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July 21st, 2011
04:04 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: Musharraf convinced Perry will run for president

EDITOR'S NOTE: Watch "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 6 p.m. ET for Wolf's interview with former Pakistani President Musharraf.

(CNN) - During an interview with me that we just taped for The Situation Room, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told me he believes Texas Gov. Rick Perry will run for president of the United States.

That's significant because the two men met in Austin last week.

The former Pakistan President said Perry invited him to "exchange views."

I asked him if he thought Perry would run for president.

'You need to ask him, but I think, I thought, I did get that impression,' he said.

I pressed him.

"You came away from that meeting thinking he's going to run?"

"Yes," he replied.

Musharraf has always been blunt with me. I've interviewed him many times over the years. He acknowledged that he wasn't sure he should be saying that he emerged from the meeting convinced Perry would run. "I hope I'm not violating the code of confidentiality that he wanted to maintain about that aspect."

But he's a straightforward person and clearly said what he thought.

The meeting in Austin was seen as part of Perry's effort to establish his foreign policy credentials in advance of a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

High-level Republican sources have been telling me for several weeks that they believe Perry in fact will run. We'll know for sure soon enough.

RELATED VIDEO: Musharraf to U.S: Keep your guard up

SEE ALSO: Photo of the Day: Texas Gov. meets with Musharraf

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  1. Carl

    Why is Blitzer having these chit-chats with Pervez Musharraf, who, as a military commander, helped to kill the Afghans who were resisting the Taliban in the early 1900's, seized power without an election, arrested judges who were going to review the constitutionality of his dual civilian/military position, and tried to bully judges into signing an oath to always side with the military? This guy is an evil dictator! Stop giving him airtime as a TV pundit. He should be in jail.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  2. Domina Telefonsex

    I think you hit the nail on the head with your post.

    November 15, 2011 at 4:14 am |
  3. Jen

    I'm tired of paying taxes for the rich. I want President Obama to hold out. They are just being stubborn to win votes. It is only fair that all people who can afford it pay their share of taxes.

    July 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Carl

      Apparently CNN does not want me to ask you to back up your claim with real numbers.

      December 22, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  4. low energy fatigue

    Thank you for your nice article. There are many useful information.

    July 23, 2011 at 11:50 am |
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    July 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  6. Kevin Harper

    What, is this for real, make the rich pay back the money they stole by buying the congress,...they make jobs, bull, they used part of the money they stole, to buy ways to get more money from the people who do the real work, to steal more's a joke or just more lies. What do you all think the man on the street think about the pyramid scheme, you who think you have a right to get payed unreal amounts of money to do nothing that really matters. A degree should get some a thinking job, but that doesn't entile them to get payed more than the person that does physical labor, does Boehner really think we can not read between the line does he; no higher tax rate on the rich, more lies, and if he thinks we don't know who payed for him, he is lying to himself, not just us. His party plays everyone against each other;ie lies and people will and are getting very tried off it. Truth be told thier are more of us who are thinking, voting is rigged, state and nationally or does it make sense that thier are that many more of us in the lower incomes and yet the rich are running things. A question if you made your living making something and it cost X number of dollars to make it in the U.S.A. would you remove trade tariffs so your job would move overseas and you would not have a job? Another question, why would someone elected in an area where most of the people are in the middle to lower income, vote for a tax break for the rich? And the answer is not jobs, like I stated that is and always has been a lie. Many more questions, that should be answered, which would by the way answer, why, what we see happening around in the world. I can see that the haves are working to keep it that way, by tell us what news is, and keepig the conversations and questions on the effects of things, not the things causing them. Another question; why do we not talk about population? And if we want fair elections why isn't single payer the norm? Do not lie, oh, wait you cann't, we already know it's the control thing, like why the party in power gets to setup voting districts and why states with a 47% 53% split have two senators of the same party.What does fair mean, to whom is it for? Don't answer, I don't want anymore lies, please. Boehner, we know who you want to put the tough chocies on, and it's not jello your doing it for, you brought and paid for, I wonder how much your house cost, what kind of car does your wife drive, ask the right questions, So we can vote for the right people.

    July 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Telefon Domina

      While I can't agree with all your points I did enjoy reading your post.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:16 am |
  7. Kal

    Look, that's the favorite "Belt Way" method of beginning an argument, the Congress could have settle the debt issue when the Democrats held a majority. However, the priority was to make new laws instead of taking care of business on House floor.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  8. Chris from St Petersburg

    Hands off of the Social Security funds as we have enough taxes already to make revenue for this country. People are going to have to keep working just to break even with the cost of living. I myself doing want to work past 70 just to keep paying utilites and health/dental care as my social security should cover my retirement in addition to a 401K/IRA.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  9. Ali Abbas

    I think Musharraf is better than the present rulers of Pak. Zardari is a looter and famously known for Mr.10%( 10% commission in every deal).A country going down to its knees and ruling elite making money big time on the bones of people of pakistan.

