Here is your Morning Brief for May 18, 2015.

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Perry 2016

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce on June 4th in Dallas that he is running for President. Perry is looking to recover from his failed 2012 campaign and is looking for a second chance to make his case. If voters can put Perry's "oops" moment in the past, I believe Perry will get that second chance he is hoping for. As the Dallas Morning News reported, Perry will enter the 2016 contest a different candidate both in help and preparation.

He has consulted weekly with conservative experts on foreign relations and economic policy. He has assembled advisers and campaign teams in the early states and has even taken tutoring in public speaking.

He has frequently acknowledged mistakes in his last run – entering while still ailing from recent back surgery and being under-prepared for the rigors and questions on the campaign trail.

Perry still knows how to work a room as he is able to easily connect with conservative voters and his resume is excellent. While his polling numbers are low and he looks like a long shot, I still believe that he has a chance to move up in the polls and to make the race interesting. If he can convince voters that experience matters, why would they not look at him?

No one should count Rick Perry out yet.

Julian Castro as VP?

According to The Hill, a former HUD Secretary believes that the former Mayor of San Antonio and current HUD Secretary Julian Castro could be Hillary Clinton's choice for VP.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is likely to choose Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro or another Hispanic politician to be her running mate, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros said in an interview that will air Sunday.
“What I am hearing in Washington, including from people in Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that the first person on their lists is Julián Castro, the ... Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, who use[d] to be the Mayor of San Antonio,” he said in an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto.”
“They don’t have a second option, because he is the superior candidate considering his record, personality, demeanor and Latin heritage.”
“I think there is a very high possibility that Hillary Clinton may choose Julián Castro,” he said.”
Castro has followed a political path similar to the one Cisneros traveled in the 1990s. Cisneros served as Mayor of San Antonio and was then HUD secretary under President Bill Clinton.
The once-rising star ultimately left the Clinton administration in the shadow of a scandal about payments he had made to a former mistress.
He later pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI and was pardoned by Clinton.
This is something that I have thought all along. Castro is a far-left liberal who could help Clinton energize the liberal base that doesn't trust her. Castro would probably jump at the chance of being Clinton's VP because he knows that running for Governor in Texas won't work out in his favor anytime soon.

Other Must Read Links:

Abbott the 2016 Kingmaker

Perry Looks to Stand Out in Iowa

Lubbock Teens Arrested for Assaulting Cops

Large GOP Field Has Party Anxious

States vs. Cities

Rubio Talks Iraq and Bush

POLITICO's Takeaways From Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner

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