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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

U.S. PRESIDENTIAL RUN-UPS: Rick Perry’s Secret Weapon!

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Michelle Cottle, / Aug 28, 2011 11:23 PM EDT.

Perry 2012

The Texas governor’s swagger is tempered by a crack team of operatives—who’ve helped him rack up an undefeated election record. Michelle Cottle on Perry’s data-driven strategist, Dave Carney.

Quick! What’s the first word that leaps to mind when you think of Texas governor turned presidential wannabe Rick Perry: cowboy? Bible-thumper? gun-toting, trash-talking, Tea Partying zealot?

I have another one for you: disciplined.

Not comfortable with that? How about “focused”—or “empirically minded”?

As Perry races up the polls to become the latest Republican “it” candidate, Democrats and GOP pointy-headed types are unloading both barrels on Governor Goodhair for his loose lips, Texas swagger, and all around anti-intellectual, brass-knuckles political style. When Perry suggested that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would be treated “pretty ugly” down in Texas, Karl Rove publicly derided the governor’s remarks as unpresidential. From a poll position in the low single digits, rival candidate Jon Huntsman has had even more fun gigging Perry’s statements on evolution, climate change, and secession.

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