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After months of hinting and winking, the right-wing Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, appears set to make clear this Saturday his intention to seek the Republican presidential nomination next year and create instant tumult in the race, not least because of its devil-may-care timing.
While the official word yesterday from the Perry camp remained a coy "stay tuned", Mr Perry is expected to confirm his presidential aspirations at a conference in South Carolina on the day that the party's attention was meant to be focused on the Ames Straw Poll, a traditional event in Iowa that usually helps to weed out the weakest from the field of runners.
It was also confirmed last night that Mr Perry will speak at a Republican event in Iowa on Sunday. While the results of the straw poll and the performance of all the existing candidates in a televised debate in Iowa tomorrow evening will remain critical, nothing will provide a bigger jolt than the addition of Mr Perry to the mix.
Few doubt that he will move quickly towards the front of the pack to challenge the strongest runners, Mitt Romney and the Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann.
Perry's reputation, though hardly pristine, could help winnow the field. His prayer event last weekend gives him credentials on the religious right to rival Bachmann; his brief flirtation with secession puts him squarely in competition for neo-libertarian votes with Representative Ron Paul; his love of tax cuts and business-friendly environments rivals Cain's; and his full head of hair gives Romney a run for his money. He hates same-sex marriage, loves the death penalty, talks down a centralised federal government (even as, apparently, he wants to lead it) and is not one to shy away from criticising the current administration or its signature achievement, the healthcare reform bill.
Unlike Romney, the wealthy scion of a political family, Perry has a compelling (and more understandable) personal history: unlike New Gingrich, he's still married to his high-school sweetheart and, like former President Bill Clinton, he battled his way out of poverty to the governor's mansion.
Perry is a fraud, actually. As they say in Texas, he is 'all hat and no cattle'.
He jumped onto the tea party bandwagon with rhetoric but not real support of issues, and everyone in Texas knows it.
PPP did a poll of head to head contenders against Obama last month and Perry LOST to Obama, in Texas. In TEXAS!!
Romney, Ron Paul and Bachmann all beat Obama in Texas in the same poll.
If you though George W. Bush was an idiot, just wait until you hear more from Rick Perry. If you thought Dick Cheney was a corporate tool, just wait until you find out more about Rick Perry. If you thought Sarah Palin didn't know anything about history, economy, the environment, the world, or much else you can't find outside the Bible, just wait until you get a better look at Rick Perry. He combines all the deficits of these lovelies and more. He makes me ashamed to be an American.
Said Bush Jr. in a statement: “Jon Huntsman is the best-prepared candidate to defeat President Obama in Florida and across the country. I am confident that his vision will appeal to young voters, who are alarmed at the trillions of dollars in debt being passed to our generation and who desperately seek jobs and economic opportunity. Washington needs a conservative problem-solver with Jon Huntsman’s record of results." Read more: www.miamiherald.com...
Originally posted by Annee
Originally posted by here4awhile
I double that!