Just like his fellow Texan Ted Cruz, Rick Perry appears to have given up on hiding his ambitions to run for president in 2016.
Appearing on Meet the Press this past Sunday, Perry agreed that his 2012 campaign was a “botched effort.” But he also stressed the importance of moving beyond his past failures, saying “I think that we see more character out of an individual by how do you perform after you fail and you go forward.” He added, “I think America is a place that believes in second chances.”
If Perry really is gunning for a “second chance” at the presidency, he better make it count–because it's going to be tough for him to count to a third.
Adding to the presidential campaign fire is the fact that Rick Perry is planning yet another trip to Iowa in May, his third visit to the state in the past six months. He's campaigning for Iowa governor Terry Branstad (R), perhaps hoping Branstad will return the favor for Perry in two years.
Apparently, Rick Perry has forgotten the disaster that was his last run for the presidency–a run that made him a national laughingstock–or maybe, he just doesn't care.
Relive the Perry 2012 debacle and read why Perry 2016 is an even worse idea after the jump. If Perry is planning to run on his record in Texas, he's going to face an uphill battle. His crowning achievement, the so-called “Texas Miracle” of job creation has been debunked fairly well. Most of the job creation has been low-wage jobs, and Texas infrastructure is struggling to keep up with the huge population influx. (Perry and other Republicans' record of cutting taxes as state infrastructure crumbles hasn't helped either.)
Under Rick Perry, the number of people who are uninsured and living in poverty have surged to their highest levels yet. His refusal to expand Medicaid will cost Texas $9 billion, and leaves over one million Texans uninsured in the Medicaid coverage gap.
Even if he manages to overcome those policy failures, there's also the matter of Rick Perry being under criminal investigation for violating state law regarding criminal abuse of office, bribery, coercion of a public servant and official oppression.
Plus, Rick Perry's going to have a tough time appealing to crucial women voters if he runs for president. In 2013, he vetoed the Texas version of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. He's also called equal pay “nonsense.”
These are among the many reasons why another Perry presidential campaign is a terrible idea–and this is just looking at what has happened in Texas since 2012. Perry's 2012 run for the presidency is reason in and of itself for him to not to run again. He struggled to gain a foothold in the race, and his repeated gaffes made him the butt of jokes across the country.
Perry also reportedly had to deal with poor health and pain on the campaign trail, relying on painkillers to get him through the many Republican presidential debates.
And of course, no look at the Perry 2012 would be complete without remembering his most infamous gaffe, when the governor of Texas revealed that he was incapable of recalling a list of more than two things. His famous “Oops” moment never gets old:
Despite all that is working against him, Perry seems determined to run for the White House once again. Fortunately for Texans and the nation, a Perry 2016 is just another giant “Oops” moment waiting to happen.