Skip to comments.Some Iowans believe Perry is ‘the one’
Posted on 09/17/2011 12:46:44 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
ATLANTIC, Iowa There are only a few things voters here say they know about Rick Perry.
They know hes been governor for a while.
They know Texas is a big state with a lot of jobs.
They know Perry has a reputation for being brash and talking frankly.
And, after casting about for just the right Republican to take on President Obama, they know, for now, that he may be the one.
I cant quite explain it, said Steve Bennett, 59, who sized up Perry the other night over a plate of roasted turkey and green beans. Hes thick-skinned, hes already run a big state. Whatever his beliefs are, which I dont know yet, I think he actually believes them and has convictions. Hes the only one who can sit with Obama at the debate when Obamas in full campaign mode hell be tough to beat and maybe beat him.
So it is that Republican voters, at least those Iowans who took stock of Perry this week, are turning conventional wisdom on its head.
The thinking goes that the more measured and moderate Mitt Romney can appeal to a broader swath of independent voters. But Republicans here say its Perry who can best challenge Obama, expose him for the fraud they believe the president to be. They see Perrys fed-up-with-Washington message as theirs and one that can take him straight to the White House.
....Carole Doane, 55, who is unemployed, arrived at a Newton coffee shop Friday morning hoping to see another Ronald Reagan sunny and uplifting and personable and dignified, somebody whos experienced and has humility...
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Thick skinned, a conservative with convictions and a great retail politician to boot.
Looking back over the list of major GOP candidates we’ve had to choose from, compared to the list of moderates like GHWB, Bob Dole, Dubya, McCain and now Romney, Perry is a nice change of pace.
Other than the jobs record of TX, which he can point to, what are Perry’s strengths that will get the independents to vote for him?
While his jobs record is a major plus, what other accomplishments can he list? I ask this as a tentative Perry supporter whose primary concern is that the GOP wins in 2012.
Bingo! That's exactly why Perry has this in the bag, when I saw the entire focus group after the 2nd debate basically same that same thing, nearly verbatim, I knew Perry had this.
I see you’re still pimping St. Rick...
actually, that’s quite easy.
When you are a big states rights supporter, you can be perceived as more moderate on any issue you wish, just by saying that particular decision should be left to the people of such and such state to decide.
Pick nearly any issue, and you can use the states rights argument to make yourself look more moderate (this also works for libertarians, like Paul)
Perry wants personal savings accounts, which is the basically the same platform Bush won on 2 times, but was never able to push through.
Correcting the typos:
But that’s the problem. Perry has argued this about SS but it’s not going to wash with the Indies. If SS was administered by the states, what would happen to pensioners in say, Mississippi, if that state decided it didn’t have enough money to pay SS? Would they move to CA? I think Perry dug himself a hole on this argument, and it’s going to be used against him.
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Rick is no Saint. correct.
But Rick is a Texan.
I live 15 miles from his parents, and know both of them. Both his family and my family have lived/farmed in this county for well over 100 years.
I was a delegate to the Texas State Republican Convention when he ran for the first time on his own (without W). I cast my ballot for him then and each time since.
He has taken a couple of bone headed positions, but overall has been a good Governor of Texas.
I have never met Rick (he is a few years younger than I am). But yesterday I bought his book “Fed Up” and have barely started reading it. I am not one of his cheer leaders, but he was a yell leader at A&M and I suspect he does not need a cheer leader.
That was because of RINO Karl Rove....now I wish he’d had the same trump up charges against him as whats his name did. Maybe, if he’d had some jail time he’d not turned into such a RINO.
The article is full of positive adjectives from Iowans that
reinforce the tough , unafraid of a fight,
kind of guy Perry is.
He doesn’t back down.
This week’s Time magazine interview had the media and no doubt the Republican establishment all agitated.
Because Perry..gasp..repeated his charges
“ that Obama’s policies are socialist.”
Romney on the other hand, went all Mr Rogers
and rejected Perry’s charge,
telling Wolf Blitzer that
I dont use the word socialism and I havent so far, Romney said.
MSNBC found something Romney had written previously
in which he did say that Obama’s policies
were taking the country towards socialism.
I don’t have faith that if Romney is the nominee ,
he won’t cave
whenever it comes to criticizing Obama.
Just like McCain.
Perry calls a spade a spade.
Romney will dance around and say it’s a garden tool used to move earth.
Sometimes it’s small, sometimes it has a handle.
And it’s ok if someone prefers to use a shovel, instead.
The country is starving for someone to speak the truth plainly and loudly...even brusquely. Enough of the PC baloney.
America is hungry for a real American as President!
I'll drop a few links for you to look over. And thanks for asking.
Rick Perrys Air War (with the EPA)...........>>>Texas alone opted for the unfriendly approach. Its the only state that did not issue a plan for complianceand Perry has made it clear that Texas has no intention of complying. The move was a blatant slap to the Obama administrationand once again gave Perry the national spotlight. Defying the climate rules offered him the perfect opportunity to loudly decry the science of global warmingwhich in his book Fed Up! he calls a contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weightand to slam EPA as a rogue agency with an activist mind-set that has targeted Texas. Such rhetoric is viral catnip to the tea party voters who could help catapult Perry to the 2012 presidential nomination.<<<..............
