Add the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives to Gov. Rick Perry’s endorsements for president.
The Perry campaign released a statement announcing Rep. Dean Cannon's (R) endorsement on Wednesday:
“President Obama’s big-government, Washington experiment has cost our nation more than 2.3 million jobs,” said Speaker Cannon. “Meanwhile, since just June 2009, Rick Perry’s Texas is responsible for approximately 40 percent of the net new jobs in America.”
Jobs will surely be on voters’ minds as the General Election draws near. The economy, linchpin in President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, will not be a key talking point because Democrats have mismanaged and spent on such a large scale.
Cannon’s statement also included this:
“Governor Perry knows that we must reduce government spending. You cannot tax your way into prosperity, and you cannot borrow your way out of debt. Governor Perry's record of creating jobs and cutting spending is exactly what we need to get our country back on track, and I am excited to support his campaign to get America working again."
Florida will be a key state in the 2012 General Election. Personally, I think Obama would prefer to face any candidate but the Texas governor. Woe to the president on that note.
Think about it for a minute—candidate appeal isn't not just about substance, a quality Democrats run short on at present. Optics will matter a great deal in 2012. Obama on a stage with Perry is a far cry from Obama on a stage with Sen. John McCain.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/August 25, 2011)