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Rick Perry: The Tea Party Candidate?
Big Government ^ | January 9, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson

Posted on 01/09/2012 8:25:23 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Is Rick Perry the Tea Party’s last hope in the 2012 election? As he prepares for his Alamo-moment in South Carolina, the longest serving governor in Texas history makes the case for limited government.

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It’s a deliberate play for South Carolina’s once powerful Tea Party to come to his aid. During the 9AM MSNBC debate today with David Gregory, Rick Perry promised the Tea Party across the country that he would have their back against big spending Republicans. But will they have his?

Today, Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express promised on Breitbart.tv that the organization will endorse before the January 21st.

Perry’s proposals of cutting the pay of Congress and prosecuting congressmen for insider trading have been popular among Tea Party supporters. Indeed, in November, Perry was accused of “pandering to the tea party” by none other than House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). The Texas Tea Party, however, withdrew their support of the governor for his support of sanctuary cities for illegal aliens. An October Washington Post/ABC poll confirms that his support was cratering among Tea Party activists, placing him just above Romney and Ron Paul. Perry is hoping that South Carolina is a bit more generous.

Only a few of the Republicans swept into power in South Carolina by the Tea Party have made endorsements. Tea Party darling, Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney and has been an active surrogate for the former Massachusetts governor as far afield as New Hampshire. Haley’s support in South Carolina, however, is cratering. A poll conducted by Winthrop University between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 showed only 34.6 percent of those surveyed approved of Haley’s job performance, making her one of the least popular governors in the country.

Haley’s support for Romney may be pecuniary or payback. Romney’s “Free and Strong America” political action committee donated $36,000 to Haley’s campaign in 2010. More than 35 other Romney-backers received PAC money from the former Massachusetts governor before making their endorsements. Perhaps they were merely returning the favor. Or perhaps their campaigns were paid for that favor early in the process.

Thus far, the very popular Tim Scott has declined to endorse anyone for president. Rep. Scott’s highly coveted endorsement is seen as something of proxy for Senator Jim DeMint, the godfather of both the Tea Party and the South Carolina. In 2008, DeMint endorsed Mitt Romney, but in 2012, he has remained deliberately on the side lines.

Of the federal legislators in South Carolina, only freshman congressman (and Tea Party favorite) Mick Mulvaney has endorsed and he has endorsed Rick Perry. Mulvaney reportedly decided to support Perry after seeing his 20% flat tax proposal. “It’s very, very similar to what we’ve been talking about in terms of the Republican Study Committee, the conservative group within the House Republicans, and he went a little bit further than I think we’re going to go even. I was enthusiastic about somebody actually taking some bold steps,” Mulvaney told MSNBC. Perry also won the support of Bobby Harrell, South Carolina’s Speaker of the House.

South Carolina’s Tea Party groups hold their own convention in Myrtle Beach on Sunday, Jan. 15, and Monday, Jan. 16, the same day that the next– the 16th– of the presidential debates takes place.

Perry’s sure to be helped by his South Carolina advisors, which include former state GOP chairman Katon Dawson, who believes that Perry will play well with both evangelical and military voters who make up the Palmetto State’s Republican electorate. “Iowa picks corn, New Hampshire picks presidential campaign pockets, and South Carolina picks Republican presidents,” Dawson told reporters after Perry’s fifth place finish in Iowa.

Though there is no clear Tea Party candidate in South Carolina, Tea Party groups are pretty clearly opposed to Mitt Romney. Karen Martin, the head of the Spartanburg County, S.C., chapter and other Tea Party leaders put it simply in an interview with National Public Radio:

“There’s no Tea Partier that I talk to in the state or nationally that would want to promote Romney. Other than the people that have come out publicly and endorsed Mitt Romney and the people left over from his 2008 campaign, I do not personally know anyone that does not despise Mitt Romney and doesn’t hate the idea of him being our nominee.”

Governor Perry will be sure to keep proclaiming his conservative bona fides, especially on the Tenth Amendment, which is popular among Tea Partiers. To capitalize on that vote, Perry would do well to throw his backing to South Carolina’s fight against the Justice Department over voter fraud. He would also do well to speak out against President Obama’s unconstitutional recess bids, especially as those recess bids governing the National Labor Relations Board which is at war with Boeing over relocating their plant to a right-to-work state.


