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Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…Rick Perry could be seen dripping sweat when he announced his second presidential run in an airport hangar in Texas today. It was so hot, Lincoln Chafee estimated the thermometer may have hit as high as 36 degrees Celsius!
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Allow us to indulge in a little #TBT this afternoon and look at Rick Perry’s presidential announcement.. back in 2011, that is. It actually provides a useful comparison on how the Republican Party’s center of gravity policy-wise has changed a little bit. For example: In 2011, Perry proclaimed: “‘Spreading the wealth’ punishes success while setting America on course to greater dependency on government.” In Perry’s speech today, it was “Capitalism is not corporatism… It is not about Wall Street at the expense of Main Street.”
And on foreign policy: In his 2011 announcement speech, Perry’s mentions of Iraq, Iran, or terrorism amounted to… zero. Today, he spent a LOT of time on the Middle East, saying “No decision has done more harm than the president’s withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.”
To be clear, we’re not branding these statement as “flip-flops” -- they’re just a reflection of where the GOP electorate has moved since Perry’s first run. And it makes sense: In 2011, the economy was front-and-center for both parties, but an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released last month found that Republican voters think national security should be the number one priority of the federal government. And the Warrenesque populist movement, constrained to the fringes last cycle, has crept into both Republican and Democratic campaign rhetoric for 2016.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- Rick Perry’s big day: The former Texas governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate officially kicked off his second White House bid on Thursday.
- NBC’s Perry Bacon writes: “In subtle but obvious ways, the Republican Party has given a signal to Perry: he will not be getting a second chance.”
- And one of us has an overview of that whole indictment thing he is still facing in Texas.
- From NBC’s Perry Bacon and Dante Chinni: Bernie Sanders is surging among white Dems, but the rest of the party is still backing Hillary.
- And mark your calendars. Jeb Bush is going to make his 2016 announcement on June 15 in Miami.
CAMPAIGN QUICK READS
CLINTON: The New York Times writes that HIllary Clinton is pushing for an endorsement from the American Federation of Teachers, saying that critics have made teachers “scapegoats for all of society’s problems.”
GRAHAM: He said of Hillary Clinton: “[I]t’s easier to talk to Kim Jong-un than it is to her.”
CARSON: Per the Wall Street Journal: “Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and his wife, Candy, earned between $8.9 million and $27 million in a recent 16-month period.” If it’s the high end, Carson would be close to the $30 million the Clinton earned over that same time period.
RUBIO: He said on Fox News that the U.S. has a responsibility to promote Democracy in Iraq, but said he does not advocate for nation building. But when a host said his position sounded like nation building, Rubio responded, “It’s not nation-building. We are assisting them in building their nation.”
HUCKABEE: Despite previously signalling support for the Duggars, Talking Points Memo reports his campaign website has been wiped clean of any link to the reality television family.
FOR THE RECORD…
“Republican voter/ Rick Perry supporter/ Let’s protect our border… in the USA/ Rick Perry all the way”
Lyrics to Rick Perry’s custom-made campaign song
Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and John Kasich are all in New Hampshire holding various events throughout the state.
Mike Huckabee and Lindsey Graham are campaigning in Iowa.
Scott Walker will be the keynote address at the North Carolina GOP state convention.