Texas Gov. Rick Perry so incited participants of three conservative anti-tax (and largely anti-Obama) "tea party" rallies with his anti-Washington and states' rights rhetoric on April 15th that the audience began to shout, "Secede!"
Perry has further sparked approval of the Texas hard-right Republican base with his secessionist talk and fiery anti-Washington rhetoric on his support of a Texas sovereignty resolution in the Texas legislature.
Perry's anti-Washington secessionist rhetoric and pandering on a range of right-wing social issues is clearly working with the Texas Republican base Perry is trying to woo away from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) who will oppose Perry in the 2010 GOP primary next March.
An internal poll from Perry's campaign finds Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) beating him in a Republican primary now by just 45% to 39%. A more recent Rasmussen poll shows Perry passing Hutchison 42% to 38% in the last month. Hutchison was far ahead of Perry just a few months ago.
Hoping to build on his fiery “tea party” anti-tax, secessionist and anti-Washington rhetoric momentum of the last month, Perry will host a “Tea Party 2.0” tele-town hall with Republican Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina Thursday. 30,000 people are expected to dial into the teleconference town hall. This is an excellent way for the incumbent governor to gather phone numbers and email addresses he can later use to solicit campaign donations and volunteer support in his campaign against Kay Bailey Hutchison.
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