Tag: Rick Perry

Governor Perry and the Great Economic Debate

Last night’s debate on Bloomberg TV focused on the US economy. This was a good choice by debate sponsors, because the American people are focused on the economy out of self-defense. The abject failure of President Obama and his gaggle of academic charlatans and Wall Street Wonderboys to grasp even the basics of business, is no surprise to economic conservatives. If one is overly kind, one could call the state of our current economy “iffy”. For that reason alone, people are ready to hear Republican ideas to repair the economy.

The debate was an opportunity for Republican presidential candidates to discuss their thoughts on the economy in more detail than other formats have allowed. Many of them, including Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney made good use of the format. Others did not do as well.

Texas Governor Rick Perry didn’t lose the economics debate last night, but it may eventually cost him the nomination anyway. Perry needed a reversal in direction for his campaign and his lackluster performance did not do that. He will continue to slide in the polls because he gave no reason for the slide to stop.

Perry is right, of course, on his statements about the necessity to utilize our natural resources to save the economy. He mentioned it several times but never ventured beyond the painfully obvious. Simply put, Perry never connected the dots. There was no analysis; no linking of job production outside of the energy sector; and most importantly to his campaign, no burning reason why voters should stick with the Perry bandwagon.

Perry could have easily pointed out that we need relatively inexpensive energy to increase production of both goods and jobs. Less expensive goods – and lower transportation costs – means more exports in all sectors, which means more jobs. Less expensive products are more affordable to America’s middle class. Common sense, increased energy production lowers fuel prices; a large benefit to rural families devastated by this stubborn recession. All of this could have easily been tied to the Texas Governor’s ideas on energy and jobs. Perry failed to explain how that would work.

A good staff would have updated Governor Perry on the cost of energy in New Hampshire and the estimated cost increase due to the EPA’s recent regulation change that affects coal-fired energy plants. Perry could have pointed out that, under his leadership, Texas has sued the EPA because of that changed regulation. Not only would this have offered a specific example of how a Perry presidency would differ from the Obama Administration, it would have allowed Perry to rise above the other participants by targeting President Obama and the Democrats.

Resurrecting the energy sector is a conservative and a populist position that will attract many independents. Strategically, it’s a good position for Perry if he can articulate it with passion. But beyond energy policy, Perry appeared without ideas; only able to point out the many jobs that were created in Texas during his administration. The problem for Perry is that he doesn’t tie that job creation to his policies as governor.

Perry did say that his economic plan would be available within three days, but that may be three days too late to save his chances for the nomination. Arriving on the GOP scene late allowed Perry to shoot to the top of the polls, because many Republicans were not satisfied with the announced candidates. Arriving on the GOP scene late without a plan caused Perry to fall in the polls because many Republicans were not satisfied with his answers. Last night did not resolve that problem.

When all was said and done, Perry did not do badly, but he also did not do enough to prop up his campaign. He, along with the rest of the field, have a few short months before the first primary. In the meantime, Governor Perry’s campaign may not be on life-support, but it’s in serious condition. First, he must first stop the bleeding and then his campaign must make a dramatic recovery. Like the state of our current economy; though, it certainly looks iffy.

Florida Straw Poll Makes Room For A Georgian’s Path To Republican Nomination?

Today’s Courier Herald Column:

Last Saturday, the Florida Republican Party held their Presidency 5 Convention and corresponding straw poll for President. Georgia’s Herman Cain won a strong 37.1 percent of the vote, dusting the “top tier” candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney who managed support from 15.4 percent and 14 percent of the delegates, respectively.

Straw polls generally provide more fodder for pundits and campaigns than for serious analysis of campaign trends, but there are occasional exceptions. Presidency 5 claims to have predicted the Republican nominee since its inception in 1979. Delegates are selected at the county party level and must pay a $175 registration fee to attend.

The selection process is unlike the Ames Iowa straw poll where anyone who shows up with $30 – their money or from a candidate buying votes – can cast a ballot. Michele Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll handily, and was briefly considered by some to be a front runner. She finished 8th at the Florida gathering, with only 1.5% of votes cast. Read more

Rick Perry to speak at GPPF policy briefing on Friday

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a leading contender for the Republican nomination for president, will speak at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation‘s annual policy briefing on Friday:

Governor Rick Perry of Texas is among the speakers who will address attendees of the second annual Georgia Legislative Briefing on Friday at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.

