Are Rick Perry's 15 minutes up?
September 26th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Are Rick Perry's 15 minutes up?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Turns out Rick Perry may be all hat and no cattle.

Opponents lobbed the same criticism at another Texas governor and pretend cowboy, George W. Bush.

Watching Perry's most recent debate performance, it looked like he got his cowboy boot stuck in his mouth.

The Texas governor may be fading out of the Republican race as quickly as he shot to the top of the polls last month.

The signs of trouble are stacking up everywhere around Perry, starting with Mitt Romney closing the gap in the national polls. Although Perry is still at the top of the pack, Romney polls stronger against President Obama.

On the state level, Perry is losing one straw poll race after another:

In Florida, businessman Herman Cain pulled a surprise landslide victory. Cain's 37% win topped Perry and Romney combined. Perry was expected to win the Florida straw poll at the start of the weekend, but his underwhelming debate performance put him a distant second.

In Michigan's straw poll, Perry also finished second, this time to Romney, a native of Michigan.

And last week, Perry placed a distant second to Ron Paul in a California straw poll.

These straw polls are only mock elections and don't necessarily reflect how the primaries will go. But, if you are the Republican front-runner, there is an expectation that you win some of them.

An adviser to Jon Huntsman's campaign suggests it is becoming increasingly clear Perry can't perform, saying he has a case of "electile dysfunction."

Perry's people claim the Florida straw poll is a big loss for Mitt Romney, who has been in the campaign for much longer.

Here’s my question to you: Are Rick Perry's 15 minutes up?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

One could hope. If they are not, it begs the question: What does Perry's general lack of intelligence say about the majority of Republicans?

Joe on Facebook:
They were up an hour ago, but someone forgot to tell the Republicans. Perry never should have been in the presidential race... It's time for Perry to saddle-up the mule and go back to Texas.

Burt in Arizona:
I sure hope so. I, for one, have a hard time trying to figure out why he is even running since he wanted to secede from the union and not be a part of the United States.

Pete in Milton, Florida:
Yeah, they are. But don't worry, he's too dumb to realize it. He'll continue to stun, amuse and befuddle us for several months to come.

Rich in Gainesville, Florida:
I sure hope they are! We were told it would be Bush's 3rd term if McCain got elected. It's Perry who is Bush's brother from another mother. And that's certainly no compliment.

Rick Perry's 15 minutes were up 14 minutes ago, when he first uttered the words "Social Security."

David in Missouri:
Jack, Yes sir, he is toast and I am happy for it. Just a flash in the pan. Good Bye, Ricky.

Absolutely. And since Perry exposed Romney as being vulnerable within his own party, the leaders of the establishment Republican Party are in panic mode. Calls are being made to "The Fat Little thug From New Jersey." Yep, Perry is toast.

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  1. pat in Michigan

    His 15 was up 15 minutes in. He's as big a wingnut as Palin or Bachman.If these folks think that the public buys this garbage they are dishing out then they are really out of touch.
    like the song says "We won't get fooled again"

    September 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  2. Cecile Kazemi

    I sincerely hope so.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  3. John from Alabama

    Jack: They were up before he started. Gov. Rick Perry's belief that social security is nothing but a Ponzi Scheme was his end and will be his testimont. America wants someone with a balanced approach to solving problems, and shooting from the hip. Good hair and a Texas slang will only get you through one debate, because the next nearly got his head cut off. Gov. Rick Perry is a member of the not so right time players in the republican field. Gov. Perry needs to stay in Texas and pit out fires.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Absolutely not.

    Many of the attacks by his opponents, have been over what Texans consider minor issues. Many people across the country, will also consider them minor issues.

    He will, in my opinion, remain the front runner, and the man to beat. Romney is a Dem wearing a GOP label, and sooner or later, the voters will make that perfectly clear.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  5. Dan K

    I sure hope so! Another “Cowboy Millionaire” is all we need to complete the destruction of this country! The last one almost did the job!!!

    Dan K
    Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

    September 26, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  6. Charlene Ellis Bond

    As Texan, one can only hope that his 15 minutes of fame are up - oh, God, please let them be up. What an embarassment he is to Texans!!

    September 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  7. Kevin in CA

    His 15 minutes of fame are not over ... he still has solid support from the radical, religious, born-again Christian, right wing.

    September 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  8. Tom Becker - Northern California

    Yes! His time is up.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  9. Greg in Arkansas

    Rick Perry's 15 minutes won't expire until the 24/7 news "reporters" find someone else to fill the void, after all, Palin was top talk until Perry came along so I guess it all depends on YOUR definition of "15 minutes"......BTW, please do NOT go back to reporting on Palin, her 15 minutes nearly re-defined eternity.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  10. Susan

    Boy, I hope so! We don't need another truth-twisting MORON in the Oval Office. (Draw your own conclusions about whom I am referring to.)

    September 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  11. Jk from Minnesota

    Looks like it; one can hope.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  12. Bonnie

    I hope so!!!!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  13. hongli from Tor.Cda

    Rick Perry 's time was up just one minute after he declared that he was running for the "WHITE-HOUSE." Perry is a DICTATOR -– He will be worse than George Bush if elected.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  14. Pete in Milton, FL

    Yeah, they are...but don't worry, he's too dumb to realize it. He'll continue stun, amuse and befuddle us for several months to come.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  15. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Rick Perry's fifteen minutes were up fourteen minutes ago, when first uttered the words "social security".

    September 26, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  16. Rich in Gainesville FL

    I sure hope they are! We were told it would be Bush's 3rd term if McCain got elected. It's Perry who's Bush's brother from another mother. And that's certainly no compliment.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  17. David in Tampa

    I don't think so Jack. He still has 3-5 minutes on his walk of shame. Like Micki B he is fading fast. Once his real record for the state of Texas is revealed he will sink to the depths of the has-been. I think the American people are as tired of rulers as was the generation of our founding fathers, and unfortunately our crop of George the Thirds just don't get it either. Time for a switch.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  18. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    No way of knowing unless his fundraising collapses or his staff heads for the door, until the voting and caucuses start. If Gingrich beats him in South Carolina and Bachmann beats him in Iowa, he is done. He has no chance in Florida – that is Bush country.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  19. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Yes I think his 15 minutes are up. He had holes poked in his the story about being a successful governor of Texas and now he doesn't look as great as he would have us believe. He is definitely a bad debater and is unable to get out of the debates like he did when he was running for governor of Texas. His good old boy character will not carry him on the national scene. For me he is too much like George W to get elected.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  20. Jayne in NH

    The last Republican debate sealed the deal: Perry is another bumbling dimwit who is trying to follow in the footsteps of that other bumbling dimwit who was a Texas governor. Maybe the Republicans are realizing what a nightmare they could again create given the wars and debt foolishly entered into by Dimwit #1.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  21. Burt in Az

    I sure hope so. I for one have a hard time trying to figure out why he is even running since he wanted to secede from the Union and not be a part of the United States.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  22. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Not just Perry himself, but Pat Buchanan etc. said Perry would have to do well in Florida to stay in the game. He received only 2/5 the vote that Mr. Cain did. Beethoven could have heard the buzzer, gong, and bells that signaled times up. He can now return to Texas and ponder the possibility of Global Warming from a state on fire.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  23. Dennis north carolina

    No, Perry needs another 15 minutes to show the party how Texans do it like George Bush.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  24. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,was it really 15,seemed more like two,I think with the Cain victory in Florida,the bell has tolled for Mr.Perry.Now I think we should listen to and pay more attention to what Herman Cain has to say.He seems to be the real straight shooter in this political rodeo!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  25. Suzanne

    One could hope. If they are not, it begs the question...what does Perry's general lack of intelligence say about the majority of Republicans?

    September 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  26. Doug

    Absoutely. And since Perry exposed Romney as being vulnerable within his own party, the leaders of the Establishment Republican Party, are in panic mode. Lindsey Graham is making comments like he is the President, " Watch it Pakistan ", " The candidates are doing fine ". Calls are being made to " The Fat Little thug From New Jersey ", Waddle, Christie, Waddle. Herm is busy throwing out photos and documents, so the Press can't get a hold of them, now that he is in danger of being spotlighted. Yep, Perry is toast Jack. Who are you going to line up next? Doug.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  27. LA Belle

    It will take him less than 15 minutes to go down if he is the Republican nominee for President.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  28. Dale

    What aggravates me about Rick Perry he keeps bragging how well Texas is doing, the reason why Texas unemployment rate is so low All of these jobs created in Texas. He uses an abundance of people who are willing to work for minimum wage or just a little over minimum wage. I'll say it again. He is all hat . Yes his 15 min. is up.


