Perry Tests the Waters

Will he or won't he? Some aides to Texas Governor Rick Perry say that chances are 50-50 that he will enter the race to become the Republican nominee for president. Pat Hernandez talked to one Texas lawmaker and a couple of political pundits who say…he could.

Apparently, the name Rick Perry seems to generate excitement in Republican circles. His reception at various speeches and GOP functions have also indicated that many would like to see him consider a bid for the White House.

During a conference call with Texas senator John Cornyn, reporters asked him what he thought.

“I am not taking sides in the contested presidential primary. I’ve got enough on my plate already. I would say that if Governor Perry decides to run for president this is probably the best opportunity that he would ever have, while people are sill looking for a Republican nominee for president.”

Cornyn says Perry can take into a campaign his credentials of leading Texas for the past decade, bringing business and helping mostly avoid the nationwide recession.

Dick Murray teaches political science at the UH. He thinks Governor Perry is having a lot of fun on his non-presidential swing through the country, teasing the media.

“My guess is he probably doesn’t end up doing it, but that he will probably keep this stance going for a few more weeks, because it raises his national visibility, and does improve his real chances of being on the presidential ticket as the vice presidential choice next year.”

Bill Miller is a political consultant in Austin. He thinks Perry is testing the waters with his pre-presidential run tour.

“I believe he’s gonna run, and I think he’s just out there sort of warming the audience up, and letting people tell him how much they need him or want him, or how great a president he’d be.”

Miler adds though that running a presidential campaign is a lot different and harder than running for any other office.

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