The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Is Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hopeful Newt Gin­grich ready to de­clare Texas Gov. Rick Perry his run­ning mate? Fox News po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Carl Cameron is con­vinced the Gin­grich cam­paign is on the cusp of pair­ing the two in time for the Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Au­gust, which is a lit­tle more than 24 weeks away. The Gin­grich/perry combo is not a bad ru­mor to have afloat as Mis­sis­sippi and Alabama go to the pri­maries on Tues­day.

There is hub­bub. Mr. Perry has said he has no in­ter­est in the vice pres­i­dency, his spokes­woman del­i­cately calls a Gin­grich/perry ticket “hum­bling but pre­ma­ture.” Mr. Gin­grich’s spokesman R.C. Ham­mond de­nies there are any mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions afoot. Yet Mr. Perry has not left the na­tional stage. The Lone Star leader con­tin­ues to cam­paign for the for­mer House speaker. And Mr. Perry is still on mes­sage, and has a taste for some push­back against the White House.

“Pres­i­dent Obama and his al­lies are once again putting their po­lit­i­cal agenda ahead of sound pol­icy and the de­liv­ery of cost-ef­fi­cient health care,” Mr. Perry wrote in a March 1 ed­i­to­rial, pub­lished at his of­fi­cial web­site. He also com­mented on the death of An­drew Bre­it­bart, call­ing him “an out­spo­ken pioneer for con­ser­va­tive me­dia who fought for what he be­lieved in, ex­pos­ing gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion and me­dia bias.”

And af­ter the Jus­tice Depart­ment ob­jected to a Texas voter-iden­ti­fi­ca­tion law re­quir­ing photo IDS, Mr. Perry said Mon­day, “The DOJ has no valid rea­son for re­ject­ing this im­por­tant law, which re­quires noth­ing more ex­ten­sive than the type of photo iden­ti­fi­ca­tion nec­es­sary to re­ceive a li­brary card or board an air­plane. Their de­nial is yet an­other ex­am­ple of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s con­tin­u­ing and per­va­sive fed­eral over­reach.”

Rick Perry

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