    September 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  29. Peg from NY

    Call it a wrap, Jack!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  30. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,Yes sir he is toast and I am happy for it.Just a flash in the pan..................Good Bye Ricky

    September 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  31. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    One can only hope.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  32. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    We can only HOPE! If he gets in the White House we'll hit a new bottom in a divided country but maybe that's what needs to happen so the American people can rise up against all of this nonsense and demand a new government that includes term limits and more unity.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  33. Evelyn Berryhill

    In my opinion it is and it shouldn't never been at all

    September 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  34. pat, Idaho

    Only his hair dresser knows for sure!!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  35. Pete from Georgia

    Heck no !!
    You know he's not through until the mainstream media decides he's through !!
    You know this..................right ??
    Oh, never mind, I guess the word has come down from the top.

    September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  36. Terry- Greensburg, IN "Hoosier Hillbilly"

    What were you timing him for Jack? If your reffering to a canidate for an election that takes place in 2012, I've already told you Perry & Romney will not BE! (((Why Perry is beating Romney (CNN)-))) .....O! really?
    *** You ask....
    Does Rick Perry's lavish lifestyle match his country 'cow' boy image? MOO! (Cafferty File) – – –
    10 Insanely Overpaid Public Employees, him and who else?

    September 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  37. Kevin SD CA

    I hope his 15 minutes are up, since he is just another globalist socialist!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  38. pad

    Time is up because he not Andy Warhol he sould not have had 15 minutes. Jack there is a differance between an artist and a conartist.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  39. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I certainly hope so. It's also my hope that Perry won't be reelected as governor. It's bad enough Pandora's Box has been opened with George W Bush, there's no reason for the rest of the country to be afflicted.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  40. Annie, Atlanta

    The only reason he ever had 15 minutes in the first place, as you could tell by the crowd at the September 8th debate, is because he holds the record for executing the most criminals as governors. Republicans are a blood thirsty bunch, aren't they? Gives me the shivers, this hateful bunch.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  41. Loren

    You mean that they're not over already? I thought he already signed up for Dancing with the Stars.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  42. mike halter

    God I hope not Jack. As an independant voter I think having a Tea Party voice running for the Prez.
    shows what kind of boobs they are.

    Mike Largo F.L.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  43. Tina Tx

    Gov Goodhair thought he would waltz right on in and take the air out of all the candiates only to find they have let his air out of him and the sad thing if he looses he will be back running Texas. I think they need to be forced to resign.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  44. Jef

    Rick Perry makes me yearn for the days of President George W. Bush. Gov. Perry needs to go back to Texas where he is "owned" by big oil...

    Bossier City, LA

    September 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  45. Paul From Austin Texas

    I would have much doubt about that. He tends to get or try to get the spotlight anyway he can. You haven't heard the last of Palin and that goes for Perry.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  46. Rick, Medina, OH


    Am I the only one disappointed that Americans now are not getting an effective debate on the issues ... there is so much we need to tackle ... responded to with 'sound-bites!' In the '70's and '80's, we screwed up, but we showed up! Today, politics comes across as a badly choreographed play!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  47. Bob H. from Orlando, FL


    Its still way to early to determine when anybody's 15 minutes are up. Truth is any political party who is on the outside of the White House looking in (politically speaking) are going through their popularity contest. Govern Perry did not fair to well in the previous Republican debate, but the real question is how bad did he really do or when will Republican voters forgive and forget. The road is still long with plenty of unknown twists and turns. So for know, Gov. Perry's 15 minutes are encircling the voters airport so to speak awaiting for one of his opponents to make a miscue. Lets face it they are all human and ones failure always builds character. So in the wake of defeat, Gov. Perry could actually gain strength. It depends solely on him to control what he says and when he says it.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  48. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    As Sarah Palin would say, "You betcha!" If Rick Perry thinks debates don't matter he should ask somebody about the Kennedy/Nixon debate!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  49. Ken Victoria BC

    No. Like a bad apple, he will remain to spoil the barrel of monkeys called the elite of the GOP. Mr. Perry, please stay as Mr. Obama's reelection will be guaranteed.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  50. Terri from Blountville, TN

    We can certainly hope so! If I have to keep listenin' to tha good ol' cowboy, I think I might execute my television.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  51. Bob, N.C.

    Jack, I sure hope Perry's 15 mintues of fame are over. The last thing we need in this country is another gun slinging Texan cowboy who thinks he knows more than anyone else. The last Texan we elected to the White House left us with two wars unpaid for, two tax cuts for the wealthy, unpaid for. Then there was six the trillion dollar debt that caused the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. The sad part is the GOP is waging war with the White House to return to those same policies. I hope the American People vote them all out in 2012.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  52. Ken in MD

    God, I hope so.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  53. Steve, Clifton, VA

    I would say that 13 minutes of his 15 minutes are certainly up for the National Stage of politics....He has a few more galfs and poor debates to go before he is shown the road back to Texas.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  54. Bert in CA

    Hi Jack, It’s not Perry, it’s the GOP since 2008. Historically, parties move to the center after a defeat, but the “R” people are full of Revulsion. The Radical Reactionary, Racists, Religious Right have dove off the deep end of hate; anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-social security, anti-science, anti-government, on-and-on! They hate everything but global corporations and their 15 minutes is up!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  55. Gary H. Boyd

    If they're not, they should be. He's a poster boy for terms like "flash in the pan", "here today, gone tomorrow", "15 minutes of fame", and "who was that guy?". The GOP's just gotta have somebody capable of beating Obama and I don't see Perry being that guy.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  56. Bill of New Mexico

    Yes! Perry's 15 minutes are up for now:

    1.) The Tea Party did not like what they saw in Perry.

    2.) Perry goes back to Texas as Governor.

    3.) Texas decides that if Perry is not good enough for the Tea Party, then Perry is not good enough for Texas.

    4.) In 2014 Perry loses his bid for Governor of Texas.

    5.) Perry becomes a lobbiest for Merck.

    6.) Perry bankrolls the new Texas Governor.

    7.) Texas forces more childrend to take more shots.

    8.) Perry has another 15 minutes again.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  57. Sylvia from San Diego

    If Perry gets the nomination, he gets my vote... BTW, I am an independent. I am voting for anyone but Obama... I have had enough of Obama's, "hope and change".

    September 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  58. Fay in Abilene Tx

    I'd like to think so,but thought the same about Palin over two years ago and she is not going anywhere.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  59. Larry, Boston MA

    In any other party, yes. But we are witnessing the GOP race to the bottom. Did anyone see the look of incredulity on Romney's face when Perry's tongue tripped all over itself? I swear, Romney and Huntsman look embarrassed to be on the same stage as Perry.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  60. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Thank God Almighty!

    September 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  61. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I don't think so, Jack. the guy is a survivor who has never lost an election in Texas and still has a strong following among "Tea-vangelical" Republicans.

    and IF "debating skills" were a truely important part of modern campaigning, George W Bush would have never defeated John McCain in the 2000 Republican primaries and been (sort of) elected President twice.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  62. Mycroft

    I don't think so Jack. If he doen't become next the GOP candidate for President, he could possibly become the next Marboro Man.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  63. NJIE in Arlington Texas

    I sure hope not. He epitomises the freakish nature of Republicans. Vote Perry and show us how much you miss Bush.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  64. Riley - Seattle

    Unfortunately No. Twangy, simple-talking Texas governors seem to hold an allure for a significant segment of the voting populace that I like to call the "15-Minute Bunch," named for the amount of time they set aside for critical thinking every four years. Choosing an "everyman" just like themselves for president–a dude with a swagger and an attitude, prone to speaking in bumper-sticker-ese–is the best way to a simple God-fearing life, they rationalize. No problem is so complicated that it can't be solved over burnt steak and fries by a fifteen-minute man.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  65. john thomas

    If the pizza guy can win a straw in Florida and beat him that bad (and I live in Fl and yes we do have some screwballs here) I would think his 15 minutes are up but look at today's polls, he's the top republican candidate. Maybe those Floridians just like pizza, or maybe that was a "we don't like you Perry" vote. I just don't know Jack.
    John Thomas, Fl. Keys

    September 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  66. James (Denver)

    Well, Jack. With "electile disfunction" 15 minutes isn't bad. If these debates start lasting more than four hours, he should consult a physician.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  67. John B

    Why so many questions about Rick Perry?