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....The Texas Tea Party, however, withdrew their support of the governor for his support of sanctuary cities for illegal aliens.

Which was insane! Because .......Much to the chagrin of Texas Latino leaders, Perry urged (even called a Special Session -- but they legislature dropped the ball and went home) lawmakers to pass a bill that would outlaw so called sanctuary cities – localities in which police refrain from asking citizens about their immigration status. The crackdown on sanctuary cities measure failed in June 2011, but the Texas governor also signed into law that same year the Voter ID Act despite outspoken opposition by Latino advocacy groups that denounced it as a law that attempts to disenfranchise minority voters.

And more:

The Truth Found a Voice in Rick Perry

Gov. Rick Perry wants the border sealed, drug cartels killed off and NO amnesty.

Jan 8, 2012: Re: “hardship waivers” ….”House liberals cheer proposed Obama administration immigration reform....."Becerra on Friday said Republicans left the White House no other option but to act unilaterally on immigration reform.

President Obama is right," he said. "We can't wait for Republicans in Congress to stop playing this nasty game of politics, blocking immigration reform legislation, which is tearing families and America apart."

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Rick Perry on E-verify:

“I agree that some kind of electronic verification system is needed so we can make sure employers comply with the law not to hire illegal immigrants. E-Verify is a federal government created and run program, and as a result there have been a number of problems with it so far. The Department of Homeland Security estimated the system could fail to identify more than half of all illegal immigrants.

But just because it has problems doesn’t mean we should throw employee verification out. It means we should make it work. Employee verification needs to be accurate so American citizens aren’t denied jobs based on bad data and undocumented immigrants don’t slip through the system. And it needs to be less cumbersome for employers to use, so it’s not costing them money they could be using to create jobs.

So as president, I’d work to put in place an E-Verify system that’s more accurate, less burdensome and really delivers the results we need it to.”

1 posted on 01/09/2012 8:25:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All; shield
Rick Perry Scares the Media & Democrats to Death GOP consultant Mark McKinnon says that the editor of a major newspaper told him, "We plan to declare war on Rick Perry and do all in our power to crush him."

Mr. McKinnon was outraged. "No pretense of integrity, professionalism or of unbiased news gathering," he wrote in Investors' Business Daily.

But I doubt he was surprised. This is what the "mainstream" media did to Sarah Palin in 2008, and what likely is in store for anyone Republicans nominate.

But liberals will go after the Texas governor with special venom because he is anti- intellectual, prays in public, takes the Constitution seriously and sometimes carries a handgun, Walter Shapiro wrote in The New Republic.

"It's almost as if Perry's political persona was constructed by bundling together all the fears and phantoms in the left-wing anxiety closet." he said. “…

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Rick Perry to a reporter: YouTube: You got a name?

2 posted on 01/09/2012 8:26:38 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

LOL


3 posted on 01/09/2012 8:29:09 AM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Depends on what’s in the tea.


4 posted on 01/09/2012 8:30:37 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

THE ONE CANDIDATE THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THE FEDS ALONG WITH GULLIBLE VOTERS IS RICK PERRY.

HE WILL HOLD EVERY ONE OF THOSE VAMPIRES IN WASHINGTON ACCOUNTABLE.

GIVE US OUR FREEDOM BACK

VOTE PERRY!


5 posted on 01/09/2012 8:30:53 AM PST by marty60
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
But liberals will go after the Texas governor with special venom....

But some Freepers will crawl over broken glass to assist liberals in this regard.

6 posted on 01/09/2012 8:31:46 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Perry and Jan Brewer, and CA’s governor are the governors who have to to deal with illegal immigration on the front lines.
The rest are just talking. Perry has a good record and good instincts on this issue.
He should be our top candidate right now. Santorum is not a viable national candidate, Romney is Romney; Newt would be good in a cabinet position.
Depressing actually....
7 posted on 01/09/2012 8:32:22 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Maybe he is, but regardless the lowest tier candidates had better start thinking about leaving after SC.


8 posted on 01/09/2012 8:32:55 AM PST by skeeter
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To: edpc
Depends on what’s in the tea.

