The Brief: Rick Perry Becomes Latest To Endorse Trump

Former West Des Moines, Iowa USA Jan. 27, 2016: Texas Governor Rick Perry fires up the crowd before West Des Moines, Iowa USA Jan. 27, 2016: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to evangelicals in West Des Moines, Iowa on the eve of the final Republican debate before next week's caucuses. Cruz has challenged leader Donald Trump to a Saturday night showing when Trump declined to show for tomorrow's debate.

By , The Texas Tribune, texastribune.org

The Big Conversation

Former Gov. Rick Perry dedicated a significant amount of time during his short-lived run for the White House raising pointed criticism of Donald Trump. In a television interview on Thursday, Perry endorsed Trump for president.

 

“He is not a perfect man,” Perry told CNN, as reported by the Tribune’s Patrick Svitek. “But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them.”

Perry also said he would consider serving as Trump’s running mate, Svitek wrote. “I am not going to say no,” he told CNN.

“Endorsing Trump is a remarkable turnaround for Perry,” Svitek added. “The former governor was the first member of the GOP field to attack Trump, delivering a speech in July that labeled Trump anathema to the GOP.” Perry memorably called Trump a “cancer on conservatism” and had more recently been a backer of Ted Cruz for president.

Svitek also reported on Thursday that Dave Carney, Perry’s former longtime adviser who also helped David Dewhurst against Cruz in the 2012 U.S. Senate contest, was brought on board to help a pro-Cruz super PAC.

Carney, Svitek wrote, “last month joined Trusted Leadership PAC, the top super PAC supporting Cruz. Carney signed on as Cruz was coming off a breakthrough victory in Wisconsin — and navigating much less friendly territory in the northeast.”

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