For Discussion: Rick Perry Of Texas Enters Presidential Race Throwing Major Shade At Obama, Tim Pawlenty Drops Out

- By Bossip Staff

One GOPer is out and another one is in….

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination in South Carolina on Saturday with a speech grounded in attacks on President Obama for “downgrading” America.

“It’s time to get America working again,” Perry told 700 conservative activists packed into at Charleston hotel ballroom. “Page one of any economic plan to get American working is to give a pink slip to the current residents in the White House.”

In South Carolina, host to the nation’s third presidential primary, Perry vowed to apply what has worked in Texas during his ten years as governor to Washington – balancing the budget and cutting government spending.

“America is not broken, Washington, D.C., is broken,” Perry said. special report: Campaign 2012

Perry enters the race as a serious contender for the nomination, one with the potential to combine establishment support (and the strong fundraising that comes with it) with the backing of social and fiscal conservatives.

Stylistically reminiscent of his predecessor as Texas governor who won the presidency – George W. Bush – Perry’s calling card is Texas’ strong record of job creation: 40 percent of the nation’s new jobs since June 2009 are in Texas. The state’s unemployment rate is about one-point below the national rate of 9.1-percent, and 25 states’ are lower.

“One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job — that is not a recovery, that is an economic disaster,” Perry said.

While Perry spent some of his speech discussing his own record, he spent most of his time attacking the current White House occupant. He criticized Mr. Obama’s “unbridled fixation” on spending and suggested the president’s “big spending, big government policies” have “prolonged our national misery, not alleviated it.”

“Recovery is a meaningless word if the bank has foreclosed on your home, if you’re underwater on your mortgage, or if you are up to the max on your credit card debt,” he added. “Mister President, let us tell you something: You cannot win the future buy selling America off to foreign creditors. We cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership.”

And poor little Tim Pawlenty couldn’t stand the heat, so he’s getting outta the kitchen!

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the presidential race, sources told CBS News on Sunday. According to a campaign source, Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce his withdrawal from the race on ABC’s “This Week” after a disappointing third place finish at Saturday’s Ames straw poll in Ames, Iowa.

“We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward,” Pawlenty said, according to ABC. “That didn’t happen, so I’m announcing this morning on your show that I’m going to be ending my campaign for president.”

The straw poll was a crucial test for Pawlenty, who was initially expected to be a strong challenger to putative Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. But his campaign failed to catch fire, with polls indicating that his support never moved out of the single digits.

Pawlenty bussed in supporters to the straw poll who signed a pledge to vote for him, offering them free “Famous Dave’s” barbecue and green Pawlenty t-shirts with the number twelve on the back. In a speech, he condemned President Obama as having “no clue” what America needs and saying he needs to “get the government off our backs.”

And while the former governor had acknowledged that Saturday’s contest was a crucial for his campaign, he indicated to supporters on Saturday night that he would be staying in the race despite his third-place finish.

“We made progress in moving from the back of the pack into a competitive position for the caucuses, but we have a lot more work to do. This is a long process to restore America — we are just beginning and I’m looking forward to a great campaign,” he said in a statement.

On Sunday, however, he changed course.

“I thought I would have made a great president, but obviously that pathway isn’t there,” Pawlenty said, according to the Associated Press. “I do believe we’re going to have a very good candidate who is going to beat Barack Obama.”


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  • Miss G

    I’m going to look into this guy Perry. Bet u one thing, if his record turns out to be better than Pres Obama I might vote for him. I will not be one of those ignorant folk voting for Obama just cuz he’s black. I do like the fact that Perry called for a day of prayer. The more we take God out of this country the more outta control it’s gonna get. America was built on Christian principles and even though this place hasn’t been perfect, we always try to fix the mistakes and learn from them and that’s why we’ve been blessed. Gays getting married, abortions funded by our tax payer money, the oversexualization of our women, the breakdown of the family- God is not pleased with these things and as we see, our country is falling further and further down the hole.

  • gina

    Really, the ostrich is going to take its head out of the sand and stick it up its own azz?

    No society should support humans being vulgar ok! The world is as America has changed.

  • Viking

    Thank god someone who actually can make a good leader entered the race. At this point I would even take Palin over Obama. This fool in the White House right now is incapable of running even a lemonade stand.

  • http://MTexas dj

    Rick Perry is horrible! I live in Texas and he has ruined our education system by not funding it. He only cares about big business and the rich. And all the job growth are at Wal Mart and Costco! All minimum wage jobs! He is Bush all over again.

  • Divaish

    Cosign dj!i live in texas too and perry is a joke! He won governor by default! Just another rich racist white puppet!

  • sunshine

    Im from TX too and please dont vote for this man he cares more about the roads then he does our schools!

  • Afroqueen

    The only jobs created in TX are minimum wage jobs in the food industry. That’s because the only thing in demand is a cheeseburger. Dont give use that 40% job creation…u ain’t foolin nobody Perry!!!!

  • TxBreed

    Don’t let Perry fool you!! Texas already know what it is. That prayer day was nothing but a publicity stunt because he has NEVER done that before. I’m not saying Obama is the greatest but Perry is not the answer either. Please do your research and make an informed decision who is the best candidate!!

  • gina

    @King Beef

    You refuse to give up on your people…keep educating….good luck with that ….some can’t shake that plantation mentality…GONE WITH THE WIND…SCARLET!

  • King Beef

    Gina,I will keep trying till the casket drop!

  • Neeyia

    I live in Tx as well.(Dallas) this Bastard is a joke… people please do your research before voting for this joke! Sn: All from Texas I agreed with your post!

  • sunshine

    @neeyia oakcliff das my hood!

  • nikkislim

    Thank you, king beef.

  • destiny

    I’m from Texas and I say if you vote for perry we as a nation are screwed, he’s a joke!!! He’s horrible!!! The people from Texas already know what it is, I and all of San Antonio (where I’m from) thinks he needs to go sit down somewhere and disapper like bush!! Please people don’t vote for him, it will be 2008 all over again, how bad things were (still bad, but have gotten better). I just cannot stress how bad he is, he only wins because, he caters to white and rich folk! PLEASE KEEP PERRY OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • texasboy

    Not another dumb@ss texas governor!! Its gonna be bush all over again!

  • AmazinAtheist

    Rev Rick Perry needs to go sit down. They are trying to turn the US into a theocracy. He don’t try to find answers, he prays for them. We been in a drought out here in TX. What does Rick do? Pray for rain. He also prayed for the economy to get better. I guess god hates the old US of A

  • http://n/a Fly Gurl

    I’m also in Dallas and there is no way in hell that I would vote to put this man in charge of running this country! End of days…

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