Texas Gov. Perry announced his support for Giuliani at a press conference in Washington this morning, before they took the stage the Club for Growth conference.
Perry emphasized that he supported Giuliani because he was a proven leader who got results in New York City on crime, taxes, and spending restraint, and would be the best candidate to fight terrorism and handle crises. In a jab at his former fellow Gov. Mitt Romney, Perry said Giuliani would “act against threats, without dialing up a lawyer first.”
Asked how he reconciled his support for Giuliani with their disagreements on social issues, Perry said, “When I go to buy a pickup truck and it’s got one option on it that I’m not particularly fond of…I don’t discard that pickup truck. I’m looking for results.”
He also said he was reassured by Giuliani’s comittment to appointing strict constructionist judges. He said he “looked him in the eyes” and has “taken the measure of the man.”
Meanwhile Erik at RedState notes Perry’s controversial executive order requiring all school age girls to get the HPV vaccine, and warns Rudy against touting the endorsement to evangelicals.
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