Here are two videos of Rick Perry the way that we want to hear him speak at the debates, courtesy of Aaron Gardner, via Moe Lane, via Red State. (and a Tweet)
Governor Perry has the reputation of a swaggering Texan, but he’s not one to knock others off the podium. He’s a gentleman, who is out to defeat the real enemy: Barack Obama. and big, centralizes, expensive, inefficient and unConstitutional Government. These are the real threats to liberty and the real job killers, according to him.
In these videos, he’s speaking to a group of college students about jobs, tar sand oil fields and the proposed gas pipeline from Canada through the US, and about Social Security and Medicare. I don’t think the audience or the questions make the difference in his energy and clear message.Instead, I believe he’s more comfortable fighting issues and the opposition party that people that he considers compatriots. I thought the same thing watching him debate Debra Medina and Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the 2008 Texas Republican Primary debates.
Note who and what the Governor is talking about and condemning: big government and Barack Obama (or ” OBarack Obama,” at one point.) He’s not attacking his fellow Republican candidates.I think the Governor just doesn’t like attacking his fellow candidates or being attacked.
Rick Perry’s post-Dartmouth Remarks, Part I
In that second video, Governor Perry mistakenly says the founding of the Nation was in the “16th Century.” The people who laugh at that gaffe did not even notice that he went on to quote the 10th Amendment. I’ll bet that none of them could do that!