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Does Perry have a plan? (We need more detailed answers to policy questions than just “Texas.”)
Hotair ^ | 09/28/2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 09/28/2011 10:29:25 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Yesterday, I wrote that Rick Perry needs to stop worrying so much about his competitors in the Republican primary fight and start laying out his own plans for a Perry presidency in order to claim the mantle of a front-runner. Jill Lawrence at the Daily Beast decided to take a look at Perry’s website to see what kind of argument that might be, and discovered why Perry might be a little too focused on attacking Romney:

In public at least, Rick Perry is among those writing off his stumbling debate performances as a verbal problem—as in, he’s not a slick, smooth talker like President Obama or Mitt Romney. But Perry would be less of a piñata, and sound more like a president, if he had laid out a full platform.

In his three debates so far, the governor has attacked Obama and Romney, defended himself, explained himself, and talked about Texas. But the biggest missing piece is his blueprint for America.

When Perry is under fire over some aspect of his Texas record, he hasn’t pivoted to signature plans for jobs or foreign policy. A spin through Perry’s website underscores the problem. Under “Jobs,” we find five paragraphs of conservative boilerplate. The most detailed sentence refers to “low taxes, reasonable regulations, a predictable civil litigation system and an educated workforce.”

Perry has only been in the race for a few weeks, Lawrence notes, and the campaign tells her that full policy papers will come “at a time of our choosing.” That makes sense for a candidate who is just entering the race when it’s early in the cycle, but it’s not early any more. Voters will have to make choices in four months, and the debates are taking place right now.

Perry’s competition have already laid out specifics on economic policy, especially his toughest foe, Mitt Romney, whose plan is detailed enough to be a 160-page book. Herman Cain has his 9-9-9 plan, and even Jon Huntsman — who may not qualify for the next debate — has an economic plan that the Wall Street Journal takes seriously enough to review and praise. Not having anything beyond a few boilerplate conservative concepts doesn’t give voters a reason to positively support Perry, and being this far behind the others on stage puts him in a weak position to answer policy questions on the most important issue in the upcoming elections. Not only does it make Perry sound unprepared, it has forced him into an explosion of cliches during the debates, according to Eric Ostermeier at Smart Politics.

That would still be all right if Perry focused on introducing himself rather than just go on the attack against Romney, but that’s not the direction Perry has taken. Instead, he’s gone on the attack over Romney’s book (getting a three-Pinocchio review from WaPo’s Glenn Kessler for his second campaign ad), and doesn’t appear ready to change direction at all:

Rick Perry’s widely panned debate performances? Just a hiccup. Any major changes in debate prep? None planned. His unexpected and deflating Florida straw poll loss last weekend? Not a big deal.

Even as some of his supporters grow anxious, the Texas governor’s top aides insist they have no plans for real or even symbolic changes to their campaign. The only pivot they’ll make, they say, is to become more aggressive with Mitt Romney.

The defiant response in the face of nearly a week of sharp criticism is a reflection of Perry’s own pugnacious style — the best defense is a good offense. But it’s also a signal from the Austin powers about what they view as the bed-wetting within the GOP political class.

The Texan’s aides downplay the tele-town-halls Perry had Monday night with Iowa and South Carolina Republicans as having been long-planned – not exercises in reassurance. And the economic speech Perry has slated for Friday won’t feature a major policy roll-out.

“We’re not going to change what we’re doing,” said Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “It’s a long race.”

This points out the problem of late-race entries, because the time for introductions and policy rollouts gets crunched into weeks. Unfortunately, Perry’s team doesn’t seem focused on doing either. Perhaps Perry can pull it off, but at some point he’ll have to give more detailed answers to policy questions than just “Texas.”



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: formerdemocratperry; heartless; openborders; plan; potus; rickperry; rino

1 posted on 09/28/2011 10:29:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

First suggestion would be stop attacking your base and start attacking Barack Hussein Obama.


2 posted on 09/28/2011 10:32:25 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I thought he has laid out his plan during the debates, several times.

lower taxes
decrease regulation
reign in the EPA
stop frivious lawsuits
repeal obamacare


3 posted on 09/28/2011 10:34:22 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: SeekAndFind
All these left wing sites should spend more time examining the Obama destruction plan.
4 posted on 09/28/2011 10:35:06 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: SeekAndFind

He is waiting for someone to write it and read it to him, then he will not be able to recall what the plan does are says. Rule by committee.