    September 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  68. Lori - PA


    I'm not surprised that the bright shiny penny is quickly tarnishing. Now if the Republican Party could just get someone worth voting for to run for office.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  69. Mark, Indiana

    If Perry's 15 minutes are not up, they should be...soon. The Texas governor has a lot to answer for on the national stage and if anything he is shown that he is not up to the spotlight. What's good for Texas is not necessarily what's good for the country. Perry's continued hoof-in-the-mouth is going to continue to be his undoing. Republicans need a winner, not an also-ran.

    September 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  70. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    The last Texan was given eight years in the White House. Enough is enough, Perry should have never have been on the clock.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  71. sheila

    He's still very much in the race he's just had a couple of hiccups. This, however, from someone who'd never vote for anyone on his side of the isle!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  72. curtis in philadelphia

    I don't know Jack, I'm still waiting to see Rick Perry's birth certificate.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  73. Sarah

    Is there a Santa Clause? Likewise, we can dream, can't we!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  74. Paul P.

    If his 15 minutes aren't up, they're running out. I have to wonder why GOP voters fall so quickly for candidates before they even hear them speak or learn their political history and policies. Like Palin and Bachmann, they seem to gravitate to image and persona moreso than substance and get let down when they eventually wilt under the bright light of scrutiny. While candidates with some actual ideas (Paul, Huntsmen and Romney) seem to have to fight for respect and attention.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm |

    tampa, fl didn't take us here in florida 15 minutes, despite what the media polls/slant pushed on us. he's out of here.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  76. SilentMajority

    After having gone all mavericky in 2008, the GOP seems to be going with the strategery of nominating another governor from the great state of Texas in 2012. Perry supporters are quick to point out that any comparison to George "W" Bush is simply not fair, (Bush graduated from Yale). While Romney seems to be flip-flopping more often than a crappy with an affinity for hooks; some have said that Romney's best impersonation of Obama may be the Republican's best chance, to win independent votes in the next election. But who seems to be listening to the Republican voter? After the Florida straw poll on Friday, Floridian Republicans have spoken: "Any more talk about slashing Social Security and we'll be voting for the other fella come 2012". Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are doing what got them elected in 2010,....absolutely nothing. With a Global Economic Meltdown apparently on the horizon; the Republicans are offering another government shutdown here at home, as their best idea to restart the US Economy.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  77. perry jones

    perry is an establishment republican and acts like a bush talkes like abush we neen Mr. Cain as our next presadent

    perry jones
    council bluffs ia

    September 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  78. Larry in Houston

    Jack – They could have given him 30 minutes, and couldn't make it. He's better off to stay in Texas, where he's got a lot of money backing him. When KBH ( Kay Bailey Hutchinson) was running against him for the nomination for Tx Governor, she attacked him like a dog – bringing up articles that were in newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle – & Dallas / Ft. Worth newspapers – where he'd been corrupt / not to mention the flaws in the education system down here.But, right after she lost the nomination to Perry, she immediately started telling all of her constituents to vote for Perry.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  79. Terry in Virginia

    As far as my independent vote is concerned, all the current GOP Presidential wannabes' 15 minutes is up. Can't the party do better than this?

    September 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  80. Gordon NJ

    Perry? Is he the one who sounds a bit like George Bush?

    September 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  81. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Yes, but he's just arrogant enough to fight on. Go, Perry! It would be the best thing to happen to President Obama for reelection.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  82. Anthony, Active duty military

    Are Perry's 15 minutes up? Jack they were over before he even started. He was just a project the mainstream media tried as an alternative to Mitt Romney. The GOP has little to no faith in Romney and thought Perry could beat Romney for the nomination and subsequently Obama as well. Mark my words, Perry will soon be phased out and Herman Cain will now take his place amongst the main stream as the "new" top tier. Eventually they will see that Ron Paul is the only true Conservative and he will get the nomination. The more they (media) fights it, the more we spread the word.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  83. Dave - Phx, Az

    His minutes were never really there. Right wingers are so rabid about getting rid of our black president, that they will rally behind Mickey Mouse tomorrow if he announces his candidacy. They will try to elect the most harmful person to our country just to get rid of the black president.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  84. susan

    Yea, it's time for him to "exit stage right." Eeeehawww!!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  85. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    When there is no more snake oil in the back of the wagon, it's time to get off of the soap box and go home.

    Thank God.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  86. Jeff In Minnesota

    One can only hope! He tries to boil complex issues down to simple topics and the world just isn't that simple. As a right leaning independent, I just don't understand why the Democrats and Republicans let their respective left and right wings determine who runs for office. At some point, an independent party representing the bulk of voters has to be developed to take the extremists out of our election process.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  87. Kenny Carcaterra

    Yes...Rick Perry's 15 minutes are up, and not 15 minutes too soon. The party bosses need to understand that too many of us see through these frauds now, and we don't want another phony politician. We want...we need...a statesman. We need Ron Paul.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  88. lou

    Ha! He's just getting warmed up! People who don't know what they're talking about, usually don't know that they don't know what they're talking about. That's why we get the likes of Palin and Perry hanging around, blabbing their empty little heads off, for extended periods of time.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  89. jeff in hawaii

    Let's hope so. "Read 'em and weep" Perry is nothing more than a Caribou Ken doll.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  90. David Doherty

    Yeah there up, I think people are finally starting to realize just how similar Perry is to W.. It's true they don't care for each other, but you have to remember people are a lot like magnets, opposites attract and likes repel. Like W. Perry talks a good game when it's all scripted out for him, but let him speak off the cuff and he shoot some big old holes in those cowboy wannabe boots.
    Dave from NH.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  91. Sandstone.

    "No! None of those guy's are out of the race, for second place. But's Sarah who will win with the biggest grin, and the rest will be left with dribbles on their chin! By the Jack I'm also still in the running for a biigger win, my streak on the game I play whilst listening to the next few hours, is streaking away at 400 straight wins, without a loss; not bad hey?"

    September 26, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  92. roger from phoenix

    God I hope so Jack . I talked to God about this just 30 minutes age and he assured me Perry was finished. I'm not sure what God told Perry though.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  93. John Nemesh

    His 15 minutes ran out 10 minutes ago. No one is going to remember him after next year. THANKFULLY!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  94. Ralph Nelson

    He got a "D" in Survey of Economics (that's not even Macro-Economics...lhow the US economy works). A 2.2 grade point average in college? We can do better. Who's the best the Republicans got? Jeb Bush.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  95. Dan

    I sure hope so! I've lived through his Texas disaster. No need to share it with a wider audience.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  96. Michael Hunt

    People get to see brief overviews of candidates and rarely take the time to research them and get the whole picture. Rick Perry might as well be George Bush the 3rd because voters see a yee-haw git-r-dun anti-terrorist death-penalty real-American!!! Forget his track record, give them a soundbite and picture of him holding a baby and he's the next president.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  97. Fred Evil

    Gosh, I hope not. I hope the GOP keeps their religious heads up their rear, and continue to 'Like' him over Romney. Perry is unelectable nationally, Romney is FAR more palatable to independents and non-Xtians. Romney actually has a chance against Obama, but the GOP base can't stand Romney, because he's Mormon, no other reason is valid (they whine about RomneyCare but it's a red herring, their religious bigotry doesn't care if you are inside, or outside the party, they won't vote for a Mormon!).
    The GOP is going to lose because the GOP doesn't like their viable candidate (Romney), and their favorite, Perry, is anathema to the US as a whole.
    All in all, good news for Obama AND the US!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  98. sue smilikis

    Rick Perry's 15 minutes were up before they started. The man is a legend in his own mind–he couldn't beat Mickey Mouse. End of story!!! Thanks Jack.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  99. SunnyGuy53

    No. Perry's 5 minutes are up. Palin got 15 minutes. Gov. Perry, you're no Sarah Palin.

    Sunny Guy

    September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  100. Jim Breslauer, Dallas

    Jack, I'm not sure how you calculated he's already had fifteen minutes. In terms of how long it's been since he was dragged praying, kicking and screaming into the race, I'd put it at more like five or six minutes. The damage he has done to himself has covered only a short period of three weeks or so.

    And I still don't get the sense that this is a guy that really wants to be president. Seems more like his wife said either take out the trash or run for president, and well, since something smelled awful in the trash.....

