Texas Governor Rick Perry seems to be open to running in 2016 despite the world-famous crash and burn campaign he ran in 2012. Perry became famous in the debate spotlight when he forgot part of his answer for which of three government agencies he’d eliminate if president. However, Perry has a stellar record in his home state and renewed support from social conservatives after signing one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Recently Perry stated he will not seek re-election to the his current position.
Report from the Huffington Post:
Perry’s decision to depart the Governor’s Mansion in Texas has not eliminated speculation about his political future, however. While Perry’s ill-fated 2012 presidential campaign will go down in the history books as a good example of an epic failure, this has not completely discouraged Governor Perry and his supporters. Hope springs eternal in the politics business and Perry cited the example of a man from a place called Hope in a recent interview with Dan Balz in the Washington Post. When asked about his chances in a future election, Perry stated the following.
Toward the end of our interview, I asked him how his lousy introduction to the national stage would affect his chances if he were to run again. His response: “You mean in the way Bill Clinton’s introduction was bad?” He was referring to Clinton’s famous and interminable nomination speech for Michael S. Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. I noted that Clinton’s moment was one address (however bad) at someone else’s convention, as opposed to a series of weak performances in debates by a declared presidential candidate. “Listen,” he said. “America’s been a country of second choices.” Did he mean second choices or second chances? “Both,” he said.
Now that’s a response that shows Perry still has some serious … hope.
Perry has said he would run a 2016 campaign much differently than his 2012 campaign.
If Perry does run for president in 2016, one of the things that Perry says he would do differently is to not have back surgery a couple of months before entering the presidential campaign. He also says one should start a presidential campaign earlier in the election cycle than he did in 2012. Those aren’t bad ideas. They certainly can’t hurt.
Is America ready for another Texas Governor in the Oval Office?