Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry’s campaign achieved its greatest success in early polls, when he was running on his accomplishments as governor of Texas. Now Perry is returning to that theme as he desperately seeks to register a respectable showing in the Iowa caucuses, Politico
Perry talks about his home state more than any other candidate in the race. Rep. Michele Bachmann plays up her Iowa roots more than her Minnesota home. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney emphasizes his New Hampshire home more than his Massachusetts residence.
Newt Gingrich may have represented Georgia in Congress, but doesn’t talk about it much, and now lives in Virginia. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum stresses his experience in Washington more than his home state. And Texas Rep. Ron Paul rarely brings up his home turf.
As for Perry, he has been pointing out to voters that he’s in charge of the world’s 13th-largest economy and the country’s second-most populous state. Perry calls himself “the commander in chief for 11 years in Texas.”
He says he’s responsible for the economic growth that has attracted 1,000 people a day to the Lone Star State. Perry wants Congress to work part-time, just like the legislature in Texas. And he wants the federal government to adopt a balanced-budget amendment, just as Texas has.
“You’ve got a choice, and that choice is in a governor who has a track record of creating jobs,” Perry said at a campaign event Monday, according to Politico. “We understand how to compete.”
Campaign insiders told Politico he believed he could run a national campaign just as he has run his Texas campaigns, emphasizing television ads and not debates.
Much of Perry’s campaign contributions come from Texas, and hundreds of volunteers from the state have ventured to Iowa to help him out.
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