    September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  101. nate jax fl

    Of course Jack anyone who speak ill of social security might as well quit .Both of my parent ,my mother are able to survive thank to social security so do you think I and my faily will vote against our interest.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  102. Timothy Moultrie

    Are his 15 minutes up? It's irrelevant. On one side there are the silver tongued war mongering and fiscally clueless Rick Romneys, Mitt Perrys, Herman Santorums, and Newt Cains; and on the other side there is Dr. Ron Paul who, besides being a principled and honest defender of our liberty, is the man who has framed the entire debate. What is more, Dr. Paul managed this while being maligned by the press. Are we really supposed to believe that Obama Care is really so different from Perry Care (Hiilary Care) or Romney Care? All Republicans should take at least 15 minutes and think about that and thank Dr. Paul.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  103. Craig from Pa.

    If you really want the lunatics to run the asylum,....vote Republican next election....and do yourself in!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  104. Barry -Atlanta

    Yes I believe that the more time Perry spends in front of a microphone and camera, the less of a viable candidate he will be. For It is better to remain quiet at times and leave some doubt about your ignornance, then speak and leave no doubt whatsoever.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  105. Pat, Costa Mesa, CA

    If he gets elected, I'm moving to Ecuador. Adios!

    September 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  106. Steve

    rick who?

    September 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  107. BD

    I think it probably is (his 15 minutes) but the interesting thing is why; it seems like the parties have developed such an idealogical hard-line that if you embrace a solution associated with the left and your a republican, or vice versa for the dems, then it undermines the support you get from your base leaving you effectively impotent. A great situation to be in at a point in history when the only thing both parties seem to be able to agree on is the need for bi-partisanship (but they really mean the other side agreeing to their views, both parties are guilty).

    September 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  108. Phil G.

    Probably not. He will get better debating. There's a long time to go. If the CNN poll today shows 28 to 21 still in favor of Perry, then he is doing fine. Not much of the other candidates support will go to Romney. Maybe a few percent is all from Gingrich and Ron Paul. The rest is Perry's when the race narrows down to 2 people.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  109. AL in West Palm Beach

    If they were counting to fifteen the would have lost me by the time they reached 5 minutes. After those people aspiring to be president stood there and glowed in the limelight as the audience cheered at the prospect of letting a 30-yr-old man die because he doesn't have insurance. On the very next debate those same so-called leaders stood there and smiled for the camera another "conservative" audience booed a uniform-wearing iraq-war veterant because he is gay. They (all of them) don't deserve 30 seconds.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  110. andyz Lynn, MA

    Perry"s not good enough to have 15 minutes of fame. He only gets 10, enough for a smoke break.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  111. Blue in Chicago

    As long as the Tea Party exists and is influential in the GOP, no Republican will win the White House. Too many moderate independents will opt for a Democrat who may lean centrist now and again over a Republican who caters to the fiscal extremists of the Tea Party. The mainstream GOP needs to do us all a favor and find a way to shut them up or shut them out.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  112. Matt in FL

    I don't know, Jack. We have an uncanny ability to shoot ourselves in the foot and then try to fix it by shooting the other foot.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  113. Tanya

    This guy!!! Rick Perry has been about as good for Texas as a pack of cigarettes is for curing cancer. Perry and his political cronies trounce over education and give millions to big business. Yeah, he's a good one that Rick Perry.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  114. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    Jack, his 15 minutes were up when he participated in the recent CNN debate moderated by Wolf Blitzer. For Perry to remain a candidate after the bruising he got from Bachmann, Paul, and Romney, and now the surprise loss to Herman Cain, is like still running in a marathon after all the participants have already finished, and went home. This could only be a victory for Obama, or at least I hope it will be.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  115. Phil in Kentucky

    Probably not. CNN poll still 28 to 21 today. When its down to 2 all the other's support goes to Perry.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  116. cal usa

    The last Republican anointed by about the same % that now clings to Perry was Donald Trump. That should tell us something about the wisdom and insight that lives within the GOP faithful. Of course,Perry's political base is impervious to facts, so he will outlast Trump as a candidate. In the end,it will be about whether or not the Republicans want to make a point (read Goldwater) or to stand a chance of winning.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  117. Wayne

    Rick Perry's 15 minutes are up......

    I am from Texas....I am a moderate Republican (at least for now as I may be pushed to Democrats by the Tea Party. In Texas, Perry's 15 minutes ended during our recent legislative session.

    It is time for the Republicans to start focusing on winning the presidency rather than to fight the divisive special interests of the many silos within the party.

    I never respond to these types of articles....but for this subject – I am engaged.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  118. Vivek Chaudhary

    Bigger question is our inactive president's days. We are counting days for Nov 4, 2012 when he will be voted out.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  119. joe shaner

    bill maher said it bestfriday night. the miracle of texas is that he got a high school degree.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  120. Doug (from Miller Place, NY)

    American politics are a sham, and quickly becoming the laughing stock of the world. Obama, Romney, Bachmann, Perry ? What do they all have in common ? Incompetence, maybe ? The fact that Perry made this meteoric rise to the top of the Republican heap in no time flat – doesn't that tell you something ? Perry is nothing more than a buffoon in a suit. If he gets the nomination, it's time to find a new country.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  121. Ethan

    He never deserved 15 minutes in the first place Jack.....he's an exact replica of what we suffered through from 2000 to 2008, and if the American people want a real leader, they should take a look at someone like Ron Paul, who seems to actually care about his country as opposed to his party.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  122. Mary

    Unfortunately he has had more than 15 minutes and enough is enough. The last thing we need in the White House is another swaggering Texas cowboy who shoots first, asks questions later, and never thinks his way through a problem. If the Republicans win in 2012, we can all kiss our country good bye. After they get through selling out to big business, we will have a two class system in this country. The super rich and peasants...wonder how long that would last without another civil war?

    September 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  123. marybeth, massachusetts


    I hope so, but I fear we have not heard nor seen the last of Rick Perry. He still has plenty of fans and ardent supporters who will follow him wherever he chooses to lead them, even if it is to their own destruction. And plenty of people prefer idiocy and swagger to a thoughtful and reasoned approach.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  124. Kent - Iowa City, Iowa

    Only if we are really lucky.

    September 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  125. kinglywarrior

    Yes. He hasn't had an original thought or statement since the cameras came on...actually if we look at it that way, the entire GOP's group of "candidates" 15 minutes is up.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  126. Manny

    To soon to tell. This is just the beginning. We all need to know more about Governor Perry's ideas to fix the economy rather that all that mad rambling of Bachman, Santorum. etc. We need solutions and anybody would be a better president than Mr. Clueless Obama, who has done nothing but more useless speeches while the country is falling apart. His title should be Commander-in Speeches rather than Commander-in-Chief. My persona choice up to now is Mitt Romney but we also need to know more about he is planning to make the economy work,

    September 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  127. Wayne from Dallas, TX

    His 15 minutes are up....it may take the people a while to realize it...but they will.

    I am a moderate Republican – and hope to remain so....however the Tea Party is going to push all the moderates to Democrats if they are not careful.

    Perry's 15 minutes are also up in Texas....that happened during the most recent legislative session where he mortgaged our future to protect his personal benefit during the Presidential Campaign. Perry is over, but the press will keep him alive because he is more interesting than most other options.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  128. Gail, Plano TX.

    Perry's 15 minutes were up ten years ago here in the Texies, but Perry has big hatted friends who can buy his elections. As a governor he has been absolutely a non-entity here in Dallas. We have gotten used to ineffective leadership! And we thought Bush was bad! Wow!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  129. jon

    Jon in San Diego, CA
    Electing ANY of these Republicans will just result in another 8 years of HELL – like when Georgie was "elected" in 2000.
    Perry would be right at the top of the heap in creating that situation. His time is up. What's wrong with those people?
    They all sound wacky. Is that the best the Republicans can come up with??

