Rick Perry and Joe Arpaio: the Bromance Explained (By the Sheriff Himself)

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Joe Arpaio's accepted Rick Perry's apology for saying anyone who wouldn't educate children of illegal immigrants doesn't "have a heart."
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has officially picked his horse in the GOP presidential primary, Texas Governor Rick Perry, which came as a bit of shock to those familiar with America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff."

Arpaio, as you probably know, is the poster-boy for bootin' brown folks back across the border. Perry, on the other hand, recently told his GOP opponents that people who don't want to offer in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants don't "have a heart."

Those opposite trains of thought tend not to jibe.

We met Arpaio at Sky Harbor International Airport this afternoon as he returned from New Hampshire -- where yesterday he campaigned with Perry -- to discuss his endorsement.

The sheriff seems quite taken by his new pal Perry.

"I think he's the best guy for president. He's really tough on crime, tough on immigration," Arpaio swoons. "He and I spent about 20 hours together -- going to town halls, radio, TV -- I got know him more. I feel more comfortable [with endorsing Perry] now after travleing with him."

The sheriff seems most impressed with how Perry's run Texas since he took the helm from George W. Bush (whom Arpaio also endorsed) when he was elected president in 2000. The fact that Perry is the only GOP candidate who is currently a governor lends to Perry's street cred, according to Arpaio.

"All these other guys are gone [from elected office], they're not in government, except the congressmen [and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann]," Arpaio tells New Times. "But [Perry] is a chief executive officer for the second largest state in the country, Texas, and he's done a good job."

Village Voice Media, New Times' parent company, recently took a look at what Perry's actually done in Texas for an article titled Miracle Faker. Check it out here.

As for Perry's thoughts on his heartless opponents -- and the comment Perry made about giving in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants -- Arpaio says it was just a misunderstanding.

"He apologized for that," the sheriff says. "He never should have said it, but he apologized."

Arpaio says Perry has since taken his border-hawkishness "a little further."

"[Now Perry's] saying that anybody that comes into this country -- doesn't have to be a murderer -- anybody that's here illegally, should be arrested and deported. That's what I've been doing," the sheriff says.

While campaigning with Arpaio in New Hampshire, the Texas governor did take his immigration policy a step further, saying he would support a federal program "to detain and to deport every illegal alien that we apprehend (more on that here)."

In addition to Perry's new stance on illegal immigration, Arpaio applauds the fact that the governor sent the Texas National Guard, and officers from the state's Department of Public Safety -- as well as a cool $400 million -- to the Texas/Mexico border to curb illegal immigration. 

The sheriff, it's safe to say, is happy with his pick, despite Perry's poll numbers continuing to tank (he's currently polling at two-percent in New Hampshire, two-percent in South Carolina, and eight-percent in Florida -- trailing nearly every other GOP candidate, including Texas Congressman Ron Paul).

"I [endorsed Perry] and I stand by it," Arpaio says. "I think if you meet him, you'll be impressed -- he's not a politician in that sense."

Perry bailed on his apparent compassion for immigrant kids -- who he acknowledges were "brought [to America] by no fault of their own" -- so he has a better chance at winning the GOP primary. Sounds like your run-of-the-mill politician, if you ask us.

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Joesisout2012
Joesisout2012

Garbage attracts garbage, oh yeah and our sheriff loves war criminals.

David Saint
David Saint

figures Joe would endorse him, since idiots like to run together...

Jason
Jason

Joe Arpaio's explanation for ANYTHING: I don't recall.

Perry's even dumber and more clueless than GED Jan. No wonder someone as mentally ill as the MCSO shurf would endorse him.

BTW, it'll be Gingrich/Romney vs. Obama.

Coz
Coz

The only thing sadder than Perry is the fact that he would care what Bozo Joe thinks.Amazing...another dumb ass politician that  make his stupidity known.

Ross
Ross

Tough choice for Arpaio.  He had to find someone even dumber than he is.  Perry, Bachmann, or Cain?  But he made the right choice. 

Nancys
Nancys

Thank you Joe, I am glad to see there are officials who see who is the real deal. No body has the Perry's credentials.

Hock
Hock

Maybe ol' Joe will move to Texas to die?

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

The only reason I give a care about who Joe endorses is because I want to know who I won't be tooting my horn for.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Got that right Coz, as if Perry's campaign wasn't sinking on it's own.Perry goes out,seeks the corrupt criminal AARPiehole's endorsement & accepts it,putting the final nail in his political coffin.These two idiots deserve each other.Maybe Perry will endorse AARPiehole in his unsuccessful run against a real law enforcement officer,Mike Stauffer.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol well he is a moron and a republican so I guess it's pretty obvious...

Triple-6 Gun Mane
Triple-6 Gun Mane

Actually I think arpaio is dumber than all of them you mentioned. Look at the way he talks now, he doesn't make much sense anymore. Heck, I don't even know if he's speaking English.

Jason
Jason

Joe Arpaio the real deal?!

When helll freezes over, Joe Arpaio will be the real deal.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Nobody wants them.

savatage
savatage

"No body has the Perry's credentials"

That speaks volumes about your obvious ignorance. Both the spelling/grammar and your political leanings.

savatage
savatage

Well, at the very least he should be "housed" in Texas...

Nweng
Nweng

That's usually my bellwether too.

Jason
Jason

Wait wait wait... You can't forget that Michele Bachmann sought the Flaccid Fool's endorsement, calling him "the nation's shurf."

Herman Cain also sought the Old Fool's endorsement. His campaign is sinking faster than the Titanic amongst allegations of adultery and sexual harassment.

Rick Perry will lose. I strongly suspect the race will be between Gingrich and Romney.

KCARSON
KCARSON

I disagree, Arpaio has a measure of intelligence, it just gets over-ridden by a lifelong commitment to lying and puffery - all made worse by the ignorance of the voters in repeatedly returning him to office.

As a politician, there is no reason for him to use intellect when pandering is what gets him re-elected and incuriousness prevents him from being indicted.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol. I sure don't want them. To be a moron, wouldn't be something that I would suddenly want to become. Although they do say that ignorance is bliss.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

lol that would be an awesome ticket, for us to laugh at!

Jason
Jason

I've got a cold beer and a fresh bag of popcorn ready for that day. It's coming real soon!

Bnbk
Bnbk

I tend to agree with you Jason. I think it would be entertaining as hell if the two biggest flip-floppers,Romney & Gingrich decided to run on the same ticket. Can you imagine the field day the Dems would have with them ? They would provide an abundance of political fodder. One can only dream .

Air-Wolf118
Air-Wolf118

Lying and show boating as a media whore, are not "measures of intelligence." So I disagree with your assertion of sucking up to arpaio as being smart of the bunch. Let's not forget that he's nearly 80 years old. Maybe he *WAS* smart during his hey days, that was then. But nowadays? No.

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