LoL!!

Was Rick Perry actually drunk? A computer says it knows

…..”At a computer station in the back of the laboratory, the team was eager to finally show off its new system. Black put on a headset and sat in the pilot’s seat, where he began saying commands to familiarize the program with his voice.

He uttered three "sober" sentences, three "drunk" sentences and then a test sentence.

"Now it’s going through and training the system," said Narayanan. “It’s extracting spectral voice quality features, extracting prosodic features, intonation and so on, it’s now crunching, organizing it in order of importance.”

A few minutes later the results were in. The computer came up with a score of five out of seven, or about 70 percent. Narayanan said it was a pretty good score - about on par with human accuracy, in fact - and said it was time to try a clip from Rick Perry's speech.

They ran the audio and waited. The results appeared. Perry was sober.”…. Source

9 posted on 01/09/2012 8:33:19 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

RICK PERRY is the last best candidate. PERRY 2012


10 posted on 01/09/2012 8:39:15 AM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I have no opinion on his condition at the infamous NH speech. More to the point, the “Tea Party” candidates haven’t exactly panned out in every instance. Haley is endorsing Romney. Brown is now being targeted for replacement. O’Donnell was a flop.


11 posted on 01/09/2012 8:39:15 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: marty60

HE WILL HOLD EVERY ONE OF THOSE VAMPIRES IN WASHINGTON ACCOUNTABLE.

GIVE US OUR FREEDOM BACK

____________________

Bump!


12 posted on 01/09/2012 8:39:26 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: edpc

Perry has a RECORD!

He is NO Haley, Brown or O’Donnell.

Gov. Perry is a consistent conservative.


13 posted on 01/09/2012 8:40:51 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: skeeter

lower tier includes newt


14 posted on 01/09/2012 8:41:16 AM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: sam_paine

It has been a real eye-opener watching that sam.


15 posted on 01/09/2012 8:41:44 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I could have overlooked a lot of things I didn’t like about Perry, EXCEPT for the whole Guardasil fiasco. That one forever tainted my opinion of the man. Stunk of both chrony capitalism at its worst, and the overreaching of the government to strong-arm very young girls to get vaccines for STD’s. Two strikes and your out Rick.


16 posted on 01/09/2012 8:42:26 AM PST by qwerty1234
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To: skeeter
Maybe he is, but regardless the lowest tier candidates had better start thinking about leaving after SC.

Perry is the conservative we need. He should NOT leave the race while Romney is threatening.

17 posted on 01/09/2012 8:43:08 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: stars & stripes forever

“RICK PERRY is the last best candidate. PERRY 2012”

Amen to that. I was shocked last night to hear Chris Wallace say that Perry is the best candidate to go up against Obama. My husband said, “Well, my opinion of Chris Wallace just went up a notch.”


18 posted on 01/09/2012 8:44:08 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: qwerty1234
I could have overlooked a lot of things I didn’t like about Perry, EXCEPT for the whole Guardasil fiasco. That one forever tainted my opinion of the man. Stunk of both chrony capitalism at its worst, and the overreaching of the government to strong-arm very young girls to get vaccines for STD’s. Two strikes and your out Rick.

…….”The Gardasil [cervical cancer] vaccine was recommended the FDA’s vaccine approval committee, more than 6 months before Governor Perry’s Executive Order. All girls who qualified for the Federal Vaccines for Children program were eligible to receive the vaccine free of charge: Medicaid, CHIPs, and uninsured or those with insurance that won’t pay for vaccines. The Texas Legislature had previously delegated unconditional authority to mandate new vaccines to the Department of State Health Services, which is under Governor Perry and the Executive Branch.” Source Gov. Perry's E.O. [opt out] also made all required vaccines easier to opt out of. The Legislature moved to kill the E.O. and Gov. Perry made no objection. No one was given the vaccine from the E.O.

19 posted on 01/09/2012 8:44:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: CatherineofAragon
....I was shocked last night to hear Chris Wallace say that Perry is the best candidate to go up against Obama....

Well, he's right! What happened to the anti-Perry FOX all the time? The whole lot of them have been in the bag for Romney.