    September 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  130. Mike in SA

    How arrogant! Jack, Rick Perry's 15 minutes will be up about 20 minutes after yours are.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  131. Dan

    Perry had the intangibles that are hard to teach – charisma, looks, and presence – but he continues to be weak on the issues, and he often appears unthoughtful. The latter sets of skills got him in the door, but I'm not sure he can stay unless he starts changing how he comes across in terms of issues and electability.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  132. castaway

    Jack, can you please explain to me why CNN continues to pump this guy up. I haven't seen any positive chat about this guy, he has no plan for the economy, he has no real plan for putting folks back to work, nor has he mastered the english language. CNN claims he's leading the polls. What polls??? We're these polls cherry picked from Texas? Maybe his family at the Perry ranch? Come on CNN, wake up and smell the comments!! They certainly don't match your trumped up polls.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  133. raymond in dc

    I hope not. I would like to see obama have an easy time in 2012 and perry as the nominee would ensure ti.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  134. Gigi Oregon

    I look at Perry in the same way I look at Palin. Their ego's are as big as the states they repersent. Pretty/handsome to look at but not much substance. "Helping those who already have the means to help themselves" is the Republican message. With so many losing everything and the numbers growing daily the Republicans need something better to get my vote. I wonder if they ever thought in lifting up "We the people" who pay for their daily bread. It's impossible to pay taxes when you have no Job.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  135. jmyer

    With the latest news on Huffington Post today regarding the oil industry in Texas and what they want – millions of dollars in refunds which will take money that has been given to the Texas school system – now it will be taken back to pay the oil industry.
    I think his 15 minutes are up. Everyone should read what he is doing to the school system in Texas now and what he is giving the oil industry!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  136. Susan from Idaho

    Please tell me he's going to be around a long time. SNL hasn't had such a good topic since Palin.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  137. Donaldo in ATL

    2012 politics is like wrestling a grease pig in nice clothes. Forget the donkey or elephant, bring on the pigs. Perry is like pig rinds, all fluffy but if you eat too fast, you get all shocked up.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  138. Ralph

    Jack: No way Jose!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  139. JoeSeatle

    Does it really matter? The only candidate that could credibly save this country would be Ron Paul. And how in the world would Ron Paul overcome the media and political party biases?

    Obama's policies have been so incredibly and predictably destructive the only way to give him credit for not being a complete fool is to stop assuming he's trying to do any good (which has been suggested). Bankruptcy is an expedient path to fascism.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  140. David

    No because the GOP base wants a cowboy/Tea Partier, Romney is dull and "Obomney Care" will remove the GOP's main attack line, and the rest of the candidates are either extremists or just uninspiring.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  141. Kenoscope

    We don't want him in Texas, but the Republicans have so slanted the political scene now that it is impossible to get rid of him (or most Republicans.) As to the rest of the United States? Fair warning, Remember Junior. By the way, I'm an independent.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  142. Dave


    Perry's fast fifteen are up. It is now between Cain or Romney. Cain has a real message, Romney's problem is that people have already seen him and, and... he is competing against South Park.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  143. Dewayne Butler

    I am a Democrat and like most we are disappointed in Barak Obama. Here's the deal. If Perry gets the nod, I vote for Obama. If Romney gets the nod I vote for Romney. America is screwed up but not as bad as having Perry for President would be. That guy is a religious extremist quack!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  144. Bill in Dallas

    They could make a movie entitled "Dumb & Dumber – What it takes to be governor of Texas". Of course everyone would know the plot and the ending in advance so it wouldn't sell.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  145. Willie12345

    One can only hope he fades into the woodwork.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  146. Burbank from CA

    I sure hope his 15 minutes are up. He flip-flops so much, sometimes even contradicting himself in the same sentence, that you would think he was a fish ouf of water. Scary con artist.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  147. Lara

    Ah, excuse me, CNN – Governor Perry is here to stay. As a active Governor he is just the kind of competent candidate this nation deserves. As a multiple times elected Governor we all know he is capable, too.

    What's up with wishing Governor Perry away?

    Or perhaps the better question is what is up with CNN wishing Obama were still a relevant candidate himself. Raising money will NOT redeem Barack Obama. That much is for sure.

    But golly gee, CNN – the democratic party should be offering up a slate of candidates for prez -not just flawed, tanked unelectable Barack Obama. I wonder why CNN is not focused on the inability of the democratic party of this nation to do so.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  148. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack i think Perry's 15 minutes were up a half an hour ago. He was only a mediocre governor to begin with. To think he is presidential is far fetched. After George Bush the republicans will have to pull a rabbit out of their hat to get the Whitehouse back. Frankly their tricks just aren't that impressive.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  149. q

    It is tautology that if Perry wins the Republican nomination, then President Obama will be reelected.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  150. Mike in Calgary


    Don't underestimate this guy. He can backtrack, moonwalk and do a 180 so fast no one notices. Unfortunately, that's what we see more & more often in our politicians.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  151. Steve Jerricho - Greensboro NC

    You'll never put this response on the air. You talk about how Perry was second in Michigan, second in California and third in Florida straw polls. Did you know that Jack Welch when being considered as the potential successor as the CEO at GE, was consistently the number 2 choice by various camps when asked? Sounds to me like Perry is in pretty good company.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  152. Bruce in northeast Nevada

    15 minutes? Is that all it was? It seems like it went on FOREVER.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  153. phil

    ghood riddance of bad rubbish (of course that applies to whole republ persperiants)

    September 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  154. Marie MD

    Yes, NEXT clown up!!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  155. JR, Santa Barbara, CA

    Metaphorically, Yes. However, due to his financial backers, he may linger for a while. Gov. Perry is operating under the misconception that bravado and bluster are viable substitutes for intelligence and reasoning ability. While that may be the case in Texas, the bar is much higher at the "Presidential" level. His handler's damage control message has been to assert that debates aren't important, which clearly demonstrates their lack of historical perspective (Kennedy/Nixon debate, anyone). While watching Gov. Perry debate, I can't help but get the feeling that his "reach" exceeds his "grasp".

    September 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  156. Sandra

    Oh Jack, let's hope so. I don't think I can take much more of the drama!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  157. martin

    As an outsider looking in, his time and Romney's is running out. To Win you need to have a majority not the fringe right which drives the majority of the conversation in the US. To win you need to make things work. You need a Huntsman and or a Cain that can carry the Republican, work with the Democrats and not be polarizing to the US interest first and the world at large.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  158. pamela mox

    God, I hope so. This guy is more brain challenged than George Bush!.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  159. Michael in Texas

    Why are you asking the viewers? I thought the media was supposed to make decisions for us.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  160. La Penseur

    We need visionaries like Perry...he slashed the state funding for fire departments by nearly 75% in Texas. A brilliant idea which could have no possible adverse consequences.......right?? I mean, it's not like they have any trouble with fires in Texas...right???

    September 26, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  161. john

    Yup....up...shucks Jack....heck fire....they may be up....but...dang....hope not...he's one heck of a man's man....know what ah mean???

    September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  162. Borneo

    Me THINK PERRY USE UP 15 MInuts alredy. Perry make good nose but in the end he no solushun. hE need take care of texhas furst. i Hope his sole is preyed on.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  163. ggwindsor

    one thing i learned you don,t need any brians to be govenor of texas

    September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  164. BIll in VA

    First of all, straw polls mean nothing. Perry will be there a while. The field is too unsettled. Most of those candidates like Perry are still unknowns so Perry will still hang in there. But I think I see this becoming a three person race if only because the three are most interesting to me. The three are Romney, Perry and Cain. Every time I hear Cain, he is more and more interesting. I don't necessarily agree with any of them on everything but if I waited for that I would have never voted anyone in 40 years.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  165. Matt

    Yes, they are, and it does the Republican party well to realize they can't nominate someone who can't actually deliver for them in the general election. It's about time they stop the RINO hunting and all the other party infighting and nominate someone with a solid track record, an independent mind that can reach across the aisle and come up with real solutions to the nation's problems, and, most importantly to them, capture independent votes to beat President Obama. Nominating Romney, Huntsman, or even Giuliani if he gets in would do that for them, and it's about time they and the media took the microphone away from the other dingbats in the race. We need a leader, not a mouthpiece...too bad we had to learn that lesson the hard way with the current talking head in the White House.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  166. jean2009

    We need another Texas governor like we need head lice. We can hope.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  167. Kay

    And when he is President Perry, maybe he will be asking you if your 15 minutes were up Jack~

    September 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  168. Benjamin Carter in D.C.