    July 22, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  10. JennyTX

    Does Musharraf know about Gov. Perry's big Christian prayer meeting? On the website's FAQ: "Governor Rick Perry has invited all US governors as well as many other national Christian and political leaders. People of all ages, races, backgrounds and Christian denominations will be in attendance to proclaim Jesus as Savior and pray for America."

    July 22, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • JR Cash

      *GASP!* And what of it? We Christians associate with all sorts of people, whatever their religion. Doesn't mean we sacrifice our beliefs on the altar of multiculturalism.

      See, it's kinda funny when you highlight someone else's supposed "intolerance"... only to highlight your own.

      July 22, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  11. Pete from St Paul

    Whew! The Re-Pubs have finally found the male WASP they have been clamoring for? Does this mean America gonna see a show down between a black guy and a Catholic, versus, a cowboy and a hooter?

    July 22, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • Lakisha Benson (Veteran)

      Pete from St Paul I find you comment really distrubing and to know that its people like you that still exist in the world blows my mind at the end of the day its sad to know that this country really has no concerns as to whats right and whats wrong. It all boils down to it being about a persons skin color and its really a sad shame. I think you should sit down and really listen and track the things that OUR President is trying to do. Be apart of change and not a part of the past with all do respect.

      September 7, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  12. Nunya Bizness

    Nunya Bizness
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I find it so amusing that people come on these message boards and spout off about things they know nothing about. Gov. Perry, nor Pervez Musharraf are terrorists. I tend to have an open mind and look at all sides of a debate but I have yet to find but a handful of people that post on here that actually THINK before they post.

    To say Musharraf was hiding Bin Laden is just silly. He has not even lived in his home country in several years.

    This is the problem with our nation today, everyone has to jump in on a negative note and spout out hatred. Republicans, democrats, tea party, blacks, whites, catholics, muslims, jews.. everyone jumps to HATRED and mindless blathering rather than trying to find common gound. It is no wonder we are the most hated nation on the planet! We are a nation of haters. Think about it.

    July 22, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Lakisha Benson (Veteran)

      Very well put and I do agree....

      September 7, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  13. ali abbas

    I don't understand why people post such negative comments about everything? 90% of the comments based on conjusted thinking .We should be open to listen to other side also.Life depends upon give & take.People have some tolerance.

    July 22, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  14. Whoosh

    HMMM. I am wondering if you received any contributions from the keepers of OSL?

    July 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  15. usaf2

    Another Joke from Wolf Blitzer ( The Wolf in a Armani Suit)!! Wolf is Murdoch's half brother

    July 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  16. cilantro

    Who the hell is Musharraf to give his expert opinion on our presidential candidates?He himself is in exile & couldn't manage his home ground! Is CNN out of mind?

    July 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  17. Aaron

    Is Perry one of those on Pakistan's payroll?

    July 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  18. pv

    I've seen this movie before...

    a charismatic Texan with the Lord and the Conservatives behind him...
    I remember how that turned out:
    Two wars, 10% unemployment, the Great Recession, Torture, and losses in the TRILLION$.

    I didn't like that movie...
    I don't want to watch it again.

    July 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  19. Roscoe

    Why is Perry pal'ing around with a guy who was hiding Osama bin Laden? That ought to look good on a campaign poster.

    July 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  20. DrBakroChod

    It takes one bakro chod (goat lover) to spot another bakro chod. Said enough.

    July 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  21. Jon

    Mushraf is a terrorist. why is this man allowed in God country. He and his agencies planned and carried out 911, not osama. Go and take a look at the activities of the pakistanies(spy agencies, army, terror groups) leading up to 911. These people are double edge swords. they are not to be trusted. They lied, they steal american taxpayer,they kill americans, they push their shitty people and their religion in the US. dollars the american people were lied to. The American government do not want to hold the pakistanies accountantable because they are a pawn of a much bigger regional agenda – hegemony, racial and economic control.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  22. Joe

    Is Musharraf iillegally donating to Perry, much like what happened to Dan Burton? Who cares what Musharraf says! It's not his place or his concern!

    July 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
  23. Ali

    Having Musharraf as a reference is like having a hole in one's head. But then again maybe Teapublican Perry thinks holes cool down his crazed cranial neurons.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • SP

      Ali or Ramesh? Perhaps a Hinduban...yeah?

      July 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • rob

      Your comment is precisely why Blitzer and CNN put this NON story here. Blitzer: "That's significant because the two men met in Austin last week." There is nothing "significant" about anything Blitzer does, thats why his ratings are so low. What a stupid story tp put on a Ticker story.

