Saturday, May 28, 2011

President Rick Perry?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he would consider jumping into the race for the Republican nomination for president. Sarah Palin also announced an east coast bus tour along with releasing a video this week. Governor Perry would certainly shake up the field if he runs, but insiders are still doubting he will. He has already let his "Karl Rove" leave and go to work on the Huntsman campaign. Some took that as a major sign he would not be getting in, but with the lack of any clear front runner he may be reconsidering. Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, would be a bona fide conservative in the race for the White House. He would also certainly be the tea party favorite. Remember last year when he threatened Texas leaving the Union if the federal government kept passing, unconstitutional in his view, laws. With Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's departure from the race opened the door for a southern candidate. Mark McKinnon, a veteran political consultant who advised President George W. Bush’s campaigns, said of Perry, “The only real question is: Why wouldn’t he run?” "The candidates that are running are not the candidates that people want,” said Ryan Hecker of the Houston Tea Party Society. “They’re looking for someone, almost wistfully.” They are looking for someone like a Rick Perry or a Jeb Bush to enter the race.

In recent years, Perry has made a sport out of bashing Washington. He published a book, “Fed Up!” In the book he describes the federal government as financially reckless and out of control and calls for a resurgence of state-based power. He is definitely not for more expansion of the federal government. Instead he is for a radical reduction in the size of the federal government. This is what many primary voters are wanting to see in a candidate. Also another indicator he might jump in, he has been weighing in on matters with almost no relevance to Texas. Last week he issued a statement after President Obama's speech on Israel  he said “President Obama’s speech today continues a misguided policy of alienating our traditional allies, in this case Israel, one of our strongest partners in the war on terror,”. If Gov. Perry jumps in the Republican race for the White House things would get alot more interesting.

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