Rick Perry—Another Texas Governor for Amnesty…(Of Course He Is!…)
By Washington Watcher
August 10, 2011
Texas governor Rick Perry is expected on Saturday to announce that he will be a candidate for the GOP nomination for President.
Perry is a ten-year Texas governor, but he was recruited for the GOP by Karl Rove only in 1989—remarkably, he served as Texas chairman of Al Gore’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination as recently as 1988. (Michael Dukakis won.)
A big question among the chattering class: will Perry remind voters too much of Bush. With the Tea Party Republicans, and the majority of Americans not eager to repeat the Bush presidency, there needs to be some difference between the two.
Well, there are some differences between the two. Bush was a New England transplant to Texas of blue blood roots, while Perry is a native Texan with some blue collar roots. Bush qualified his conservatism with the “compassionate” prefix, while Rick Perry has implicitly criticized the label by calling himself an unapologetic conservative. Evidently, there is bad blood between the Bushes and Perry.
According to the New York Times, “On government spending, immigration and education, Mr. Perry’s criticisms of Mr. Bush have given him cachet with conservatives, especially with Tea Party voters.” [Perry Breaks with Fellow Texan: Bush, By Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, July 5, 2011]
In the Huffington Post, Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto argues that “The most striking difference between Perry and Bush is their relationship with Latinos”. According to DeFrancesco Soto, Bush has “Latino Love,” which Perry lacks. She explains “The key difference between Bush and Perry when it comes to the Latino population is in their immigration and Latino policy related stances.” [Latino Love: Bush v. Perry, June 10, 2011]