Perry is a solid Republican candidate

Published 9:06pm Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day. This uniquely American holiday, which heralds the end of summer and beginning of fall, marks the start of political campaign season. Generally speaking, most candidates make their final decisions to run and officially crank up their operations for the following year’s campaigns on Labor Day.

At this point there are some also rans in the race but they will quickly be culled and you will only have the thoroughbreds left for the final lap. Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee. The big question is who will carry the GOP banner into the battle next fall.

Mitt Romney is the favorite. The early surprise has been Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachman. She has caught fire and is the darling of the right wing and Tea Party activists. The big money establishment wing has gravitated to Romney. However, a surprise horse has entered the race as of late. Texas Gov. Rick Perry got in just under the Labor Day wire.

Perry began his August announcement rollout weekend in Birmingham. He received a warm welcome from over 1500 Alabama Republican loyalists. He was the keynote speaker for the state GOP summer dinner held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. Perry’s appearance created the largest crowd ever held by the Alabama Republican Party. The event sold out twice and had to be moved to a larger venue to accommodate the crowd.

Perry is the dream candidate to win a GOP nomination. He is the chief executive of one of the nation’s largest states and that state’s economy has grown during a national recession. He is an outspoken supporter of state’s rights. He has a libertarian appeal that attracts Ron Paul backers.

However, the big question is if Perry wins the Republican nomination can he attract the all important mainstream independent voter in pivotal swing states in next year’s general election.

His tan seersucker suit and cowboy boots sell well in Alabama and Texas but what about that key swing voter in New Hampshire? We will see.

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