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.
Give me Jim Demint and Michelle Bachmann for the ticket and lets take obama and the crooks in washington out of office
We know who has been loyal when no one was looking...these two are my choices and through in palin for sec of state and paul for sec of treasury...its time to come together and fix this nation and take it back from the the theives
Thank you Joan. I appreciate this information. We really need to be aware of what our leaders are up to and things like this that some are involved in.
I found that Rick Perry also is closely associated with Muslims in Texas. Check out this article:
"Rick Perry: The pro-Shariah candidate? The Texas governor's surprisingly warm relationship with the Muslim community."
Thanks for the reference to participants, Iowa Alan.
Quite a number of notable people. Some of the greatest people of our time!
This is way too polarized. Those who hope for change just to defeat Obama are no better than the liberal zombies that affected the conservative defeat and had chills running up their legs while their eyes glazed over.
Do your homework and unite for a conservative, God fearing constitutionalist. Our forefathers prayed and gave honor to the Lord. They asked for blessings for this country to be His. And so can I, so can you, so can we.
Pray about it in your prayer closet, just you and God. God is in control and He will allow people their folly as in Saul vs David. But right and truth will prevail.
Pray the scales off eyes so that eyes can see and ears can hear. And pray for our leaders to be His and fulfill their roles in His plan.
Interesting news about Rick Perry...