The author of this piece at redstate here has done a lot of heavy lifting in his research to outline both sides of the issues raised about Rick Perry. Please take the time to read the article, including the links and decide for yourself. Personally, I haven't decided who gets my vote in the primary, but Bachmann, Cain and Perry all bring unique qualities to the table and are at the top of my list. Whoever gets the nomination is going to be attacked by the left, and we must be prepared to give answers. This article does that for Perry. I wish there were similar articles on the others. If they pop up, I'll post them.
There's a follow-up at lifenews re Perry's admission that he made a mistake on the gardisil issue.
I attended the redstate gathering in Charleston and was there for Perry's announcement.
(Snapping the picture with the red shoes on.)
Perry said all the right things to an enthusiastic crowd, and admittedly, it was easy to get caught up in the moment. More exciting and encouraging for me, however, were the speeches by Ted Cruz (TX), Adam Hasner (FL), Don Stenberg (NE), Richard Mourdock (IN) and Michael Williams (TX), all candidates for the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. They are solid conservatives and have the records to prove it. For the last few weeks, it's seemed as though the U.S. was headed off a cliff, and it's been easy to get discouraged. It was uplifting for me to see the number of young people that are engaged in this effort to restore conservatism. Most of the front page diarists I met from redstate are in their 20's and 30's, as were the leaders of the training sessions for American Majority, Heritage Action for America and FreedomWorksPAC. This is good news, folks.
Governor Nikki Haley gave a rousing speech and was a warm, gracious lady who makes me proud to be a conservative woman.
(Notice the homemade burlap ribbon pinned on with a flag pin which I wore to represent the Hobbits!)
Rep. Tim Scott and Governor Rick Scott are carrying the torch in SC and Florida. And I had the opportunity to hear the man who, when told by Mitch McConnell that he couldn't change the Senate, took on the challenge to change the people in the Senate. Senator Jim DeMint is a rock star! He played a huge role in getting Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and Pat Toomey elected, particularly through the fundraising efforts of the Senate Conservatives Fund which DeMint started(http://senateconservatives.com/)
I left Charleston with a renewed sense of hope for the future of our country because I met so many smart, confident and talented people, particulary young people, who believe in conservatism as strongly as I do and are working to make sure we don't go off that cliff.