Rick Perry Makes it Official and Steps in the Race as a Responsible Libertarian

Bookmark and Share    The announcement of Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy (see the announcement in the video below) on the same day that the field of opponents were dealing with the Iowa Straw Poll, has met mixed with mixed criticism. Some have suggested that timing the announcement for the same day as the major event in Iowa was poor judgment. Most of those who say that though, come from Iowa.

But insofar as the other 49 states go, I fail to see how Perry’s move will hurt his chances in them. At the same time, with his relative late entry into the race and a virtually non-existent organization in the Hawkeye State, Perry’s decision to announce his candidacy while the Straw Poll was taking place, was smart. It assured that whoever won the Straw Poll would have an asterisk next to their win which states “The win was achieved before Rick Perry entered the race”. This diminishes the victory, which went to Michele Bachmann.

As it relates to the Republican presidential nomination, under the set of circumstances that Perry is confronting, this announcement was technically perfect and in every way.

In addition to diminishing the effect of Bachmann’s win in Iowa. The location of Perry’s announcement and the venue used to do it at were politically shrewd for at least two reasons. First, he chose to make his announcement at what is the third annual Red State Gathering. It is a convention of sorts for conservative activists and attending it this year were 500 highly motivated activists. The gathering is sponsored by the blog “Red State“, which is one of the most widely read right of center blogs there is,  and is widely considered one of the most influential voices of the conservative grassroots . That means that the conservative blogosphere has been and is a buzz about the potential and promise of a Perry presidential candidacy. In addition to that, Perry’s willingness to embrace hardcore conservative activists like those who follow Red State, shows guts, and an unwavering devotion to the conservative cause. Few if any mainstream politicians would choose to introduce their candidacy from something that is so politically partisan that it would call itself “Red State”.   While many haven chosen to announce their candidacies in front of some Norman Rockwell-like backdrop of a farm in Iowa or picnic ground in New Hampshire, Perry came right out and held no punches regarding  his commitment to conservatism and willingness not to hide from it. That sends a strong, positive signal to the Republican base.

The second thing about the location of the announcement was that it took place in Charleston, South Carolina.

South Carolina is currently seen as wide open with no clear frontrunner. And while Michele Bachmann has the inside track on the Iowa Caucuses, after that the race turns to New Hampshire where Mitt Romney is expected to come out on top. After those two states, the race turns to South Carolina which has a Republican electorate that is closer to that of Iowa’s Republican demographic than New Hampshire’s. This makes South Carolina  more fertile for Bachmann than it is for Romney. But New Hampshire’s Republican base is not great turf for Bachmann and after a win in Iowa, a bad showing behind Romney and anyone else in New Hampshire could begin to convince voters that Bachmann may not be all that electable.  This all means that South Carolina could be a cakewalk for Perry.   If so, that will have a big effect on nearby Florida which holds its primary soon after. And with its compliment of 99 winner-take-all delegates, the third largest delegation of all states, Florida could be the state that finally determines who the real frontrunner is as the nomination process moves on from there.

But there was much more that was right about Perry’s announcement on Saturday.

While all of the candidate’s are using TEA Party talking points, Rick Perry’s talk about not exchanging “less freedom for more government” and “time to get America working again” seemed much more convincing than the others who have spoken similarly. Perhaps what makes him more believable than the others on these issues is his standing as Governor of the “Lone Star” state a state known for independence, and the fact that he has ruled over a state that has recently accounted for nearly 40% of all new jobs in that nation?

Be those the reasons or not, in his speech, Rick Perry demonstrated an ability to connect with voters and to electrify a room quite naturally. Nothing was forced in the way that Tim Pawlenty often seems to do, or stretched as Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann seem to do. With Rick Perry it all seems natural and genuine and based on his record, you can understand why.

In the final analysis, Perry’s announcement was a good start and as for the timing, South Carolina’s popular Governor and a national TEA Party darling, stated:

“I think his timing was brilliant. I think to turn around and do this the same day you’ve got the Ames Iowa poll really just lets us all know that it’s game on time for all the candidates and I love that,”

But there was much more to Perry’s announcement than the timing. The words he spoke rang quite true with the conservative base that will be decisive in the nomination process. Perry struck critical chords in lines such as these;

“The people are not subject to the government, the government is subject to us.”

And his closing line;

“I will work every day to make sure that Washington DC is as inconsequential to your lives as possible.”