    Straw polls are utterly meaningless. Check the history books, there's zero correlation between straw poll winners and the actual GOP nomination. Is Perry's time up? We won't really know until the primary results start coming in.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  169. Kyra Canty

    Heck Yeah!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  170. Gordon

    Jack, I hope he does not represent the "best" of a once great party, he needs to be gone. Because of the honesty of camera and microphone these pretenders can no longer hide. He won't need 15 minutes to go.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  171. Dana Martin (Louisville, Kentucky)

    Jack his fifteen minutes are clearly up, he seems very inept when it comes to answering rapid-fire questions and my dog is quicker on his feet than Perry is. He should bow out graciously because the Republicans have ZERO chance of winning the White House.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  172. Tillie / Texas

    As far as I am concerned, Perry has never been anywhere on my radar!!!! He should have never received 5 mins.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  173. CBR

    Governor Perry made some wild proposals and statements to get his name out there and i think it backfired on him. His very conservative agenda was hard to defend. Whenever candidates move too far away from their comfort zones they start to falter. I do not think that Governor Perry is as conservative as one might think. His attempt to be the second Ronald Reagan failed.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  174. Lucy Martin

    Well if it's because of electile dysfunction then no Jack I guess it's not up!!!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  175. Kay

    And when he is President Perry, maybe he will be asking you if your 15 minutes are up Jack~

    September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  176. John in Mesa, AZ

    Not yet, but he is being exposed for his supposed tea party leanings, although the way the governor does things in his own state suggests he is a closet moderate in tea party clothing. Truth is, there are better candidates out there on the Republican side, and the last couple of debate demonstrated that.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  177. Sandy Cureton

    OMG, I hope so, As I another Texan, agree, he embarrassing.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  178. Eric

    YES! And what a waste of time!

    Oklahoma City

    September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  179. MenaceTX

    Jack, I never thought they started.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  180. Scott form VA

    Gawd I hope so, could you imagine voting for Obama to keep Perry out of the white house?

    September 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  181. Linda in Arizona

    Why? You think stupidity is a deal-breaker? Don't be silly. Look at the republican electorate. Stupidity is an ASSET!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  182. mike longwwod,fla.

    Jack, not only is rick (bush 2) perry's 15 minutes up, but all of this lame field of repubs. Their hasn't been a bad cast like this since, the brady bunch movies.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  183. John Reilly

    Here in Texas, we WISH his 15 minutes were up. We still have to put up with his arrogance and smirking even if he isn't in a national office.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  184. craig

    15 minutes is up for both Perry and Romney. Americans can see right through their poorly disguised policies and will choose neither.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  185. Harris

    He's toast...Texas Toast!

    Read my lips, "NO NEW TEXANS!"

    What a maroon.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  186. cevans, tx

    I wish his 15 mins were up in Texas as well!!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  187. Marguerite

    From Seattle:

    Unfortunatelly NO, not until CNN and the rest of the news media stop covering his every move and word. However with some luck, the more exposure he and the rest of the current crop of Republican candidates is constantly getting, the more the thinking voters in this country will find them as unpresidential as I do already.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  188. Mimi Garba

    Rick Perry's 15 minutes have been up since the first day he announced that he was running for president.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  189. Kay

    And when he becomes President Perry, Jack, will you please get off the air and go write a book or something?

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  190. Sparky in Sausalito

    Perry always reminds me of a Saturday Night Live skit. He looks so plastic. I keep waiting for the punch line. Perry will hang around for a bit longer I suspect. But he will not be the candidate for the Republicans.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  191. Ball

    Perry is done, but the Washington media won't let him go because they want someone other than Ron Paul to contend for the primary against Romney.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  192. Kim from Texas

    I hope so! It's scary enough that he's our governor. What a disaster if he became president.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  193. John from Hudson NH

    That is the attention span of this country. Any more than that and you are on Dancing with the Stars.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  194. Jack Russo


    Another flavor of the month that everyone no longer cares about.

    I prefer the flavor of Ron Paul.


    Daly City, CA

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  195. Richard

    They were up 14minutes ago!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  196. James Donalson

    Rick Perry is not fit to lead a nation. He is not even able to effectively lead Texas.
    Ask most any Texan and they will tell you we would rather have anyone besides him!
    Next until Perry can prove he's not in bed with drug companies...

    September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  197. George Tataje

    i hope so!
    i'd prefer to vote for someone that's at least half-way honest...

    September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  198. Michael Krough

    I think so. Republicans get rid of their empty suits. Democrats elect their's president.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  199. John Kelley

    Governor Perry's 15 minutes have been up since the day of his announcement of running for the Presidency. He made a splash that did not go beyond the Texas border. He inadvertantly did more for Mitt Romney than anyone else – he made Romney look Presidential.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  200. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Oh come on Jack, Perry will always in the hunt as long as they keep the death Penalty legal in Texas.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  201. Carl from Columbus, GA

    Jack, you're implying he was ever a serious candidate. I'd bet half of the write-in votes he received in the Ames Straw Poll were spelled "Parry" with an A – just as Stephen Colbert wanted.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  202. Vic Novosad

    Rick Perry snookered us voters in Texas a long time ago. So it's no surprise to us that he got his "boots stuck in his mouth." Really enjoyed your take on this one, Jack.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  203. Christi George

    Gardasil Rick had his 15 minutes and in that time (too long here in Texas), he tried to sell us out by way of toll roads, trumped a very personal decision by mandating a controversial vaccine, and basically catered to every Wall Street connection for hairspray. He is no conservative, just another thieving pol (with good hair).

    September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  204. Ken in NC

    His 12 minutes has been up. Store him in the closet with Sarah Palin.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  205. Sara

    Let us hope the 15 minutes are up! We do not need another so called cowboy with an IQ of 10!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  206. Kielbasa Kid

    Romney wasn't electable in 2008. Now he is,compared to the nut jobs the GOP has now with him. He looks like a sane man compared to the rest of them. He is the easy winner: the guy who acts like he has a brain. No back bone but a brain. He said on Piers Morgan before he declared , his wife was the one who was urging him to run, Boy that says alot about his vision

    Will Evangelical Christian radicals covet a Mormon as their candidate?? NAH!!!
    He looks like a SS offcier with that do,smile and his name. Put a brown shirt on him and he looks like Rudolf Hess.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  207. Al-kc

    He is done. All he says is what he has done in texa which is questionable at best. He thinks that the rest of the country wants to be like texas with education and poverty problems.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  208. StephenT

    Like Palin, Bachmann, Cain before him, give it up. His 15 minutes have certainly expired.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  209. Jared Bell

    The Presidency is a 24/7 job. How many Republican candidates 15 minutes will it take to add up to that?

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  210. Vance-Georgia

    Rick Perry has had l5 minutes, Tea Party even less–so now can we get back to the real business of the country–JOBS and the economy??

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  211. Jim-Charlotte NC

    Perry may be gone but the one whp thinks we need to put a 9% income tax and a 9% sales tax on our fighting men is the one that needs to go.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  212. Martin

    Perry made the mistake of declaring his candidacy right before a major debate, and obviously not putting in any debate practice.

    Palin is being smart in realizing that debates are her Achilles' heal and not wanting to declare before the majority of them are done.

    I'd predict Perry will be done by Thanksgiving, and Palin will declare by then.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  213. Mark

    Perry's 15 minutes were up 14 minutes and 59 seconds ago. Our country cannot affod a George W. Bush 2.0 shooting from the hip like a cowboy. We would loose any respect we would have left around the world, that is if we have any left after Perry 1.0 (GWB). I think there is a reason why Texas is burning up and that is Perry himself.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  214. Midwest Jim

    The Tea Party is not interested in reality and they run the Republican Party.... The fact that Perry, Bachmann and most of the others are detached from reality is not important to them.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  215. Mike R

    Hopefully. I am a Republican and Perry scares the bejeezus out of me. Let's put it this way, if he had any more snake oil on him he'd slip right out of that cheap Texas suit. He's better suited to brisket and hoedowns than the office of the presidency.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  216. Jack-o-lantern Houston, Texas

    Look around Texas: schools from the forties; education on the bottom shelf; in Houston poverty is horrific. And don't expect to find infrastructure high on that cowboy's list, his infrastructure is putting greens. Fifteen minutes? He wasn't worth the horse ride out of Austin.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  217. Ed in california

    Yep, he can go tend the fires!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  218. Alan

    15 minutes up?.....we can only hope

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  219. Norman.,MD

    I hope for a Perry/Bachmann ticket. They will be so far to the right that 15 minutes for both of them will not matter. Romney/Perry or Perry/Romney tends to be interesting. You have to wonder which will flip. The flops already have it.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  220. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    It is hard for me to believe that there that many stupid people in Texas that would vote for Perry, anyone that stands up and wants his state to succeed from the United States is Dumb with a capitol D. He is the only presidential candidate that I can remember in my fifty plus years of voting that mumbles, sputters and fumbles his way during a speech. I'm so happy that the idiots in Texas have this goof ball as their governor, and without a doubt he'll be there after the 2012 presidential elections

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  221. Zack, Austin, Texas

    Probably not, there are at least 30% of the population who are jerks who would vote for him.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  222. Martin

    Now that FOX News are saying that he's done as a candidate, the party faithful will be flocking to the Romney banner or whatever banner FOX tells them will be the replacement.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  223. James Donalson

    His time is up! Here in Austin Texas we can't stand him! Until he can prove he's not in bed with drug companies... 4 out of 5 texans can't stand the guy

    September 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  224. Marlin

    Not if he opts to Succede in which case he could out last Palin.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  225. rogergcam

    I have lived in 7 states, and moved to Texas 11 years ago. This is with out a doubt the worst run state in the union. Perrys 15 were up BEFORE he started being governor. I am a teacher....just looking at education in this state!!!!! I don't need to say more!


