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A Time For Choosing: Rick Perry for President
Big Government ^ | 12-19-2011 | Mike Flynn - OP/ED

Posted on 12/19/2011 11:23:46 AM PST by smoothsailing

December 19, 2011

A Time For Choosing: Rick Perry for President

Mike Flynn

Yes, I’ve seen the debates. And, yes, I’ve watched the “oops” moment probably a dozen times. While he has steadily improved, Rick Perry is not a skilled debater. Seeing him debate is like watching a high-wire act, where each moment is tense with the fear that the performer could slip and fall. I get it. But, when did debate performance become our sole criteria for picking a President? When did the RNC decide to team up with the legacy media and turn the nomination contest into an almost unwatchable reality TV spectacle? Is this really a sane way to pick a nominee?

Debates are worthwhile and performance in them tells us something about the candidates. But, it doesn’t tell us everything about the candidates. The rhetorical skills that make a great debater have almost zero intersection with the skills that make a great President. They are a poor filter for discovering the core convictions and principles which will guide a President’s decisions and indecisions. They provide sound-bites at a time we should be looking at essays.

In the end, one of these candidates is very likely to end up as President and will have to govern. With the exception of Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry is the only candidate with a successful record of governing. That and, more importantly, what he has accomplished in governing make him the clear choice for President.

Supporters of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney have to face one inconvenient truth; they both failed when given the chance to govern. Gingrich rode an historic GOP wave into the Speakership in 1994 only to be ousted by his fellow Republicans just four years later. It was one of the more spectacular flame-outs in political history. Hastert and Pelosi lost the Speaker’s gavel when the voters rejected them and their parties. Newt lost his when his GOP colleagues rejected him. He was given an unprecedented opportunity to reform entitlements and reverse our nation’s fiscal rot and…he blinked. His subsequent “consulting” for Freddie Mac, support for the largest expansion of entitlements since LBJ, an individual health insurance mandate and TARP, among other things, only further disqualifies him. I’m not at all certain that he has the core conservative convictions or beliefs that could withstand the daily dramas of the Presidency.

Mitt Romney only served one-term as Governor of Massachusetts because he wasn’t going to win reelection. Keep in mind that Romney’s term followed twelve years of GOP rule on Beacon Hill. Massachusetts voters were in something of a habit, since 1990, of voting for Republicans for Governor. That streak ended with Mitt. And, there were fewer Republican state legislators when he left office than when he entered it.

Worse, though, is what he did in that one term; RomneyCare. I lobbied against RomneyCare. It is, fundamentally, the blueprint for much of ObamaCare. It is already far more expensive than lawmakers promised and is negatively effecting the health care market in Massachusetts. And, Romney is STILL proud of it. His official portrait for Governor even features Romney sitting next to a copy of the bill! He continues to defend a state-level individual mandate and even promises to retain the “good parts” of ObamaCare. I, frankly, didn’t know there were “good parts”.

Its hard to judge Romney on the other issues, because he’s had every position on just about all of them over the years. I just don’t know which Romney is going to show up at the Oval Office every day; the Romney who ran to the left of Ted Kennedy in the 90s or the Romney who now calls himself the “ideal” tea party candidate. I’m all for those “road to Damascus” moments on a particular issue, but on almost all of them? Its like a Damascus round-about.

There is also a fundamental political problem with either a Gingrich or Romney nomination. The GOP wouldn’t be able to campaign against the Wall Street bailouts nor the individual health mandate. They both supported these at one time or another. Does the party really want to remove those arrows from its quiver? Those two issues are a large reason why 60+% of Independents align themselves with the GOP now. I know people joke that the GOP is the “stupid party”, but really? They really don’t want to make those arguments against Obama? Aren’t these two issues the defining issues of the upcoming election?

This isn’t simply an endorsement against Gingrich and Romney; it is an endorsement FOR Rick Perry. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history, a state with a long-standing tradition of voting incumbents out of office. He has successfully managed budget shortfalls without taking the easy path of tax hikes. General Revenue spending, accounting for population and inflation, is lower now then when he took office. He has cut taxes by billions. He has rejected federal dollars when he thought the feds where overstepping their authority. And, perhaps more importantly, he spearheaded a landmark medical malpractice reform which reversed the exodus of doctors out of the state and is steadily improving the health care market in Texas.

Oh yeah, and the jobs. The GOP really doesn’t want to go into this election with the guy running the state creating the jobs during a recession? Obviously, Perry didn’t create these jobs, but he understands that tax and regulatory policies can be a drag on private sector growth. While most other states were busy adding new taxes and regulations, Texas didn’t. The result is an influx of citizens from other states and a thriving private sector job market. Isn’t this a narrative we want in 2012?