      July 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  24. Pobin

    Perry is a Trilateralist which should scare any voter. He'll give us the same thing we've gotten for the last 100 years. He's a republican by name only. Ask him about the trans-texas corridor, alleged affairs, etc. He's scum.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  25. George

    Who cares? Perry can't get the nomination. He has no record and the governor of Texas is a powerless office. The legislature runs the state, not the governor. How many George W. Bushs do we need?

    July 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  26. David

    Is Osama in Pakistan? NO No Never.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • SP

      i thought he had dinner with that bearded terrorist manmohan SIngh in New Delhi.....Pakoras for appetizer, linguine for main and carrot cake, downed with Indian beverage of choice chilled cow urine fermented to perfection in Bombay.

      July 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  27. Gillie

    IT is highly unlikely that the American public will elect another Texan like George Bush to office. It is far too soon and Perry sounds a great deal like former President George Bush (the 2nd that is). Close your eyes and listen to him and you will be quite disturbed as the similarities. As an indepedent myself and someone who believe we were right in going to war in Afghanistan but not in Iraq I would not think twice about NOT voting for Perry. He is another far too right Republican candidate that will screw the party up just like former President G. Bush who split the party even further between the far religious right and true conservatives.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  28. MushMush

    Okay. So what. Once fascist thinks another fascist will run for president. The repturdlicans up so far are ALL fascists, so what difference could one more make.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • longshot

      Better to elect worthless democrats that can get nothing done and have no vision except to bankrupt the country! Great economic plan you got there Obama!

      July 21, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
      • Dianne

        I have an idea seems like the Republicans can't bring themselves to require the wealthy to pay their fare share, (wealthy's welfare) it's called, well if the tax rate they pay is all they can afford then I suggest that same tax rate gets lowered for all the rest of us to.

        July 21, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
      • mg

        hey mr, longshot, it was your president bush and co, that have us where we are now, get your facts buddie before you lie. you can say all you w3ant about obama, but you know what america aint buying it buddy. so go put your boots on and join perry for a long, but short run. his record in texas, as i, hear from people from texas,he is worthless. i, read on every thing before i, speak. bye wont stick around for a reply from you if any....

        July 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  29. wil

    Fantastic, I hope Rick Perry does run, for the Presidency of of luck Rickster!

    July 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  30. John

    Who care no one want him to run anyway. All I ever heard of him Is he back by the Tea Party and he a IDIOT. That right there are two thing against him right there. And I think the man should been In jail for treason , For saying he was going to Secede from the Union. That make him a Trader of America.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  31. Jeff in Illinois

    "But he's a straightforward person and clearly said what he thought."
    Yeah, he's real good at hide-n-seek too. He kept bin Laden hidden for years.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  32. Rags

    Perry who?

    July 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  33. Skepticz

    But what does Mushaffaf think about the financial comeback of Martha Stewart? Who cares what he thinks about Perry?

    July 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  34. Doug

    The Democrats are desperate for a Third Party level candidate like Perry to emerge. Now that Wolf is in full campaign mode for Obama he is more than willing to encourage Perry to run. Perry's place in history is already assured thanks to his record breaking 235 Executions as governor of Texas. Perry has earned his status as the standard bearer of Christianity in the US and is a Natural choice to lead The Right to Life Party, ( The Tea Party ).

    July 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  35. Lisa

    CNN has lost it's mind! Why do we care what Musharraf has to say. This man is so corrupt and allowed Osama bin Laden to hide in Pakistan. He made a fool out of the U.S. Is CNN that desperate for guests? Come on CNN. You can do better.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  36. NES10B

    The problem is not that he is from Texas, but that he wants to force everyone to believe as he does. He has not said anything intelligent that I can recall nor has he come up with real world solutions for America's problems. He just blows hot air.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  37. CindySanFrancisco

    Please not another nut case running for President on the Republican side.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • longshot

      Yeah, only the democrats should have candidates out of touch with America! California, I'm looking in your direction. How's that bankruptcy working out for you? Good ol' democrats running that state

      July 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  38. Alex

    I didn't vote for Perry as Governor of Texas and can say I won't be voting for him for POTUS! He is the true "Good Ole Boy"! Don't believe a word he says!

    July 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  39. Jon

    Mushraf is a terrorist. why is this man allowed in God country. He and his agnecies planned and carried out 911, not osama. Go and take a look at the activities of the pakistanies(spy agencies, army, terror groups) leading up to 911.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  40. billy davis

    So Rick Perry had a meeting with a Muslim that was harboring bin Laden. Looks like we can say Rick Perry pals around with terrorist. The GOP will not be happy with him.

