The Corner

The Perry Spin: ‘As Intense as I Saw It in 1979’

Columbia, S.C. – Katon Dawson, Rick Perry’s South Carolina campaign chairman, tells National Review Online that the Texas governor is surging in the Palmetto State — even though he missed Sen. Jim DeMint’s forum.

“Right now, the enthusiasm for him on the ground is as intense as I saw it in 1979 working for Ronald Reagan,” Dawson says. “We have a groundswell of support.” On the absence, “We regret that he couldn’t be here today,” he says. “First of all, he’s governor of Texas. Second of all, he’s [running] a campaign for president. . . . We applaud his sense of duty.”

Robert Costa — Robert Costa is National Review's Washington editor and a CNBC political analyst. He manages NR's Capitol Hill bureau and covers the White House, Congress, and national campaigns. ...

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