5 posted on 09/28/2011 10:35:12 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

The plan is duplicate what they have in Texas on national scale.

1) Drill baby drill
2) No state income tax
3) Right to work
4) Tort reform
5) Pro-business state government
6) Part time state legislature
7) Balanced budget requirement

Works for me! Although I disagree with Perry on the Dream Act and yes, by all means, complete the danged fence!


6 posted on 09/28/2011 10:36:23 AM PDT by Gen. Burkhalter
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To: SeekAndFind
This is a much greater problem for Perry than anything else.

“We’re not going to change what we’re doing,” said Perry spokesman Mark Miner.

The campaign is wrong.

7 posted on 09/28/2011 10:37:43 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: SeekAndFind

He has a plan but it’s a secret.


8 posted on 09/28/2011 10:38:03 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Those sound like talking points every conservative says. How is he planning on accomplishing those things. Cain’s 999 plan is specific. I’m not sure about the sales tax but his plan is clear to everyone.

Cindie


9 posted on 09/28/2011 10:38:12 AM PDT by gardencatz (Proud mom US Marine! It can't always be someone else's son.)
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To: SeekAndFind

10 posted on 09/28/2011 10:40:01 AM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: gardencatz

Sounds like a real indepth statement for a man from Texas, yes about as in depth “as get under the hood”.


11 posted on 09/28/2011 10:42:10 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Save your time, energy and money. Pecos Perry is a RINO and not the answer to the problems that have been created by Ubama.


12 posted on 09/28/2011 10:42:23 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Your expecting people to pay attention to substance silly.

what Perry has done for 10 years doesn’t count.
Just how well he can kiss the A** of the beltway types.


13 posted on 09/28/2011 10:45:57 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Gen. Burkhalter
Fence will not be built because too many Texans will lose too much money due to the Federal taking by eminent domain.

Forget all the other excuses, this is the reason.

14 posted on 09/28/2011 10:46:25 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: SeekAndFind
Perry has to wait until he is summonsed to the next Builderberger meeting. Then he will learn what his plan is.
15 posted on 09/28/2011 10:47:10 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: boomop1
All these left wing sites should spend more time examining the Obama destruction plan.

I'm trying to figure out if your comment is sarcasm, or if you have never been to Hotair.com. If you consider HotAir to be left wing, I cannot imagine what your definition of right wing might be.

16 posted on 09/28/2011 10:48:53 AM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: SeekAndFind

He is going to have to stop intimating that potential supporters are “racist” and then calling them heartless. Personally I don’t know how he walks the later back without an outright apology, which I don’t think he will do. I would like to see him do better in the debates, but I would much more like to be able to read what his plans are in dealing with the economy and defence.


17 posted on 09/28/2011 10:48:53 AM PDT by ImpBill ("America ... where are you now?" signed, a little "r" republican!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
People from Texas oppose a fence because of eminent domain, for about 1000 miles, much of which is in the middle of nowhereville. But the same fools want to have eminent domain to run a pipe line 2800 plus miles. Now that is a real crock of BS.
18 posted on 09/28/2011 10:51:59 AM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: ImpBill

There is a good argument to be made that some of the reasons for Texas’ “success” can’t be replicated at the Federal level because it was at the expense of other states. He needs to explain why that is not so. If he can.


19 posted on 09/28/2011 10:53:29 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: org.whodat

Things like this always depend on whose ox is being gored.


20 posted on 09/28/2011 10:55:04 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Rich21IE

>>> “ He has a plan but it’s a secret. “ <<<<

Seriously, that is funny!! I love Rick but don’t disagree with the column.

A turn around in his campaign and a staff shake up needs to make an immediate appearance. It is necessary that Perry’s campaign live up to Perry, on giving no quarter. His campaign obviously lacks savy in the form of a media control guy/gal, a war room similar to the ALAMO, and a policy platform that roars, with a solid attack army of supporters out there selling his astounding JOBS record, and a RUBIO performance on how to voice your principles. Riding on ripping Romney goes only so far, before it becomes a bore since Romney is already vetted by the same old complaints. That’s why Romney is not running away with it just yet. He is about to however, and has plenty of help in the other candidates in finishing Rick.


21 posted on 09/28/2011 10:56:44 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick, who needs to pound the fiction flackers back into the Stone Age.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes, Perry has a plan for you but it’s in Spanish.