20 posted on 01/09/2012 8:46:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Perry, Santorum, Gingrich - I will be chuffed to pieces if any one of them gets the nod.

But two of them had better be prepared to bail should it become apparent the split conservative vote is enabling Romney.

21 posted on 01/09/2012 8:46:27 AM PST by skeeter
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To: HereInTheHeartland

You are so right.


22 posted on 01/09/2012 8:48:07 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Rick Perry = The Tea Party Candidate???

NOT if you ask IA, NH, SC, or Florida!!!

Florida Republican Presidential Primary Quinnipiac

Romney 36, Gingrich/Santorum 40, Paul 10, Perry 5


23 posted on 01/09/2012 8:48:53 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

SC newest polling...

1/5 - 1/7 1112 LV 30 19 23 9 (5 Perry)


24 posted on 01/09/2012 8:52:14 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I know, that’s one reason I was so gobsmacked, LOL. Chris Wallace recognizes the truth, but conservatives don’t.


25 posted on 01/09/2012 8:52:55 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: CainConservative

Do you ever get tired of spending so much time and effort searching for Perry threads so you can bash a good conservative man? I have to admit, I can’t imagine doing the same on Gingrich or Santorum threads.


26 posted on 01/09/2012 8:55:49 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: CainConservative

Thanks CC you’re always so good about bring me the polling news.


27 posted on 01/09/2012 8:56:44 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

NH newest polling..

New Hampshire Republican Presidential Primary Suffolk/7News Tracking

Romney 33, Paul 20, Huntsman 13, Santorum 10, Gingrich 11, Perry 1


28 posted on 01/09/2012 8:57:21 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

What yardstick do you use to judge the candidates?


29 posted on 01/09/2012 8:59:49 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: HereInTheHeartland

I agree with every word you said.


30 posted on 01/09/2012 9:01:04 AM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

More so is the caustic environment whipped up around here to destroy anything or anyone not toeing the purist conservative line....and then a thread the other day expressing shock and wonder “taking stock” as to what to do now looking over the ruins and ashes of that scorched earth circular-firing squad policy.

The 11th commandment is roundly ridiculed, and Reagan’s “He’s not a 20% enemy, he’s an 80% friend” is ignored.


31 posted on 01/09/2012 9:01:49 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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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.

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32 posted on 01/09/2012 9:02:10 AM 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: Cincinatus' Wife; skeeter
Santorum showed how a candidate can rise from single-digits to the lead in a couple of weeks, so I don't think Perry should drop out now, as Perry's polls numbers could swing upwards and we IMO do not have a clear anti-Romney candidate at this point. However, if Perry fails to get traction in SC and remains mired around five percent, he really should get out at that point. Dittos for Newt or Santorum if they sink down into single-digit territory as well. And if one candidate out of the troika of Perry, Santorum, or Newt comes in well head of the other two, those two should get out before Florida.

Mitt's only chance (and his game plan) is for the anti-Romney vote to be divided up until it's too late. Conservative candidates should not oblige him.

33 posted on 01/09/2012 9:04:28 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: CatherineofAragon

It’s called reality. Something Perry does not realize.

If Willard wins SC in a squeaker while Spoiler Perry grabs a whopping 5% in SC, the Texas gov couldn’t care less.

Perry obviously only wants to be Willard’s VP.

Pathetic.


34 posted on 01/09/2012 9:04:43 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Regardless, Perry has perception problems....some brought on by his own actions, others from interpretation. For instance, his demeanor and roots cause him to be associated with Bush 43. His latest remarks in the FL campaign do not help.

I'm a proven conservative in the Florida tradition of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

However people feel about Marco and Jeb, most just hear "Bush" and that's all. His record also states he backed Giuliani in 2008. Not the most popular move among conservatives.

35 posted on 01/09/2012 9:05:29 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: dirtboy
BINGO!!
36 posted on 01/09/2012 9:05:56 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: sam_paine

Exactly.

Some days it seems like it’s by design.

I get my threads “dumped” into GOP Chat etc and insulting comments if I look side-ways at the flavor of the month, to tell me to stay out of their way.

But....they freely come onto Perry threads and leave their condolences or drop some half-truth or say how superior their moderate is because they CAN win (the 3rd or 4th one that they’ve said the same thing about).

