Inhofe: I’m backing Perry; Update: Perry leads new Gallup poll by … 12 points

posted at 2:05 pm on August 24, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Rick Perry will pick up a conservative endorsement from Capitol Hill, according to a report today from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Senator James Inhofe told a Chamber of Commerce audience at the Tulsa Press Club that he plans on making good to a promise he made Rick Perry a year ago to be the first to endorse him for President:

“I called Rick Perry a year ago and told him, ‘If you’re running for president, I’ll be the first to endorse you,’” Inhofe said at a State Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Tulsa Press Club.

“I’m going to be that person on Monday.”

Inhofe also said that he has reservations about other members in the field, but none with Perry:

Inhofe said he “likes Mitt Romney, but he’s a little mushy on environmental issues” and “Newt Gingrich, I always have this vision of him sitting on the couch holding hands with Nancy Pelosi,” but that he has no reservations about Perry.

I’m not surprised at all by Inhofe’s decision to make an early endorsement for Perry.  Six months ago, I interviewed the Senator in his office to discuss his fight against the EPA, and I brought up Perry’s battles with the regulatory agency.  Inhofe immediately mentioned how it would strengthen Perry as a presidential candidate, and charmingly diagnosed Perry’s denial of interest in the race at the time (at 11:35):

EM: Your neighbor to the south, Texas, has been told by the EPA that they are no longer able to, ah, to control their own quality standards, because of a dispute between Texas and the EPA.  Do you think that that’s going to be a big platform on which this is going to be fought, because obviously Rick Perry says he’s going to fight the EPA all the way down the line.

INHOFE: Rick Perry’s doing a great job, by the way, and, ah (laughter), he’s looking better and better in the presidential race.

EM: Well, he says he’s not in it, but I’m not sure I’m buying that.

INHOFE: Well, we can all be cute about that … You remember, it wasn’t more than a year ago that they came to kill eleven of his coal-fired generating plants.  And all he’s trying to do is just provide energy for the people of his state, Texas.  So this is consistent with the fact that the EPA is going to try to shut down any — you watch and see what they’re going to try to do in Oklahoma now that we have a good, conservative Republican governor …

Inhofe has been waiting a long time to make this endorsement, and it should help Perry gain some traction among conservatives, especially in the Midwest.

Update: Looks like Inhofe isn’t the only one making a decision.  Perry gained 11 points since last month’s Gallup survey to take a 12-point lead among Republican primary voters:

Shortly after announcing his official candidacy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has emerged as rank-and-file Republicans’ current favorite for their party’s 2012 presidential nomination. Twenty-nine percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents nationwide say they are most likely to support Perry, with Mitt Romney next, at 17%. …

Perry is a strong contender among key Republican subgroups. Older Republicans and those living in the South show especially strong support for him, at or near 40%. Conservative Republicans strongly favor Perry over Romney, but liberal and moderate Republicans support the two about equally. Perry’s support is also above average among religious Republicans.

The topline survey result doesn’t include Palin, who will make an appearance in Iowa over Labor Day weekend. With Palin in the mix, however, the news stays good for Perry, with 25% and an 11-point lead maintained over Romney.  Palin ties Ron Paul for 3rd with 11%.

It’s bad news for everyone else except, er, Ron Paul, who gained three points in the same period to come in 3rd at 13% in the topline response.  Romney falls to 17%, and Michele Bachmann to 10%, while undecideds declined one point to 17%, the lowest level yet in the Gallup series. Perry wins most of the subgroups – both men and women, all age demos except the youngest (he comes in second to Ron Paul, 21% to 29%), all regional demos except the East, where he barely misses a tie with Romney 16% to 17%, and all church-attendance demos.

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I’m not “hoping” for anything other than not having to buy a pig in a poke.

ddrintn on August 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Good deal..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Ah, bonne vieille grace Wyler. Elle semble avoir quelques faits intéressants sur des mormons aussi. She’ ; énonciation de s cette un quart de tout l’American’ ; s won’ ; voix de t pour un mormon. Je me demande combien Evangelicals tournera les dos à Romney, ne sachant pas la pleine histoire du Mormonism et les confondra avec le FLDS ?

