After some notable slip-ups in his 2012 bid for the Republican Presidential nomination, Rick Perry has thrown his hat in the ring once again. As Texas Governor he racked up a solidly respectable executive track record. When he turned over the keys to the Governors office to Greg Abbott, Texas led the nation economically with the 12th highest Gross Domestic Product in the WORLD in 2013. Many argue that without Texas, the United States economy could have possibly collapsed under the weight of debt, deficit spending and unemployment. That being said, he is entering a race already filled with a lot of Republican heavyweights.
His announcement was only one of the highlights of his entering the race. During his announcement, he was flanked by a couple of twin heavy hitters of his own.
Twins, Marcus and Morgan Luttrell are Texan brothers and Navy SEALs. Marcus Luttrell is best known for his book “Lone Survivor,” which was later turned into a movie which documented a mission in Afghanistan where he was the only one of four SEALs who survived the mission. If you think it was just for publicity, then you don’t know the connection between Marcus Luttrell and Rick Perry.
In addition to the Luttrell twins, Taya Kyle, the widow or “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, was also in attendance. Perry’s speech at the Addison Airport outside Dallas was delivered without pause for more than 20 minutes as sweat dripped down his face. He focused primarily on foreign policy, which has been his calling card lately. His GOP competitors from the U.S. Senate have seemingly looked down on the class of governors for lacking that foreign policy experience, but Perry took that criticism head-on, even using a slightly edited Cruz line.
“The question of every candidate will be this: When have you led?” Perry said. “Leadership is not a speech on the Senate floor. it is not what you say. It is what you have done.”
Rick Perry certainly has the credentials for a good presidential candidate, what remains to be seen is whether or not he can deliver his message effectively and rise to the top of large field of high-profile candidates this time around.