Perry: Panetta should resign
November 22nd, 2011
10:13 PM ET

Perry: Panetta should resign

Texas Governor Rick Perry said Tuesday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta should resign if forced to implement automatic cuts in military spending caused by the failure of Congress to reach a deficit reduction agreement.

Back in August, Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr asked Panetta if he would consider quitting if the cuts happened. Panetta said he's not going to quit.

BARBARA STARR: if sequestration happens, just how unacceptable, sir? Do you feel at this point that you could continue in office?

SEC. LEON PANETTA: (Chuckles.) I didn't think it was going to sequester me. (Laughs.)

STARR: Well, I say this very seriously -

SEC. PANETTA: No, I -

STARR: - because, I mean, you both -

SEC. PANETTA: - no, I hear -

STARR: - you have both laid some very serious cards on the table.

SEC. PANETTA: - I hear what you're - I hear what you're saying, but I - you know, I didn't - I didn't come into this job to quit, I came into this job to fight. And I - you know, my intention is to fight to make sure that hopefully some common sense prevails here and that the committee that is established does its work in looking at these other areas of the budget.

And I also have to emphasize with them the dangers of sequestration and the impact that it would have on our national defense. So I think - I think both Mike and I and others here have a responsibility to really educate the leadership on the Hill the - of the dangers if they allowed sequestration to take place.

Look, you know, just for part of the record, I was involved in the conference on Gramm-Rudman. I know what sequestration's all about. And the fact was that at that time the decision was to use this tool as a way to force the right decisions. It hasn't worked. I don't think it will work. But it was the approach that was taken.

In the past, Congress made the decision not to proceed with Gramm-Rudman, not to proceed with sequester because the results would be so damaging. And so every time the trigger was about to take effect, it was postponed.

Post by:
Filed under: 2012 Election • debate • Defense Spending • Panetta • Perry
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. hvac Installation Tan Valley

    Thanks for the information.

    https://postimg.cc/gallery/KGXVctP

    May 15, 2021 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  2. Locksmith Palo Alto

    best i have ever seen!Hello, always i used to check webpage posts here early in the daylight, for the reason that i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

    https://link.shutterfly.com/6HXJU65IGfb

    May 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  3. Radon mitigation Lexington KY

    very interesting , good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog.

    https://app.photobucket.com/u/WuGold/a/2cee2c60-502b-4739-9cc7-be64ff072db1

    May 15, 2021 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  4. siding contractors Hainesport

    Keep this going please, great job!

    https://www.diigo.com/profile/raneysynthia

    May 15, 2021 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  5. Roofer Raleigh NC

    Great article. Couldn't be write much better! Keep it up!

    https://www.imagevenue.com/GASTGN

    May 15, 2021 at 10:57 am | Reply
  6. Lock out Las Vegas

    Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite great article.

    https://diigo.com/0kj7db

    May 15, 2021 at 9:16 am | Reply
  7. Go Pro Locksmith Palo Alto

    best i have ever seen!Hello, always i used to check webpage posts here early in the daylight, for the reason that i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

    https://www.behance.net/gallery/119417489/Need-Commercial-Locksmith-Experts

    May 15, 2021 at 8:56 am | Reply
  8. roofing contractors Hainesport

    Thank You for your information

    https://diigo.com/0kj68k

    May 15, 2021 at 8:36 am | Reply
  9. Emergency locksmith Texas

    thanks for sharing!

    https://www.dmllocksmith.com

    May 15, 2021 at 7:27 am | Reply
  10. Taekwondo Crofton MD

    This is a very interesting article. Please, share more like this!

    https://endumbeni.org.za/members/ellegaard94ellegaard/activity/114371/

    May 15, 2021 at 7:00 am | Reply
  11. dc seo services

    Thanks for wonderful information I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

    https://unique-work.jimdofree.com/2021/05/10/do-you-really-need-seo-services-for-your-business/

    May 15, 2021 at 6:26 am | Reply
  12. payday loan consolidators

    best i have ever seen!Hello, always i used to check webpage posts here early in the daylight, for the reason that i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

    http://powwow.life/blog/view/995963/the-payday-mortgage-world-wide-web-will-not-be-a-needy-fly-that-will-get-caught-in-this-web

    May 15, 2021 at 6:09 am | Reply
  13. body shop raleigh nc

    Thank You for your information

    https://unique-work.jimdofree.com/2021/05/11/luxury-custom-wheels-for-luxury-vehicles/

    May 15, 2021 at 5:51 am | Reply
  14. dc seo services

    very interesting , good job and thanks for sharing such a good blog.

    https://www.merchantcircle.com/blogs/faizan-schenectady-ny/2021/5/How-to-Choose-Efficient-and-Affordable-SEO-Services/2006172

    May 14, 2021 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  15. dc seo services

    Interesting stuff to read. Keep it up.

    https://unique-work.jimdofree.com/2021/05/10/do-you-really-need-seo-services-for-your-business/

    May 14, 2021 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  16. getting help with loan consolidation

    This blog is great check it out

    https://www.gatesofantares.com/players/plotangora2/activity/745191/

    May 14, 2021 at 11:37 am | Reply
  17. Drama

    you are rreally a good webmaster. Thee website loading speed is incredible.
    It kind of feels that you are doing any unique trick. In addition, The
    contents are masterpiece. you've performed a fantastic task in this matter!

    May 9, 2021 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  18. article

    I do not even understand how I stopped up rightt here, buut I assumed this put up was good.

    I don't recognize who you might be however definitely you are
    going to a famous blogger in the event you aree nott already.

    Cheers!

    May 6, 2021 at 8:53 am | Reply
  19. Auto Body Repair in Raleigh NC

    best i have ever seen!Hello, always i used to check webpage posts here early in the daylight, for the reason that i love to gain knowledge of more and more.

    https://patch.com/north-carolina/raleigh/ep/2022792/nodx

    May 5, 2021 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  20. Taekwondo Gambrills MD

    Really very happy to say,your post is very interesting to read.I never stop myself to say something about it.You're doing a great job.Keep it up

    https://frockneyrebelvintage.com/the-secrets-of-the-most-well-known-present-far-east-martial-skill/

    May 5, 2021 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  21. Viral

    Hi, I do think tbis is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to come back once
    again since i have book marked it. Money aand freedom is the best way
    to change, may yoou be rich and continue to guide othsr people.

    May 5, 2021 at 4:39 pm | Reply
1 2

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.