Texas Governor Rick Perry decided months ago that he would not run for another term as the Governor of Texas. He has not officially decided if he will make a second run for the Presidency, but recent comments suggest that’s exactly what he is planning.
Perry spent the weekend taking shots at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is seen as a leading contender for the Republican nomination in 2016. And in a recent interview with ABC News, Perry said President Obama’s recent apology for the Obamacare website isn’t enough for him.
“I don’t think it’s even close to being enough. He needs to stand up in front of the American people and say, ‘I perpetrated a fraud on you’,” Perry said.
And as for Christie, the Governor questioned his potential rival’s Conservative credentials.
“He was a successful Governor of New Jersey. Now does that translate into the entire country? We’ll see,” Perry stated.
Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak tells KTRH if you have any doubts about what Perry's future plans are that interview should clear things up.
“You’re seeing him travel the country. You’re seeing him travel to early primary states like Iowa and South Carolina,” Mackowiak said.
But can he win in a field that potentially could include Christie Texas Senator Ted Cruz?
“I don’t think anyone thought Barrack Obama had a chance against Hillary Clinton in 2008. There’s a reason you play the game. It’s because you never know what’s going to happen,” Mackowiak explained.
That said, Mackowiak admits Perry faces an uphill battle.
“The reality is that his odds are longer in 2016 than they were in 2012. The question will be whether he can overcome the image issue from the 2012 campaign. He also will have to raise enough money,” Mackowiak said.
But Mackowiak says three years is a long time to go from underdog to favorite.