Despite being on of Donald Trump’s harshest critics, former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will support Trump and do whatever he can to support the presumptive Republican nominee. Perry, one of several former GOP presidential hopefuls, told CNN’s Dana Bash that while Trump is not his ideal choice, he will nonetheless do whatever he can to support the presumptive Republican nominee.
Perry’s announcement comes hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he was not yet ready to support Trump. Bash asked if he’d be open to being his running mate and Perry responded: “”I am going to be open to any way I can help. I am not going to say no.” Perry didn’t always have such warm feelings for Trump. In July, when he was still in the presidential race, Perry gave an entire speech calling the billionaire “a cancer on conservatism.”
Perry was the first member of the initially crowded Republican field to drop out of the 2016 White House race, following a failed bid in the 2012 race. The longest-serving governor in Texas history had languished near the bottom of the 17-strong Republican presidential pack since entering the current race in June. After Perry ended his own bid for president, he later endorsed Senator Ted Cruz and campaigned hard for him.
CNN also reported that Perry, who was the first to criticize Trump during the GOP presidential debates, answered that it would be “quixotic” to consider a run as a third party candidate. Perry did not think it was unrealistic or impractical to be open to helping Trump in any way he could, including serving as vice president. He said he would not say no. When asked about his being critical of the New Yorker, Perry was reported to say Trump “is not a perfect man.”