Two things are certain. First, by entering the race, Rick Perry has just shaken up the contest for the Republican nomination for President. Second, with Rick Perry, there really is no middle ground. People either love him or hate him.
What does his entry mean?
For the Tea Party, his entry means a lot.
Many people in this movement argue about Perry. He is certainly a mixed bag. If he is the nominee, he defeats Obama on one single issue: Jobs.
America has been losing jobs, while Texas has been creating them. Jobs will be the central issue of this upcoming election. To update the great quote from Ronald Reagan, “A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose your job. A recovery is when Obama loses his job!”
Rick Perry runs as a conservative and certainly is more conservative than Mitt Romney. Many people believe he is the one candidate who can unite the Tea Party and the establishment. He is certainly not as conservative as Michele Bachmann. Many argue that he is more electable than Michele.
How much Tea Party support does he have? I may have just gotten an early indication. I was invited to speak today at the Moore Tea Party in Pinehurst, NC. It was a fantastic group and they had an amazing attendance for their event, especially considering the heavy thunderstorms that were rolling through the area.
The Moore Tea event had a straw poll. My assumption was Michele Bachmann would walk away with that poll.
Michele Bachmann did not walk away with that poll. Michele Bachmann did not even win that poll. Michele Bachmann was not even close, though she finished second to Rick Perry.
In this straw poll, sponsored by a conservative Tea Party group, Rick Perry got 40% more votes than Michele Bachmann.
What does all of this mean?
First, this is an isolated poll. It is not scientific, as a straw poll is not. The Ames Iowa poll will be more interesting, since for the first time there can be write in candidates. Perry is not on the ballot but can be written in. Ron Paul has bused thousands of his supporters in so he can do what he does best, winning straw polls. If Perry comes in strongly (and strong is something of a relative term here) as a write in, it bodes badly for the other candidates.
The Moore Tea poll is an interesting result, since most people would assume that Bachmann would be the run away winner.
Earlier I opined that Perry’s entry to the race would not pull that much support from Bachmann. That opinion may now be incorrect.
If Perry can pull well in the Tea Party groups, he can draw enough votes to beat alleged front-runner Mitt Romney. Despite the dislike from some in the Tea Party, only a fool would say Perry has no strength. He is a good campaigner, has a very good organization, much of it at the expense of Newt Gingrich and is now a money-raising machine.
There are a lot of questions that need to be asked. With Perry, there are a lot of concerns, including his stance on illegal immigration.
One thing is certain, given his strength as an unannounced candidate, we may have just seen the future Republican nominee enter the race.
Yep, I do.
Go to Bilderberg Group Wikipedia. They give you the "liberal" version thereby not fully explaining what their basic agenda is which is creating a New World Order. The Group gets what they want no matter what they have to do to get it. I firmly believe they are the ones who are covering up Obama and his nonsense with BC and SSN because they wanted him in to get what issues taken care of which they elect to do.
I've read from a number of Texans that they don't care for him at all. He's proposing a superhighway from Canada to Texas. He was a former Democrat. He's got ties with that Group. I think listening to a few Texans might be beneficial. The only thing I see good about him is that he LOOKS presidential and a good commentator.
Texas Republican Group Sends Out Warning on Rick Perry
• Posted by John Gaver on August 13, 2011 at 12:47pm in Tea Party Nation Forum
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