SCRUTIN : Presque un quart d’Américains Wouldn’ ; voix de t pour un mormon pour le président

Pensez-vous que la grace peut avoir des issues avec toutes les religions ? Appréciez lu. I’ ; m signalant ceci à vous en français puisque vous pensez it’ ; de s lala ou n’importe quoi de pareil d’ooo ainsi.

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 6:51 PM

It doesn’t go much into the connections with Perry either.
cozmo on August 24, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Huh? Perry just organized his big prayer meeting with these people earlier in the month.

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 6:51 PM

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/24/139781021/the-evangelicals-engaged-in-spiritual-warfare?ps=cprs

The bright lights of a presidential campaign is going to be very hard on these evangelical groups.

‘Oprah is the anti-Christ’.

Bryan Fischer says ‘homosexuals created the Nazi party’

This is toxic stuff.

It makes Mormons pretty tame in comparison.

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 7:12 PM

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Mais aucun commentaire sur ce scrutin je vous ai juste montré ? Pensez-vous vraiment Mitt Romney va-t-vous être au-dessus de l’effilochure ? Si oui, you’ ; illusoire re. Les plaisanteries magiques de sous-vêtements commencent déjà.

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Courtesy of the magic of Google Translate, here is a rendering of the above for the curious:

Ah, good old Grace Wyler. It seems to have some interesting facts about the Mormons, too. She ‘, s statement that a quarter of all American’; s won ‘; voice of t for a Mormon. I wonder how the Evangelicals will turn back to Romney, not knowing the full history of Mormonism and confused with the FLDS?

Do you think that Grace may have issues with all religions? Enjoy reading. I ‘m reporting this to you in French because you think it’; s lala or something like OOo as well.

But no comment on the poll I’ve just shown? Do you really think Mitt Romney will you be above the fray? If so, you ‘re an illusion. Jokes magic underwear already beginning.

Mutnodjmet on August 24, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Mutnodjmet on August 24, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Go back a page and take a look. I’m responding to Sheryl in French because Mittens speaks French and she thinks it makes him hot or something like that.

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Magic underwear…really Knucklehead? This is lame/tame kid stuff. Plus all of this Mormon lore is or has been vetted so much so that it’s become apart of the main stream culture. There was even a film released last time starring Jon Voight about one of the more gruesome moments in the religion’s past.

Rick Perry’s religion…..it hasn’t even begun. Rick Perry’s religious connections are a huge liability and for such an important race….he’s way too risky/toxic to run in the general, imho.

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Je sens votre crainte, me baigne svp. Le scrutin indique 25% d’American’ ; s won’ ; voix de t pour un mormon. Le même auteur que le morceau de coup que vous avez mis vers le haut.

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 7:55 PM

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Romney religion = good
Perry religion = bad

got it!

you must be some theology wizard.

cozmo on August 24, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 7:41 PM

LOL….it is hot. I’m starting to have a love/hate thing for you Knucklehead…..I’m envisioning you as a Ryan Gosling (another Mormon) type with his shirt off ala “Crazy Stupid Love” and photoshopped abs :)

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Go back a page and take a look. I’m responding to Sheryl in French because Mittens speaks French and she thinks it makes him hot or something like that.

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Doesn’t matter why you are doing it — I make no judgement (except to say Game on!). Curious minds want to know. Besides, I like Google Translate — but you will have to take the time to explain some of the idioms. :)

I feel your fear, bathes me please. The poll shows 25% of American ‘; s won’; voice of t for a Mormon. The same author of the piece once you’ve set up.

Mutnodjmet on August 24, 2011 at 8:20 PM

LOL….it is hot. I’m starting to have a love/hate thing for you Knucklehead…..I’m envisioning you as a Ryan Gosling (another Mormon) type with his shirt off ala “Crazy Stupid Love” and photoshopped abs :)

sheryl on August 24, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Si désolé de vous décevoir, I’ ; m hommes de larges, d’Iike et I’ ; m ne commutant pas teams n’importe quand bientôt

Knucklehead on August 24, 2011 at 8:33 PM

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