Perry: Social and Fiscal Conservative?

Governor Rick Perry has set the standard for Republican governors when it comes to surviving this economic malaise.  In fact, rookie governor Rick Scott of Florida acknowledged Perry’s successes by attempting to start an economic competition with him.  In one sense though, Scott is winning.  Scott has already balanced his budget.

Obama has made abortion a US foreign export, says Rick Perry

On the other hand, Perry is struggling to fight a Democrat filibuster in his state in his attempt to close a $27 billion budget shortfall, second in size only to California.  Perry is finding himself  in the same boat as many Republican governors who have had to make cuts to education and other social spending in order to keep his state afloat.

While the Texas budget battle could make or break Perry’s short term future, his ardent pro-life and pro-states rights views will give him an easy in among social conservatives.  Perry recently spoke in Los Angeles to a pro-life Hispanic group and raked President Obama over the coals for expanding the destruction of human embryos for research and his reversal of the Mexico City policy which had prevented taxpayer funding of abortion overseas.  Perry said that Obama has made abortion a US foreign export.

Aside from the Texas budget, Perry’s biggest issue may be dealing with the ten point rule.  Perry is a conservative governor from Texas with that familiar southern drawl.  Though he surpasses Bush in articulation, the unfair charge of being a George W. Bush II is sure to rear it’s ugly head.   If Perry can anticipate and dismantle that argument early on, he may be able to contain such sentiments with the extreme left who wouldn’t vote for him anyway.

The Rubble of Newt 2012

Newt Gingrich has announced on his facebook page that his campaign will start fresh in Los Angeles on Sunday.  This is after he returned from a vacation in Greece in time to have his campaign manager and several other key aides resign over the direction of his campaign.

Gingrich's campaign staffers throw in the towel

Gingrich continues to travel through key early states doing a mixture of campaigning and conservative rallying, and he maintains a strong following through his weekly blogs.  However, it has been a rough campaign since Gingrich tried to distance himself from the Paul Ryan plan and made comments about Obamacare’s individual mandate and personal responsibility that were quickly taken out of context.  Many wrote him off at that point without waiting for an explanation or attempting to square his statements with the consistency of his 18 year anti-mandate record.

A fresh start will help Gingrich, but it may take more of a miracle to get his campaign moving in the right direction: upward in the polls.

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