Out with Barry, In with Perry!

I truly believe that the next President of these United States has just officially entered the race. He’s far more conservative than Mitt Romney, and has a much more impressive history as a Governor than Romney had.

He can go mano-a-mano with President Obama, putting his record of achievement as the Governor of this country’s 2nd largest State for more than a decade, up against Obama’s pitiful 2½ years as a failed President, and let the American people decide which one they prefer.

Texas Governor Rick Perry launches presidential bid

    By Harriet McLeod

Texas Governor Rick Perry announces his presidential bid, in Charleston, South Carolina, August 13, 2011. REUTERS/Maryann Chastaine

(Reuters) – Republican Rick Perry, the conservative governor of Texas, on Saturday declared himself a candidate for president with a blistering attack on Democratic President Barack Obama.

“I realize that the United States of America really is the last great hope of mankind,” Perry said, as he accused Obama of imperiling America’s standing in the world with “disastrous economic policies” and the “incoherent muddle that they call foreign policy.”

Delivering a speech to about 700 conservative activists in South Carolina, Perry, 61, touted his job creation record in Texas and promised to reduce taxes, business regulations and the overall role of government in people’s lives. He said leaders in Washington have lacked courage and Obama’s policies have “prolonged our national misery, not alleviated it.”

“Mr. President, let us tell you something. You cannot win the future by selling America off to foreign creditors. We cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership,” Perry said.

Perry’s entry shakes up the race for the Republican nomination to face Obama in the November 2012 general election. Opinion polls indicate Perry already is close on the heels of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the early Republican front-runner.

Perry, who caused a stir in 2009 when he openly pondered his state’s secession from the United States, was sharply critical of what he called an overbearing federal government.

“As Americans we realize that there is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned by the sweat and toil of one of our citizens,” said Perry, drawing a loud round of cheers and applause from the hundreds of people who packed into a Charleston hotel to hear him speak.

“That’s why we reject this president’s unbridled fixation on taking more money out of wallets and pocketbooks of American families and employers and giving it to a central government,” he said.

“Spreading the wealth punishes success while setting America on course for greater dependency on government.”

Perry’s candidacy could steal support from fellow conservative Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann, replacing her as Romney’s top rival and potentially bridging the gap between the party’s establishment center and right-wing activists.

The three-term Texas governor is an opponent of abortion rights and gay marriage. He is considered a strong fund-raiser.

‘DOWNGRADING OUR STANDING’

Perry seized on the fact that the U.S. credit rating was downgraded this month by a leading rating agency following the contentious deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling this month.

“The fact is for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs, he’s been downgrading our standing in the world, he’s been downgrading our financial stability, he’s been downgrading our confidence and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children,” Perry said.

He also blasted Obama’s foreign policy.

“Our president has insulted our friends and he’s encouraged our enemies, thumbing his nose at traditional allies like Israel,” Perry said.

“It’s pretty simple. We’re going to stand with those who stand with us. And we will vigorously defend our interest. And those who threaten our interest, harm of citizens, we will simply not be scolding you. We will defeat you,” he said.

The announcement by Perry, who has made his deep Christian faith a big part of his public image, came one week after he led a seven-hour religious rally in Houston to pray for America, a nation he described as “in crisis.”

He put his religious faith on display on Saturday. He asked his audience to remember the U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan last week when their helicopter was shot down by militants. “Just take a moment to say, ‘Thank you Lord that we have those kind of selfless, sacrificial men and women,'” Perry said.

Perry said his state has “the strongest economy in the nation” and that since June 2009 Texas, home to less than 10 percent of the U.S. population, has been responsible for more than 40 percent of all of the new jobs created in America.

“He’s telling us what we see as the lost promise of America,” said Richard Atwater, 67 and retired, who lives in Tupelo, Mississippi, following Perry’s speech.

“He’s a true conservative,” added Paul Holmes of Grand Prairie, Texas.

Perry could draw comparisons to George W. Bush, the last Texas governor in the White House, raising the possibility of “Texas fatigue” among voters.

Raised on a west Texas farm, Perry has never lost an election. After a stint in the Air Force, he rose through the ranks of Texas politics from the House of Representatives to agriculture commissioner, lieutenant governor and then governor in 2000 when Bush left for the White House.

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11 Responses to Out with Barry, In with Perry!

  1. myfoxmystere says:

    0bama will be defeated in 2012, but it will not be Rick Perry. Don’t get me wrong, for I think Perry would be a great President. The Mormons are determined to get Mitt Romney into the White House. An autistic friend of mine had a dream where he saw Romney in office as a 1 term President. 0bama is setting up a plan to make it hard for the GOP when our party wins in 2012. If Romney gets nominated, as in the dream, I hope Perry becomes his right hand man.

    • Hacksaw says:

      I think it’s the other way around – if anyone is the running mate, it would be Mitt Romney, but that’s only if Florida Senator Marco Rubio refuses the gig!

      When compared to Romney, Perry has the far better track record as a Governor, he has way more charisma & a much better life story to tell than Mitt does – I expect Perry to quickly overtake Romney as the GOP frontrunner, and then it’s off to the races!

