Chad’s Morning Brief: Rick Perry Continues to Take on Donald Trump and Rand Paul Travels to Texas
Here are some of the issues that will be discussed on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show.
Perry vs Trump
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry stepped up his attacks on Donald Trump on Thursday. Perry is not happy with Trumps comments on border security and not happy with Trump's attacks on Perry's record. In a statement released yesterday, Perry said Trump isn't offering conservatism.
Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s ongoing comments about Governor Perry and border security:
“Donald Trump continues to demonstrate his fundamental misunderstanding of border security. Make no mistake – border security is a federal responsibility, but when I met with President Obama last year and it became clear he would not act, I told him if he would not secure the border, Texas would. Rather than thanking Texas for stepping into a gap it shouldn’t have to fill, Mr. Trump has made clear that he believes the states should fend for themselves on border security. Not only is this wrong, it perpetuates the same failed policies that have left our southern border porous and vulnerable.
I have a message for my fellow Republicans and the independents who will be voting in the primary process: what Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.
America doesn’t need another president who pays lip service when issues of national security are at stake. America doesn’t need another president who will pass the buck on border security. We need a president who will finally act to secure the border after decades of failed leadership in Washington, D.C. And Mr. Trump has done nothing to prove that he is the president America needs.”
I think Rick Perry is sick and tired of all the Donald Trump hype. It also should be pointed out that Perry is lagging in the polls and attacking Trump will only help his numbers. I will agree with Rick Perry on this, Donald Trump is no conservative.
Rand Paul to Texas
Rand Paul will be making his first official visit to Texas today as a 2016 candidate. According to the Texas Tribune, Paul will be down in the Houston area.
Texas could again factor prominently into the GOP nominating contest next year, and Paul, who grew up in Lake Jackson and went to Baylor University, is looking to get a piece of the action. He is set to rally supporters then sign books Friday afternoon at a downtown Houston hotel before attending a fundraiser in the city. He said his mom, wife and sister are also pitching in, hosting events Thursday through Saturday in Houston and Lake Jackson.
Paul won't be the only 2016 hopeful this week in Texas, whose March 1 primary is earlier than usual and has kept candidates from both parties traveling to the state at a steady clip. Paul's Houston visit will come the same day another GOP presidential candidate, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, swings through Dallas. And on Sunday, Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont running for president, will also pay a visit to Texas, holding town hall meetings in Dallas and Houston.
In an interview Wednesday, Paul said he is taking the state seriously as part of a long-term strategy, mindful that the number of candidates with ties to Texas may seem large now but could be smaller come March 1. Leading the pack of GOP hopefuls who can claim connections to Texas are the two contenders who currently hail from the state, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry.
"I think the one thing you don't know at this point is how many candidates will last and how many will still be there, so there's always a chance that some Texas candidates aren't there," Paul said. "So I think it's important for people who really want to win the nomination to be organized in Texas. We will organize and continue to organize in Texas."
I predict that Texas will see many 2016 candidates cross the state during the election season.
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