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Rick Perry Enters the Race as Top Tier Candidate

By The Economist, The Economist - August 14, 2011

RICK PERRY is running for president. The governor of Texas just announced his candidacy with a statement on his website and a speech in South Carolina. I thought the speech was rather good, partly for its cheerleading. Mr Perry criticised Barack Obama for "downgrading" America's confidence, for example, and talked about how America is going to roll up its sleeves and get back to work. Maybe it's babble, and it's certainly boilerplate, but it's boilerplate that corresponds with my intractably naive preferences.

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