  2. Hacksaw says:

    Don’t look now,
    But less than a week after entering the race, Governor Perry has already jumped to a double digit lead over all other contenders.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters, taken Monday night, finds Perry with 29% support. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, earns 18% of the vote, while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday, picks up 13%.

    Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who was a close second to Bachmann on Saturday, has the support of nine percent (9%) of Likely Primary Voters, followed by Georgia businessman Herman Cain at six percent (6%) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with five percent (5%). Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, and ex-Utah Governor Jon Huntsman each get one percent (1%) support, while Michigan Congressman Thaddeus McCotter comes in statistically at zero.

    Sixteen percent (16%) of primary voters remain undecided.

    I know it’s still real early, there are many debates to be held and questions yet to be answered, but it cannot be denied that the Texas Governor has definitely added a jolt of electricity and some real excitement to the GOP field.

    GOP Primary: Perry 29%, Romney 18%, Bachmann 13%

  3. hybridtalk1 says:

    I am wondering why the media is supporting Herman Cain. Could it be they are ALL racisits?

  4. The Black Community in liberal Los Angeles calls Herman Cain a House Negro. They hate him with a passion. He’s not enough like their pet Jesse Jackass, Earl Oldfarting Hatchetjob and Cult Guru Fat Albert Sharptongue. I hear cries of Oreo and Uncle Tom around the black libturds from ghettos in Southern California. When their Congresswhores Maximum Welfare and Karen Bass pimp them with stolen loot, they cheer. But the moment someone takes the bloodmoney away, they cry racist white pig.

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  6. myfoxmystere says:

    Hacksaw, Hybridtalk, check this link out:

    http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2011/08/rick-perry%E2%80%99s-bad-obama-style-medicine/

    This came from a conservative site, as you can see.

    • Hacksaw says:

      I read this article, and also considered the source – Michelle Malkin is no fan of Governor Rick Perry, and that’s obvious. The allegations don’t really bother me either, even if they are factual. There is no perfect candidate, but there is also no one running for the GOP nomination that I would not prefer as our Chief Executive to the one we have now.

      The primary election process will illuminate the strengths & weakness of each candidate, and make our eventual nominee that much stronger. All of their dirty laundry will be out there as public knowledge, closely scrutinized & heavily reported by the media, and already addressed.

      The trial lawyers have come after Governor Perry in a big way, and the fact that the White House cronies & establishment Republicans are all wailing in unison about Perry & trying to besmirch his impressive record as Texas Governor is actually a positive sign to me. He’s obviously demonstrated the ability to effectively govern a very large State, getting re-elected 3 times and creating jobs, even in this horrible Obama economy, and all of his competitors view him as a serious threat, and someone who cannot be ignored or taken lightly.

      If he is elected, I’m sure he’ll say & do some things that I don’t like or agree with, but by in large, I believe that he would be a very good President and he is what I view as the best potential Commander in Chief in the crowded GOP field that is currently competing for the nomination.

  7. Hacksaw says:

    Governor Rick Perry now leads among his peers in Iowa: Perry takes the lead in Iowa

    “The race is pretty close four ways in Iowa but Rick Perry is the new favorite among Republican voters in the state. Among announced candidates he’s at 22% to 19% for Mitt Romney, 18% for Michele Bachmann, and 16% for Ron Paul. Further back are Herman Cain at 7%, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum at 5%, and Jon Huntsman at 3%.

    If you throw Sarah Palin into the mix the numbers are pretty similar with Perry at 21%, Romney at 18%, Bachmann at 15%, Paul at 12%, and Palin registering at only 10%.”

    I think it’s obvious that the whole fight for the nomination will end up being Rick Perry vs. Mitt Romney, everyone else will end up as an“also-ran” and a potential VP candidate. This will likely remain the case even if Governor Christie or former Governor Palin choose to enter the race, which I hope doesn’t happen.

    Christie maintains that he won’t and I believe him, and I hope Palin stays out as well. If she runs this time around, all she’ll likely accomplish is to cause a big stir initially, but in the end she’ll only damage her good name & marketability. All other GOP contenders, especially the Governors would quickly throw down the “quitter” card, because she only completed about ½ of her 1st term as Alaska’s Governor.

    Considering the undeniable incompetence we’ve seen from Obama and his mere 2 years in the U.S. Senate before becoming President, I seriously doubt if America would follow that up by electing Sarah Palin & her 2 years experience as Alaska Governor, even if she was a 2-term Mayor before that. Alot of people utterly despise her, to include many Republicans and if she runs, I can’t image her even winning the nomination, nor making another run as a VP candidate.

    I’d rather see her announce on September 3rd that she’s not running this time, vocally support the eventual Republican nominee and then be named to the Cabinet when they win, she’d be real good as the Energy Secretary and that would also bolster her resumé a good bit, and make any potential run in the future all the more credible.

    • tony_e says:

      Energy Secretary.. interesting, I was just thinking the precisely the same thing.

      On top of that, they should fold the EPA into the Energy Dept and let Gov. Palin run it.

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