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.
I wouldn't think a RINO would implement Tort Reform, Loser Pays lawsuits, welfare reform, jobs, not taking obama's stimulus, joined in with the suit against ObamaCare, cut business taxes, pro drilling, pro clean coal and natural gas, wants to drill in ANWAR, off-shore drilling and the drilling in the oil sands in Colorado, arresting illegals and NOT calling ICE, against amnesty, hamper the TSA on fondling. Strict Constitutionalist, for American Exceptionalism, wants smaller government, less taxes nationally, get rid of thousands of regulations, anti-Union, reform the EPA and remove the power they should not have, is for a flat tax to encompass more of the population, pro-life has big Tea Party support…just to mention a few.
You can speak for me anytime. You are right on! Just one addition: Who has allowed Agenda 21 legislation in their state/city/county? It has been re-named several times and is tree-root like in structure, so it is hard to find and track.
Dennis, Thank you for the insightful article. We all have those questions and as yet, I have NOT heard
Michelle B. answer one of them. I do appreciate her moral stance on the principles of the constitution, but
a leader of the free world needs leaderships skills. I've listened to Herman Cain and any questions posed to
him he will look you directly in the eye and give you an honest answer! NOT the usual spin that never
answers what you ask. I've seen Michelle do this with perfection.
Herman Cain publishes his phone # on his "Common Sense Solutions, The People's platform. His phone
# is: 678-601-2772. His mailing address is PO Box 2158, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281.
The second worst bill ever passed in America was SSI,The first was Obama Care,At least Rick Perry has the corage to call SSI a bankrupt ponzi scheme, This one reason alone is a good reason to support Perry. America needs to both repeal Obama Care and privatize SSI.