Gov. Perry Talks about Cruz Victory Nails Veep-stakes Importance

Being vice president isnt worth a bucket of warm spit. width=228Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN Texas I think it was Cactus Jack Garner who was V.P. under Franklin D. Roosevelt who said that being vice president isnt worth a bucket of warm spit. Mitt Romneys vision for America and what he says are what people are going to focus on not the vice presidential candidate said Gov. Perry earlier this week. Perry also offered his first extended take on last weeks Texas Senate runoff.
width=155Ted Cruz ran one of the most amazing well-disciplined focused campaigns that Ive seen in my life. He did a great job of articulating his anti-Washington message and totally penetrating through in a very powerful and believable way said Perry.

Read more of Gov. Perrys recent comments here.    

Regarding the veep-stakes importance Perry said the running mate pick will likely grab headlines for a couple of days before the focus of the race quickly shifts back to the choice between Romney & President Obama. "There are great and talented people out there but vice presidential candidates are interesting choices that will probably only make two or three days worth of news unless they make some huge gaffe" Perry told CNN. History shows that Vice Presidential running mates wont be the focus of the campaign and wont do much beyond perhaps helping the ticket win a point or two in their width=344home state ... unless therunning mate turns excessively gaffetastic or scandal-ridden. The veepstakes are relevant due to the fact that the winner winds up as a significant national figure and becomes a bonified future party leader. If a party ticket wins the veepstakes winner is becomes Vice President with a good chance to be president someday or at least a presidential nominee. The last Democratic V.P. choice to deliver a region for the presidential nominee was Lyndon Johnson for John Kennedy in 1960. Without Johnson Kennedys ability as a blue-blooded Northeasterner to play in the South would have been limited. But with LBJ Kennedy won the presidency by carring Texas Louisiana Arkansas Alabama Georgia South Carolina & North Carolina. But since history proves its unlikely to have much effect on the presidential campaign. Gov. Perry also offered his first extended take on last Tuesdays Texas Senate runoff in which his chosen candidate Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst was defeated by former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz. Cruz ran a near-perfect campaign Perry said one modeled on his own 2010 re-election bid that painted the Obama Administration as an overreaching big-government enemy of Texas. Perry said he spoke to Cruz on the day after the election to congratulate him on his race. Asked why he backed Dewhurst so aggressively if he held Cruz in such high esteem Perry cited width=152his decade-long working relationship with the lieutenant governor. I am a loyal guy he said. I am going to stand and be loyal to people who have been loyal to me. And David was a very good manager. He has done a great job as lieutenant governor. He is a conservative socially and fiscally. He would have been a great United States senator but the fact is the Texas people said this is the guy Cruz that we want.
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