Rick Perry will run for President to prove he’s not Bush

Cross-posted from Washington Times Communities:

Fox News announced that Rick Perry will jump into the GOP race on August 13, 2011 at RedState’s Gathering in South Carolina.

Carl Cameron of Fox News confirmed Perry’s announcement:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make “a definitive announcement that he is in the 2012 race for the presidency Saturday,” aides told Fox News.

In a time where America needs real leadership, voters want a candidate who can lead, balance the budget, preserve America’s Judeo-Christian principles, reform Washington, and maintain unwavering love for this great nation.

Thus far, President Obama has failed to deliver as Commander-in-Chief on all accounts.

Notable failures include the 800-billion dollar ‘stimulus’ package, Cash for Clunkers program, ObamaCare, continuing resolutions, surging unemployment, a fourth war in Libya, and the recent downgrade of our credit from AAA to AA+.

If Obama wins a second term, Americans can expect more failed policies, exorbitant taxes, and no prospect of economic recovery.

Come 2012, who will lead us in the right direction?

Michael Reagan is confident that someone Reaganesque will run for president. He believes that person is Rick Perry:

Gov. Rick Perry is the “Most Reaganesque” of all potential candidates (besides Michael Reagan).

Many people parallel Rick Perry to former George W. Bush.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Capitol in Austin, Texas (May 30, 2011) (Image: Associated Press)

Indeed, both men hail from Texas and were governors, but they bat for two completely different teams. The Bushes are part of the Texas Republican establishment, while Rick Perry is viewed as an outsider.

National Review Online’s Kevin Williamson dispelled myths about Governor Perry being Bush 2.0:

Speaking of presidents: Rick Perry has a complicated relationship with the Bushes, which is to say that he’s hesitant to criticize them and they hate his guts. W. stayed well away from Perry’s gubernatorial-primary melee against Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, whose oatmeal-mushy Republicanism has a distinctly Bushian savor to it. But the mark of W. was all over the campaign against Perry.

Moreover, Rick Perry’s announcement will further irk establishment Republicans like Karl Rove. Politico’s Kenneth Vogel highlights their difficult relationship below:

Rove, who served as George W. Bush’s political strategist in Texas on his way to becoming the GOP’s best known political operative, had a falling out with Perry and his staff when Bush was governor in the 1990s that has become the stuff of Lone Star lore.

Governor Perry has implemented questionable legislation in Texas. Many Texans have argued that Perry has detracted from conservatism in regards to illegal immigration, governmental programs, and mandating Gardisil vaccines for sixth grade girls, for example.

Let it be clear: No Republican candidate is perfect. Nevertheless, there is reason to question his competitors’ merits, as well.

Mitt Romney is a liberal Republican whose claim to fame is RomneyCare—the healthcare plan that largely inspired ObamaCare. Additionally, he is a reputed flip flopper in regards to traditional marriage, cap and trade, and abortion, to name a few.

Tim Pawlenty propagated Sharia mortgages, cap and trade, and higher taxes.

Although an economic expert, Ron Paul is not a fan of Israel and equally attracts a cultish following of anarchists, pot smokers, and conspiracy theorists.

Herman Cain is criticized for having no executive experience.

Michele Bachmann is viewed as an “extreme” and “inexperienced” candidate by some.

Jon Huntsman is an Obama shill in Republican clothing.

The list goes on and on.

Governor Perry is capable of attracting conservatives, independents, Republicans, and conservative Democrats to his campaign. He is soft-spoken and relatable. He is charismatic and unapologetic in his beliefs. He understands how to fix problems.

It is undeniable that Texas continues to thrive under Governor Rick Perry’s leadership. Why not bring that Texan flair to Washington, D.C.?

With Rick Perry’s inevitable entry into the race, Americans should give him the benefit of the doubt. Until Americans know what Perry’s true intentions are, they must err on the side of caution and note his potential to beat Obama.