Perry Vs. Perry: Arguing with Myself

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Is Rick Perry the GOP's Best Hope in 2012?

Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief.

For months I have struggled with the list of candidates that were campaigning for the GOP nomination.  One of the key issues in 2012 will be Obamacare and since that program was based significantly on the work of Mitt Romney, he will be impotent in taking on the President in one of the most important issues.  There are various members from the House who have levels of merit, but are running from a position that is impossible to lead to a White House victory.  James Garfield was the one and only House member to win the White House.  I simply do not see that happening again any time soon.  There are also other candidates that carry particular strengths, but in the end you have to doubt their ability to really catch on.

I live in Texas and have experienced ten years with Rick Perry as governor.  I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly and have had tremendous anxiety over a possible Perry run.  On the other hand, he may be the only Republican interested in the job that can win.  With that, US Daily Review is offering the following debate on Perry vs. Perry. I am taking the interesting position of defending both views.

The Case against Rick Perry

Many have been arguing that the debate platforms we have been seeing have been missing someone or something. Many believe the race needs an answer to Mitt Romney, according to many conservatives The popular answer to Romney, we are told, might be Rick Perry, the governor of the great state of Texas.  Perry has Sarah Palin rhetoric, a certain amount of charisma, and a wide open field to take advantage.  On paper, he looks like the answer to the conservative wing of the Republican Party.  A more serious examination, however, will find many issues that conservatives will struggle with when it comes to Perry.  His franchise tax has haunted him ever since it became a law.  That bill put a tax on items and services that companies had to pay just in order to stay in business.  For example, if a doctor needed a new technology, he would be subject to a tax on it, even though the federal government would treat it as a right off.  Essentially it is “taxation without representation” of money actually earned.  Then there was his pursuit of a Trans-Texas Corridor, a super highway that would undermine property rights and confiscate the dollars of drivers.  Finally, pro-family conservatives in Texas were unhappy with Governor Perry’s efforts to try to force teenage girls to get a vaccine for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease.  These are issues that have haunted the Texas governor and would certainly follow Perry as a presidential candidate as well.  Perry has great rhetoric, but not the record to match.  Conservatives may have to look elsewhere for an answer to Mitt Romney.

The Case for Rick Perry

Rick Perry is one of the only politicians to have embraced the Tea Party early and entirely.  While other politicians tried to maintain a distance, Perry was actually involved in strategy meetings for the movement early on.  Although his vaccine for HPV program was a disaster, he still has one of the strongest pro-family records and rhetoric of any candidate in the race for the White House.  The conservative movement has been looking for a “three legged stool Reagan conservative” (social, defense, and economic) for years and on paper, Perry fits that bill better than any GOP nominee since the Gipper himself.  Like Reagan, Perry is a former Democrat who saw his party leave him. Becoming a Republican only made sense.  Most of the candidates on the GOP side take almost a professorial tone in the way they talk about the country and its future.  Perry has a “role up your sleeves” demeanor and seems very impatient when it comes to those who want to talk when our nation is in such desperate need for action.  Perry and his team also realize that his pro-family rhetoric may not be widely received in northern states around the country.  However, his view and experience when it comes to job creation should resonate.  He is, wisely, focusing almost entirely on the economy in all of his stump speeches.  According to economists, anywhere from one-third to one-half of all jobs created in the country were in Texas over the last two years.  Meanwhile, Obama is overseeing the worst economy since the Great Depression. Perry could be the perfect candidate for times such as this.  Finally, Obama was the first sitting US Senator to be elected to the White House since John F. Kennedy. Governors have been one of the strongest place to find a president, which is another reason Perry could be quite strong.


Many have been waiting for the right person to arise for this, the most important job in the country and at the most important moment in history.  They have looked at the lot the GOP has to offer and it is simply incomplete and inadequate.  At this late point, the reader has to ask if there is anyone who could come on the scene who can challenge Obama like Rick Perry.  If you believe Obama “must go.”  The choice for who to support is likely to become simple.

