The Trans Texas Corridor officially arrived on the national stage and square in the middle of presidential politics today with Texas Governor Rick Perry’s endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for President. With Giuliani being the extreme polar opposite of just about everything Perry claims to represent as a “conservative,” the only explanation for his cozy relationship with Giuliani is their common tie to Cintra and the Trans Texas Corridor. For a reminder of Giuliani’s ties to Cintra, read here. To read about how Perry is expected to be tapped as Giuliani’s Vice Presidential running mate, go here.
Given that Perry couldn’t even garner more than 39% of the vote in his last election and his betrayal of conservatives ever since (conducted an all out assault on border security, parental rights, private property rights, and keeping transportation taxes as low as possible when he flip flopped on the border, mandated the HPV vaccine for 10-11 year old girls, vetoed a bill to give protection from eminent domain abuse, and vetoed a private toll moratorium bill), does anyone honestly think Perry will help rather than hurt Giuliani and can anyone honestly call him a “conservative”? He’s about as conservative as Bush. They’re both more like advocates of state-run capitalism!
Perry endorses Giuliani for president
By Peggy Fikac
Express-News, Austin bureau
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry this morning endorsed former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani for president, saying on Fox News that he would campaign for the man he believes is best-suited to lead America during “probably one of the most important times in our history with a war on terror going on.
“For the last six months, I have cogitated, I’ve looked, I’ve studied these candidates — some of them I know very well — and came to the conclusion that the individual who can lead America with clarity, the individual who has the experience, the individual who cleaned up a city that was absolutely on its back is mayor Rudy Giuliani,” Perry said.
“I’m proudly and excitedly going to campaign for him and work for him,” Perry said, appearing on Fox & Friends for what was touted by the news channel as a “humongous Texas-sized announcement.”
Perry, who touts his record as a conservative, made a reference to a difference in views on some issues with Giuliani, who has backed the right to abortion and gay rights.
Perry has supported abortion restrictions — including a requirement for girls to get parental consent for abortion — and a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Texas. In a recent speech to California Republicans, Perry touted that record and said the GOP must stay true to its conservative values.
“We spent an inordinate amount of time together over the course of the last six weeks talking about issues, both on the phone and face to face,” Perry said of Giuliani. “I looked him in the eye and I asked him questions on some issues that we don’t agree on.”
But Perry, in a phrase he often uses, said, “I don’t get tied up with the process. What I look for is results.”
Citing his work cleaning up New York City, the GOP governor said Giuliani “is the individual who will give us the results that will make America safer, that will move our economy forward, that will put strict constructionists on the Supreme Court …”
Some have suggested Perry may be a possible contender for vice president, with his appeal to conservatives especially important if a candidate such as Giuliani is the nominee. Others scoff at that idea.
Some say the term of President Bush, the previous Texas governor, will make it difficult for the GOP to put another Texan on the ticket. Asked about that on Fox, Perry said with a chuckle, “I’ve got the best job in the work. Ask the president.”
When pressed, he said, “I have no interest in going to Washington, DC. It’s not a place that I have passion about. I’ve got three-plus years left in my term as the governor of a great state … whose economy is doing quite well and intend to do that and finish out that term.”