    July 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  41. John Nemesh

    Jobs at Taco Bell dont count...

    July 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Whoosh

      They do if you are a republican't.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  42. Harry Lime

    CNN, you have too much time on your hands. You should expand beyond political news. I can't believe you asked, or even thought of, the question to Musharraf. Why on earth would we be interested in what some has-been, tin-horn dictator thinks of OUR politicians? You need to change the quality of your content. How about hard non-political news from other countries. Why don't you ask the former governor of Oregon what he thinks about the makeup of the Scottish Parliament? The Scots are dying to hear the answer.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  43. davey


    July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • wil are right Davey, FAUX News is certainly in bed with President Obama...right...oh wait, you said NEWS media..sorry my mistake as that takes FAUX out of the picture...

      July 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  44. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    So Perry is in cahoots with a thug/criminal/terrorist too? Great!

    July 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • longshot

      If talking to him makes him in cahoots with him, then Obama is his BFF!

      July 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Farrukh

      Nope! Perry just talked to a guy who al-Qaeda tried to assassinate numerous times – twice coming close enough to blow up part of his convoy (December 2003). This does not include numerous fatwas issued by bin Laden and al Zwahiri urging other extremists to kill Musharraf.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  45. davey


    July 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  46. DannyCali

    I think Perry can run for President in Pakistan for sure because nobody going to be President in Pakistan next time.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  47. davey

    hey wolf why are you so short???? cnn reporting skills are full of bs..wht not report on Obama's three ss. numbers...?

    July 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • John Nemesh


      July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • billy davis

      Still on that Obama wasn't born in America hey teabagger?

      July 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • Rags

      More nonsense from a brain dead moron. Now, go crawl back under your very own rock and allow no more nonsense out of that thing you call your brain.

      July 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  48. KBO

    The strident yet uneducated right/left opinions in here would be laughable if not so sad, a shame that our country has come to this. Both sides are culpable for the current mess but no one wants to be an adult, make some hard decisions, and get us back on track, its all about the blame game and re-election, nothing else.

    And sorry, but those who are saying Texas is going down the tubes just are plain wrong when looking at stats for US over past 5-10 years.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • John Nemesh

      Have you BEEN to West Texas lately? Not pretty!

      July 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • wil

      Any success Texas has seen is a result of them sucking on the teat of Federal $$$. IF they Repube's ever get there way and federal spending is SLASHED there would be no more cash for Texas or any other state...bye bye Longhorns!

      July 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
      • longshot

        You are an idiiot! Texas gives more money than it takes from the Fedral Government. But by all means, don't let the facts get in the way of your ramblings..

        July 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Checkyerfacts

      Ok, let's just check those facts shall we? I did. I came up with Texas being last in people over 25 with a H.S. diploma, per capita spending on mental health, the percentage of non-elderly women with health insurance, the percentage of pregnant women who receive prenatal care and share of its workforce – 76 percent – covered by workers’ compensation. Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502).

      But wait, Texas is first in the share of its population that lacks health insurance and five categories of air pollution — nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide, mercury emissions, volatile organic compounds and particulates. Texas is tied with Florida as No. 1 in the share of children who are uninsured — 18 percent — and tied with Alabama as fourth-highest in child poverty at 32 percent. Do I need to continue?

      July 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
      • longshot

        Texas just became the 2nd biggest economy in the US. Biggest winner in the census (gaining the most house seats). Texas does have things it needs to address, but they are a great example economic-wise.

        July 21, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  49. #thanks!

    as an independent i can say im very interested in perry running

    July 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • kman02

      As a Texan, I can say Perry will appeal to independents like a sexually transmitted desease.

      July 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  50. sylvester Iwotor

    I don't understand, insulting your President by calling him names. You will be stoned or caned in the far East or middle east. The Tea Party career schools owners mad because the President got them on a choke hold on student loans overhaul. Have you seen what career schools are doing to black students on student loans, they are like pay day loans.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  51. CanYouBackThatUpWithFacts?

    Isnt this the same guy that wanted Texas to become it's own country? Sounds like treason to me.
    Good luck bringing that good ol cowboy bullheaded-ness to the race. I'm sure that's exactly what Americans need, another Texas Gov (being advised by Rummy) in the oval office.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • John Nemesh

      Nah, the best part is that he is bringing Christ as a running mate! LOL Just what we need, another "Holier-than-thou" politico in thanks! Oh, and I love the way he says that "God needs to fix" the economy and the deficit. I hope he does run, it will keep all of our starving comedians employed!

