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Perry's second chance: He deserves one

In an editorial on Jan. 20, 2012, after Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race, we wrote of his value to the country and the Republican Party:

“Whether he decides to run for national office again or retire as a candidate, we hope Rick Perry remains active in national Republican politics. At the moment, he is the party’s most vocal champion of recommitting America to federalism, and the country would benefit if he continued promoting that worthy cause.”

Perry announced last week his second run for the White House. In 2012, the governor was woefully (and obviously) unprepared for the challenge. He has spent the intervening years making sure he does not repeat that mistake in 2016. He deserves a second consideration.

Perry’s record as governor of Texas is impressive enough in its own right to merit another look. His tax and regulatory reforms helped make Texas the nation’s most economically vibrant state. He is better schooled on foreign policy than he was before, and he has an intuitive sense of leadership that does not come naturally to even many experienced politicians.

The 2016 Republican presidential field is especially rich. Though we are far from deciding on a candidate, we are glad to see Perry among the competitors.

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