Rick Perry Drops Prez Hints Galore in Aspen

The Colorado Independent’s Troy Hooper reports:

The swashbuckling 61-year-old was the main attraction in an hour-and-a-half conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson along with four other governors: New Mexico’s Susana Martinez, South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, Virginia’s Bob McDonnell and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker.

He and the others were in town for the Republican Governors Association’s two-day executive roundtable convened by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Despite its liberal reputation, Aspen is increasingly becoming the backdrop for conservative headline makers and, with momentum mounting in the polls, all eyes were on Perry to see whether he’ll make a viable presidential candidate.

Asked point blank if he’s going to run, the governor said he’ll know in three or four weeks.

“I’m going through a thoughtful process. I’m asking the right questions,” he answered, prompted by Isaacson. “I’m basically asking people, ‘Do you think there’s room in this presidential election for a full-throated, unapologetic fiscal conservative? And if you do think there is room, are you going to help?’”

While dodging a direct declaration of his candidacy, Perry didn’t hold back on his thoughts about gay marriage, Lance Armstrong, the economy and his self-perceived foreign policy chops…

Rick Perry hasn’t broken out of the opinion poll pack as a hypothetical candidate, as we’ve discussed–he doesn’t appear to be any more able to defeat President Barack Obama than Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, or the rest of the second tier GOP candidates fighting for runner-up to Mitt Romney. But that could change if Perry formally gets in the race.

One thing we haven’t seen discussed much in relation to a possible Perry candidacy for president is Perry’s allegedly close friendship with former Colorado gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis. Remember when McInnis boasted regularly about his friendship with Perry, Perry’s hunting trips to McInnis’ ranch, and how Perry wanted McInnis to “join” with Texas against the federal government once elected governor of Colorado 10th Amendment style? And you know how earlier this year McInnis was, at least in his own mind, “cleared of responsibility” for the plagiarism scandal that ended his gubernatorial bid, right?

Interior Secretary Scott McInnis, anyone? Now that would be a comeback!

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  1. BlueCat says:

    So much crazy video!  Nah… it’ll never happen.

  2. ardy39 says:

    The State of Texas is experiencing an exceptional (but soon to be normal?) drought. Back in April 19 approximately 15% of Texas was classified in the worst drought condition (“D4 Drought – Exceptional).

    In response to the seemingly dire conditions, Gov. Perry issued the following proclamation on April 21, 2011:

    TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

    WHEREAS, the state of Texas is in the midst of an exceptional drought, with some parts of the state receiving no significant rainfall for almost three months, matching rainfall deficit records dating back to the 1930s; and

    WHEREAS, a combination of higher than normal temperatures, low precipitation and low relative humidity has caused an extreme fire danger over most of the State, sparking more than 8,000 wildfires which have cost several lives, engulfed more than 1.8 million acres of land and destroyed almost 400 homes, causing me to issue an ongoing disaster declaration since December of last year; and

    WHEREAS, these dire conditions have caused agricultural crops to fail, lake and reservoir levels to fall and cattle and livestock to struggle under intense stress, imposing a tremendous financial and emotional toll on our land and our people; and

    WHEREAS, throughout our history, both as a state and as individuals, Texans have been strengthened, assured and lifted up through prayer; it seems right and fitting that the people of Texas should join together in prayer to humbly seek an end to this devastating drought and these dangerous wildfires;

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on those days for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life.

    IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my Office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 21st day of April, 2011.

    RICK PERRY

    Governor of Texas

    Did God listen to Gov. Rick Perry and the praying people of Texas? Three months later and over 75% of Texas is classified in the worst drought category.

    Ummm. No.

    (If the image doesn’t appear, here is the link to the Drought Monitor map issued for Texas on July 19, 2011).

    QED: God does not have a special place in his/her heart for Perry or Texas.

    • BlueCat says:

      is pretty common.  But Perry’s best stab at finding economic solutions is also prayer.  Is he mulling over a run for president or for High Priest?  

      In any case, considering his luck with that drought thing maybe we all should pray for him to stop praying. It seems to just get on God’s nerves. Considering his choice of pastors, that makes a lot of sense,  He might want to consider the possibility that God isn’t his biggest fan.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      for the rich job creators who want more tax cuts.  Maybe after the wealty get enough of theirs, then the rains will finally come trickling down?

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