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Rick Perry does New Hampshire

Rick Perry does New Hampshire

The Granite State gets a little West Texas swagger

RickPAC served up its latest offering this morning. Filmed in the beautiful Granite State, Governor Perry is shares the message of American exceptionalism.

“This is an incredibly resilient country. We’ve gone through a civil war, we’ve gone through two world wars, we’ve gone through a Great Depression, we made it through Jimmy Carter,” Perry says speaking to a group. “We are a blessed country and it makes me proud, but there is something wrong.”

Perry has yet to announce candidacy and hasn’t given a timeframe for when he plans to do so.

After his ill-fated 2012 campaign, Perry is taking his time preparing and laying the groundwork for his 2016 bid. He’s toured Iowa, staffing up, and quietly building support before taking the big plunge.

One of several Governor’s in the race, Perry is confident his record will stand out in the crowded GOP primary. According to Jim Geraghty at National Review:

“No one handed me a manual that says, ‘Here’s how to deal with the Space Shuttle disintegrating over your state.’ No one says, ‘Here’s how to deal with a massive influx of people from a neighboring state fleeing a major hurricane [Hurricane Katrina].’ ‘Here’s how you handle a crisis on your border with people flooding in.’ ‘Here’s how you handle a major disease [the cases of Ebola in a Dallas hospital].’”

“I think most Americans would agree that experience is priceless, and the only way you get it is by being there and doing it,” Perry concludes. “There’s not a book you can read on this.”

He’s healthier this time around, too. Prior to his 2012 run for the White House, Perry underwent back surgery. The recovery time wasn’t quite what he’d anticipated:

“Being healthy is really important,” Perry said Friday. “I had major back surgery in June or July of 2011. Six weeks later, I was thinking, ‘I could do this.’ I broke my arm when I was a kid in high school, and I was back playing in six weeks. What could be tougher than that? Well, there is something. You’ve got to be healthy. You’ve got to be on your game. But, more importantly, there’s the preparation side to it.”

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Henry Hawkins | May 7, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Perry’s on my short list, currently handicapped at Walker, Cruz, Perry.

I won’t vote for Bush, Paul, or Huckabee. I won’t vote for Rubio because of his previous lies and the availability of three good candidates who haven’t lied to me. Well, not yet anyway. Fiorini could work her way onto my short list, but that’ll take more than tough talk on TV. I talk tough, Rags, talks tough, half the LI crowd talks tough, but that alone makes none of us viable candidates for the White House. I am fully open-minded to Fiorini, however.

There’s a nationally unknown candidate who’d be good for the GOP, Governor Paul LePage of Maine, a Tea Party guy pissing off all the right people. (Then again, the GOP would want no part of any conservative GOP governor running nationally). Be careful if you Google him – you’ll get all sorts of hit pieces from Maine Dems who cannot believe they lost to a TP backed candidate.

    Same Same in reply to Henry Hawkins. | May 7, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Agree, but with the exception of Cruz. Love the guy, but a first term Senator is not the guy you want running for President.

I heard Rick interviewed yesterday, and my ears pricked up because I heard something pretty rare. He was candid and…dare I say it…humble about making errors/mistakes/pushing things during his last run in 2012’s cycle. He might have been woofing, but I didn’t get that.

I don’t have a hard hierarchy of my first, second, etc. candidate. They are kind of an amorphous group in my top tier, and Rick is one of them.

Sammy Finkelman | May 7, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Jimmy Carter is right up there with the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Great Depression?

JImmy Carter was bad, and a big liar, but still..?

    jdjohnson50 in reply to Sammy Finkelman. | May 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I’m pretty sure that was a joke…

      Henry Hawkins in reply to jdjohnson50. | May 7, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      I was an adult for the entirety of the Carter administration and it was pretty bad. Bad economy, inept leadership, constant embarrassment over our own president, awful foreign policy, energy prices skyrocketed, block long lines just to get gasoline, Carter’s recommended response to skyrocketing oil and electricity costs? Put on a sweater Americans, plus the feds mailed out stickers we were all supposed to put on light switches reminding us to Save Energy! Turn Off The Lights! Oh, and there’s the Iran Hostage Crisis that went completely unresolved for the whole Carter adminstration. Carter Administration = American Nosedive.

      Sound familiar, anyone?

Maybe it’s just me, but I think Perry will have some fight in him this time around. Also, I’m sort of tired of Iowa and NH having so much input so soon. I know it’s tradition but this is 2015 and America has an enemy to fight…the Red Queen and all her legions of flying monkeys.

As a Texan, I urge all to review Perry’s record in Texas which was mediocre at best.

• Championed Texas’ own “dream act” back in 2001
• Failed to implement E-Verify
• Failed to end the role of sanctuary cities
• Supported numerous toll roads many of which are technically bankrupt

OTOH, his successor Gregg Abbott has been very impressive indeed leading the way to stop Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty in its tracks

Be careful for what you wish for…