Perry serves up red meat at Obama’s expense

Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets visitors to the Iowa State Fair Monday, his first full day campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. (Associated Press)Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets visitors to the Iowa State Fair Monday, his first full day campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination. (Associated Press)

“He very well could be the next president,” one man said.

On his way out of the building, Mr. Perry refused to answer a question about whether he was carrying a concealed handgun. “That’s why its called concealed,” he said, adding that he abides by state law. Asked whether he would resign as governor to concentrate on his presidential bid, he said, “I love the job I’m doing, I’m doing it quite well; why in the world would I want to do that?”

He also brushed aside comparisons to George W. Bush, his predecessor in Texas, saying their records are quite different, and “I went to Texas A&M. He went to Yale.”

After he paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Iowa State Fair Butter Cow, which is as it sounds, an older woman ran up to tell him, “I wanted to shake the hand of the next president.”

He looked at her, grinned and said, “God willing.”

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