That line in particular could be a key to Perry’s winning over of conservatives and those in the Taxed Enough Already movement. It was extraordinarily bold and in direct contradiction with the liberal logic that pushes government to be one of the biggest consequences in our lives. The left may try to use that line against Perry if he is the nominee, but in the Republican nomination process that will get you to the general election, that line demonstrates that Perry gets it and when pieced with all his other initial stances it makes him an adult version of Ron Paul……… a  “responsible Libertarian“, an image that can unite both the conservative base and the growing libertarian Republican base.   It shows that Perry is not only in touch with the right and the TEA movement, but that he is one of them and a part of the  movement. 

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Texas Governor Rick Perry Will Announce His Candidacy on Saturday

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Carl Cameron reports that officials have confiormed that Texas Governor Rick Perry will officially decalre his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination this Saturday, August 13th. 

The three term governor will not announce an exploratory committee or any testing-the-waters phase.  Instead he is going to jump right in to the race.  As stated by White House 2012 in a previous post, Perry is sure to make a big splash, but the ripples will effect the candidacies of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty is still questionable.

Those three will probably pose the greatest challenge to Perry.  Unless of course Sarah Palin decides to jump in to the contest too.

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Make Checks Payable to “Perry for President Campaign”. Perry Prepares to Make It Official.

Bookmark and Share    The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has obtained an email from Gene Powell, a key Perry supporter and  one of  Texas Governor Rick Perry’s appointees to the University of Texas board of regents.  In it Powell claims that that the Governor  “is expected to announce his presidential plans shortly after the Ames Straw Poll this coming weekend, and his supporters are already soliciting contributions for the campaign.”

The email states 

“We expect that announcement in a week to ten days” and according to the Post, it  tells people to start writing checks today.

Powell’s missive also claims that the first Perry fundraiser will be held in San Antonio on September 1st.  It adds  that checks should be made out to the “Perry For President Campaign.”

Perry adviser David Carney denies that a final decision about Perry’s president bid has been made and he claims that the timeline indicated in Powell’s email is “not hard and fast”.  Translated in to non-bureaucratic language, that means Rick Perry is running but they have not yet determined exactly when the right time to make it official is.

Perry is one of two names that many voters have been waiting to hear a decision from.  The other name is Sarah Palin.  Palin has recently stated that she has not yet come to a final decision on a race for President.  According to her, she is waiting to see what the full field of Republican candidates have to offer and suggested that if the Republican field does not offer a suitable conservative, she may just run. 

Perry’s now probable entry in to the race may just be enough to answer Palin’s question.  Few candidates can compete with the Texas Governor’s conservative credentials, especially on fiscal matters, the economy and among the religious right who make up a large portion of the Republican base and whom Perry recently courted at a statewide prayer rally that called upon Americans to pray for our nation.

Perry’s entry in to the race will produce one of , if not the biggest splashes we have seen so far in the 2012 political waters.  His fundraising capability is seen as vast enough to compete with such people as frontrunner Mitt Romney, and his record on the number one issue of the day…..the economy, is to say the least, impressive.  Texas is one of only three states which has actually gained jobs since the recession began and under Perry it continues to have one of the few truly balanced budgets as well as a large rainy day fund.  And all without raising taxes. 

While Perry’s record as Governor of Texas may be enough to propel him to the White House, it is also one of the things that could keep him from winning the Oval Office.  For many voters, Rick Perry is seen as Bush-lite.  Perry was former Texas Governor George W. Bush’s Lieutenant Governor before Bush left Texas to become President. 

The most interesting shifts that Perry’s addition to the race will immediately has will be how he effects the poll numbers of Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney.  Up to now, Romney has been the longstanding frontrunner but ambivalence about his conservative credentials have allowed Minnesota Congresswoman to gain significant early ground.  Which one Perry initially takes support away from could be very telling and in the case of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty whose campaign is stuck in perpetual stagnation in the back of the field, Perry’s entry in to the race could be the death knell. 

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Rick Perry Discusses His Possibe Run For President With Neil Cavuto

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Bookmark and Share   Fox News’ Neil Cavuto conducted the first interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry since he indicated that he is considering a run for President.

In it Perry claims that six weeks ago a presidential run was not on his “radar” but after conversations with several people he trusts, including his wife, he has come around to giving the possibility a good look.

The interview was one of many candidate-like opportunities that Perry took advantage of on a trip to New York City. The trip was made for the purpose of delivering a speech to the Manhattan Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner. Donald Trump was originally scheduled to deliver the events keynote address, but he pulled out after rejecting his own for President. But Perry maximized the impact of his trip to the Big Apple by taking advantage of several opportunities to address some major New York based media outlets that have broad national reach. That includes the Wall Street Journal of which Perry requested to meet with its editorial board.