In Texas Schools, Perry Shuns Federal Influence >>>When Secretary of Education Arne Duncan jabbed Mr. Perry on public schools in mid-August, it was only the latest skirmish between the governor and the Obama administration since late 2009, when Mr. Perry announced that the state would not sign on to common core-curriculum standards.<<<...
The Left is signaling that they hope a President Perry will fix education and get the inner cities out from under the impossible mess they've created.
Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry Americas trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred and fear as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor.
And if Perry ends up as the Republican nominee for president, deep-pocketed trial lawyers intend to play a central role in the campaign to defeat him.
Thats a potential financial boon to a president who has unsettled trial lawyers with his own rhetorical gestures in the direction of tort reform. A general election pitting Barack Obama and Perry could turn otherwise apathetic trial lawyers into a phalanx of pro-Obama bundlers and super PAC donors.
Did Perry Blow It on Social Security? (Marco Rubio and Ron Johnson certainly didn't)There is a brand of Republican who looks at President Obamas vulnerability on the economy and says, Go for it! They argue that the overriding issue of the campaign should be jobs and that everything else should be a distant second.
There is another kind of Republican who sees the election of 2012 as a tipping point for the nation a do-or-die moment when we will either pull back from the precipice of debt and national decline or fall off the edge. This second brand of Republican is hoping that a candidate will emerge who can lay before the American people the nature of the challenge we face in a direct and forthright way. If a campaign is run and won on the need to reform our obese government, the new president will have a mandate to take the necessary steps once in office.
After Wednesdays Republican debate, it seems that Mitt Romney represents the first group, and Rick Perry stands for the second.
This genuine attitude
That's what will win, that's what will bring folks to the polls in droves.
Surprisingly neutral article from WAPO!
It then occurred to me the liberal media may well be nostaligic for the ‘good old days’...when they beat GWB to a pulp. Today, they have to grin & bear the scandals and outright treachery of this administration and its policies.
WAPO typists and NBC script readers are people too - they have to buy gas, food and pay mortgages.
They are probably salivating over a GOP President who they can pummel with impunity - get $2 gas, $3 lattes and skyrocketing home equity. You know they are at the water cooler whispering; “bring it on”.
Texas is not where you were born but a State of Mind, Heart and Attitude. Goes something like this: “Leave us alone to live our lives in peace and we will get along fine, if that is not satisfactory, we will deal with it.”
Rick is a Texan.
Other than jobs (and that’s huge), Independents will like his killing Obamacare, repairing social security, decreasing the debt, his experience in the military while advocating we get our guys home as soon as humanly possible and no more “adventure” militarism, his promise to secure the border on Day 1 with the manpower and technology needed to do it. These are just a few “secondary” issues they’ll like about him.
Yes, and the comment was made by an Iowan. :)
I’m going to start pinging you on every thread even remotely connected with Perry, you’re fun to watch. It may even push you over the edge if that hasn’t happened already.
On a lighter note Bachmann is toast, not because her views aren’t pretty much dead on but she’s not ready for primetime, she has a political tin ear and she’s unabashedly irritating.
That works in a Congressional election but not in a National one, especially for President.
Sarah has some of the same characteristics but she is far more charismatic and she knows when to shut up and keep her powder dry. In other words, Palin’s ear is far more politically sensitized.
Bachmann hasn’t crash and burned yet......but she will, mark my words.
You mess with me and you better read the rules here first. I do not take kindly to threats, and you have just made a personal threat.. The door is open for you to join pissant.
I see youre still pimping St. Rick...
Yes, and one wonders why. The question is, if Perry is the one, the one WHAT?
I was being facetious, but please specify the threat psycho.
BTW. I’ll put my posting record up against your’s anyday. We’ll see who gets their nads nipped.
Of course, Perry came early, worked the room, sat through all the speeches, ate, and went table to table shaking hands. This is how Perry will win.
Being Texan is not where you were born? hee hee hee
“Born American, but in the wrong place.” By Peter W. Schramm
Powerful illustration of the effect of freedom.
Great stuff TF, thanks for the links! :)
This is purely an aside but note this: “I cant quite explain it, said Steve Bennett, 59, who sized up Perry the other night over a plate of roasted turkey and green beans...” The Washington Post deems it important that you know what Mr. Bennett was having for dinner. If they came back to him no doubt you would know the color of his eyes and hair. That damn Post is noted for all this extraneous stuff.
I once had the occasion to meet with a Post writer and my first question was: Are you paid by the word? She laughed and said “No, by the adjective.”
I posted this on another thread and it is by far not all of his accomplishments or traits but just from my heart and head...
He encouraged legislation to lower property taxes.
He helped stop the creation of a state income tax.
He recruited tons of companies into Texas from other states.
He created an atmosphere here in Texas that created more jobs than any other state.
