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Rick Perry challenges Donald Trump to a pull-up contest

This is how we decide elections now?


Feliks Garcia


Posted on Jul 30, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 6:20 am CDT

The 2016 Republican primary just got a lot tougher.

Responding to a barrage of insults from Donald Trump, who is currently ahead in the polls, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) challenged the real estate mogul to a pull-up contest.

Trump scoffed at the idea of Perry running a successful campaign, telling the Daily Mail that the governor lacked the “energy,” “brainpower,” and “toughness” to do so. When question, Perry, not one to be out-toughened, said, “Let’s get a pull-up bar out there, and let’s see who can do the most pull-ups.”

Perry, who was governor Texas from 2000 until 2014, is known for wearing his machismo on his sleeve with hardline anti-gay and anti-abortion stances. But his apparent toughness may have gotten him in hot water, as he will run his 2016 campaign while under indictment for allegedly cutting off funding to a state ethics agency and coercion of a public servant.

Americans will find out who’s tougher during the first debate of the GOP primaries on Aug. 6, presented by CrossFit.*

*The debate has no affiliation with CrossFit. 

H/T KXAN | Photo via Kent Williams/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 30, 2015, 6:14 pm CDT