Ted Cruz won another vital endorsement on Sunday, as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry selected Cruz as his candidate to win the White House.
Perry told POLITICO that the race has boiled down to Cruz versus Donald Trump, and he will stump with Cruz across Iowa on Tuesday, and join Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King at a Cruz rally in Des Moines Wednesday night. He will continue campaigning with Cruz on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Perry cited a day in December that he spent with Cruz, where he discovered that Cruz was “one of the best listeners I’ve ever dealt with in the political realm.” He added that Cruz demonstrated his respect for the Tenth Amendment, a genuine humility and a more conservative position than Trump. Perry attested, “Of those individuals who have a chance to win the Republican primary, at this juncture, from my perspective, Ted Cruz is by far the most consistent conservative in that crowd. And that appears to be down to two people."
Perry mentioned that he had stood tall as a conservative governor, vetoing numerous bills, and Cruz had acted similarly in the Senate.
He asserted, “You’ll have with Ted Cruz that same result of, senators and others in the Washington establishment that are mad at him, find him to be hard to work with, they will find a way to work with him because they know he means what he says he means.”
Perry added, “He knows he’s going to surround himself with people who do have that experience, and I’m very satisfied that on Day 1, he will be ready to be commander-in-chief. Partly because of the time he’s going to spend in learning what he doesn’t know, but he’s also surrounding himself with people who are extraordinarily capable and wise.”
Perry has come around to Cruz’s side after the two clashed in the Perry’s 2012 Senate primary race, when Cruz defeated Perry’s lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst. On Monday, the Cruz campaign released a strong minute-long video of Perry’s endorsement, in which he noted Cruz’s strength on issues from fighting radical Islamic terrorism to supporting the military.
Queried by POLITICO about Cruz’s ability to work with the legislators in Washington, Perry remarked, “I’d rather see folks come together, work together to find solutions, but from time to time, you’ve got to lay the marker down. There’s that old adage, ‘You gotta hit the mule upside the head to get its attention from time to time.’ I’d suggest that’s exactly what the senator was doing.”
"One of the best listeners I’ve ever dealt with in the political realm.”
Rick Perry, endorsing Ted Cruz
Perry, as an Air Force veteran and champion of veterans’ issues, will aid Cruz in reaching veterans, which will be a huge boon for Cruz in South Carolina, the home of military bases and pro-military citizenry.
Perry concluded that Cruz’s reputation as constructed by the MSM was inaccurate. He said of meeting with Cruz, “I really didn’t want to talk about policy, I didn’t want to talk politics, I didn’t want to talk philosophy. I wanted to talk about him, who he was, see if I could get a handle on Ted Cruz the man, not Cruz the caricature I’d seen through the political lens. What I found was a very different person than what I had been led to believe.”