    September 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  226. CJ in Alabama

    Jack , they were up for me 14 mins into the 15.. I do not want an Elmer Gantry sound alike in the White House. Watching this last debate made several candidates look very foolish along with Perry, I will be happy with another 4 yrs with a smart intellegent man as President. Perry can go back to Texas where he fits right in!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  227. Kathleen, Helena MT

    Probably not. His supporters aren't all that bright, but the real problem is that PERRY BELIEVES HE WILL WIN. Never elect a Texan as President. Texans have a trait in that they never acknowledge being whipped. It makes for great friends, coworkers, etc., but it does not make for good decision making.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  228. Caleb in Oxford, Mississippi

    Yes! And I hope Obama's four years will be up as well!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  229. MLW

    Don't Tex with messes

    September 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  230. Mike - Vancouver BC

    Bush was equally bad at public speaking and we won two terms. Don't discount the brilliance of voters yet!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  231. Rocky in LA

    YES!...and it went on for 14 minutes too long!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  232. Manny Haines City, Florida

    Maybe someone should tell Rick Perry to mix some ginsing and viagra...maybe it will at least help him think harder and help him with his electile dysfunction problem.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  233. John

    Absolutely not, Perry is still on top with 30%, despite all guns that went blazin' when he joined the race. Now that someone else is taking some of the attention, Cain, is walking into the very same crosshairs. Despite a fabricated story, from "Botchman", Perry does not waiver from his views.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  234. Ed Sr

    ALL of our elected officials suffer from "electile dysfunction" in BOTH parties. The Republicans because they can't agree on anything and the Democrats because they can't DO anything! If Jack Cafferty were to run against ALL of them today I would vote for Cafferty! Jack....don't even consider it....it just ain't worth it! I think I will vote for "Felix the Cat"!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  235. SRL

    Awww........ so soon? We can only hope to not repeat the Bush years with another Texas two-step!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  236. Rudy Padgett

    Sure hope so! One George W. Bush is enough. Don't need another "Bush" trying to destroy the country.

    Rudy P.
    Roanoke, VA

    September 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  237. Tom from Texas

    Perry's big point about knowing how to create jobs is smoke and mirrors. Why hasn't anyone pointed out that almost half of the jobs that Perry claims to create were actually brought in to Texas by convincing companies to move from other states. This strategy did work for Texas, but at the expense of other states (primarily California and the East Coast). If Perry were to become president and applied the same strategy, who would he steal jobs from (Mexico, Guatamala, ???). He is a bragger and a big phony. As you said Jack, he is all hat and no cattle.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  238. pkfops

    Who's Rick Perry?

    September 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  239. Neil

    Maybe, but Obamas 4 years are up too!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  240. Barb C Austin, Texas

    Perry is Bush #2 as one person said to finish off the destruction of our country.
    IWe have endured Perry's antics, to name a few:
    1. Told the press not to further print the knowledge he had about the sexual mistreatment in the Texas Youth Commission. He suppressed this information the week before his election.
    2. We are so happy to pay his $7000/month apartment he has. Not
    3. He LEFT Texas for debates as the Bastrop fires were at their worse.
    4. He did NOT SHOW UP for his OWN conference in Bastrop to discuss the devastation.
    He was in Austin with no comment.
    5. We are so happy again to pay for the hospitalization, mental illness aid and schooling for illegal immigrants while closing schools and laying off our own teachers. Not.
    6. His 'so called' jobs are worthless: below and at minimum wage with no benefits. And Perry had nothing to do with them except taking credit. The percentage rate went down even further AFTER he took office. Maybe higher than some states but Texas did worse. Check it.
    7. Is there anything Perry did to help Texans? We are still waiting to hear. He takes credit for the good of others, but not the problems he has caused.
    8. Perry has kept his face and hair as beautiful as possible. Check before and after pictures.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  241. Mike - Vancouver BC

    Bush was equally bad at public speaking and he won two terms. Don't discount the brilliance of voters yet!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  242. Ahan from Pennsylvania

    Yes Jack, Rick Perry's time is up. If he is supposed to be the front runner he can not be second or third in the polls. His competitor Romney is doing better than him and I am feeling pretty sure that Romney's going to going to win the republican nomination. Rick Perry already had his time, his fame is over and he will have a tough time winning the nomination. Perry has no chance anymore he has no real plan for anything no economy, no jobs, no healthcare, no anything. All he is trying to do is hammer the Democrats and Barack Obama and blaming him for for the mess President Bush got us into. Who do I think will win the over all race? Barack Obama.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  243. Ken in Reno (Kenneth Holmes)

    Stick a fork in him Jack ... The country has had all the inarticulate, Texas swagger in an expensive suit and custom cowboy boots, we can handle. Mitt Romney IS the better GOP choice in a general election ... and that's not saying much.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  244. Bob - Burnsville MN

    Since the results of these straw polls seem to be all over the map (remember Iowa and Michelle Bachman?) I think it's too early too tell. What I find interesting is why he seems to have lost favor with the hard line right wing. He actually dared to have a thought, and speak it, that deviated from the absolutist thinking of that group. I'm talking about his remark of "don't take it out on the kids, just because the parents brought there here illegally". Amongst the wing nuts (left and right) there's absolutely no room for grey areas or nuanced thinking.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  245. Alina77

    He is actin like one of those girls from Beauty Pageant contest (everybody likes her until she opens her mouth).

    September 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  246. Johnson

    Jack, I don't know. The GOP said that their stated goal was to make president obama a one term president, they are acting on that and some people are repeating that he is a failure when they know full well what is going on.
    This country is disgusting, I can't believe that I have served 21 years for this crap.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  247. Jay

    Stick a fork in him. He's done.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  248. Mark

    Jack, I think we should give the guy a break and give him at least "20" minutes. So, he should be done in about two weeks.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  249. Michael in Colorado Springs

    Think so. Republicans get rid of their empty suits. Democrats elect theirs president.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  250. Royce in Oregon

    He should be so lucky as to get 15 minutes with his 'electile dysfunction.' There are drugs for that. However, should an election last longer than four hours, seek emergency medical attention.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  251. Dr Bill Hundley

    Absolutely..........is the best they have.................I have so many things to discuss, however for this one I can only say.WOW how did he get elected in Texas...........makes you wonder about the last COWBOY!

    i ONLY HAVE ONE THING TO SAY............"TERM LIMITS FOR CONGRESS AND SENATE" .....hold them accountable............WE PAY THEM.....LET ME REPEAT.........WE PAY THEM.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  252. SB Morrison

    In bull riding it's 8 seconds Folks.....time's UP!!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  253. Ryan D

    I think it's too early to tell. It seems like Rick's popularity is going down, but comebacks are possible. Personally, i hope that comeback never happens, but for now, Rick winning the Republican nomination is still possible.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  254. AB

    Jack, Perry's campaign was over the day he disparaged our Social Security system by calling it a "Ponzi Scheme". Most politicians know it is political suicide to publicly attack Social Security. Almost all Americans are vested in the system and this fool really wants to destroy it. It is only a matter of time before he drops out of the campaign for the Republican nomination.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  255. Pete in Texas

    I hope not; I'd like to see him leave our broken state and stop embarrassing us!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  256. rickiquita

    the Texas Transformer, before the 15 minutes started after the 15 minutes ended it was the Texas tall tales goes for the badmitten,instead of the golf clubs.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  257. Name*Brian Peters

    Rick Perry is still the front runner despite a less than stellar performance I'n the last debate. The straw polls you cited Florida was a surprise but Herman Cain had a fantastic showing I'n the debate.Michigan is no surprise, It's Mitt Romney's home State.California is a liberal state and it would almost be bad for a Republican I'n the primary to win Cali because that means he is almost too liberal for the rest of the republicans I'n the country.. Rick perry will have to clean up his performances but it is way too soon to count him out. Any of the Republicans running would be head and shoulders better than the current President. I am from San Antonio Texas

    September 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  258. jeb

    I hope his number is up. While his nomination might help the Democrats, I don't think I want to live in a country where someone like Perry, Bachmann, Palin, Santorum could get nominated.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  259. Kay

    Your silly Q's against Perry, or ANY candidate other than O, is not going to create mass hysteria on election day to give America 4 more years of the same. The history books will reveal that the phenomenon O is a textbook example of how "15 minutes" of fame did not transcend into adequate leadership~

    September 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  260. Curt ...... From Ferndale MI

    For Barack Obama, no....... I'd love to see a debate regarding Climate Change, Dominionism, SSA's Ponzi Scheme... shall I continue.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  261. jason - iowa

    It's really up to the debate moderators and how much time they give each candidate. They've netted Perry a couple hours to "campaign in debate format," so far. How much more time will he get?

