fooled.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  325. Gabe in Texas

    Rick Perry is a wolf in sheep's clothing. It sickens me that he continually gets reelected in my home state when it's no secret he tried very hard to allow his friends from Spain butcher our state without our knowledge. This man inherited the role of Governor when America dumbly elected "W" the first time. He has no business anywhere in politics. I wouldn't elect him to an HOA board let alone any position of power. His views on states' rights are contradictory due to his STRONG religious beliefs. If you want to bring him down, start questioning him on Gay Marriage, Trans Texas Corridor, Abortion. There's plenty more but those 3 should be enough to stop him from being taken seriously in this election.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  326. Dave from Austin

    Jack Perry is a joke and a bad joke at that. He has run our great state into the ground. Jobs governor, yeah if you want to work for minimum wage. Run Texas education into the ground and made it a joke. He over saw the biggest government land grab in Texas history as land owners lost their land so Perry cronies could build toll roads for their profit. Perry was elected with less than a majority of the votes. The Texas election had several parties running for governor. Perry did have the most votes, but he only got between 25%-33% of the votes cast so 3/4 to 2/3 of the Texas voters voted against him. You noticed he had to go outside of Texas to announce, because in Texas he would not receive such strong support. Slick Rick is bad for Texas and worst for the USA.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  327. Brady in Poughkeepsie

    No way! Rick Perry has no business being president. He would turn this country into some Christian fundementalist dictatorship. I don't believe in the 2012 end of the world stuff but Perry would be more than happy to bring it about. I'd rather see one of the other Republicans become president honestly, and I'm as left as they come.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  328. Wayne K.

    Just what we need. Another cowboy, religious fanatic, Texan in the White House. He and his "New Apostolic Reformation", friends want to turn the US into an extremist Christian theocracy where we will have to pray for everything.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  329. shar

    Perry has been grooming himself for this since he first ascended to the throne in Texas. Texans know the Governor is a puppet with little power. Perry built his power base when he served as Lt. Gov. under GWB. His greatest flaw is that he has a HUGE ego. I truly believe he thinks he should be President. As for skill, he should have a lot more after more than a decade at the top of the Texas government! I'll say this for him, he is the TRUE Texan: born and raised and "educated" there at Texas A & M. Oh don't forget he was a cheer leader too, just like GWB and Kay Bailey Hutchinson. Guess this is a criteria for top office!!!!! Hope Americans see through his glitzy presentation and leave him in the dust!

    August 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  330. STEPHON

    Jack are you kidding me ? It is very different when you are not in the hot seat. You really can tell when an Adult is in the because the little kids start whining to get their way. I for one will not buy what Rick Perry is selling. He's a flip flopper.Today he may be selling promise but tomorrow when he 's in the hot seat my have tp compromise.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  331. Susan from Idaho

    Jack we are talking all hat and no cattle again. Give this guy a pulpit not a desk in the oval office.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  332. c.moralez

    As a life long citizen of Texas, I can personally attest to the negative effects of of Perry's cronyism filled tactics. I don't know who hes recently hired, but in the last election, he refused to appear in any debates, refused to be questioned by newspapers, and made very little appearances to minority and economically disadvantaged areas of the state. It is true there have been many jobs, but I promise you, all are low wage, with no insurance, and no protections. Like his last commercial stated " Texas is open for business" but closed to its citizens. Im glad he's running for president, now people can really can come down and see for themselves.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  333. Dave

    No Jack I watched his announcement bid on cnn. I thought right away that he sounded like George W. Bush in 2000. Is Carl Rove writing his speeches? The Republican Party does know how to create jobs. Trouble is they are minimum wage jobs that have no insurance or benefits. Tell people the same lies over and over and eventually they will start to beleive them .Sound familiar? Remember swift boat commercials?

    August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  334. lynnej in nc

    Uh, no. This guy amounts to Bush Lite. We're still dealing with the remnants of what he left us. I guess this guy wants to take what Bush didn't get get.

    August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  335. Tim De Vincke

    Just what America needs another Cowboy to send more troops overseas, keep the rich getting richer and keep the oil companies protected! I listened to his announcement speech and I don't think we need a Pesident saying "...Amen Brother" every five minutes of one of his speeches.

    Charlotte. NC

    August 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |