Perry: I’m comfortable that the direction I’m heading is the right direction

posted at 9:25 am on July 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Don’t expect any Mitch Daniels-like concerns to keep Rick Perry out of the presidential race.  In an interview with Janet Mefferd on the Salem Radio Network (owned by Salem Communications, also Hot Air’s parent company), Perry told the audience that his wife is not only enthusiastically supporting the idea of a presidential bid, she’s inspiring it.  A former nurse, Anita Perry is “disheartened” about ObamaCare and the government intrusions into health care that have accelerated in this administration.  While Perry says that being governor of Texas is “one of the great jobs in the world,” he’s feeling the call to “get out of his comfort zone”:

This wasn’t on my radar screen, Janet. I was incredibly happy, comfortable where I was in Texas. Being the governor of Texas is one of the great jobs in the world. …

[Anita] has really been disheartened…by what she’s seen happen out of this Administration, healthcare-wise. Her father is an old country doctor, and she sees the demise of really quality healthcare and being able to take care of people like they need to be taken care of in this country and the innovations that have occurred in medicine. And we’ve got 27 and 24-year-old children. She sees this debt, this monumental debt that is being created that they’re going to have to deal with. And she sat down dome months ago and said listen…I know you’re comfortable being governor, but you need to get out of your comfort zone. You need to really look around and understand that our country is in trouble. And you may be the person that we have to have. …

I’m not there yet, I’m not ready to announce on your program. But as each day goes by, I get more comfortable that the direction I’m headed is the right direction.

Since it seems pretty clear that Perry wants to get into the race, the question has changed from if to when.  The time may be drawing a little too late to seriously contend in the Ames straw poll, but there will be a key, nationally-televised debate three days before the poll.  Senator Charles Grassley advises Perry to get into the race soon in order to keep Iowa in play:

Sen. Chuck Grassley said today that he received a “courtesy call” from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been ever-more-openly contemplating a 2012 presidential run.

Grassley, in a conference call with reporters, didn’t disclose what Perry had to say, but wasn’t shy about repeating the advice he offered:

“I gave him the advice that if he’s going to run, he’d better run in Iowa and he’d better cover a lot of territory.”

He said that means you can’t just worry about Des Moines and expect to make an impact in the state of Iowa. “And I reminded him that Iowa made two previous presidents — at least two presidents — Obama and Carter.”

In other words, it really is time to get out of the comfort zone and into the game.

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Splashman on July 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM

The big advantage of T-Paw in that spot is that it could result in a pickup of MN. That would be HUGE.

MJBrutus on July 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM

In other words, it really is time to get out of the comfort zone and into the game.

Sounds good to me..I hope Perry gets in..:)

Dire Straits on July 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Palin had Perry in mind last night when she said “I don’t have to be the one…”, paraphrased. As soon as he announces, she’ll back him.

Perry/Palin

Matthews just exploded.

Schadenfreude on July 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Don’t get us conservative Texans wrong please folks – we are VERY hopeful that even a “grilled cheese sammitch” can whup POTUS is 2012. But we ALSO feel yall non Texans should be fully informed – to wit:

In the view of MANY Texans (no way to measure just HOW many) Perry2012 is a generic Democrat candidate.

Let me see….

Out of control property taxes and a $2,000 property tax rebate – I guess that check’s still in the mail.

Property Tax Commission study – Tom Pauken makes recommendations, Perry roundly ignores them.

Gardasil and Merck – Bbbbbbuuuutttt, it’s a “cure” for cancer!

TTC & CINTRA – Gov Goodhair and his Spanish toll road maiden.

Expansion of Texas Business Income Tax – we weren’t paying enough, everyone knew that.

Border Control & Immigration – Emmy award winning Marlboro Man campaign commercials – 6 weeks later dismissed as “campaign rhetorRic(k)

$240 million business development slush funds wasted on companies like Countrywide & Angelo Mozillo.

Sanctuary cities

Problem is………… – any Texan with a 5th grade education or better knows the truth about One tRick Perry

Katfish on July 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Sen. Chuck Grassley said today that he received a “courtesy call” from Texas Gov. Rick Perry

OK, here’s a guess from someone who has absolutely no inside info. Maybe Perry is going Old School, by making lots of personal phone calls to Repub operatives all over the country. He’s working the foundation before making the announcement. I seem to recall seeing posts on HA re: phone calls he has made to Iowa and New Hampshire insiders.

Plus, as many have noted, the guy just had back surgery. The Perry camp claimed it was “minor” surgery, but I don’t think there is such a thing. That means he doesn’t have cancer. But even the fittest of fit will not be able to hop right up after surgery of the spine. An August announcement will be fine with me.

humdinger on July 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM

An August announcement will be fine with me.

humdinger on July 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM

That would be great!..:)

Dire Straits on July 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM

I love Anita Perry! It’s wonderful to see a wife not be relunctant about their husband seeking the Presidency. So often we hear about the “relunctant politician’s wife”; this means that she not only believes fully in her husband, but that she loves America so much that she’s willing to share her husband with the country and go through the ringer herself of a merciless campaign. She must be one tough cookie.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 14, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Never trust a politician with perfect hair. Edwards, Romney, Perry, Huntsman, nothing good comes from hair like that.

keep the change on July 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

I’ll add to the chorus: Reagan. Bachmann has gorgeous hair, too.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 14, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Reagan?

Ed Morrissey on July 14, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Well, to be hair, Reagan was a huge spender and loved him some tax increases too.

Yes, he was a good president, but his perfect hair was more a reflection of his hollywood good looks as an actor. When politicians have perfect hair, (men) they are usually douches.

keep the change on July 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Aslans Girl on July 14, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Good to see you..Hope everything is going well!..:)

Dire Straits on July 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Never trust a politician with perfect hair. Edwards, Romney, Perry, Huntsman, nothing good comes from hair like that.

keep the change on July 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Washerman-Schultz?

slickwillie2001 on July 14, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Never trust a politician with perfect hair. Edwards, Romney, Perry, Huntsman, nothing good comes from hair like that.

keep the change on July 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Mitch Daniels?

cranbone on July 14, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Campaigned for Al Gore. Nuff said.

scotash on July 15, 2011 at 12:32 AM

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