Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 4:22 pm
Texas Gov. Rick Perry got some good news lastweek. In a FOX News poll, Perry moved from an also-ran in the contest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to a tie for first place with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
This is undoubtedly a reaction to Perry's decision 10 days ago to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border in response to the deluge of Central American children that have been showing up there.
New numbers out today show Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was able to turn his 21-hour overnight denunciation of Obamacare into just under $800,000 in contributions for the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, his political action committee.
Austin-based GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said it’s not abnormal for politicians to use an event like Cruz’s filibuster-like speech to raise campaign dollars.
Speaking before the RedState Bloggers Convention in New Orleans, La., Gov. Rick Perry had another public slip-up when he compared other states to Texas’ conservative values.
Perry: "There are many other states that embrace those conservative values -- the approach that we’ve taken over the years. I'm in one today -- in Florida. You look at South Carolina, you look at Florida."