I have three reasons you’ll be excited to hear that Rick Perry is running for President. One, Texas. Two, glasses. Three…ummm…there’s definitely a third one but I can’t remember it right now.
It may, in fact, be the endless supply of terrible jokes produced by his first run for President in 2012.
At any rate, Rick Perry is back for a second round and this time he promises not only to do better debate prep, but to inspire hope to believe in and change to count on. He’s going to be compassionate yet tough, informative yet whimsical, intelligent yet accessible. He’s leaving the cowboy boots back in 2012, and embracing the hipster glasses with all his might. And by golly, he’s ready for you to jump on this bandwagon and join him.
Four years after his first presidential campaign was crushed by the weight of his debate gaffe and stump speech mishaps, the governor who spent 14 years presiding over Texas is launching his second bid for the Republican nomination on Thursday.
He’s ditched the signature cowboy boots and added black-rimmed glasses. He’s spent the intervening years recovering from health problems and boning up on policy.
Now, Perry will ask GOP primary voters for a second chance.
He’ll formally launch his campaign for the 2016 Republican nomination at Addison Airport, outside Dallas, in an 11:30 a.m. speech.
But Perry first released a video online early Thursday morning, telling voters “we have the power to make our country new again.”
Rick Perry is a viable candidate in that anyone from Texas has a large enough following to be a viable candiate, but it’s hard to believe that he’s planning a follow-up to his 2012 campaign without a major, demonstrable makeover. The guy did worse, last time around, than Rick Santorum, and Rick Santorum might not even be a real person. The excitement surrounding Perry dissipated faster than a PBR in Austin as Perry made gaffe after gaffe, blaming his problems, like a Hollywood starlet, on heavy painkillers and naivete.
That’s not to say he wasn’t a good governor or that at one time he could have been a contender. It’s just, sometimes you have to admit defeat at your own hands. I’m hoping Perry surprises me, though, because as far as talented legislators go, he’s one of the best. As the US economy tanked, he singlehandedly kept Texas afloat with good policy and better leadership. It’s that Perry that was so sorely missing from the 2012 contest, and the one I hope shows up on the trail this time around.
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