Texas Governor Rick Perry has received two big endorsements in his campaign for president this week.
The first came on Monday from Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. Governor Jindal is of Indian descent and has done wonderful things for his state. For those who say that Governor Perry is unelectable, they can look at this endorsement and be forced to consider the other side of things. With Governor Jindal's endorsement, especially coming this early, he must be pretty confident in the Texas governor's chances. Governor Jindal is more than accepted among the top Republicans, meaning that his opinion matters.
Governor Jindal released this statement: “Rick Perry is the candidate who can lead our party to victory in 2012. His record on job creation simply cannot be beat, and the one million jobs he’s helped create as governor is a stark contrast to the 2.4 million jobs lost on President Obama’s watch.”
The other endorsement, which came today, is from Nevada governor Brian Sandoval. This is a great endorsement as well. The first reason is because Governor Sandoval is among the GOP's new generation of Latino "stars" (some others being New Mexico governor Susana Martinez and Florida Senator Marco Rubio). The Latino vote was a huge swing for President Obama in 2008 and is crucial to his re-election in 2012. The second reason is because in 2008, President Obama won the state of Nevada over Senator John McCain by a margin of 12.5%. This does not matter as much in the primaries as it will in the general election, should Governor Perry receive the GOP's nomination.
Here is the statement released by Governor Sandoval: "Our nation needs a leader in the White House who understands the role of government and our economy. Governor Rick Perry has the strongest record of job creation, fiscal discipline, and executive branch leadership among the presidential candidates. As a governor, Rick Perry created a tremendous blueprint for job creation and as President, I know he will get America working again. I consider Governor Perry a friend and I am proud to endorse his campaign for President."
These endorsements come in the same week that former Minnesota governor and former presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president (see below).