Instead, the Texan’s up-and-down week on the stump may have opened the door for other last-minute contenders, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
“Her difficulty is if she doesn’t get in shortly after next week, then I think people are going to basically say, ‘She’s not in, she won’t be in and if she gets in, I’m not going to be for her.’ You can only tease so many times in the political process, and I think she’s getting to the end of that,” he said.
Political observers, including Mr. Rove, have speculated that Mrs. Palin could make an announcement about her candidacy on Sept. 3, when she is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at a large tea party gathering in Iowa.
The event was moved recently from Waukee, Iowa, to a venue in Indianola, Iowa, to accommodate what is expected to be a larger crowd.
“I’ve not spoken to him lately and I’ve not encouraged him. When asked about him as a candidate, I’ve said if Paul Ryan ran … he would be a very effective and a clear spokesman with a heart for people that I think our party needs. I think that now or in the future … this is an American who has a lot to offer and to whom I hope people will listen whether he is a candidate or not.”
Asked about Mr. Perry’s “almost treasonous” remarks about the quantitative easing policies of the Federal Reserve, Mr. Daniels, who was the top budget official for President George W. Bush, said the Texas governor “made a serious point in an unfortunate way.”
But the two-term Indiana governor said President Obama and his allies have been much more effective at vilifying Republicans than vice versa.
“This state has got a diverse, robust economy, and people are voting with their feet by moving to Texas from all across the country,” Mr. Rove said.View Entire Story
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David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper’s coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper’s Web site. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as ...
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