Friday, 2 September 2011
The GOP primary has heated up since the announcement that the Governor of Texas; Rick Perry finally ended speculation on the 13th August 2011, in South Carolina, and officially announced his candidacy for President. In his speech that evening he said: “It’s time to get America working again… The change we seek will never emanate out of Washington, D.C. It will come from the windswept prairies of Middle America, the farms and factories across this great land, from the hearts and minds of the goodhearted Americans who will accept not a future that is less than our past…patriots who will not be consigned to a fate of less freedom in exchange for more government. We do not have to accept our current circumstances. We will change them. We are Americans.””
Governor Perry, a tremendously popular man in the ‘The Lone Star State’ was pushed into entering the race mainly by his wife and a persistent Political Action Committee, www.draftperry2012.com who spent months lobbying him to take the plunge. You can learn more about him and his campaign at www.rickperry.org.
For months many people have been disappointed with the current crop of GOP candidates and many people are trying to push for more to come in. With the introduction of Perry, the whole race has been turned upside down. After the GOP Presidential Debate and Iowa Straw Caucus, Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race and Michelle Bachman raised her profile even further with a victory. Candidates on the periphery managed to keep their campaigns on track but there was no outstanding candidate. Mitt Romney was the front runner and looking sweet, in spite of his HealthCare issues. However with Perry in the race, it has magnified the race somewhat.
If you look at the latest Rasmussen Reports poll: Perry 29%, Romney 18%, Bachmann 13% this clearly shows that Perry is the front runner.
Whilst Perry is a formidable candidate, it’s way too early to suggest that he is ‘the man’. There are many months to go before the primaries start in February 2012 and who knows what could be unearthed by then. Remember in 2008, Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani were flying the polls in August / September and look at how that helped them.
What we do know is that Perry can champion a pro-growth agenda with fundamental lowering of taxes and spending. Since June 2009, more than 40 percent of all net new jobs in America have been created in Texas under his watch. That is an amazing record to champion and he certainly has the charisma to illustrate his record. Incidentally, he is a big supporter of Israel. Recently, Glenn Beck held an event called “Restoring Courage” in Israel. Many Governors endorsed or stayed away but Governor Perry sent this letter of endorsement for the event.
Unless Governor Chris Christie (New Jersey) jumps into the race, which I highly doubt, then it would appear that these are the two heavyweights.
Yes, Michelle Bachman has a large following but her unfavourable ratings amongst independents are high, not to mention Sarah Palin, who on September 6th is due to make a major announcement regarding her ambitions.
Many people believe that she shouldn’t run, I am part of that crowd; however it wouldn’t suprise me if she did take the plunge. What will that do the race if she does enter? It will cement Michelle Bachman into third place, she will have to spend needless capital trying to distance herself from Palin, rather than gunning for 1st place. Palin matches up the worst against Obama than any other top tier candidate, purely because the independents and moderate Democrats can’t see themselves working for her. What Sarah Palin needs is, time in office. Since she left Alaska, she has written two books and is a FOX News contributor, she has made an enormous amount of money, but her stature has lessend somewhat. She has taken her eye of the ball and has focused on the media rather than America.
If Romney or Perry, become President, she should get a role in the cabinet as energy secretary; her remit would be to move America to energy independence. She did a great job in Alaska in taking on ‘Big Oil’ and I feel if American’s see what good work she’s does in Government, then attitudes will change down the line.
So let’s presume that it is Romney vs. Perry, what are their tactics going to be?
For Perry, it will be the fact that Romney signed a HealthCare bill when he was Governor of Massachusetts. Obama used that as the guideline to the now infamous ObamaCare legislation. Perry will go on and on about the bill and just remind people and Romney about that bill. He will say that he was a one term governor who doesn’t really have what it takes to lead and he will mention that Romney recently praised ‘HillaryCare’. He will also mention that he is the one that has created the environment which created 40% of all jobs in America. He will say he did that through, Lowering Taxes, cutting spending and general revenue and making life easier for businesses large and small to prosper even in this economy with Obama.
For Romney, it is evident what he will do; he will champion his business experience, how he saves businesses from ruin and make them profitable, how he saved the 2002 Olympics, he will champion that the fact that he knows what it is like in the business world and what pracital things are needed to get them growing again and dealing with real people. He will bite against Perry, who he calls a ‘career politician’ who doesn’t have experience in business.
They’re both compelling arguments and time will only tell as to who can come out on top. It is clear though that America needs a President that is focused on making sure that the economy is growing, ending the uncertainty on regulation and taxes. America needs some common sense straight talk, an end to Teleprompters, smoke and mirrors and brinkmanship.
Rudy Giuliani said it best: “how can you ask someone to draw up a budget for the country, when he has never done a budget before in his life”. The Obama experiment has failed and the fact that he is announcing his ‘Jobs Plan’ for the country, in September 2011 when he was elected in November 2008, just proves how clueless he really is. The Obama Administration even indicated that the unemployment rate will stay at 9% into 2012, election year. I believe that when he says that, he is saying to every American, "tighten your belt for another year cause I ain’t gotta clue as to how to solve this problem".
This election is very much the GOP’s to lose.