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August 13, 2011

Rick Perry joins the GOP fray: ‘This is gonna be a fun ride!’

August 13, 2011 |

“This,” Rick Perry told me as he took the stage to launch his presidential campaign, “is gonna be a fun ride!”

Then the three-term conservative governor of Texas was bounding onto the stage, saying, “Let’s get this thing started.” He told the RedState Gathering, an enthusiastic crowd of conservative writers, and a national TV audience:

It is time for Americans to believe again, to believe that the promise of our future is far greater than even the best days of our past. It is time to believe again in the potential of private enterprise, set free from the shackles of an overbearing federal government.

And it is time to truly restore our standing in the world and renew our faith in freedom as the best hope of peace in a world beset with strife.

The crowd stood, chanting, “Perry! Perry! Perry!”

“America is not broken,” Perry exhorted, “Washington, D.C., is broken.”

They didn’t need no schtinking straw vote in Charleston on Saturday afternoon. Perry becomes the ninth candidate seeking the Republican presidential nomination in Tampa next year.

Given his executive record of tax-cutting, his undefeated record as a statewide candidate in the nation’s second-largest state, his fundraising prowess and the lingering thirst among many GOP members for a charismatic, true conservative, Perry immediately joins the top tier.

He immediately flew off to New Hampshire to Pamela Tucker’s home for the kind of living room politics beloved in the Granite State, home of the first primary next winter.

On Sunday, Perry will speak at a Lincoln dinner in Waterloo, Iowa, before returning to New Hampshire next week.

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