Thanks to his less-than-stellar performance in his abortive 2012 presidential bid, whatever political future Texas Gov. Rick Perry might have was all but written off by some members of the media. But there are some indications that he may become the latest "comeback kid."
In that vein, Perry is positioning himself on a number of issues that may feature in the 2016 presidential race.
Perry as "the comeback kid"
Writing in the Dallas Morning News, Wayne Slater suggests that Perry is already sending signals that he is thinking of another run for the presidency in 2016. If he does run, he will follow a narrative of being a "comeback kid" that has featured everyone from Bill Clinton to Tiger Woods. Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford, disgraced politicians, are attempting their own comebacks, so why not Perry? The comeback from disaster narrative is as old as Texas. The Alamo is celebrated in song and story, but the comeback happened weeks later when Sam Houston routed the Mexican Army in San Jacinto and won Texas independence.
Perry positions himself on immigration
Perry, who has always taken a nuanced stance on illegal immigration, is further positioning himself on the issue so to have a broader appeal to Hispanic voters, according to the Dallas Morning News. He is recently quoted as saying that he rejects both extremes in the debate, which he defined as "round them all up and deport illegal aliens" and "give illegal aliens amnesty." Perry appears to be seeking a middle ground that will satisfy border security needs without offending Hispanic voters.
Perry opposes Medicaid expansion under Obamacare
According to Politico, Perry recently held a press event with several other Texas office holders and repeated his rejection of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. With support for Obamacare dropping, with premiums spiking and employers dropping coverage, among other problems reported by Hot Air, Perry's opposition to Obamacare could place him on the side of the majority of the voters in 2016.
Perry and "the Texas model"
Newsmax reports that Perry is touting low taxes and fewer regulations as the key to Texas' economic vigor even in the midst of national economic malaise. Perry's record on the economy was his main strength in 2012 and could be his main strength in 2016, should be decide to run. Perry may be betting that after eight years of a federal government policy that focuses on spending and tax increases, that his Texas-style approach of smaller government will have more appeal to the voters.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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