Hm.


37 posted on 01/09/2012 9:06:56 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I must have missed something, but what’s wrong with O’Donnell? A few years ago, everyone was excited about him winning in Virginia. Now, I keep reading about what a disappointment he is, or what a flop he is! What happened? Do you know?


38 posted on 01/09/2012 9:07:51 AM PST by dsutah
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To: edpc

Indeed, Perry backing pro abortioner Rudy 100% in 2008 was a killer.


39 posted on 01/09/2012 9:08:32 AM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

Perry is faithful to his wife which tells a LOT about a candidate. What is yours faithful to?


40 posted on 01/09/2012 9:10:10 AM PST by lahargis (Every day is independence day)
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To: dirtboy; Cincinatus' Wife
Perry's numbers no doubt will improve in SC.

IMO the nightmare scenario will be the three candidates below Romney remaining neck & neck until it is too late.

41 posted on 01/09/2012 9:10:38 AM PST by skeeter
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To: CainConservative

How can he be a spoiler when he’s polling at 5%? And it’s been established that the Romney VP idea is a ludicrous joke.

Now, let’s address my question, which you didn’t answer. Doesn’t it take up a lot of time for you, searching out Perry threads so you can do a little more bashing? Why do you do it? He is a good conservative Christian man. Don’t you find your behavior unChristian? Or, if you aren’t a Christian, then unseemly, at the very least?


42 posted on 01/09/2012 9:10:58 AM PST by CatherineofAragon
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This would be a historic moment for the the so-called leaders out there to be courageous and bold. Stop thinking about yourselves. Come out now, Republican governors! Come out now, Sarah Palin. Come out now, Republican legislators. Endorse the only qualified candidate running for POTUS. Give Governor Perry the vote of confidence he needs to fight your fight. Remember the fight? Help him take South Carolina.


43 posted on 01/09/2012 9:11:00 AM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: dirtboy
FReeper "dirtboy" you have been the most vicious anti-Perry poster on FR so DO not believe that I or any other FReeper who knows your MO is fooled by your "reasonable" appeal.

Gov. Perry is the best candidate to fight it out with Obama -- and the only one who isn't standing in quicksand. Perry has a record that Obama cannot dismiss.

44 posted on 01/09/2012 9:11:36 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: CainConservative

Rudy has his flaws too like your candidate but he led New York in a very solemn time. I commend him for doing such a great job. Rudy did VERY WELL during 9/11.


45 posted on 01/09/2012 9:12:40 AM PST by lahargis (Every day is independence day)
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To: CainConservative

“Pathetic”

Yes you are.


46 posted on 01/09/2012 9:13:14 AM PST by FryingPan101 (Perry 2012)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Perry has a record that Obama cannot dismiss."

Amen! Perry has the right (pun intended) experience!
47 posted on 01/09/2012 9:14:27 AM PST by lahargis (Every day is independence day)
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To: CainConservative
I think it's counterproductive to speculate as to motives. We have seen how frontrunners rise and fall. We haven't seen a scenario yet where Santorum, the last frontrunner, falls back and then the voters have to decide against one of three former anti-Romney frontrunners. And that is probably what Perry is banking on, that he would get a second look.

If that fails to come to pass after SC, or if Newt is the one who is resurgent, then IMO Perry should get out. If his background is not a workable fit in SC to where he cannot manage better than a third place finish among the anti-Paul and anti-Romney pack, then he really can't make an argument for his candidacy elsewhere.

48 posted on 01/09/2012 9:16:10 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: CainConservative; edpc
Indeed, Perry backing pro abortioner Rudy 100% in 2008 was a killer.

Perry backed Rudy for his national security and strong executive skill and bonafides. And during that GOP Primary most Texans were backing Rudy.

This is an interesting article about where Texas' campaign money and support was going in '08. Things just aren't back and white. Texas donors on fence for 2008 election

49 posted on 01/09/2012 9:16:15 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: FryingPan101

I’ve thought the same thing.

Where are the leaders?

They’re afraid.

They’re thinking about themselves.

Perry helped get a lot of them elected; raised record amounts of money for the RGA.


50 posted on 01/09/2012 9:18:55 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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