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Rick Perry’s Second Act

The Texas governor’s new national campaign.

Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By FRED BARNES
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AEF didn’t come up. It hadn’t been announced yet. Now that it has, it’s bound to provoke media scrutiny. Candidates often set up “exploratory” committees in the months before officially entering a presidential race. AEF is more substantial and policy focused. It outlines how much of its effort will be devoted to specific activities. Ten percent, an AEF document says, will be spent on “periodic outreach to members of the print, broadcast and internet media.”

 

That’s likely to be AEF’s most difficult task. That the mainstream press is liberal is only part of the problem. The mainstream media relish the opportunity to ridicule Republican politicians who’ve faltered in the past. If Perry can neutralize media scorn, he’ll have passed an important test. In this regard, AEF can help.

Fred Barnes is an executive editor at The Weekly Standard.

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