  • Gary Young

    I think Perry would be as good as or better than any of the other choices. I also think that most of the candidates can beat Obama. He is not salvageable in my opinion. What concerns me is who can have the big enough coat tails to win back the senate. I can name a long list of why Romney is not the conservative we want, but there are a bunch of undecided who I think will rally around him. But I am like you Kevin. Every day I am changing my mind on this one. Can Perry be the “Great Communicator”?

  • Donald Borsch Jr

    In the interest of presenting the “dark side” to Rick Perry, allow me to offer these following articles. I’m neither pro-Perry or anti-Perry, but I’m more interested in looking at all angles.

    Please to enjoy.


    Again, please note these are merely observations, and not accusations. I have no beef with Rick Perry.

  • Donald Borsch Jr

    Ooops, I gave two of the same article.

    Here’s the correction:

    My apologies!

  • Corie Whalen

    I think you forgot to mention Perry’s two biggest liabilities, IMO. His support for TARP, and his corporatist initiatives (which were detailed in the Wall Street Journal:

  • Keith D. Rodebush

    I am beginning to form an opinion that there just simply isn’t a ‘True Patriot’ that is politically connected enough to run and win the Presidency. That leaves us always with the lesser of the evils. Consider this; what if we elected an ‘actor’ who pretended to be a Tea Party partisan through and through? If said person found it to be politically viable to continue the charade, they would. Now, if we take the Senate and hopefully replace a few RINO’s in the process, all we really need is a ‘cheerleader’ who will sign the bills. Just sign the bill, smile and go make a speech about how great America is. Thank you, sir, you may golf now.

  • Donald Borsch Jr

    You said:
    “That leaves us always with the lesser of the evils.”
    Indeed it does. As a third-party kinda guy, I face this dilemma more often than not in every Presidential election I have participated in.

    It is a travesty, a raging shame, that as the citizens of the greatest nation on earth, our choice every four years comes down to voting for the ‘lesser of the two evils’. This stranglehold that The Big Two have on the American voter needs to be broken and with the quickness.

    We are better than this, and we are smarter than this. We deserve better than the same old, same old of the tedious and tired politics of two parties that treat us, as Americans, like the spoils of their age-old war.

    People lament a conservative third party because they feel it will steal votes form their GOP, thus giving the Dems a certain victory. Hey, GOP beltway sycophants, if your product was the best around, you wouldn’t be scared of a new dealer moving into town, now would you? Exactly. You’re not worried that “your votes” would be stolen. You’re worried that the GOP would lose support and would collapse under its own failings to properly represent conservative government, once your “members” left for true and proper conservative governance.

    Like I said, tedious.

  • Ken Faulkenberry

    I too live in Texas and did not vote for Perry for Governor (voted Libertarian). I have come to the conclusion there is no perfect candidate and will most likely support Perry for Presidest because we MUST make Obama a one term President for the good of America.

  • Wendall Hall

    One of the most honest and most realistic endorsements I have seen for Perry. I will be sharing this with others.

  • Peter Young

    I disagree. The era of holding one’s nose needs to be over. We have to draw a line some where.

  • Don Robinson

    This article failed to bring out the stench just touched on by Michelle Bachmann at the last debate. The Dallas Morning News posted an article regarding a list of high flying wealthy Texans that donated to Perry’s campaign. After such donations each one received as much as 10-20 times more in Texas State benefits for such donations. Perry wasn’t honest in his last debate either. He confronted Ms. Bachmann that he was offended that she would think he could be bought for $5,000. Now we find that $5,000 was more like 28,000 on surface. She had the guts to bring it open, and Perry is bought and paid for by Charles Tate, James Leininger, Phil Adams, William McMinn,Charles Miller, David Nance,John McHale, Charles Amato. These folks made millions on grants given me from the Texas government for contributing to Rick Perry’s Texas campaign. I’m sorry Bachmann was right on Merkl.

    Be frankly honest, there’s no difference between Obama and Perry. Voting a conservative messiah or a liberal one the same result will happen.
    America losses.

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  • Chakam

    After last night’s debacle and that uncomfortable “deer-in-the-headlights-look”, I nominate Perry to be Obama’s new speech writer.

    Oh yes.