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How Would Texan Jeb Bush's Candidacy Affect Rick Perry?


The following is from the Dec. 17, edition of WOAI radio of San Antonio. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson provided expertise for this story.

December 18, 2014

With Jeb Bush, born in Midland, raised in Houston, and educated at the University of Texas, if he does jump into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination for President, what impact will that have on the plans of retiring Texas Gov. Rick Perry?

Cal Jillson, a political analyst at Southern Methodist University, tells News Radio 1200 WOAI that Perry's biggest problem if he runs for President isn't other candidates, it's himself, and the shadow of his failed campaign for President in 2012.

"One of the big problems in his 2012 run is, he announced way too late and without adequate preparation," Jillson said. "He has been preparing for months, and in lots of different ways."

Jillson says a Bush run may actually benefit Perry.

"If there’s a big field, there will be lots of debates, there will be lots of time, the spotlight will be spread across lots of people," Jillson said. "He can slowly rebuild his credentials."

Jillson says Perry will also clearly need to hone his message if he expects to appeal to a national audience.

"In 2012, he took it to the upper Midwest and the West Coast and it didn't work. so he's got to think about the fact that Texas and the country are different, and the country is more moderate and more business friendly, less Tea Party, and that's how he'll have to sound."