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article imageTexas gov Perry now has ‘serious thought’ on presidency

By Lynn Herrmann     Jun 15, 2011 in Politics
New York - With the nation’s first GOP presidential candidate debate now in the books, Texas’ Republican Governor Rick Perry said on Tuesday he is now giving the idea of a White House run “some serious thought,” an elevation from thinking about it.
Texas Governor Rick Perry has altered his “think about it” thought process to one with “serious thought” possibilities, telling Fox NewsNeil Cavuto the chance of running for US president just six weeks ago “was not on my radar screen.” His radar screen has apparently cleared somewhat in noting he is now “giving it some serious thought.”
Adding to the media-induced drama over Perry’s possible presidential aspirations, he noted his wife and supporters told him “our country is in trouble and you need to give this a second thought.”
Regarding Monday night’s GOP debate, Perry said he did not watch it and it had little impact on any presidential cravings he might have. “I know what happens at debates, I've been in debates — I don't think there was any new ground plowed there,” Perry said, according to The Hill.
Late in May Perry told Fox News he was tempted to make a presidential run. The announcement caused an immediate firestorm of speculation from political pundits and his fan base alike. He only increased the speculation days later, sounding more directional when again asked about tossing his hat into the GOP ring of contenders. “Yes sir. I”m going to think about it,” he said, Digital Journal previously reported.
Perry’s announcement this week will likely stir the soup pot of current Republican presidential hopefuls, and already online comment sections are full of advice and words of wisdom. Following The Hill story, one commenter noted: “Perry has done nothing but create jobs and balance the budget in Texas. He would be a strong President!” Apparently the commenter is unaware of massive cuts in education which are leading to teacher layoffs and just as importantly, a reportedly $27 billion budget shortfall which occurred during Perry’s guidance as governor.
Another Perry supporter commented that businesses are flocking to Texas and “Federal drones” will provide the usual rhetoric and added “without the Govt to ensure that ignorance and lack of common sense are protected and then financially rewarded, they would be a ship without a rutter...”
On Tuesday night at a New York GOP fundraiser, Perry took aim at President Obama’s economic policies, calling the Democratic party one of “record deficits” while noting the president’s “abysmal leadership.”
Should Perry need further incentive in mounting a White House challenge, it came in May when the Obama administration denied Perry’s request for federal disaster money to help deal with the state’s wildfires which have burned more than 2.2 million acres of land. Obama’s stance on the disaster left Perry feeling “dismayed.”
Interesting enough, few have made note of the fact Perry is giving “serious thought” to running a country he once suggested Texas should secede from.
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