Governor Perry’s topic is, “Taxes, Torts and Texas: The Key Policies Supporting the Growing Texas Economy.” The Georgia Public Policy Foundation has highlighted the tax, tort and criminal justice reforms in Texas and invited a panel of Texas criminal justice experts to the first annual Legislative Policy Briefing last year.

The Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s annual Legislative Policy Briefing, hosted in partnership with the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute, is modeled after the annual briefings by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a sister think tank.

More information about the briefing is available here. You can register for the event here, but keep in mind that the deadline is tomorrow.

Perry leads among Georgia voters

WSB-TV and Insider Advantage have released a new poll showing that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the frontrunner among Georgia Republicans (though they included Sarah Palin, who has not determined her plans for 2012):

  • Rick Perry: 24%
  • Herman Cain: 15%
  • Newt Gingrich: 9%
  • Michele Bachmann: 8%
  • Sarah Palin: 8%
  • Mitt Romney: 6%
  • Ron Paul: 5%
  • Jon Huntsman: 1%
  • Other: 4%
  • No opinion/Undecided: 20%

Perry has come on strong since entering the race last weekend. The latest Rasmussen poll shows him with an 11 point lead over Romney, who had been viewed as a shaky frontrunner. Bachmann is part of the narrative, but Perry has stolen her thunder.

It’s essentially a three way race, but I wouldn’t hand Perry the nomination yet. Sean Trende at Real Clear Politics laid out a stellar case earlier this week that a prolonged race plays better for Romney.

Rick Perry begins hiring campaign staff in Georgia UPDATE: Vaughan denies

Via The Beacon, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is laying the groundwork for his looming entrance in the race for the Republican presidential nomination:

Perry’s camp has just hired Elizabeth Vaughan to run their Georgia campaign. Vaughan was most recently statewide campaign manager for Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black, who swamped his Democrat opponent to capture the constitutional office from Democrat control. Vaughan is said to be one of several former key Newt Gingrich for President staffers who have abandoned their former boss to join the Perry campaign.

Perry insiders say their candidate will formally announce his bid in late June, and will visit Georgia in early July, right after former MN. Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Peach State jaunt.

Perry’s new hires have reportedly convinced him their campaign can carry Georgia and sweep the southern primary states, including winning the all important South Carolina primary. Sen. John McCain won the South Carolina GOP primary 2008, by defeating Mike Huckabee, after Mitt Romney withdrew his resources from the state late in the game. The showdown win propelled McCain to the nomination.

After last night’s debate, who can blame him for getting in the race? The field is terrible.

[UPDATE] I’ve gotten a couple of e-mails challenging this report from The Beacon, so you may want to take it with a grain of salt.

[UPDATE II] Elizabeth Vaughan denies The Beacon‘s report. So, that ends that.

Was The Name Of Gingrich’s Cruise Ship The Titanic?

Today’s Courier Herald Column:

Newt Gingrich returned from his summer vacation cruise to find that almost his entire campaign staff had resigned, including his Georgia headquarters team and his frontline personnel in Iowa. It was yet another blow, perhaps a terminal one, to a campaign that has not caught a positive break since it began at the Georgia Republican convention less than one month ago.

Gingrich managed to stop the public hemorrhaging by lowering his profile and getting out of the country for more than half his official time as a candidate. His decision to seek sun and solitude instead of doubling down on lackluster fundraising efforts is being frequently cited as a key source of frustration that motivated the staff exodus.

For his part, Gingrich says his campaign will begin anew this weekend in Los Angeles and that he will appear in a debate in New Hampshire on Monday. Georgia and national pundits, however, have already written an obituary for Gingrich 2012. Gingrich and his remaining supporters may find solace in the 2008 campaign of John McCain, also written off as viable when he had to slash most staff and traveled to and from events solo, flying coach.

For now, however, Gingrich’s severe troubles are presenting opportunities for other candidates. Read more