      July 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  52. Kent

    One very little known fact. A year before the junior senator from Illinois – Obama, declared his run for the presidency he was invited to Europe to the Bilderberg Conference held every year in absolute secrecy.
    Now, a little while ago, Governor Perry is invited to that same conference then announces his run for the presidency.
    I wonder just how different a Republican is from a Democrat when both sides attend the same conference and are sworn to absolute secrecy on all goings on within the 3 day meetings.
    For those who aren't aware of the annual Bilderberg Conference, they only invite top international political leaders, heads of multinational industry, and newly invited potentials adhering to their views with leadership ability. For reasons which may well be understood when the overall picture is examined the 'potentials' always seem to achieve their goals in behalf of those who invited the 'potential' to the conference.
    Look back at all our national leaders in the past few decades and you will see they all belonged singularly or in combination of, the following entities. Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, Council of Foreighn Relations, and others.
    Always the same people.
    So, when one of our constitutionally sworn leaders attends and becomes a member of one or several of these groups then say farewell to their allegience to our beloved country.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • John Nemesh

      Break out the tinfoil hats everyone! We got a winner here!

      July 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • Colin

      So...people who attend the same conferences must not be very different? That's one of the dumbet things I've ever heard.

      July 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Whoosh

      This got to be the wildest thing I heard all week Clark. LMAO at you and your stupidity. You should just STOP believing everything the grand dragon tells you and try reading something more creditable than the Enquirer and STOP listening to that horrible F news station. It's making buffoons out of all of you buffoons.

      July 21, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  53. Fritz

    Good to see the GOP can still coddle our 'friends' (who harbour our greatest enemies as well). You want foreign policy experience? Go join up tough guy.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • longshot

      So, when the democrats meet with him it's diplomacy and when the republicans do it they are "coddiling" him? I guess you slept in the day they taught critical thinking in school.

      July 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  54. Enrique

    Rick Perry may claim to be a Christian but his divisive and hateful policies are anything but. Perry takes narcissism to a whole new level. He would make George W. Bush look like a somewhat decent president.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  55. Bob Tuthill

    I would love to see Gov. Perry enter the race; the man is a mental midget and states he has a calling from God!! I know God works in mysterious ways, yet I doubt this is one of them. Just another teapublican with nary a clue. Doesn't stand a snowballs chance in Hell.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Ancient Texan

      He just might have a clue, Texas has produced more jobs than most states and passed a balanced budget, something the Nation hasn't done since the Republican Congress did it during the Clinton second term.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
      • John Nemesh

        We had enough of ignorant Texans in office with our last president. I dont care how good things are in that armpit of a state, I am not going to vote for a right-wing, christian extremist!

        July 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
      • Bob Tuthill

        That's funny Ancient, it always seems like it's reported that the balanced budget and surplus was credited to Pres. Clinton!!!! Also, do you believe Gov. Perry could have had a balanced budget without the help from Washington? Didn't think so.

        July 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • kman02

        Texas has created jobs because of the high cost of oil, making it feasable to extract oil by fracking. The remainder of the jobs are largely service/minimum wage jobs to support said oil boom.

        As for a balanced budget...the poster CAN'T be from Texas. If he is, he's an idiot. The legislature borrowed to balance just MN. All smoke and mirrors. What DID happen is the budget deficit was narrowed by cutting social services and education to the bone.

        Sound familiar??? Anyone with a freaking clue???

        July 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  56. carlos

    thomas........get real man, you are delusional

    July 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  57. Carol

    I read where Perry's fundamentalist preacher friends think the Statue of Liberty doesn't represent the U.S.A. because French Masons gave it to the U.S., and they aren't from God. Saw that video on TV. This gentleman is not a good representative of all the American citizens. The Tea Party of TX probably think he is tops.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Ancient Texan

      Perry and the Texas Tea Party really don't get along very well. Might be interesting.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  58. RayJacksonMS

    He hasn't even announced his run yet and already he is in the back pocket of the Pakistan. Pathetic but very republican.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • longshot

      Oh no! We must be screwed then, because Obama met with him a few times. That must make Obama a Muslim terrorist! And if Perry and Obama are with the terrorists we are all doomed... Oh wait, maybe it just means you have no clue.

      July 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  59. Soporifix

    The people here who think Texas is doing better than the rest of the country really ought to read a newspaper once in awhile. Texas is circling the drain, mostly thanks to Perry and the state GOP. Let that scum into the White House and we're finished as a nation.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Frank

      You obviously don't live in Austin.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • longshot

      Circling the drain??!!! Texas becomes the 2nd biggest economy in the US. Record new number of people moving here. 8% unemployment rate as opposed to the rest of the country's 16%. Yup! You sure do know what you are talking about

      July 21, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  60. Rich

    I don't doubt that Perry may run for president but that is similar to people buying a lottery ticket and then expecting to actually win. Meeting with Musharraf does not qualify Perry for the presidency. It does not make him an authority on foreign affairs either.
    Perry has been our governor in Texas for quite a few years and he has been promoted to his level of incompetence already. I realize it would give you someone else to talk about Wolf but you would be wasting your time thinking he might win. America has had their fill of Texans as president for the next 50 or so years.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  61. meanredheadedkid

    I don't see how you can think this is newsworthy, but I see no coverage of the fast and furious scandal ..... Some foreigers's opinion of who may run next year is more important than Mexico wanting to extradite DOJ officials for international crimes ..... CNN you can do better......

