2. Why is he running?
Until recently, Perry wasn’t even considering running. What changed?
His posture has shifted since observing what has been called an uninspiring GOP field and a party electorate dissatisfied with its choices. Given Perry’s credentials – including his executive experience as governor of one of the largest, reddest states in the union – he may feel almost obligated to run. He’s also received encouragement from across the country, including, most importantly, from his wife.
“The GOP electorate is signaling it’s still open to a new candidate that excites them,” says Ford O’Connell, director of the Virginia-based Civic Forum PAC. “Here we have a guy from a booming red state – why not? It’s a great match.”