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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a national prayer rally in Houston. A nationally televised debate, a test vote in Iowa and a candidacy by Perry — should he decide to seek the GOP nomination as many insiders, activists and party leaders expect — could shake up the Republican presidential race in the coming days. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a national prayer rally in Houston. A nationally televised debate, a test vote in Iowa and a candidacy by Perry — should he decide to seek the GOP nomination as many insiders, activists and party leaders expect — could shake up the Republican presidential race in the coming days. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)  

Pending announcement, students work to get Perry elected

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

While Texas Governor Rick Perry has yet to announce a presidential run, college students across the country are already rallying to push him to victory in 2012.

Students for Rick Perry, a grassroots coalition of college students, is working to garner support for the Lone Star State governor by building chapters on campuses across the country.

The group, which has been gaining momentum since mid-June, now boasts over 25 state chairs, five national board chairs and a slew of social media followers. And they continue to grow.

“We are working to build the grassroots support and infrastructure so that when Governor Perry announces we will be ready to join forces with his campaign,” Georgetown senior and co-chair of Students for Rick Perry, Joe Knowles told TheDC.

Just last week Students for Rick Perry released their first video, which touted Perry’s reputation as a job creator – with the poor economy under Obama as a foil.

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“Gov. Perry would provide a real choice for the American people in a general election against Barack Obama. He never was for cap and trade, he never was for reforms similar to Obamacare and he has a clear consistent conservative message,” Knowles said, taking digs at presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney, respectively. “He is a perfect candidate to unite to really unite the establishment wings of the party and the tea party.”

The group is not official –  indeed all the volunteers are unpaid –  however, the hope is that once Perry gets in Students for Rick Perry will be a part of his path to victory.

“If/when Gov. Perry jumps in, he’s got something to work with,” Knowles’ co-chairman Justin Till, a recent Angelo State University graduate and former chairman of Texas College Republicans, told the Texas Tribune. “But I’m in a holding pattern pending any announcement. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.”

Monday, the Washington Post’s The Fix reported that a recent Perry fundraising letter pinned the date of Perry’s presidential announcement to a day shortly after the Ames Straw Poll.

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  • Midnight2u2002

    Students for Perry sounds like little kids playing a game. They know nothing of how things work or how to fix it. He is the flavor of the month…. Palin she’s the one… Bachmann she’s the one… Romney he’s the one…and on and on. Today the wind blows to Perry and tomorrow who knows. Perry is a closet democrat. He is cool so I will vote for Perry….sad so sad. Time for students to do some research of political history and see. All but one of the candidates are the same. Do me a favor and look at RON PAUL’S website and then tell me how you could support anyone else. The future is yours not mine I am 56 and have seen the Perrys come and go. And left a mess in thier wake. He is not the second coming you think he is. He is the same old same old……

  • Caldwellricky14

    Rick Perry is obviously in association with the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds due to him attending the Bilderberg meetings. Remember, the only reason Bill Clinton became a presidential front-runner is because he attended the Bilderberg meeting at Baden, Germany in 1991 admittedly.

  • Anonymous

    Sandy E, somebody’s getting fed bad information here. Perry didn’t preserve that fund; he spent a third of it, and the other two thirds are next, and several more billion, unless the economy reverses itself. Texas, for all its gold, and as fiscally stingy as it is, constantly struggles to balance its budget. I can’t help thinking that if Texas had a Romney, it wouldn’t remain one of the most impoverished, low-wage, underinsured, underfunded states for very long.

    But I guess Texas’ poverty is Texas’ business. Just keep Perry away from the rest of us.