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GOP hopeful RICK PERRY’S passion, impressive record in Texas making Dems nervous

August 18, 2011

GOP hopeful Rick Perry’s passion, impressive record in Texas making Dems nervous

ANDREA TANTAROS

Thursday, August 18th 2011

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GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry brings the passion that many, even those on the left, say President Obama has lost, writes Andrea Tantaros.

“Don’t mess with Texas,” the famous saying goes. And from the looks of it, the warning could well come to summarize the 2012 presidential campaign. Only days after officially jumping in the race for the White House, GOP candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry has rattled the usually cool President Obama, prompting him to go on the offensive and acknowledge his opponent, a very unusual move for a sitting President when the election is well over a year away.

Obama lectured Perry during an appearance on CNN after Perry took aim at Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke. The governor said Bernanke would be treated “pretty ugly” in Texas if he were to print more currency. And then, dialing it up even more, he called Bernanke’s handling of the recession “almost treasonous.”

In a hardly disguised effort to demean the Texas governor, Obama took some jabs of his own: “Mr. Perry just got into the presidential race. I think that everybody who runs for President, it probably takes them a little bit of time before they start realizing that this isn’t like running for governor or running for senator or running for Congress, and you’ve got to be a little more careful about what you say. But I’ll cut him some slack. He’s only been at it for a few days now.”

But although, true enough, it has been only a few days, Perry could be the President’s biggest political nightmare.

Perry brings the passion that many, even those on the left, say Obama has lost. He echoes the anger of the electorate and the exasperation with Washington that Americans increasingly espouse. Plus, he has the benefit of running as an outsider at a time when insiders are despised and distrusted. His impressive record of job creation in the Lone Star State offers a sharp and powerful contrast, serving as his most powerful weapon against a President who has failed to revive the sputtering economy and spur employment. While the rest of the country is struggling, Perry has created a climate in Texas that is favorable to business and unfriendly to regulations and high taxes. Accordingly, the state is thriving.

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