A reader writes:
I think it is worth linking to Rick Perry's announcement. While I do not agree with his politics, Christianism, or think his arguments are logical, his focus on the economic condition and his continual direct attack on President Obama are altogether different and more effective than any other Republican candidate I have seen, especially with statements like this:
Since June of 2009, Texas is responsible for more than 40 percent of all of the new jobs created in America. Now think about that. We’re home to less than 10 percent of the population in America, but 40 percent of all the new jobs were created in that state.
It is like George W. Bush on steroids – with scarcely a mention of the culture wars. He will win the nomination easily, and unless the current economic condition improves, he will be a strong contender for the presidency. While I don't think the majority of Americans want a Christian preacher for president, they will be focused on jobs and the economy over social issues.
WaPo's "Fact Checker" counters Perry's "40 percent of all new jobs" claim, among many others.