Perry to GOP straw poll voters: ‘I’ve got all my hopes on Florida’by George Bennett | September 24th, 2011
Mitt Romney and other candidates have left town before today’s “Presidency 5″ straw poll, but Perry stuck around this morning to speak to about 1,000 Republican delegates at a breakfast gathering.
He recalled being lieutenant governor of Texas in 2000 while the world waited for the Florida recount to determine whether then Texas Gov. George W. Bush would become president.
“For about a month and a half, my hopes of being the governor of the state of Texas were hanging in the balance. And here we are 11 years later and I’ve got all my hopes on Florida again,” Perry said.
“There are a number of folks whose campaigns have spurned this tradition of the Florida straw poll, and I think that’s a big mistake. I think the Florida straw poll is very important,” Perry said.