Rick Perry went at it a bit with the latest media sensation to come out of the White House briefing. This guy is the White House reporter for Playboy, which is, you know, an odd title.
“Mr. President, thank you for this interview. Can you take your clothes off?”
Anyway, since an exchange earlier this week with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in which he inappropriately interrupted Sanders and spouted opinions and got into a shouting match with her — he doing all of the shouting — he’s been on Morning Joe, CNN etc.
Nevertheless, though Perry was mocking him, this guy actually had a good question, which evoked a fairly clear statement by Perry on his views about climate change.
Rick Perry on Friday became the first candidate to remove himself from the Republican presidential nomination race, suggesting that being president was not in God’s plans for him.
“When I gave my life to Christ, I said, ‘Your ways are greater than my ways. Your will is superior to mine,'” Perry said in a speech delivered to the Eagle Forum, a conservative confab in St. Louis. “Today I submit to you His will remains a mystery, but some things have become . . . very clear to me. That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States.”
Perry had long been touted as a major presidential prospect, entering presidential politics for the first time in 2012 amid much fanfare, but collapsing after a blunder in a debate in which he couldn’t remember which federal agencies he planned to eliminate. Since then, he had reportedly been prepping assiduously for the next go-round and was supposedly ready to roar into the race.
But his candidacy never gained any traction, and he has been mired in the single digits nationally all year.
Perry’s withdrawal perhaps provides some satisfaction to the Bush family, given George W. Bush’s long rivalry with his successor as Texas governor.
Perry said he had “no regrets” and lauded the other Republicans in the race.
“We have a tremendous field of candidates, probably the greatest group of men and women,” Perry said. “I step aside knowing our party is in good hands as long as we listen to the grassroots and listen to the cause of conservatism.”
Citing his family, Perry said, “I am a blessed man.”
President Obama is making waves with his comment that he is “the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.”
Well, okay. I don’t think so, but as a Jew, I don’t begrudge anyone their claim to solidarity with The Tribe. And if Obama actually goes without shellfish during his upcoming Martha’s Vineyard vacation, then we’ll know he may be serious.
But certainly, at least one Republican candidate is in a position to claim he is even closer to being a Jew.
I know, I’ve run this before. I just can’t resist. He was pretty game. Poor Rick.
Perry is announcing his candidacy in Dallas today.
He released a video earlier Thursday with some boilerplate from his stump speech.
If we’re going to revive this American dream again we need a president who provides leadership that transcends the petty partisanship we’ve seen in the last few years. Someone that’s been tested and a president who tells the American people the truth . . . We need a president who bridges the partisan divide rather than widen — who brings people together. We must do right and risk the consequences.
He’s a longshot. But if the GOP race in anything like 2012, with a new candidate suddenly seizing front runner status for no serious reason every few weeks, he may have his chance.
Texas citizens are being put in jeopardy by this porous border . . .
There have been, over the course of the last five years . . . over 203,000 individuals who have come into Texas illegally, who have been booked into our county jails. Those individuals have been accounted for over 3,000 homicides and over 8,000 sexual assaults.
Not sure what to make of those numbers. If they’re correct,that’s a lot of avoidable mayhem.
Maybe President Obama should look into this. He’s got time, he’ll be back from fundraising tonight and golf isn’t until Saturday.
I thought you might want to see this video of Rick Perry squaring off against a clearly exasperated Martha Raddatz of ABC, who is dripping with empathy for the illegal immigrants crossing the border but seems distinctly uninterested in why they are here and what should have been done to prevent it.
Because that would involve blaming Obama.
From Perry’s comments during his interview with Raddatz on Sunday’s This Week:
I don’t believe he particularly cares whether or not the border of the United States is secure. And that’s the reason there’s been this lack of effort, this lack of focus, this lack of resources . . .
The president has sent powerful messages time after time — by his policies, by nuances that it is OK to come to the United States and you can come across and you’ll be accepted in open arms. That is the real issue.
Raddatz asked Perry about comments he had made on Fox News suggesting Obama was intentionally allowing these illegal immigrants into the United States. Perry, who may not be as familiar with White House incompetence as you and I are here at White House Dossier, could only say that either Obama is inept or at some level he wants the immigrants in the United States, saying Obama might have an “ulterior motive” for his inaction:
When I have written a letter that is dated May of 2012, and I have yet to have a response from this administration, I will tell you they either are inept or don’t care, and that is my position.
While Obama is indeed inept in that he has caused an humanitarian crisis, I don’t think the president otherwise minds these people entering the United States. I think his main regret is that he can’t get the Border Patrol to register them to vote.
It’s only one person he’ll be endorsing, so he shouldn’t have trouble remembering.
What a disaster he was. Forget the forgetfulness and the lousy debate performances. Attacking Romney for “vulture capitalism.” What a disgrace. Maybe this lifelong politician should go and try doing a little capitalism himself.
Of course he’ll endorse the history professor, who has similarly piled on Romney for actually making money, and whose only success in the business arena has been to trade on the name he built practicing politics.
Rick Perry tweeted minutes ago that he will head to South Carolina to continue his presidential election campaign.
Here’s the tweet:
And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State…Here we come South Carolina!!! yfrog.com/odz8ujrj
Coming just as news broke that Michele Bachmann would withdraw, it appears Perry has calculated that there may be an opening for him to pick up some of her support.
What’s more, Perry probably believes that Santorum is a weak standard bearer for the conservative cause, and that there may be an opportunity for someone like Perry – who unlike Santorum, has extensive executive experience as the governor of Texas – to challenge for conservative votes.
Perry also maintains a war chest far larger than that of Santorum, who will be in a race to raise cash and organize in an incredibly brief time.
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