In the video of Neil Cavuto’s interview with Governor Perry (see below) to invite him to speak to them, Perry replied;

I think it’s the right thing for them to do to pick the Governor of state that’s got a great story to tell. When you look at we’ve done, seriously on the job creation side, you said in you’re opening, ‘what’s the secret’, the fact is it really is not a secret. You just keep those taxes low and your regulatory climate fair and balanced”.

He added that tort reform which protects from frivolous lawsuits also goes a long way in creating the right climate for job creation and a strong economic climate.

Generally, the clip below gives a good indication as to why Perry is seen by many as the strongest candidate left that can possibly run against President Obama.

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Governor Perry Seeks Sit Down With Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Before Giving a Speech to NY Republicans

Bookmark and Share   Texas Governor Rick Perry is in New York today to give a speech to New York City Republicans. He’s filling in for Donald Trump who was originally scheduled to deliver the speech but after pulling out of the race for President, also passed on the speech. A conservative addressing New York City Republicans is like a vegetarian trying to convince people at a rodeo to give up meat. Still, New York has a large Republican delegation to the Republican National Convention and a win its relatively early primary can give a candidate a decent lead in the nomination contest. But the news that Perry is filling in for Donald Trump at this event is not as major as the revelation that while in New York City, Perry has requested a meeting with the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.

Such a sit down could have an impact on a potential Perry presidential candidacy that is 100 times more important than the speech he will give to the Republican gathering later in the evening. Furthermore, the request for an interview with a leading newspaper that is world renowned for its professional economic analysis and coverage, is not likely meant for the purpose of discussing prayer in schools or abortion. Perry’s request is most definitely intended for the purpose of discussing the economy or some specific issues related to it. Such an interview is also likely to highlight Perry’s superior stewardship of the economy in Texas, a stewardship that has made Texas number in job creation and created the most business friendly environment of all the fifty states. The latter being of particular interest to a publication like the Wall Street Journal.

With far too many potentially promising Republicans presidential hopefuls bowing out of the race for President, I hate to speculate about the chances of another one jumping in to the race, yet as pointed out by WH12 several months ago, the chances for a Rick Perry running for President are good. There is absolutely nothing that we know of which offers Perry a reason why he can’t run. In fact, it is just the opposite. And after Monday’s presidential debate still leaving many looking for a conservative hero, Perry may now have even more reason to run. That is probably one reason why Governor Perry wants to speak to the WSJ today. Coming from the WSJ editorial board, a positive assessment of his ideas for job creation, taxation, balanced budgets, and the creation of a regulatory environment that is pro-growth instead of pro-suffocating, has legs that can take Perry far in a race for President. And apparently Rick Perry knows it.

Perry knows that if he were to run, his conservative credentials in the primary and caucus contest will be unassailable. So he need not over emphasize them, especially since he knows that in a general election, those same unassailable conservative credentials will be used against him by President Obama among the broader electorate. So Perry is wise to try to speak to the WSJ on the main topic of the approaching presidential election…….the economy. That is where the election is on track to be won or lost. If Perry can seal the deal on his ability to turn around the national economy and make it run as strong as the Texas economy, not only will that earn him another feather in his cap among the Republican primary voters he needs to win the nomination and who want a candidate they believe can beat the President in November of 2012, it also takes the edge off of what would be President Obama’s attempts to distract voters in the general election by painting Perry as a right wing radical.

So it appears to me that while Perry may not actually be running for President, he is certainly making sure than he can win if he decides to run.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry Could Be Surprise Late Entry in the Presidential Race

Bookmark and ShareIn reference to Texas Governor Rick Perry, back in January, White House 2012 wrote , “Governor Rick Perry has in the past, stated that he will not run for President. He probably meant it at the very moment of each specific time he said so. But politics is as changeable as the weather. A slight shift in a weather front could turn a sunny forecast into a cloudy day and for politicians the most modest alterations of political reality could change their mind on a dime.”

That statement was presented upon our disclosing that Governor Perry had apparently begun to do some polling outside of Texas. What those polls indicated are unknown. By law, the Governor and his camp,are not obliged to release those results unless they make any public reference to them. So far, no one from Team Perry has made any mention of them. Now, nearly four months later, Real Clear Politics reports that sources close to Governor Perry claim thathe sees a void in the Republican presidential field that he believes he can fill. In light off this sentiment, the Governor anticipates being called upon to seek the Republican presidential nomination. It is further reported that Perry has been examining the political environment within Iowa which holds the first in the nation presidential caucus.

