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article imageTexas delegation members urging Perry to seek presidential bid

By Lynn Herrmann     Jun 21, 2011 in Politics
Austin - Texas Governor Rick Perry, longest-serving governor in the US, is being urged to make a White House run by some members of the Texas Republican delegation, a move which would make him a “strong candidate” for the party’s presidential nomination.
With no major announced candidate currently able muster full-fledged support of the Tea Party, Perry has reconsidered his earlier resolve at staying out of the presidential race and instead has been going through a support-gathering process for determining presidential bid possibilities.
Last week, after the first Republican presidential debate, Perry announced he was giving “some serious thought” on a presidential bid. He recently consulted with Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), chairman of House Republican campaign efforts, and Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) of the Ways & Means Committee over higher aspirations.
Sessions noted Perry is very methodical in his decision-making process, saying: “I think he's going through a very deliberative process that will be very good for him to properly determine how and when he would offer himself up to the Republican Party to run for president,” The Hill notes. In Perry, Sessions sees strength. “He's somebody who I think would be a strong candidate for the Republican Party nomination,” he added.
As expected, many Texas Republicans are ecstatic over seeing yet another Texas governor with White House aspirations. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), a Newt Gingrich supporter, said: “Just the notion of having a Texas governor run was something that I did not think I would see again in my lifetime,” The Hill reports. Although Burgess has thrown his early support behind Gingrich, he added: “So thorough and effective was the demonization of George W. Bush by the left and the press when he left office ... it's been remarkable to see a resurgence where now a Texas governor would find the landscape just right for entering the field.”
Other Texas lawmakers have also pledged support for Perry, including Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) who stated: “After watching the [GOP primary debate last] Monday night, it was clear to me that we're not anywhere close to deciding who the candidate is. I just think this would be the time for him to make the move,” according to The Hill.
After issuing a state proclamation which made the Easter holiday weekend a “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas”, a proclamation which has had no impact on a drought now third-worst in state history, Perry is calling for a Day of Prayer with his fellow governors on August 6, a move certain to win over more than a few conservative voters.
Another angle in Perry’s favor is the firearms industry. A long-time supporter of gun owner rights, many of the nation’s gun owners would likely see Perry as just what the country needs.
With President Obama telling the nation’s voters, and nonvoters alike, the economic woes they face will “take time” to fix, Perry’s political drum would beat loudly, as it often does, while he claims Texas escaped the throes of recession the remaining country still finds itself in, all while property values in the state have entered the same downward spiral and property taxes have increased, as has the nation.
Along those lines, Mark McKinnon, a powerful behind-the-scenes Republican player whose last claim to fame was helping George W. Bush transition from Texas governor to US president, said: “I think he has a lot of potential. I think he has honed a strong anti-Washington message that will appeal to a lot of Republicans.”
While the game of politics plays out, it is not without reason to envision Gingrich, trying to regain footing in a campaign far from solid ground, shift support to Perry. There’s the small matter of the party’s nominee needing a running mate. How quickly pasts would be forgotten.
With Gingrich trailing badly in most early polls, and with several members of the powerful Texas bloc already in his camp, it’s safe to say a Perry announcement on running for president would indeed shake up the political landscape.
It’s also safe to say the powerful conservative Christian bloc and gun owners alike would agree.
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