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Perry Lassos Old Dominion, Cozies Up to McDonnell (rousing standing ovation)
National Review Online - The Corner ^ | September 14, 2011 | Robert Costa

Posted on 09/14/2011 11:24:24 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Richmond, Va. — Virginia turned blue in 2008, and if Republicans want to win the presidency next year, they’ll likely have to color it red. In a speech this afternoon, Gov. Rick Perry argued to a convention hall of over one thousand GOP activists that he’s the man to do that, talking up his electability, which his chief rival, Mitt Romney, has denigrated. “We need a nominee who draws a distinct and clear contrast,” he said.

“This campaign is about freedom,” Perry said, and the rest of the major issues, all important, are secondary to that theme. “The voters are getting the message,” he chuckled. “The voters of New York are sure getting that message,” commenting on Bob Turner’s surprise House victory in the Big Apple. “I just think that’s awesome.”

Perry was welcomed to dais with a rousing standing ovation from nearly the entire room. He bounced from handshake to handshake as he approached the podium, cutting through the crowd with ease in his gray suit and ruby-red tie. Spotting a few tea-party supporters in near the front, he “tipped his hat” to “grassroots activists” and drew roars at numerous junctures, bringing attendees to their feet when he pledged to make President Obama a “one-term president” and dismantle Obamacare.

Before Perry took the stage, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell spoke, praising Perry’s record. In recent years, they both served as the top elected strategists for the Republican Governors Association, with Perry as chairman and McDonnell as vice-chairman. McDonnell, beaming as he looked toward Perry, noted that he was “thrilled” to welcome Perry to the capital. “He’s a man of his word,” he told the crowd.

“Governor Perry brings ten years of experience,” McDonnell continued, listing off Perry’s accomplishments in Austin. “He truly created a marvelous state of opportunity in the state of Texas. He knows the power of the American dream.” He then highlighted Perry’s “humble beginnings,” his “storybook marriage,” and his Air Force service.

The audience was buzzing with the notion of Perry, should he win the nomination, tapping McDonnell as his vice-presidential nominee. Scores of Republicans wore pins emblazoned with “Perry-McDonnell,” and happily mused about the possibility as they munched on barbecue pulled pork.

Tucker Martin, a senior McDonnell adviser, tells NRO that the event should not be interpreted as an endorsement by the Virginia governor, but noted that the pair has a “close and warm friendship.” McDonnell and Perry “text, they talk on the phone, they argue over which state has a better job-creation record,” he says.

And on a lighter note, Martin adds, they also discuss college football — McDonnell, of course, is a die-hard Fighting Irish fan, Perry an Aggies booster. Still, “with the state races his focus at the moment, the governor will not be endorsing a candidate until after the November elections,” he says. “And even that’s a maybe.”

Perry’s campaign team was pleased with the reception. Robert Black, Perry’s spokesman, tells NRO that the governor is eager to make his case in swing states. “He’s going to play in every part of the country,” Black says. “In Virginia, it’s the same as in Texas — it’s about the economy and jobs.” Other candidates, he predicted, “will talk about us,” but as Perry crisscrosses the country, he’ll stick to that message, betting it’ll deflect the potshots.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: captaingardasil; economy; gopprimary; jobs; perry; perry2012; perryforgovernor

1 posted on 09/14/2011 11:24:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; RoosterRedux; jonrick46; deepbluesea; RockinRight; TexMom7; potlatch; ...
Perry Ping....

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2 posted on 09/14/2011 11:26:25 AM PDT 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: shield; All
Perry has huge lead in North Carolina and West Virginia
3 posted on 09/14/2011 11:27:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Doesn’t he have a job to do in Texas? Oh, I forgot, he doesn’t want to “quit” that job because he got “elected to serve out his term” (... spending his time flying around the country???).


4 posted on 09/14/2011 11:28:18 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I like this encouraging news. Put on your asbestes suit.
The nattering nabobs should be here any minute now.
Wish I could hang around but will be checking in.


