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Rasmussen Has Perry with a Double-Digit Lead

John on August 16, 2011 at 10:52 am

From Rasmussen:

Texas Governor Rick Perry, the new face in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, has jumped to a double-digit lead over Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann with the other announced candidates trailing even further behind.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters, taken Monday night, finds Perry with 29% support. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who ran unsuccessfully for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, earns 18% of the vote, while Bachmann, the Minnesota congresswoman who won the high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday, picks up 13%.

Quite an impressive debut. In fact, it doesn’t seem to leave a lot of room for others to enter the race. I’m looking at you Sarah Palin.

Not sure how I feel about Perry yet. Texas has a great record on jobs and limiting welfare payments. It’s in relatively good shape compared to progressive dominated states like California and Illinois. Perry is pro-life which is a must in my book.

The downsides of Perry as frontrunner? We’re going to have another campaign about George W. Bush, which is tiresome before it even begins. We’re probably going to start ratcheting up the southerner vs. first black President stuff which is also tiresome before it begins. In short, the left’s entire campaign strategy will be to try and smear Perry. It’s all they’ve got. Obama has almost nothing to recommend himself for a second term and they know it.

So who would Perry, assuming he continues his lead, pick as a running mate?


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