Rick Perry Launches Federal PAC, Brings Himself One Step Closer to Presidential Campaign

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By now it's pretty clear that Rick Perry is going to run for president again. He's gone to Iowa so much that the Des Moines Register is reporting on it, his uninformed comments are a fixture on Sunday news shows, and of course, he's got new glasses. And last week, he took yet another step towards a 2016 campaign–he formed a federal PAC, called RickPAC, to help elect Republicans nationwide.

Luckily for Perry, he's not the one responsible for counting the money himself. Joining Perry's all-star team as RickPAC's treasurer is another veteran from an unsuccessful 2012 presidential bid, Stefan Passantino, who served as counsel to Newt Gingrich's campaign.

According to a Perry spokesman, the PAC's goal is to, “elect Republicans to office who share the governor's philosophy of low taxes, limited government, border security, and job creation.” However, it's pretty clear that forming the PAC is a step that conveniently happens to line up with Perry's own personal advancement.

Rick Perry's “blame Obama” response to the refugee crisis along the Texas border has scored him new political points with the far-right Tea Party voters who are most active in the Republican primary electorate. It seems like Perry is trying to capitalize on those gains with the base with the formation of his new PAC.

As KXAN noted, “Committees like RickPac are fairly common among candidates who want a higher office.”

The PAC's creation fits with the strategy Perry has been hinting at for his new campaign of trying to avoid another infamous “Oops” moment. As he said in June, “Preparation is the single most important lesson that I learned out of that process. If I do next year make that decision [to run for president]I will be prepared.”

Starting a PAC two years in advance is one clear way to start preparing for a run. Another way to prepare is to visit primary states to get familiar with the territory, another thing Perry is already doing–he's planning trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina this month. There's also his bespectacled makeover (although glasses can only go so far).

Thanks to Perry's “be prepared” attitude, it's become increasingly evident that he is putting the pieces together to run for president in 2016. But no amount of preparation will be able to change the fact that Rick Perry has hurt Texas, and is unqualified to be president.

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Katie Singh

Katie grew up in Austin and has been involved in Texas politics since 2004. She has been a part of several campaigns, from state house races to working at President Obama's campaign headquarters in 2012. She loves public policy, public health, and tacos. Katie tweets from @kasingh19.

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