5 posted on 09/14/2011 11:29:36 AM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I wonder if Perry will now start to don the mantle of "presumptive" nominee..that is..to ignore the attacks of the other GOP candidates, and instead, focus entirely on Obama...Mitt was doing that before Perry got in the race..

Haven't seen too much talk about McDonnell for VP..He's a good guy, I have no problem wih him in that slot..but just to carry Virginia? I think Perry wins it whomever is the VP pick..Not sure if the ticket should be two white guys from the south...I think the VP should come from the MidWest..

6 posted on 09/14/2011 11:32:07 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the EARTH...it's the ONLY planet with CHOCOLATE!!!)
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To: The Bronze Titan

Eat your heart out...when it is necessary he returns...but has hired such outstanding people, he can governor out of the state because of that great team he has in Texas. Oh yes, he returned for the fires. He didn’t have to but did anyway. OH yes, he isn’t a micromanager either. We all know what a poor executive is when they micromanage.


7 posted on 09/14/2011 11:33:37 AM PDT 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

First and foremost, true freedom protects against backdoor deals between elected officials and corporate interests.

Freedom protects against behind the scenes handshakes between Democrats and Republicans.

Let’s stand up for real freedom—be a man and take a stand against crony capitalism.


8 posted on 09/14/2011 11:33:41 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (Governor Palin: "I'm not for sale." It's true. Watch The Undefeated.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
And yet everyone of those Republican activists from Virginia can look across the border at neighboring Maryland imagining it to be run by representatives of the Chinese Communist politboro ~ and having what are considered by Virginians to be PRO SLAVERY human rights policies.

They even passed a law there to give instate tuition to illegal aliens!

They allow refuge cities where the cops are not allowed to turn in the ilelgals.

We call Maryland the People's Republic of Maryland for those among other reasons.

So, you might ask, why would our peeps be applauding Perry?

I know I'm asking that, and I'm going to fire off some letters to my Republican members of the state legislature why they were applauding Perry and his policies.

We sure wouldn't be applauding O'Malley and his running dog lackeys, so why this other guy with the same program?

9 posted on 09/14/2011 11:34:05 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; The Bronze Titan

Ah, the usual suspects begin the sniping.

I’ve never seen Cincinatus’ Wife post something bad about another Republican primary candidate and I’ve never seen Bronze Titan post a positive post about his own.

Guess we know who the adult in the room is.


10 posted on 09/14/2011 11:34:50 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: The Bronze Titan

The Texas Legislature will not meet again (unless a special session is called) until 2013.

If Perry is needed I think he’ll be available. He’s appointed every position in Texas so he’s assembled a good team.

But you are correct, he is the sitting Governor of Texas — all 25,000,000 of us.

God Bless Texas and God Bless Governor Rick Perry and his lovely wife, Anita.


11 posted on 09/14/2011 11:37:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: traderrob6; SwatTeam; All

12 posted on 09/14/2011 11:41:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Amazing....people see him how we know he is...one of us.


13 posted on 09/14/2011 11:42:23 AM PDT 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: The Bronze Titan

“Doesn’t he have a job to do in Texas?”

The legislature isn’t in session, giving Perry little to do that can’t easily be handled by David Dewhurst, our Lieutenant Gov.

He’ll be back when it matters.


14 posted on 09/14/2011 11:42:36 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: ken5050

Or a young, charismatic, Latino from Florida...that my wife swoons over.


15 posted on 09/14/2011 12:08:33 PM PDT by RockinRight (Carter Obama and Reagan the nation!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I wonder how many whiners will be polluting this thread?