Perry has clearly been a good Governor. He has not, however, been a great candidate. His early campaign was too Texas-centric. We all know about his debate performances. He has positions I disagree with. And his campaign has made some steps I also disagree with. But, I believe he could be a great President. He understand the limits of government, the power of the private sector to create prosperity and the dangers government policies pose to that. And, I believe he understands these principles in a more fundamental way than the other candidates.

Over the next few years, America will face some existential questions. Will American exceptionalism endure or will we slip into a quasi-European welfare state in permanent decline? Our present trajectory is unsustainable. Even with a Republican House and, most likely, a Republican Senate after next year, the GOP in Washington doesn’t seem quite up to the task of reclaiming that “shining city on the hill.” They can’t quite get beyond repainting a house whose foundation has cracked. We will need a President who is a strong leader with very grounded conservative convictions to navigate our way back to prosperity. One who understand that Washington has already assumed too much power and that future economic growth and personal liberty requires rolling back much of that power.

Rick Perry is that man.

[Note: This is a personal endorsement and does not reflect the views of BigGovernment, its contributors or its publisher, Andrew Breitbart.]


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1 posted on 12/19/2011 11:23:49 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: shield

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2 posted on 12/19/2011 11:25:05 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

no.


3 posted on 12/19/2011 11:26:26 AM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: smoothsailing
Are you kidding me. Senator Murkowski has given us peasants our marching orders, “Romney's the man”.
4 posted on 12/19/2011 11:27:29 AM PST by Hans
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To: smoothsailing

Perry is a good conservative, excellent leadership skills and experience, and his “oops” don’t bother me. But I am still open.


5 posted on 12/19/2011 11:28:49 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: smoothsailing

I think that was a type-0.

Wasn’t it snoozing...


6 posted on 12/19/2011 11:30:59 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Why back in '88, Conservatives backed Gore in Texas. What Reagan revolution? What laegacy?)
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To: elpadre

I had pretty much ruled him out, but, given the field, he’s looking better and better. Or, at least not worse and worst.


7 posted on 12/19/2011 11:32:30 AM PST by SuzyQue (Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.)
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To: smoothsailing
Yessirree, Smooth!

Several from RedState endorsed him today, too.

8 posted on 12/19/2011 11:33:21 AM PST by Chasaway ( Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?)
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To: smoothsailing
Rick Perry is that man.

He is INDEED that man!

9 posted on 12/19/2011 11:33:46 AM PST by pgkdan ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
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To: elpadre
I must go with Gov. Perry. He is the ONLY executive with an impressive record. Records are important. Past success is no guarantee of future success but it's the best predictor we have.

Perry is a veteran; he's already signed pro-life legislation; he's successfully taken in the trial lawyers and signed tort-reform legislation; now today a new report of Texas having the top five cities in the country for job growth. We must recreate the Texas success story for the rest of the country.

This from today's DM Register: "Texas cities dominated the top five, led by San Antonio. El Paso was second, Austin/Round Rock was fourth, and Killeen/Temple/Fort Hood was fifth. Fort Collins/Loveland, Colo., ranked third."

10 posted on 12/19/2011 11:34:12 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: SuzyQue

Yeah, I think his tax and energy plans are great. Also like the part time congress proposal because, even if never implemented, it promotes the illustrates the concept of more limited government.


11 posted on 12/19/2011 11:36:05 AM PST by mtrott
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To: smoothsailing
perry road pic
12 posted on 12/19/2011 11:39:17 AM PST by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: DoughtyOne
I think that was a type-0. Wasn’t it snoozing...

Maybe it's supposed to be "A Time for Schmoozing". :)

13 posted on 12/19/2011 11:44:11 AM PST by smoothsailing (We Wish You A Perry Christmas!!!)
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To: smoothsailing
In my opinion, Bush never “won” a single presidential debate. He simply survived them.

For everyone salivating over the prospect of Newt debating Obama, there is no rule that says Obama has to agree to any debates. OTOH, if Perry ended up with the nomination, I'm sure Obama would want a debate a week.

Ultimately, a personal likability, a solid record without serious scandals, as well as an effective advertising campaign, will go a long way in winning the general. The debate winner is a small factor.

14 posted on 12/19/2011 11:48:13 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: nixonsnose
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15 posted on 12/19/2011 11:49:06 AM PST by smoothsailing (We Wish You A Perry Christmas!!!)
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To: americanophile

YES!