    September 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  262. Peter M

    Heck, put another quarter in the mechanical bull machine. Give him 15 more minutes...I'm sort of enjoying watching this cowboy flailing all about the place and it helps us to see the stark choice we have between bombastic idiocracy and measured policy that gets real results (like killing Bin Laden for example).

    September 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  263. J. R Wright

    . Perry has not won a single Presidential poll here in Texas that I am aware of. He has been a disaster for our the school children. We also have the lowest percenteage of children with medical insuranc .

    Our growth has been driven by the discovery of methods of extracting natural gas from our large deposits.

    J in Nacogdoches, Tx


    September 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  264. Chris from Texas

    Perry will win the nomination and the national election. Most of the people on your blog don't vote republican, and never want to see another republican in office. I have no doubt the majority of your biased fan base will say his fifteen minutes is up, but just remember that Obama's presidency is up soon enough.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  265. Mike mccready

    Yes! i live in Texas now all of us know what we have to live with big mouth and and no brands

    September 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  266. Ceemak. La.

    Rick Perry was history with me before he opened his mouth, then when he did he removed all doubt.....very time he drawls heavy on Amerrrriiiccaaaaaa.......it sets my teeth on edge.....

    September 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  267. Jason

    I think all religious zealots need to have their 15 minutes be up. Better yet, no 15 minutes at all.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  268. david, CA

    Read my lips, "No more Texans!"

    September 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  269. Pat in il

    Of course his time is up. The only people who can't see through his fanatic, lying idiocy are people who have dropped out of school before the eighth grade.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  270. Lee

    To quote Forrest Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does." Perry is SO over!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  271. Judy

    It's about time for it to end! We lived in Texas from June 2000 to June 2011 so are well aware of Perry's abilities or lack thereof. He is nothing more than an image projected by prepared speeches or 30 second 'spots'. He refused to debate his opponent in the latest governor's race...for very good reason. Those well meaning religious right conservatives need to know that Rick Perry will follow the BIG money...at least that has been his pattern of governing so far.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  272. Dylan - Dublin, Ireland

    It looks like it. The guy would be an embarassment More like a pro-wrestler than a President. We're all hoping you yanks are smart enough to pick Ron Paul.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  273. Kay TAMU '06, native Texan

    Team Perry for the long haul!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  274. abby

    we live in Texas and wish his 15 minutes had been over a long time ago - we have more than enough of Gov. Good Hair Perry, aka Perry the Pharisee

    September 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  275. john murphy scobey montana

    If this were 1870, Rick Perry would be running around the prairies where I live in a covered wagon, selling snake oil!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  276. Bob in CT

    I we need someone who upholds all the values and priorities the GOP stands for. Wasn't Tom Delay the poster boy for all things GOP? Why haven't we heard more from his campaign? I remember when he was congressional leader, All the republicans and TV people loved him. I fully support Tom Delay as the true representative for the Republican party.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  277. Judy

    Denver, CO (just moved from TX)

    It will be best for the country in every way if his 15 minutes have expired. Mollie Ivins is cheering!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  278. Josh

    If Perry thinks his 15min are up he will say he needs to concentrate on Texas and that he has been called back to his home state. Well I guess its God calling him again on his phone cause I sure as hell ain't calling Perry to come back. God must have used his iPhone to call Perry and hard the infamous iPhone dropped call. Maybe the new iPhone Gore was talking about the other week will clear this issue up before someone else gets a "Call from God"

    September 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  279. Kathy in Corpus Christi

    Please let us not be so unintelligent as to give this man the White House to ruin as George W. did. The only problem
    is that he will come back to Texas and live in his $9000.00/month rented home until the Governor's Mansion is rebuilt.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  280. Roger from New Jersey

    Sure his 15 minuets ended as soon as he opened his mouth. The question is when the Republican/Tea Party’s 15 minutes will be up. They keep reaching for another savor. (Being from NJ, I can guarantee Christie ain't the one.) No one can make any sense and still call themselves Republican these days. Coddling and rich and endless red meat rhetoric is getting pretty old. Hopefully, a Republican that loves his country more than themselves will emerge – but I doubt it.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  281. Ya No

    The Republicans have said all along that they want to put a conservative, and the 'white', back in the White House. Those that they have endorsed in their desperation I have never seriously considered. We need a President, and all that position demands. I keep saying to myself that if Perry, Palin, Bachmann, Trump, and the other conservative hopefuls are the best that the Republicans can field, I wonder why they bother. On the other hand, how many American voters will pull the 'R' lever no matter what? For the Republicans, this has been 'Destroy Obama' from the get-go, the weapons in their arsenal have been, so far, utterly impotent. Will this election cycle be a marathon of Republican 15-minute failures?

    September 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  282. John from Houston

    Jack, I'm a Texas Republican, but not necessarily a fan of RIck. However, he has a surprising ability to rebound and he's never lost an election in my state. How he fares on the national stage is a different matter. What bothers me is that in the event he's the Republican nominee, he'll never beat Obama in a debate. Plus, he's an illegal alien hugger supporting in-state tuition to alien children when thousands of our native born kids can't get a spot. A guaranteed political death where in my state, we're drowning in hordes of criminal aliens......

    September 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  283. N

    The question really is whether he has been too quick to use up his 15 mins. I have a feeling that a certain Ms. Palin is keeping her 15 mins intact while the rest of the "frontliners" implode and then at the very last minute, she will announce her entry hoping that her 15 min will suffice to get her the nomination....

    September 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  284. Michigan_Joe

    Whether his 15 minutes are up or not, running as a Republican is like running a race with a 500 pound monkey on your back. After the eight year " Bush Rein of Ruin" it is hard for any Republican to appeal to any middle class American voter. The straw that broke the camel's back has been the peace meal attempt at shutting down the government and scaring seniors about Social Security and Medicare. That just won't fly any longer.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  285. Jersey George

    Perry wishes Palin was in the debating fray because then he'd come across as a Rhodes Scholar compared to what her debate performances would have been. It's no wonder the "Quitter From Wasilla" didn't commit to the GOP nomination because she would have been exposed at the debates on how dumb and ignorant she is. And her sheep thinks she's presidential timber? Don't make me laugh.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  286. richard in austin texas

    Parry is more corrupt than NIxon was, he has his hand out and is reaching in every pocket he can, with Texas's backward donor laws he knows how to get his money by hook or crook. God help us if he is ever president! Lets hope the clock has struck midnight!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  287. AB

    Jack, Rick Perry's candidacy was over in less than 15 minutes the day he disparaged our Social Security system by calling it a "Ponzi Scheme". Most savy politicians know that it is political suicide to publicly attack a social insurance system into which almost all Americans are heavily invested. Apparently, Perry does not know. He even attacked the system in his book. This fool really wants to destroy the system under the guise of "improving it" for the younger generation. Young people do not understand the system and its integral role in their futures and Perry and other Republican politiicans exploit that ignorance. It is only a matter of time before Perry drops out of the race.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  288. TexMax

    Perry is a lot like that idiot Ahmadinejad from Iran. A lot of outrageous sound bites and little substantial action. The Texas governor doesn't really have that much power and he's gotten away with it here because he doesn't do much and the people of Texas are used to having idiots for governors.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  289. Jerome, Houston Texas

    It is clear to me that when a Governor does not feel the need to debate even in his own state it shows up in other state polls. Practice makes perfect Perry. He clearly does not have anything to say that is worth Americans hearing. Can we trust him to debate issues abroad when the understanding that catch phrases and good hair are no longer in fashion when debating issues with Russia, Germany and England. The questions that our Governor should begin with and practice on is clear "What do I stand for?" and "How what I stand for can change our country?" Stay tuned the camera bulbs are dimming for Governor Perry. I think he is only interested in camera time.

    September 26, 2011 at 5:57 pm |