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.”