Go Rick Go!


16 posted on 12/19/2011 11:49:22 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: smoothsailing

;^)

Alex, I’d like to take chameleons for $1000 please.


17 posted on 12/19/2011 11:49:31 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Why back in '88, Conservatives backed Gore in Texas. What Reagan revolution? What laegacy?)
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To: smoothsailing
This is a very compelling argument for Perry and particularly against Gingrich.

It really comes down to what it always has come down to and that is record.

We need to appeal to people's intellect and common sense and that doesn't mean using a vocabulary that "shows our intellect", that's what frauds do.

The way the GOP appeals to intellect and common sense is to show side by side comparison of Obama's record and Perry's record during the same period of time, under the same economic conditions, inheriting the same economy that Bush left and how Perry;s model is better than Obama's. How Perry succeeded while Obama failed. How Perry has the proven conviction to implement that model in DC.

He is the only one who can convincingly make the states rights argument work because he really believes in it.

No one and I mean no one can argue with results. Newt was Speaker 15 years ago and kicked out by his party and Mitt was a 1 term blue state governor a decade ago.

Perry is doing work now. Under the same conditions (and worse) that Obama has.

18 posted on 12/19/2011 11:51:48 AM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: SuzyQue

I’m with you. He is looking better in comparison of our top tier.


19 posted on 12/19/2011 12:03:08 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: smoothsailing

not happening, Perry is out after Iowa.


20 posted on 12/19/2011 12:03:26 PM PST by 7beuties
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To: smoothsailing

Never. He’s the candidate of the Globalist Occupied Party, not the American people.


21 posted on 12/19/2011 12:07:46 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: smoothsailing

You can put all the lipstick on this pig that Max Factor might have in stock, as well as gallons of their finest perfume, and you still, will not get Perry past 10%.

And in the General Election, Perry will give Obama one of the biggest margins of victory since Reagan/Mondale.


22 posted on 12/19/2011 12:10:03 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: 7beuties

False.

The list of reasons why is long.


23 posted on 12/19/2011 12:11:27 PM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Braggadocious talk is real cheap.


24 posted on 12/19/2011 12:14:37 PM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: smoothsailing

Let CNN, Politico, Wash-Compost and the NY Slimes explain why the Governor of the most successful state in the Union doesn’t deserve to be President MORE than a crackhead.


25 posted on 12/19/2011 12:14:42 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: elpadre

If you take a piece of paper out, make headings for each candidate then the issues you care about on the side, I think you’ll find that Perry, Bachman, or Santorum are the only ones who meet conservative requirements.


26 posted on 12/19/2011 12:18:26 PM PST by Kenny
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To: Lazlo in PA

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/republican_presidential_nomination-1452.html

Don’t worry, the MSM no longer sees him as a contender, so they have left him alone for the moment. But if he gets back to the top, they will take him down permanently, like a bad case of the plague.


27 posted on 12/19/2011 12:19:31 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: txrangerette

It sure is isn’t it!

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/us/republican_presidential_nomination-1452.html


28 posted on 12/19/2011 12:20:30 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: smoothsailing

how bout’ no, mmkay?

Maybe he can take advantage of in-state tuition and go learn the English language at some podunk college in TX. Then in 2020, he can try it again.


29 posted on 12/19/2011 12:28:46 PM PST by AdamBomb
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To: smoothsailing

Well, I just don’t think that Rick-8%-Perry is going to make it.

Kinda sorry if that sounds ‘heartless’.

GO NEWT GO.....


30 posted on 12/19/2011 12:29:11 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/Palin-West-2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.")
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To: smoothsailing
Perry campaign:


31 posted on 12/19/2011 12:31:44 PM PST by AdamBomb
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To: AdamBomb

LOL! Sad, but true.


32 posted on 12/19/2011 12:36:22 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; jonrick46; deepbluesea; TexMom7; potlatch; SunkenCiv; wolfcreek; BuckeyeTexan; ...
Perry Ping....

IF you'd rather NOT be pinged FReepmail me.

IF you'd like to be added FReepmail me. Thanks.

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33 posted on 12/19/2011 12:45:58 PM PST by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: Hans

LOL!


34 posted on 12/19/2011 1:05:36 PM PST by smoothsailing (We Wish You A Perry Christmas!!!)
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To: smoothsailing

http://rockrivertimes.com/2011/12/19/ron-paul-leads-iowa-polls-still-third-in-national-polls/

...”An Insider Advantage poll has Paul at 24 percent; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 18 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 16 percent; Gingrich at 13 percent; U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at 10 percent; former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman at 4 percent; and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., at 3 percent.