Perry has repeatedly stated that he has no interest in running for President. But as noted by White House 2012, politicians can change their minds quite quickly. In Perry’s case though, it may not be so much a change of mind, as it is a change of chances. With all the talk about a so-called “weak” Republican field, Rick Perry, or at least those around him may feel that he has the record and personality that could fill what they see as an existing void and dominate the field. Such thinking would not be very far fetched. While I disagree with the notion that the still emerging Republican presidential field is weak, I do not deny that there is room for someone with natural and immediate star qualities to enter the race. Rick Perry has such star qualities. He is excellent on the campaign trail, easily likeable, and possesses a conservative record of successful policy initiatives and governance in Texas.

On the economy, Perry has presided over a state economy that is one of the strongest in the nation. He has cut taxes and spending and balanced its budget with a surplus left over. His strong positions on states rights once prompted him to evoke thoughts of secession, a thought that appeals to many who are fed up with a federal government that they see treading on their rights. His lead in opposing oppressive and constitutionally questionable federal EPA laws will also provide him with some mileage.

Perry is one of the few incumbent office holders who has a record that can still appeal to the anti-establishment, sentiments possessed by much of the TEA Party and the anti-government mentality that has often been the key to Republican electoral success (i.e.: Ronald Reagan). The only other potential candidate that can approach Perry’s appeal to both the political establishment and anti-establishment Tea Party elements, and who has a record on the economy as strong as Perry, is Indiana’s Mitch Daniels. That fact could account for these new murmurings from the Perry camp.

Mitch Daniels should be making his decision regarding a run for President any day now. If for some reason he declares that he will not be running in 2012, Perry may end up being the strongest possible surprise entry in to the 2012 Republican presidential nomination contest.

For months now, pundits and politicos have suggested that there may be some surprise entries in to the race. Conservative South Carolina Jim DeMint has gone so far as to say that he fully expects a surprising late candidacy to come from within the ranks of Republican Governors. Many have, and still continue to suggest that that person will be New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. I contend that short of a massive national draft effort unlike anything we have ever seen before combined with a total rejection of every Republican who winds up running for the nomination, Christie will not be running in 2012. Rick Perry however is a different story. If there is going to be any surprise late entry in this race it will be Perry. This will be even more likely to happen if Mitch Daniels surprises us by not running.

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Bookmark and Share On Friday, Texas Governor Rick Perry made for a very animated speaker who addressed the conservative Republican in a manner more conversational than oratorical. Yet what he may have lacked in poetic rhetoric, he more than made up for in a hard hitting discussion that struck at the heart of what troubles conservatives. As he put it, we are most bothered by an overly controlling federal government and deeply concerned with the federal governments willful neglect of their responsibilities.One such responsibility that he brought up was controlling our border. Perry said

Border security is one of Washington, D.C.s essential responsibilities. Yet they continue their record of abject failure in that area.

Perry also spoke of his love of the 10th Amendment which so poetically declares a faith in the government closest to the people is truly the best government. He added that a constitutionally limited government is one of the most critical aspects of our nation and of freedom. In one of his most eloquent remarks, Perry stated;

Our responsibility is to unite in ending the federal binds that tie our hands together and return to the visions of our founders.

He added;

We must handcuff the big spenders by simplifying our tax code and adopting a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Along the way, Governor Perry, like several others who spoke before CPAC, held up Texas as

the one state in the nation all others should aspire to.

This was in large part due to its status as the state that stands as number one in job creation, a distinction that the rest of the nation is sorely in need of improving. Perry also took the opportunity to promote Texas, or rather his leadership in Texas, by comparing his record to the liberal record of our federal government and that between all their regulation, taxation and spending, tell the federal government, enough! and urged everyone to pick up their cell phones and text 95613 Fed UP and he will keep you tuned in to what were doing in Texas.

Perrys speech was well received and well delivered but I could not help but notice one thing. I can see onesuperficial but stillproblematicimagethata potential Perry presidential campaignis likely torun in to. There were many times when I could not help but see a lot of President G. W. Bush in Perry.Aside from the understandable and obvious similarities in syntax and accent, Perry exhibited mannerisms that just made him eerily similar to the former President. One especially noticeable mannerism was what I would call the Bush shrug. Now for me this is not a problem, but for more moderate and even left leaning voters, this may be a silly draw back.

But then again, I have seen Perry deliver many speeches in a more statesman-like style, His recent State of the state Address is one example. When he focuses on his delivery, he doesnt come across quite so Bush-like. He might want to consider that when and if he campaigns outside of the South, where unfortunately George W. Bush is more of a liability than a benefit. For them, its bad enough that Perry is from Texas.

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