AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gov. Rick Perry’s tough stance on border security and ordering 1,000 National Guard troops to deploy may have helped him surge to the top of the Republican presidential polls.
The latest numbers from Fox News show Perry is tied with Jeb Bush for first at 12 percent. Perry’s numbers are up from 5 points in April.
Senator Ted Cruz is a few points behind with 9 percent support among potential Republican candidates.
Perry may be the frontrunner in this poll, but the governor has not yet announced if he will be running for president.
Ray Sullivan knows more about Governor Rick Perry’s last presidential bid than most.
He was Perry’s chief of staff, then he took on the communications director job with Perry’s presidential campaign.
“It’s probably the most emotionally, physically, mentally taxing thing an individual can do, and probably should be when you’re going for president of the United States,” said Sullivan.
KXAN News got a hold of the governor’s travel itinerary from the beginning of May through mid-July.
The governor made trips to California and the important political state of Florida. He also made trips to the key primary states of Iowa in May and to South Carolina at the beginning of July.
This week the governor weighed in on a race in New Hampshire.
You can find a map of the governor’s recent travels below.
“I think it looks like someone who has been to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina before, liked it and is trying to go back and find some old friends,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan points out Perry is talking about the border, jobs, and even Israel.
“I think the governor learned a lot last time from the presidential campaign. It’s important to get early to be prepared early.”