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Perry’s A&M Classmate Caucuses For Governor In Urbandale

Gov. Rick Perry at his last campaign stop of 2011 in Boone, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune
Gov. Rick Perry at his last campaign stop of 2011 in Boone, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.

One of Rick Perry’s former classmates at Texas A&M University made an impassioned plea at a caucus meeting in Urbandale, Iowa for voters to support the Texas Governor’s bid for the presidential nomination.

“A good leader gets people to do things they don’t want to do,” Marine General Joe Webber said to the crowd in a caucus televised nationally on C-SPAN. “I gotta tell ya, our country right now, if we’ve ever needed a leader to get people to do things that they don’t want to do, we need it right now.”

“Rick Perry will get us back to understanding and appreciating that and provide the leadership, leader of character, that our nation needs so desperately,” Webber said to polite applause.

Representatives for each candidate get several minutes to pitch the crowd before caucus-goers cast their votes. At the same caucus in Urbandale, former Pennsylvania Governor Rick Santorum’s wife Karen spoke for her husband. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
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