On Eve of Wednesday’s GOP Debate, Gov. Perry Surging

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-Life Texas Gov. Rick Perry

You wouldn’t think Labor Day could be chaotic, but it was for me. Which meant I did not get a chance to watch the Palmetto Freedom Forum yesterday.

Five pro-life Republican Presidential candidates were quizzed by South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, Iowa congressman Steve King, and Princeton Professor Robert P. George. The five included Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congressman Ron Paul, businessman Herman Cain, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. The latest candidate to enter the field—pro-life Texas Gov. Rick Perry—had to pull out to handle the wildfires that have consumed thousands of acres of land in his state.

Reading a generous sprinkling of the many, many accounts of the debate, there were, of course, differences among the candidates. But they were clearly on the same page on the big ticket items–and their 180 degree contrast to pro-abortion President Barack Obama could not be missed. (See Part Three.)

Let me offer a couple of developments that put the GOP presidential race in context. It’s no accident that Planned Parenthood went after Gov. Perry hammer and tong in a fundraising email over the weekend. The theme is “Why is Rick Perry so cruel to women?”

The venom is multi-directional but the hub is the sonogram law that Perry made a priority, the legislature passed, and a federal judge has slapped a temporary injunction on (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/09/texas-to-appeal-temporary-injunction-of-sonogram-law ). This is part of Perry’s

“single-minded assault on women’s rights” which “If he wins the White House” PPFA President Cecile Richard tells us, “he will surely try to force these burdens on women across the country.”

Why do I say this is no accident? Because the latest poll numbers show Gov. Perry on a real roll. A NBC/Wall Street Journal released today shows that among Republican voters, Perry is the favorite of 38 %, with Romney at 23 %, Paul at 9%, and Bachmann at 8 %.

Likewise the latest POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds Perry with 36%, Romney second with 17 percent, “followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at 10 percent, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at 10 percent, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) at 5 percent and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 5 percent,” writes POLITICO’s Alexander Burns. “Businessman Herman Cain and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman took 4 percent and 1 percent, respectively.”

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