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Rick Perry camp lowers expectations



img-20110924-00092.jpgAs the Presidency 5 straw poll voting got under way, Rick Perry's camp started lowering expectations.

“I’m an old hurdler, and every once in a while you might hit the second hurdle but you can still get to the finish line before the rest of them,” said Michael Williams, a former Texas railroad commissioner who served as a surrogate Saturday for Perry, who had already left for Michigan.

“Hank Aaron didn’t hit a home run every time he got up to bat, and as much as folks down in Miami may like Reggie Bush, he’s not going to get a touchdown every time he touches the ball," Williams said. "Sometimes things may not go the way you want them to. But he’s going to be fine, he will be just fine."

Williams did what Perry did not in front of the CPAC audience: Address the immigration issue. Williams told the crowd just before the vote that Perry’s record had been distorted.

"He has opposed amnesty. He fought against sanctuary cities," and paid to secure border when federal government would not. "No illegal immigrant in the state of Texas has received a handout for a free college education,” he told the crowd.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 24, 2011 5:36pm]


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