16 posted on 09/14/2011 12:19:18 PM PDT by Grunthor (Perry, Cain, Santorum, Gingrich, Romney, Bachmann Pretty much in that order for now.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The words you don't hear at all from Democrats and too rarely from Republicans would be "freedom" and "liberty". I need to start hearing those words a lot more from our candidates, so I'm glad that Perry has uttered the word "freedom". Here's hoping he makes it a habit.
17 posted on 09/14/2011 12:29:02 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Looking forward to kicking Chicago out of Washington.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We’re going to know early who wins the general election. Republicans expect to keep all their red states and with Rick we will see some blue states turn purple and be countable in the end. Don’t like what I am hearing about Pennsylvania jicking around with their electoral vote counting. Something about the congressional district duplicating the senatorial district pattern, and delegating by district majorities. It’s just different and can’t be helpful to our side or they wouldn’t be doing it.

Also, we do need to close crossover voting. Do we have to lose an election because of hijacking opportunities before we get the picture? I need to learn more about that on the caucas thing, etc.


18 posted on 09/14/2011 12:48:29 PM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
-"The Texas Legislature will not meet again (unless a special session is called) until 2013."

Ok, my bad. I thought it was a more demanding job.

19 posted on 09/14/2011 12:52:29 PM PDT by The Bronze Titan
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
>>>>>Before Perry took the stage, Virginia governor Bob McDonnell spoke, praising Perry’s record.

Nice!

20 posted on 09/14/2011 12:54:46 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
-The Texas Legislature will not meet again (unless a special session is called) until 2013.

So your legilsture only meets for six months every two years? No wonder Texas is in such great shape!

21 posted on 09/14/2011 1:20:20 PM PDT by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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I don't trust Perry to effect a significant change in this country's burgeoning bureaucracies. He is not against big government. He does not advocate reducing EPA, Dept of Ed, DOE, IRS or immigration. What about border control and his support of Gore. He is the epitome of a career politician, smile wave yadda yadda. Another useless politician that gets some people excited, especially home staters that root for him like their local sports team. He is the same old stuff, the usual suspects, deja vu, groundhog day. Anyone promoting this guy has been duped, swayed, enamored. He'll be a guest on Dancing w/ stars just to get the mindless votes and with that he can win the presidency of the current and fading United States. Then what he does will be nothing. Like others, he wants the title, not the job.
22 posted on 09/14/2011 1:29:17 PM PDT by existtoexcel
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To: SwatTeam
The nattering nabobs should be here any minute now, convincing me to support Perry.
23 posted on 09/14/2011 1:32:11 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Hugin

It meets for 140 days every 2 years + any special sessions it needs. This year Perry called them back for a special session which made the legislative session a total of 170 days. In two years and they’ll do it again.


24 posted on 09/14/2011 1:35:09 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: The Bronze Titan
Ok, my bad. I thought it was a more demanding job.

A good executive knows how to build a good team, and then he lets them do their jobs. Since the Legislature is not in session, he doesn't have to be there in person to sign legislation - the rest he can do through phones, e-mail, video conferencing, etc.

25 posted on 09/14/2011 2:14:15 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: muawiyah

Have you ever been to Manassas? Sanctuary cities are alive & well in Virginia, too.


26 posted on 09/14/2011 2:18:55 PM PDT by Belle22
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To: existtoexcel
He is not against big government. He does not advocate reducing EPA, Dept of Ed, DOE, IRS or immigration.

He is against big government and that is one of his central messages. He advocates reducing EPA, also on his agenda. The others, I'm not sure. He hasn't addressed them yet to my knowledge.

Stop telling fibs.

27 posted on 09/14/2011 2:58:28 PM PDT by mikhailovich
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To: SwatTeam

Nattering nabobs of negativity think that if they just repeat their talking points long enough and hard enough they’ll win the argument.

Not so. They are NOT winning the argument.


28 posted on 09/14/2011 4:37:41 PM PDT by samtheman (Palin. In your heart you know she's right.)
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To: traderrob6

Your post #10 hits the nail on the head.


29 posted on 09/14/2011 4:40:57 PM PDT by samtheman (Palin. In your heart you know she's right.)
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