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February 07, 2012

Rick Perry Says He Has "Plenty of Fight" Left

Rick Perry Says He Has "Plenty of Fight" Left

"I just went home, rearmed, reloaded my mags and I'm going to be fighting on a different front" ~ Governor Rick Perry

Texas Tribune

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Gov. Rick Perry re-emerged in the national spotlight tonight, offering his first post-presidential primary interview to Fox News.

He told correspondent Shannon Bream that looking back, he regrets not getting into the race "substantially sooner."

"I don't govern by polls. I've been low in the polls before," he said.

First lady Anita Perry also appeared in the interview. She confirmed the pair is open to another run at national office.

What will she do differently next time?

"Prepare better, more debate prep. I'd do it all over again. I hope he will," she said.

“I’m not slipping off into the sunset. I’m not riding off into the west,” Perry told Republican activists in Round Rock. “We’ve got plenty of work to do right here in the state of Texas. And I got plenty of fight left in this old 61-year-old body.”

It was Perry’s first public appearance since pulling of out the presidential race on Jan. 19. He was treated to a hero’s welcome — including two standing ovations — at the event, a fundraiser for the Republican Party of Williamson County.

Perry, who had never lost an election before, leaned on the sports culture of Texas A&M University, his alma mater, to explain what happened to him in the 2012 race. Aggies don’t like to use terms like “lose” or “defeat.”

“We just ran out of time,” Perry said. “I’m not used to running out of time.”

The governor said he would remain engaged in the fight against what he sees as federal overreach and the “misguided socialist policies from President Obama.”

“This movement is bigger than any one man or woman,” Perry said. “It goes forward at a ballot box near you in 2012."

Perry said he would continue to promote Texas nationally as a “beacon of responsible conservative governance.”

He travels to Washington this week to address the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, and he will serve as the Republican speaker at the spring dinner of the Gridiron Club and Foundation in Washington in late March.

Perry hasn’t ruled out running again for governor in 2014 — or for president again, perhaps in 2016.

“I’d do it all over again,” Texas first lady Anita Perry said in an interview on Fox News that aired Monday. “I hope he will.” The governor said in the same interview that if he could change anything about the 2012 race he would have gotten in the race “substantially sooner.”

Republican leaders are doing their best to give Perry a Texas-size welcome back home. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who introduced Perry on Monday night, borrowed a few lines from Theodore Roosevelt, who once hailed the kind of man who “fails while daring greatly.”

“He’s back,” Dewhurst said of the governor. “And he’s stronger.”


Wild Thing's comment........

Love this and I am thrilled how both Anita and Rick speak of the future and that he will not just go silent into the night. He will continue to make a difference.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 7, 2012 02:50 AM


Reloaded his mags? The liberals are going to be screaming over that.

Posted by: BobF at February 7, 2012 07:26 AM

Neither Romney nor Gingrich are Second Amendment guys. I don't know what Santorum's feelings are on firearms. Rick Perry leaves no doubt where he stands on ownership of firearms. Glad to have him back home.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at February 7, 2012 10:23 PM

Bob, LOL I bet they will.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 8, 2012 02:39 AM

Tom, you are so very fortunate. You are blessed with an awesome Gov. I know no one is perfect, but he sure comes close to being the best ever for Gov. and one day for President.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 8, 2012 02:40 AM