After RealClearPolitics firstÂ reported last month that aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry have been putting out feelers for a presidential bid, many pundits dismissed the prospects of Perry following through, noting that his top political aides were already working for Newt Gingrich’s campaign.
Those aides have now resigned from Gingrich’s presidential effort, and Perry has admitted publicly that he is actively considering a White House run.
And in an election that is almost certain to hinge on the economy, Perry is well-positioned to tout his record on creating jobs and keeping taxes low.
“Rick Perry really has a compelling story, because at the end of the day, the U.S. economy is not going to improve, and his record as Texas governor is basically among the best in the nation among chief executives,” Republican strategist Ford O’Connell told RCP. “The key for Perry, if he should enter the race, is not to be a flamethrower but more of a refined candidate who demonstrates message discipline.”
Perry’s candidacy could return the focus of the GOP primaries back to Iowa and South Carolina at a time when New Hampshire has been getting the most attention from the establishment-aligned candidates.