22 posted on 09/28/2011 11:13:46 AM PDT by iowamark (Rick Perry says I'm heartless.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Early on Perry looked like a great option if Sarah Palin doesn't run. The more I learn about Perry, the better Herman Cain and (I cannot believe I am saying this) even Newt Gingrich look.
23 posted on 09/28/2011 11:25:14 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: TexasFreeper2009
You forgot a couple key Perry points

Amnesty for illegals
Open borders
Crony capitalism

Outside of Texas people don't vote for a candidate just because he acts like a cowboy and talks like a conservative when he's really not one.

24 posted on 09/28/2011 11:29:36 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: iowamark

“La respuesta del Gobernador Perry es simplemente no, la respuesta al problema de la migración no es cerrar las fronteras, sino al contrario, abrirlas”


25 posted on 09/28/2011 11:58:00 AM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: org.whodat

“People from Texas oppose a fence because of eminent domain, for about 1000 miles, much of which is in the middle of nowhereville. “

If they don’t want to help defend the country from criminals and terrorists who want to sneak in then maybe we should build the fence around their property.


26 posted on 09/28/2011 12:06:02 PM PDT by ari-freedom (I'm a heartless conservative because I love this country.)
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To: SeekAndFind
He needs to get some focus. Serious focus. If he wants to be president, he needs to change and change fast. We don't need him to change personality or who he is, just how he presents himself. That is learned. Just remember what the media did to Sarah after her first interview. She went back and practiced, honed her skills and came out again and rolled right over everyone.

He has the management skills, he has the people skills, he just needs the debate skills and someone to make sure he isn't working 24 hours a day.

27 posted on 09/28/2011 12:23:58 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: newheart
I consider Hotair, Media Matters, Politico and a number of others left wing or leaning to.
28 posted on 09/28/2011 12:27:30 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: TexasFreeper2009

He did say those things, but someone needs to be teaching him that you can’t just say something once. You have to repeat it over and over and get forceful with what you are saying. Most people have the attention span of a knat, so it’s not like talking to folks, you just have to go over and over something.


29 posted on 09/28/2011 12:28:57 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: ari-freedom

RE: “La respuesta del Gobernador Perry es simplemente no, la respuesta al problema de la migración no es cerrar las fronteras, sino al contrario, abrirlas”

____________________________________________________________________________

En realidad, se prefiere el uso de la guardia nacional. Eso es lo que dijo durante el debate.


30 posted on 09/28/2011 12:35:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: boomop1

Hot Air is a RINO site and while liberal, Politico hardly falls into a class with Media Matters.


31 posted on 09/28/2011 12:42:33 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: bwc2221
I know I am painting with a broad brush, I find most lacking in giving Obozo his just due.
32 posted on 09/28/2011 12:50:28 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: boomop1
I consider Hotair, Media Matters, Politico and a number of others left wing or leaning to.

Media Matters is self-described as progressive. Politio is more mainstream media, so it leans left, but not entirely. But HotAir? I'm sure Michelle Malkin would be surprised to hear that her baby had turned out a lefty.

Okay, I'll bite. What do you consider to be a reliably conservative news and commentary site? (apart from FR, of course).

33 posted on 09/28/2011 12:53:38 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: newheart
Heritage, News Max, MRC, Town Hall, National Review, American Spectator and more without scratching my head oh WND.
34 posted on 09/28/2011 1:02:42 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: newheart

National Review has become wishy washy for quite a while.


35 posted on 09/28/2011 1:05:26 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: boomop1
Heritage and TownHall?

You do realize that HotAir is part of the Townhall network. And their associate editor is formerly of Heritage (which you list).

Sorry, still don't see a basis for the claim that HotAir is leftist.

36 posted on 09/28/2011 1:10:07 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: newheart

OK I’ll relent.


37 posted on 09/28/2011 1:16:48 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: SeekAndFind

Under “Jobs,” we find five paragraphs of conservative boilerplate. The most detailed sentence refers to “low taxes, reasonable regulations, a predictable civil litigation system and an educated workforce.”

Exactly.

Can any Perry supporter tell me how much he would cut the federal budget and what level of deficit he would veto? Is $1T too much? What about $500B? When will he start to veto if it’s not balanced? 2014? 2015?


38 posted on 09/28/2011 3:28:45 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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