Meantime, Public Policy Polling has Paul at 23 percent; Romney at 20 percent; Gingrich at 14 percent; Perry, Bachmann and Santorum at 10 percent; and Huntsman at 4 percent.”...


35 posted on 12/19/2011 1:14:48 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: smoothsailing
I Will Vote for Governor Rick Perry in SC.

Perry’s Iowa bus tour route


U.S. Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry (L) greets attendees at a campaign stop in Spencer, Iowa December 17, 2011.

36 posted on 12/19/2011 1:42:12 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 18 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 16 percent; Gingrich at 13 percent

Iowa is all about retail politics and the ground game. This is where Rick shines, IMO.

37 posted on 12/19/2011 1:44:29 PM PST by smoothsailing (We Wish You A Perry Christmas!!!)
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To: AdamBomb
Rick Perry should just quit his campaign and go make Cialis commercials.

“Hi, I'm Ricky and I approve this message, now git in the f***ing tub! Yeeeeeeee haaaaawwwwwwwww!”

38 posted on 12/19/2011 1:55:28 PM PST by montyspython ((Romney-Perry-Obama ... No Way))
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To: smoothsailing

ROFL...good one


39 posted on 12/19/2011 1:59:42 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
do they say what percentages of democrats and independents were involved in the poll??
40 posted on 12/19/2011 3:08:52 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Kenny

Yes. If you make a list that does not include “currently doing well in the polls”, Newt is NOT going to be in the top 3.

It’s time to stop letting polls pick our nominee. We need to step back, get off the merry-go-round, and make a serious evaluation of ALL the candidates again, with the same standard.

Right now, we’ve rejected Bachmann with a standard of July, when we had all the time in the world and Sarah Palin was going to save us. We rejected Perry based on his early bad debate performances driven by his recent back surgery, and again knowing we had plenty of time and Sarah Palin was going to save us.

We didn’t so much reject Cain as he folded up his tent and went home, because of unfair attacks, and his response to them, and maybe because his wife wasn’t as excited about him being President as he seemed to be.

And now we are supposed to accept Gingrich, who isn’t on the conservative radar in the past decade, over three solid conservatives, simply because for a brief moment the Cain supporters got so used to blindly attacking everybody who was a threat momentarily lost their minds and all decided Gingrich was the one they would support?


41 posted on 12/19/2011 3:17:33 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks shield.


42 posted on 12/19/2011 3:18:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
We rejected Perry based on his early bad debate performances driven by his recent back surgery,

Most rejected Perry because he called them heartless and then offered up a piss-poor apology and defense of his views on in-state tuition. His biggest debate gaffe was well after the "don't have a heart" comment.
43 posted on 12/19/2011 3:28:15 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Name a state Newt would win that Perry wont.

Perry will win Iowa and South Carolina.

You will still be welcome on his bandwagon.

Show me a national poll from 1 month ago. 2 months ago? Exactly. They mean nothing.

Don't burn your bridges.

44 posted on 12/19/2011 4:24:54 PM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: af_vet_rr
Rest assured when everyone has dropped out, Perry will still be there as the only real pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, ex military candidate to choose from.
45 posted on 12/19/2011 4:28:41 PM PST by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Chasaway

Another great endorsement from Ace of Spades HQ!

http://ace.mu.nu/


46 posted on 12/19/2011 6:13:22 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I agree.. Rick Perry 2012!


47 posted on 12/19/2011 7:42:49 PM PST by lahargis (Rick Perry is our jobs and energy candidate! Perry 2012!)
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To: smoothsailing
"Rick Perry is the only candidate with a successful record of governing. That and, more importantly, what he has accomplished in governing make him the clear choice for President."

Agreed!
48 posted on 12/19/2011 7:55:52 PM PST by lahargis (Rick Perry is our jobs and energy candidate! Perry 2012!)
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To: smoothsailing; All

I think Rick and Rick would make a great combination - they are both Christians, they’re both pro life. Perry has governing experience, and Santorum has foreign policy experience.

Two young, handsome guys - smart; doers, etc. I think it would be great!!


49 posted on 12/19/2011 9:58:50 PM PST by CyberAnt ("America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth".)
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To: smoothsailing; All

If Newt falters, Santorum is my guy. Look for Rick Santorum to be the “surprise” coming out of Iowa this year.


50 posted on 12/19/2011 11:17:32 PM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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