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Rick Perry 2016: What 5 Leading Pundits Say About GOP Presidential Hopeful

By    |   Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 04:48 PM

A potential Rick Perry 2016 presidential campaign is already on the ground, running, and in the lead — at least if you count the number of trips he's made to Iowa since his last attempt at the oval office in 2012.

According to the Washington Times and other media sources, the Rick Perry 2016 campaign for president has been planting seeds since his failed run at the nation's highest office. The probable Republican candidate and governor of Texas has already made eight trips and attended 33 events in the Iowa testing ground since the 2012 election.

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An indictment this year that charges Perry with abusing his power against Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was caught drunk driving, and reviews of his 2012 campaign are giving political commentators plenty to talk about.

Here are what leading pundits have to say about a Rick Perry 2016 run for president:

Karl Rove: "Rick Perry is [Texas'] longest-serving governor, as Texas led America in jobs created and economic growth. Will he get a second chance at a better impression after his dismal 2012 showing?"

Rush Limbaugh: "This is the stupidest, weakest indictment, probably gonna be thrown out by a judge and they know that, but that doesn’t matter. Because now for the rest of his life every time Rick Perry’s name appears in the headline, so does the word 'indictment' or 'indicted.' And the purpose of that is to taint and damage any political aspirations he has. It’s no coincidence that he’s been at the forefront of the anti-illegal immigration movement in the past couple of months."

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Dan Balz: "Much that is visible suggests that Perry has applied the lessons of the first campaign as he looks toward a possible second, including getting healthy, starting early, doing his homework, and engaging with the media.

"Still, there are big questions about a second Perry presidential run … Whether he is ready for the intellectual rough-and-tumble of a real run as opposed to this long exhibition season that he and other prospective candidates are going through won’t be known until an actual campaign begins."

David Brooks, about the 2012 campaign: "Rick Perry ran a poor campaign but seems like the guy you’d most want to have a beer with. He took the time to tell my son how important it is to study hard and prepare for whatever you do."

Ford O’Connell: "He has something no other candidate in the field would have — an impressive record as executive of one of the nation’s largest states. About 30 percent of all the jobs produced in the nation during his time as governor were produced in his state. The criticisms of his record-breaking 14 years as governor basically amount to: He is not a liberal and refuses to pursue liberal policies. Those criticisms will only help him in a GOP primary season."

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