Governor Rick Perry was in Northeastern Ohio last night with Michael Medved for an event hosted by Cleveland radio station AM 1420, The Answer. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Toyota will be unifying its North American Operations in Plano, Texas. Perry highlighted Texas’ favorable business climate and the fact that there isn’t a state income tax. The bulk of these Toyota jobs will be relocating from California, where the state income tax tops out at 13.3%.
Perry highlighted the fact that Texas continues to be a success story. The economy is thriving. The crime rate is the lowest it has been since 1968. Governor Perry mentioned Reagan’s 80/20 rule and the importance of reaching out and broadening the reach to more voters, including the conservative base, which was a problem with the Romney campaign.
Perry also mentioned that he didn’t like the fact that we relied on Russia, a country which is not always friendly to the US, to take our astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Today, the Drudge Report highlights this issue.
As someone who is active politically, I must say it appeared that Perry is strongly considering a 2016 Presidential run. Reflecting on the 2012 primary, Perry said,
“”It was one of the most interesting and humbling experience I’ve ever gone through in my life,” said Perry, replying to a question about the primary process from conservative radio commentator Michael Medved, who hosted the forum. “If any of you are giving serious thought to running for president, I highly recommend you not have back surgery six weeks before you start. The preparation of running for the presidency is very, very important.”
Cynthea Sabolich is a grassroots leader in Cuyahoga County and a candidate for State Central Committee. She said, “Governor Perry has a record that we can admire. Whether or not he is “The Guy”, he raises the bar for all on our side.”
If Obama could win in the 2012 economy, it’s very plausible that a reinvigorated Perry could win in 2016. When comparing Texas to the current state of the US economy, most 2012 voters might be left thinking, “Oops!”