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As Texas Legislative Session Begins, Talk Turns to Perry

By    |   Tuesday, 08 January 2013 10:46 AM

The commencement of Texas’ legislative session Tuesday raises to prominence the issue of GOP Gov. Rick Perry’s future.

He has said he might be interested in running for president again, but after an embarrassing 2012 campaign, does he have a chance?

“On the one hand, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney all lost on their first nomination try, and they came back to fight and win another day,” University of New Hampshire political scientist Dante Scala told the Houston Chronicle.

“The problem for Perry is that he crossed a line from contender to punch line. My guess is that the window is closed for Perry.”

The low point of a campaign punctuated with gaffes won’t be erased from memories soon, for instance Perry forgetting during a debate the name of a federal department he wants to eliminate and then uttering, “Oops.”

He can always choose to run for re-election as governor next year. “It’s fantasy to think that he would have a chance of becoming the Republican nominee in 2016,” Rice University political scientist Mark Jones told the Chronicle. “Governor, on the other hand, in 2014 is very realistic.”

If he wants to get things done in the Texas legislative session, Perry may have to bend the conservative principles on which he has built his presidential quest.

“Making the tough decisions [in Texas] will anger the very constituency that he will want to appeal to during a presidential campaign, which is the tea party,” political consultant Mark Sanders told The Dallas Morning News.

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Tuesday, 08 January 2013 10:46 AM
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