Another Sign Rick Perry Is In The Race

It looks like the wife is on board:

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry will need money, organization, staff and stamina if he runs for president.

But he appears to already have the support that’s most important for the race — his wife’s.

Following a brief meeting on state finances Tuesday, Perry talked expansively for the first time on what his wife, Anita, has been telling him about a White House run.

“My wife was talking to me and saying: ‘Listen… get out of your comfort zone. Yeah, being governor of Texas is a great job, but sometimes you’re  called to step into the fray,'” the governor said.

As an experienced political wife, Anita Perry has been stepping into the fray with her husband since he ran for the Texas House in 1984.

Holding a master’s degree in nursing, she worked as a nurse for 17 years.

Perry said his wife is worried how the new health care law will affect health care.

The concern about such issues as health care and federal debt, he said, spurred him into thinking about the White House.

“I will tell you that 60 days ago, this was not on my radar screen,” Perry said.  ” This was something that both my wife and people that I really trust who know me well… that caused me to really look at what’s going on in America.”

So, it looks like Anita Perry is willing to t take the step that the wives of Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels weren’t. Combined with the other signals we’ve gotten, I think it’s fairly clear that this point that Perry is indeed entering the race, although it’s unlikely we’ll see him make an announcement until sometime in mid-August. He seems well poised to vault nearly immediately into the top tier of candidates along with Romney and Bachmann if the polls are any indication, but it’s worth noting that these polls likely largely reflect name recogintion and things could change significantly once Perry hits the campaign trail.

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  1. hey norm says:

    I’m holding a prayer day to ensure that he is in.

  2. mantis says:

    I hope he runs, too. We need more Republican lunatics in the race.