    July 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  62. Sriram K.

    It is disgusting to see CNN dedicate a news item to a guy who is a symbol of what is wrong in Pakistan. This guy brought us close to World War III with his actions. He is the exact opposite of what America stands for. Can't you find a better guy to dispense with his "wisdom"? It is unbelievable that a dictator like Mushy is freely traveling, lecturing, making money in America. Our generosity often borders on idiocy.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  63. KBO

    Bill from Florida:

    Typical liberal moron who doesn't seem to know reality, like the fact that the Texas economy has created more than HALF of all jobs in the US in past 5 years, Texas economy is one of few states that has been successful. Put down the hate and go educate yourself.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • JTV

      Hey KBO you also know Texas has a 27 billion budget deficit, don't you ? Right. Educate yourself.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
      • Ancient Texan

        Wrong! Texas just closed the legislature session with a balanced budget. States know how to cut spending, unlike the Federal Government.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
      • frank

        No, It doesn't. The budget was balance may 28, 2011 with 9 BILLION in the rainy day fund. Educate YOURSELF!

        July 21, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • longshot

        @JVT – looks like you don't know what you are talking about

        July 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • frank

      WRONG: May 28, 2011 "I'm pleased the Legislature voted tonight to pass a balanced budget that doesn't raise taxes and leaves more than $6 billion in the rainy-day fund," Perry said shortly after the budget cleared both chambers.

      You must be thinking of California!

      July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  64. Jack Be Humble

    The Republicans have had a tendency toward choosing nominees in their primaries that have absolutely no chance in the general elections. I think that Perry would have a better shot than Bachmann for example. Unless he takes Bachmann as his running-mate.

    July 21, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  65. Xerxes

    "Wolf Blitzer"??? I really don't get it ...

    July 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  66. carlos must be that thing that it is called sewer dweller.......such a missinformed parasite you are........

    July 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • asdf

      Wow nice to see former despots and patrons of terrorism can not only attend conferences in our country but give our political leaders advise as well. Right on!

      July 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • meanredheadedkid

      Steller argument!!!! I can tell you are one of amerikas brightest!

      July 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  67. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rick Perry aka George W. Bush, Cheney/Halliburton et al, Karl Rove et al, koch Brothers, should I say anymore. Perry got his job as Governor because of GWB, fact.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  68. James In Houston

    You mean the same Perry that wouldn't debate Bill White in the governor’s race? Are we talking about the same Perry that not even two years ago wanted to secede from the USA?

    July 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Jeff

      Yeah, the same Rick Perry who asks people to pray for rain, but at the same time vetoes against the renewable energy bills. As a middle-eastern immigrant to the United States, I can clearly see this (once) great country heading down the same slippery slope of religious/right-wing BS that all of the mid-east has slipped down into gutters on.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  69. Texas Doc

    I am so glad the former military dictator-hider of Osama Bin Laden supports Governor of Texas Rick Perry as President of the United States. That just makes me feel so safe.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • Evando Missouri

      Perhaps Gov Perry is just trying to get tips on how to be President or maybe he is thinking the wild west of Pakistant could use him as their new leader?

      July 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
      • larkwoodgirl

        A man who needs to get tips about how to be president, does not need to be president. I cannot take this clown seriously.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • longshot

      Where did it say that he supported Rick Perry? Did I miss that? And Muslim terrorists like Barak Obama over Bush, does that make you feel good too? Any other assinine statements you want to make?

      July 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • Texas Doc

        You sir are are the greates danger to America. You filthy teabagger American taliban types are the enemy. To the wall with all of you paer patriots. Your filth disgusts me and I for one am glad to see your pathetic movement shattering under the impressive prowess of this great president. The GOP/Tea Party is a joke and you are the punchline!

        July 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
      • Texas Doc

        You sir are are the greates danger to America. You filthy teabagger American taliban types are the enemy. To the wall with all of you paper patriots. Your filth disgusts me and I for one am glad to see your pathetic movement shattering under the impressive prowess of this great president. The GOP/Tea Party is a joke and you are the punchline!

        July 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
      • blowme

        you mean besides the one you just now made?

