“A good listener who respects the Tenth Amendment”
From the Politico story:
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is endorsing Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary, Perry told POLITICO in an interview Sunday night.
Perry, who also sought the GOP nomination before dropping out in September, said he now sees the race as one that is between Cruz, a fellow Texan, and Donald Trump. Through phone calls and during a December day spent driving around his Round Top, Texas, home in his truck with Cruz, Perry said he found the senator to be a good listener who respects the Tenth Amendment, “knows what he does not know” and is more conservative than Trump.
“Of those individuals who have a chance to win the Republican primary, at this juncture, from my perspective, Ted Cruz is by far the most consistent conservative in that crowd,” Perry said. “And that appears to be down to two people.”
Perry will join Cruz campaigning in Iowa tomorrow and Wednesday, and will join with Cruz and Congressman Steve King for a rally in Des Moines on Wednesday evening.
“You’ll have with Ted Cruz […] senators and others in the Washington establishment that are mad at him, find him to be hard to work with, they will find a way to work with him because they know he means what he says he means,” he said.
Perry also said that he is confident Cruz would be prepared for the job, and that he is a far different person than the media caricature of of the Senator:
“He knows he’s going to surround himself with people who do have that experience, and I’m very satisfied that on Day 1, he will be ready to be commander-in-chief,” Perry said, “Partly because of the time he’s going to spend in learning what he doesn’t know, but he’s also surrounding himself with people who are extraordinarily capable and wise.”
“I wanted to talk about him, who he was, see if I could get a handle on Ted Cruz the man, not Cruz the caricature I’d seen through the political lens. What I found was a very different person than what I had been led to believe.”
Cruz worked hard to get Perry’s endorsement, and it comes with almost perfect timing for the final push in Iowa, especially since Perry is very good at retail politics, and is willing to step up and help on the stump.
Coming hot on the heels of the endorsement by Glenn Beck, it seems that Cruz is getting the better of the endorsement game, compared to Trump.