He refused to sign any legislation increasing state sales tax.
He encouraged Voter ID which passed (Feds are suing)
He demanded fiscal responsibility from school districts.
He defended boy scouts when ACLU went after them.
Nobody is stronger on the 2nd and 10th Amendments.
He put the Sanctuary City bill back on the table but TX Legislature didnt have the guts to pass it.
He eliminated property taxes for veterans w/100% disability.
He calls the families of all Texas soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gives them his personal cell number.
He took Marcus Luttrell into his personal home to make sure he got help for his broken body after losing his entire SEAL team.
He has allowed other veterans to live with him and Anita so they could monitor the help they needed.
He strives for the premise not to spend all the money.
He and Tx AG Abbot sued the EPA.
He and Tx AG Abbot sued over Obamacare.
He oversaw reform to laws in Texas regarding tort reform.
He strives for less regulation.
He has been governor in Texas and presided over more job creation than any other state - even more than all other states combined during one of the worst recessions in the USA and fighting with undue Obama/EPA etc... regulations.
He was excellent during hurricanes Rita and Ike as well.
He is an excellent marksman - right on target.
Loves to hunt.
He is a real people person.
Hes a mans man. He is exciting and fun.
Hes got friends like Chuck Norris, Nugent and ZZ Top!
He is really interesting if you try to get to know things about him - really interesting.
He cares about Texans. He cares about Americans.
He loves his Country, is Patriotic as all get out and has served his country in the Air Force (piloted C130s)
He went to Israel several times and Israel gave him some kind of an award naming him “A Friend of Israel”.
He went there once to see how they secured their border and that is where he has formed how he would do it if President.
He will be a President for the people.
He is a Leader!
He will get our bloated government back to where it should be and he will reverse all of the current Admin stupid policies.
He will be one of the strongest defenders of this country people have ever seen.
Our soldiers will leap with joy to be under this Commander in Chief.
He WILL secure the border with boots on the ground and with upscale equipment without causing a problem with our bordering trading relationship with Mexico.
Is he perfect? No
He has made a couple of blunders ie: Exec Ord and TTC
But to his credit, he does listen to the people and will back down if they raise a ruckus.
He is a Christian and his lovely wife Anita is a retired nurse.
He was raised on a farm/ranch in a town that is actually not a town but rural area.
He was a boy scout. In the Air Force as a pilot.
He believes in smaller government and strong on the Constitution. He believes in a strong military.
Milla Perry Jones (Governor Perry's sister); Texas' First Lady Anita Perry; Emily Solis (Anita's sister)
Anita and Rick Perry dove hunting 2010
[Perrys holding hands at campaign event]
.[Anita Perry] tries to help the governor not get too carried away with his own role. "I try to keep him grounded. Sometimes I wonder," she said. When he gets a little too puffed up, "I'm always saying: 'Who told you that you were cute today?' "
Still, she intends to get out on the campaign trail and play a more visible part.
"Not that I'm a vote-changer or a vote-getter or anything like that," she said. "But I'll do whatever I need to do because I think it's important that he get re-elected."
You have to grow thick skin, enjoy people, tackle big projects and, in all of it, keep family as a priority, she said.
The governor has also set his priorities. The staff knows to keep his schedule clear every Sept. 9. That's not his wedding day or an important birthday.
It's the anniversary of their first date. Anita Perry, a no-nonsense nurse, overcomes shyness in signing on to win votes for her husband
Anita: The nurse Rick Perry wants with him in the White House [excerpt] In a July interview with the Salem Radio Network, Gov. Perry said his wife was inspiring him to "get out of his comfort zone" and run for president because she was "disheartened" with the administration "healthcare-wise."
"Her father is an old country doctor," Perry said, "and she sees the demise of really quality healthcare and being able to take care of people like they need to be taken care of in this country and the innovations that have occurred in medicine."
Anita Thigpen Perry, 59, has a bachelor's degree in nursing from West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) and a master's degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Texas Tech University's School of Nursing was renamed in her honor in 2008.
She worked as a nurse for 17 years in numerous settings, including surgery, pediatrics, intensive care administration and teaching. That experience adds credibility to her criticism of the federal healthcare law, a welcome asset for Perry as he struggles to explain why more than a quarter of Texans don't have health insurance - the highest rate in the nation.
Anita Perrys childhood was spent making house calls with her dad, Texas Tech University Chancellor Kent Hance told The Hill. Healthcare is a big issue to her and her dad being a doctor a country doctor she certainly has a lot of opinions that were formed even at an early age over healthcare. [end excerpt]
Rick Perry Signs Law Exempting Disabled Veterans from Property Taxes -- and more (nice picture too)
At that link there also is a good video, "Veterans for Rick Perry."
There also is a Veterans 4 Rick Perry Facebook page.
A Veterans for Rick Perry Facebook page.
An AZ Veterans for Rick Perry Facebook page.
Rick Perry and Marcus Luttrell
Rick Perry's Medal of Honor Motorcycle auctioned for Freedom Angels