Monday on the Chad Hasty Show, GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak spoke about Governor Rick Perry's recent developments and his potential as a Presidential candidate in 2016.

Mackowiak observed that Rick Perry is on the rise, working busily recently to raise money and support Republicans. He noted that Perry may be a Presidential candidate in 2016 and is working to improve his image across the nation. Mackowiak said, "At the end of the day, his record as Governor, whether you like it or not, is strong. The Texas story is strong. So I think he has a chance to be a very competitive candidate in 2016, depending on what the field looks like."

In the hypothetical case of both Rick Perry and Ted Cruz running in the 2016 election, Mackowiak said Perry would have an advantage over Cruz in that Perry has run for President before. He noted some differences between the two representatives. He suggested the differences in the bases of the two potential candidates. He said Cruz's base is built mainly from small donors, grassroots efforts, and the Tea Party. He said Perry's base is made up of a focus on bigger national issues, such as water, transportation, and the economy.

Mackowiak also took a brief look at the runoff campaigns of Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst for Texas Lieutenant Governor. He observed that  Dewhurst finally responded to Patrick, returning the focus. However, Mackowiak noted Dewhurst would have to make a negative campaign, which could have negative consequences for himself.

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