Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a great believer in second chances — and he proved it Thursday when he officially entered the race for President in 2016.
As most voters remember, his first, in 2012, didn’t end very well after he made an embarrassing falter during a debate.
But that was then; this is now. As he told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel a year ago in March, America is a great place for second chances.”
The New York Times, referring to his bid as signaling “a remarkable political comeback,” reported:
Mr. Perry made the announcement on his website and planned a speech later in the day at a small municipal airport here in Addison, a northern suburb of downtown Dallas.
In promoting his political plans, Mr. Perry has cited his 14-year tenure as governor of the nation’s second-most-populous state and a vibrant Texas economy he has called “the envy of the nation.” As he has often pointed out, Texas added 1.8 million private-sector jobs on his watch, from January 2001 to October 2014, although his critics — and some economists — say he is taking too much credit for macro-economic forces, including an oil boom, beyond his control during that time.
He has something else going for him also, which distinguishes him from every other announced candidate save one. The National Journal’s Adam Wollner picked up on it right away:
Rick Perry hopes his military experience will help distinguish him from a crowded GOP field: http://t.co/y3l3JyDk2A
— Adam Wollner (@AdamWollner) June 4, 2015
WFAA-TV’s David Goins offered this glimpse before Perry’s official announcement:
FIRST LOOK: @GovernorPerry for president setup in Addison @wfaachannel8 #potus2016 pic.twitter.com/YVqGcbT2jc
— David Goins (@dgoins) June 4, 2015
Perry’s wife Anita appeared on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday and discussed his flub on the stage three years ago before repeating Perry’s statement to Kimmel.
“America’s a great place for a second chance,” @GovernorPerry‘s wife says of his debate flub. More on his comeback: http://t.co/rliEx1BPw2
— New Day (@NewDay) June 4, 2015
Austin Kellerman, news director at Fox16 News in Little Rock, tweeted:
Rick Perry announces his 2nd presidential run today. His campaign logo has been released #RickPerry pic.twitter.com/0mJHtsZSgC
— Austin Kellerman (@AustinKellerman) June 4, 2015
Conventional wisdom would have it that Perry’s 2016 bid in a crowded GOP field will be just as disastrous as it was in 2012. But as Washington, D.C.-based newsletter editor Matt Yglesias observed, conventional wisdom has a way of turning around and biting you on the backside.
I’ve overestimated Rick Perry in the past, but am undeterred in my belief that the CW is currently underrating him.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 4, 2015
On Wednesday Perry’s campaign released this video, “Where I Come From.”
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