Wife: Rick Perry Won't 'Drop Out' [VIDEO]
Anita Perry reassured Granite Staters Monday that her husband's campaign won't end despite recent low polling.
As political pundits and experts continue to speculate about the future of Rick Perry’s presidential bid and his stagnant polling numbers, the Texas governor’s wife wanted Monday to make one point clear to New Hampshire voters.
The Perrys can come back.
“We are not going to drop out,” said Anita Perry. “We’ve gotten this far. We’re not going to drop out.”
Anita Perry spoke in front of roughly 50 people Monday afternoon at a Seacoast Republican Women’s tea party, which was held in Rye at the home of Diane Bitter, the head of the Rye Republicans Town Committee and vice chairwoman of Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC.
Anita Perry said her husband “has done well" since his infamous "oops” on the national debate stage last month, and she said the campaign is far from over. The attached video showcases some of her remarks about the campaign, which several residents said they also don't think is over.
"I like what he's done in Texas," said Paula Tarta, an undecided voter from Rye. "I think there's a lot in common with that [and what he could do for the country] and New Hampshire. They both have 'live free or die' attitudes."
Others also said that they felt the Texas governor's views could apply to the entire country, although several admitted Rick Perry must garner large percentages in New Hampshire's Jan. 10 primary.
"He has got to show well in New Hampshire," said Sori Christensen, of New Castle. "That's why I'm voting for him. I hope it'll give him a lifeline... I want to give [his campaign] a lifeline, and I want him to come in second."
Others said it might be too late, including Denis Forster, a lawyer from Kittery Point, Maine, who said that he doesn’t think “Perry has a chance, but he’s got the money” to stay in the race.
Forster said Perry’s money as well as the fact that there isn’t a “runaway candidate” in the race will help him stay relevant at primary and caucus ballot booths, although even with that Forster said he doesn’t “think there may be anything” Perry can do to regain his frontrunner status because Perry’s political views don’t “project” as strongly outside of Texas.
“He’s a neat guy, and he’s the kind of guy I’d like to go and have a drink with,” said Forster. “But in terms of running the whole show, that’s a concern.
“I question whether he has the intellectual firepower and breadth of experience to be the leader of the free world.”
Still, Forster said the race fluctuates weekly, and while he admitted time is running out, Forster said “stranger things have happened.”
“Why fold now?” asked Forster rhetorically. “Everything changes fast. It’s like those ‘whack-a-mole’ things. You hit one, and another pops right back up. I do think, though, that we’re running out of moles.”