TX Gov. Rick Perry Announces Presidential Candidacy
Matt | On 13, Aug 2011
Seems that the GOP’s save-the-day man has finally entered the race.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his candidacy for president of the United States on Saturday at the RedState Gathering convention in South Carolina. The meeting of conservative bloggers and activists was a smart move for Perry who overtook the news of the Iowa Straw Poll also taking place the same day. Throughout next week, Perry will visit Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina again.
I’ll admit that I don’t know a lot about Rick Perry’s policies and the sentiment about him in Texas. I do know that he assumed the governorship of the state after George W. Bush was elected president in 2001. He is the longest-serving governor in U.S. history. So, you can’t deny the executive experience he brings.
But, he is a Republican in one of the most conservative states in America. And at this point, let’s be honest, the GOP has yet to present “that candidate.” They are thirstier than the Sahara for someone of substance who could remotely stand toe-to-toe with President Obama on a ballot.
Throughout his speech, Perry harped on the standard GOP talking points of lower taxes, less government, less spending, tougher immigration standards, and getting rid of President Obama. Nothing really new here.
Perry claims that he brought jobs to Texas and balanced its budget, something that he says President Obama has not done. However, Perry took money from oil revenues to do so … a virtual cheat sheet when you compare his performance to other non-oil state governors.
Perry also says, according to Politico, that “the tax and spend and borrow agenda of this president led to the first ever downgrade of the credit rating of the United States of America.” Umm … that’s wrong too. Standard & Poor’s just said this week that the lower credit rating was related to those who considered default as an option. ::coughREPUBLICANScough::
However you feel about Republican candidates, I will admit that Perry has come in the game with a bang. It will take a while to see how he plays with the other candidates to see just how much of a force he may be.