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Branstad Hints it’s Not Too Late for Rick Perry to Enter Caucus

Gov. Terry Branstad joked today that he really doesn’t know much about politics, but he hinted it’s not too late for Texas Gov. Rick Perry to enter the Republican presidential race and win the February 2012 Iowa caucuses.

Branstad, in his weekly meeting with reporters at the Iowa Statehouse, was asked about Perry’s chances as a presidential candidate considering that other GOP hopefuls have been stumping throughout the state for months. Perry has reportedly recently been weighing a possible presidential candidacy.

perry“I really don’t know. That is something that he and his advisers are going to have to decide,” Branstad said. But the Iowa Republican governor then noted that former President George W. Bush, while governor of Texas, didn’t enter the presidential race in Iowa until June of 1999 – which would put Perry’s potential candidacy on a similar timeframe.

“So it might be late, but as you know, he won,” Branstad said of Bush’s late entry to the Iowa caucuses. He added that “being governor of Texas is a pretty important position.”

Bush won the Ames Straw Poll in August 1999, capturing 31 percent of the vote to beat Steve Forbes and 10 others. Bush then went on to win the Iowa caucuses and the White House. However, unlike Perry, who has disavowed presidential aspirations until recently, Bush had formed an exploratory presidential committee in March 1999.

Source: DeMoines Register

2 comments

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    Are you Kidding? Rick Perry? How about a candidate who actually doesn’t threaten to leave the United States.
    “There’s a lot of different scenarios,” Perry said. “We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.” – Rick Perry
    Let him be the president of Texas. Iowans want an American as president, not just a Texan.

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    I’m glad to determine Governor Perry announce. I love Romney as well. Either one of these will destroy OVomit the coming year and get our country back in line. Wisconsin sent an email to the Democrats, Tuesday, saying UNIONS are actually something of the past. Two more Wisconsin DemoRats will lose thier seats this Tuesday! It is a GREAT day…now, with OVomit, basically quitting, realizing defeat, our country provides extensive to look forward too!

    Approach to take, Governor Rick Perry! AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU!!!!!

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