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President Perry 2016?
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I voted for Rick Perry in the CPAC presidential straw poll. Few others did. But he’s made a strong conservative name for himself in recent months by holding out against the Medicaid expansion in the great state of Texas, and criticizing fellow Republican governors whom he said have “folded in the face of federal bribery.”

Perry’s campaign for president in 2012 was “a slow-motion train wreck,” but Republicans haven’t written him off for 2016 quite yet. The Lone Star State under his direction is a model of fiscal responsibility, and he’s called for a plan that would change the Texas constitution and allow the state to refund unspent revenues directly to taxpayers.

Gov. Perry is a champion of Second Amendment rights, traditional marriage, and is a harsh critic of entitlement programs. His stance on immigration reform is being adopted by the likes of Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, and his support from Hispanics is much better than most Republicans.

Perry is a weathered veteran of politics. If he runs and wins re-election in 2014, it would be his fourth term as governor. He’s a fifth-generation Texan and a former Air Force pilot. Plus, if he decides to run, we could see more ads like this one.

Paul Kengor
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Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., and senior academic fellow at the Center for Vision & Values. Dr. Kengor is author of over a dozen books, including A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism, and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.
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