The Lid: Rick Perry, Then and Now

by Andrew Rafferty and Carrie Dann /  / Updated 
Image: Republican presidential candidate Perry  formally announces candidacy for president in Addison, Texas
Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry (2ndL) formally announces his candidacy for the 2016 Republican nomination for president at an event in Addison, Texas, June 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mike StoneMIKE STONE / Reuters

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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.



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.


“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.

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