TEXAS GOVERNOR RAMPS UP PRESIDENTIAL SPECULATION
By FITSNEWS || Texas Governor Rick Perry stopped short of announcing his 2016 presidential candidacy during a Veterans Day swing through early-voting South Carolina – but he did promise Palmetto State residents they would be seeing more of him in the months to come.
“I’ve got about sixty more days of being the governor of the state of Texas and then I’m going to do something different,” Perry told attendees at a luncheon sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “You’ll see me again.”
Really? South Carolina saw plenty of Perry during the last presidential primary – and like the rest of the country, didn’t like what it saw.
After being anointed as the GOP frontrunner upon his entry into the 2012 race, Perry abandoned his White House bid prior to the “First in the South” presidential primary election – endorsing the candidacy of liberal “Republican” Newt Gingrich.
What’s different about Perry this go-round?
Well, he’s made headlines for his “tough guy” approach to dealing with the issue of illegal immigration (which we suspect South Carolina voters will like) – but he’s also been at the heart of a major scandal associated with his rampant crony capitalism (which we suspect they won’t like).
Perry isn’t the only Texan eyeing the GOP presidential nomination. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz – who was in South Carolina last month – is also likely to jump into the fray.
Who else is running (or thinking about it)?
Dozens of people. The names most prominently mentioned include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (the GOP establishment frontrunners), U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Cruz, Marco Rubio (favorites of the limited government wing of the party), former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (the top choices of social conservative “Republicans”).
Other would-be candidates include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Oh, and let’s not forget South Carolina’s own Lindsey Graham and his “white men in male only clubs” candidacy.
@fitsnews And he will see SC, cause he has such nice new glasses.
— Inez Russell Gomez (@inezrussell) November 12, 2014