Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Star Parker: Perry a Viable Candidate

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Star Parker: Perry a Viable Candidate

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I would liken the crowded and growing field of Republican presidential candidates to a high-school class where the teacher asks an easy question. All hands go up.

Americans don't need convincing that something is wrong.

In Gallup's monthly polling, the highest percentage expressing satisfaction with the direction of the country since President Barack Obama first assumed office has been 36 percent, which was in early 2009. It has been as low as 11 percent. Most recently, it was 28 percent.

We have a large field of qualified Republicans, to whom it is clear Americans need the opposite of what they have been getting and who want to be the one to do the job.

Among the latest to jump in is former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. To some, Perry is, well, not serious. Perry's never-to-be-forgotten memory lapse in a 2011 debate verified what they had already thought to be true.

If Americans want a Harvard man in the White House, they've already got one.

However, if we are looking for someone with clarity about core American principles and the dependability to carry them out, Perry has a powerful record.

I see four principles to focus on for getting the nation back on course: limited government, traditional values, free markets and strong national defense.

The Cato Institute provides a biennial fiscal report card on the nation's governors, rating them on keeping taxes and spending low. The latest report card, issued in 2014, shows Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tied for the best score among the field of current and former governors in the Republican contest.

But the big headline is the economic performance of Texas under Perry's limited-government stewardship. American Enterprise Institute economist and blogger Mark Perry calls Texas the "great American job machine. …

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