        July 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
      • longshot

        @TexasDoc – First on the long list of items that shows your ignorance. I am not a member of the TeaParty nor do I care about their candidates. I do tend to vote republican. But if I disgust you, then I must be doing something right. You are absoultey pathetic and quite dumb, I wouldn't want to be on your good list.

        July 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
      • longshot

        Guess you guys can't say anything with any real thought. If you think talking to someone equals support you are really stupid.

        July 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
      • Whoosh

        longshot, it is time for you to leave the library now. We are closing in 10 minutes.

        July 21, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
    • Desi

      Musharraf is the man who created the terrorist factories inside Pakistan. He is the slimiest slimeball and here we are taking his interview on who should be our President – What rubbish !!! Musharraf should be thrown in jail or should be eliminated just like OBL.He has far outlived his useless existance on earth.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
      • SP

        Another Hinduban! Hare Ram Hare Krishna..... go practice Kama Sutra ya idiot.

        July 21, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  70. Bill in Florida

    Perry may well get the GOP nominee but he stands little chance in the general election. He has kidded about succession from the Union - a treasonous offense against the United States, he ignores the separation of church and state, and he has run Texas's economy into the ground on the basis on tax cuts for the super rich.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • DoSomeLearnin

      I have no feelings towards Perry one way or another – just another politician. It should be noted though that it is "secession" not "succession". As for separation of church and state he is attending a day or prayer and fasting and encouraging others to attend – not as Governor but as a citizen (I guess if Obama goes to church he is ignoring the separation of church and state? NO!). Finally the Texas economy is one of the healhiest in the nation. Mix in a fact every now and then.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Joe Paquette

      Tax cuts for the super rich? Texas has no income tax. So how did he 'ruin' the Texas economy with tax cuts for the super rich? We have a flat sales tax. The more you spend the more you pay. We've gained more population than any other state in the last decade–getting four new congressmen in the next election cycle. More jobs have been created in Texas than the rest of the states put together. My home value went up in the last 5 years. Rick Perry, while I may not be ready to support him for President has been a good leader of this state. He is the longest sitting governor in the nation.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
      • Whitey0302

        I couldn't have said it better myself Joe! At least someone is pointing out the facts and not just spewing some liberal propoganda to the brainless masses of the CNN blog world.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • kman02

        You really don't know about Texas economics. While it is true we have no income tax, we have TAXES to pay for services. Corporations under this goon pay little if anything to reside in the state. The add little or nothing to the state budget. The rest of us do.

        July 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
      • longshot

        @kman – those incentives bring companies into the state. Some are good and some are bad, but it makes sure Texas stays competitive. If you only look at one thing you'll miss the big picture.

        July 21, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Not a Perry supporter (yet) but get your facts straight

      Bill, the Constitution of these United States is silent on the matter of secession (does not prohibit nor allow secession explicitly but it does grant all powers not exclusively outlined in it to the states) so your treasonous comment is out of line. Secondly, the upcoming prayer event is not a state sponsored event so I'm confused by your assertion he doesn't separate church and state. Finally, I'll put Texas' economy up against any other state and similar size countries for that matter. We were last to enter the recession and appear to be the first out of it.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Alguien Dorado

      Also Perry has relatively little political power compared to other state governors

      July 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  71. timz

    Musharraf also revealed that Perry obeys Sharia law and personally visited Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad to receive orders. I guess if Musharraf is right about Perry running for President, he's probably right about the other stuff, too.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  72. steve a, new braunfels, texas

    God help us! if anyone liked Bush they are going to love Perry!!!!!!!!

    July 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Thomas

      I love President Bush and wish we had him instead of this moron we have now who is bankrupting out country

      July 21, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
      • Enrique

        Sadly, Thomas. The vast majority of us know that the true idiot is and was George W. Bush. He made our country the laughing stock on the world.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
      • blowme

        correction, the country was bankrupted because of "Doubleyuh". Hint: Iraq War.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
      • Bob Tuthill

        Thomas, really; please do tell me who was in charge when 2 wars ( unfunded to boot) a HUGH TAX FOR THE RICH,and showed the world that our foreign policy consisted of a gunslinger looking for trouble. He also had the 1st porkulus package ( unfunded also). I'll give you 3, yes 3 guesses, Sherlock. 6 years of total Republican rule is how we got here, dweeb.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
      • frank

        Thomas: Your critics failed to mention that their Chosen One has kept almost all of Bush's policies he promised to abolish once in office.

        Bush's policies look pretty good to Obama, now that HE is in the chair.

        July 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
      • longshot

        I laugh at all the democrats that critisize Bush for the wars and the economy, when Obama did the EXACT same thing. He continued the tax cuts, the Tarp, the Wars (he even added one in Lybia to boot). But that's not it! It was Bush!!! Obama can do no wrong!!! On the major things they acted VERY similar! Obama is just a better public speaker.

        July 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
      • Jen

        Bush is the president who drove up the debt after Clinton paid it down. You're the moron if you like that!

        July 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  73. Beverly NC

    So what? Every Republican is a potential candidate for President at this point. They are all losers

    July 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Thoma

      We elected a moron from the criminal state of Illinois

      July 21, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • Enrique

        We in Illinois send more taxes dollars to Washington DC then we get in return. That's not the case with Texas. Texas is bascially a welfare state. Wah waaah.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
      • Alguien Dorado

        Actually Texas is now economically robust. BUT some states like Alabama and Wyoming, which are solidly republican, are welfare states

        July 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • longshot

      Yeah, go for the easy governor from Texas comparison. That shows you really did a lot of research into it. He'd be better than what we got right now, unless you like 19% un-employment and under-employment. Texas is doing MUCH better than most states right now

      July 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • Soporifix

        Texas is only doing "better" in your own feeble imagination. In the real world, Texas is quickly being destroyed by Perry and the state GOP.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • blowme

        19%? What news are you watching

        July 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
      • Texas Doc

        You are correct dude. He's awesome. Its even coller that he is gay. Rick Perry would be the first homosexual presidential candidate...and he's from here not like CT born GWB.

        July 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Joe Paquette

      Are we going to disqualify anyone, ever, again running from Texas? Saying Perry is like Bush because they're both from Texas is like saying Obama is like Carter because they both like peanut butter. They are very different men.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm |

    He has ever right to do so. And I might say he would be a blessing over the thing in the White House now. At least Perry does not hate America. Obama does. He has plainly told America that but for some reason no one is listening. BEWARE BEFORE YOUR WORLD COLLAPSES.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Bob Tuthil

      Please give accurate examples of when the current President of the United States of America stated he hated this country , MORON. You can just gives us the Quote and the date it was said for verification!

      July 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • BostonBrewin

      Rabble rabble! Rabble! My patriotism is bigger than yours!

      July 21, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • John

      Yeah Perry loves the USA so much. He wants to remove Texas from it.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Chris

      Ibamaliar, your comment is asinine!

      July 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • Bob Tuthill

      Ok there Mr. IBAMALIAR, please , for the enlightenment of this forum; give the quotes and dates of when the current President of the United States of America stated that he hated America. I doubt you can provide any such statement; and if unable, please write an apology . TIME TO PUT UP OR BUTTON UP, PEACE.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • Alguien Dorado

      " At least Perry does not hate America. Obama does."

      That means that the post with the sentence (not quoted) can't be taken seriously 🙂

      July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • EJ in Metro Houston

      Yeah Presidnet Obama hates America so much that he made sure our biggest enemy Osama bin Laden won't be a threat to us anymore. You have every right to dislike the president but at least come up with something better than this.

      July 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  75. Claudia Hartsell

    I do not understand how the President and Congress can call Social Security and medicare an entitlement when I have paid into them my entire working life. The people for whom this is an entitlement are the ones who have been on welfare their entire lives and because they turned 65 are now on social security.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • Thomas

      It's simple, the government cannot trust you or any working american to save for your retirement.
      Therefore, they created this entitlement program that everyone who hits a certain age, qualifies for social security and when you reach a certain age qualify for medicare since you didn't plan for your retirement to have health insurance.

      Now, when your spouse hits that age, they qualify for social security even if they didn't work.
      And when the breadwinner who paid into this entitlement dies, their spouse assumes the higher payment and forfeits the lower payment.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • Alguien Dorado

        Because, my friend, banks have collapsed before, with savings being wiped out. Study the Great Depression.

        July 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • DoSomeLearnin

      It really is simple. We are taking more out of the system then we are putting in. People are living longer with more health issues. It is unsustainable. The fact is that because a certain percentage of the population is so stupid they would end up old and broke we all have to pay into a broken system to be their forced savings plan.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
      • Alguien Dorado

        However illegal immigrants do pay in money into social security – money that they will never get out of the system

        July 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
      • Terry

        Yes, and the largest reductions to the Social Security Trust came from the Congress of the United States. Historically, Congress has raided the Social Security Trust Fund in times of budget shortfall. There were always promises of repayment, but it is hard for Congress to see a barrel of money and not want to spend, spend, spend. Both sides of the aisle have "borrowed" over the last fifty years. Not one dollar has ever been repaid to the Trust Fund.

        July 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Phxres

      I agree. Social Security and Medicare are not entitlement. But welfare is. I wish they take the Social Security back to a Trust owned and adminsstered entity, without treating the Social Secueity contributions a cash in and retiree payments as cash outflow. That is the problem.

      July 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm |

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