Join over 100 groups in supporting Gov. Perry for re-election
HOUSTON – Today Gov. Rick Perry received the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush for the general election. They were joined by representatives from more than 100 organizations and hundreds of leaders who have endorsed Gov. Perry’s re-election, highlighting his diverse, statewide support, which represents millions of Texans.
“Gov. Perry’s leadership and proven track record is an essential component in keeping Texas a national leader in job creation,” said former President George H.W. Bush. “Texas has become a prime example of what happens when you mix fiscal responsibility, strong leadership and a vision of moving a state forward. It is an honor to endorse Gov. Rick Perry for the general election.”
George H.W. Bush was sworn in as president of the United States in January 1989 and served until January 1993. During his term in office, the Cold War ended; the threat of nuclear war was drastically reduced; the Soviet Union ceased to exist, replaced by a democratic Russia with the Baltic States becoming free; the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunified with Eastern Europe; and he put together an unprecedented international coalition to liberate Kuwait.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush is a tireless advocate of volunteerism, helping countless charities and humanitarian causes. Today she and President Bush serve as Co-Chairs of C-Change, an organization that represents more than 150 individuals and groups that fight cancer. She also enjoys reading to children at schools and hospitals across the nation.
“I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush,” said Gov. Perry. “His devotion and leadership, to our country, has brought forth inspiration to us all.”
Gov. Perry’s endorsements highlight the broad-based support he has from diverse groups and industries, ranging from agriculture, health care and retail sales, to construction, law enforcement and education.
In his remarks, Gov. Perry emphasized the creation of 850,000 Texas jobs in the last ten years and the recent drop in the unemployment rate in Texas; leaving the national rate nearly two points above ours. He also touted our state’s low taxes, predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and education efforts as crucial elements that have helped make it a national leader in exports and Fortune 1000 companies.
Governor Perry's 2010 campaign is sponsoring NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte's car at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Bobby Labonte, #71, will be driving the Governor Perry 2010 car at Texas Motor Speedway, which adds $300,000,000 to the region's economy every year. In anticipation of this exciting event, the Rick Perry #71 car will be touring the Great State of Texas this week, and it's coming to a stop near you!
Come on out, bring your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to get your picture taken with the #71 car! Everyone is invited.
Texans for Rick Perry has some exciting ways you can be a part of the action!
Governor Perry and Bobby Labonte are throwing a barbecue for supporters on Saturday, April 17th at Cooper’s Barbecue in Ft. Worth. You can RSVP and purchase your tickets ($15/person or $25/couple) by emailing Adam Leggett (firstname.lastname@example.org). We must have your RSVP by noon on Friday, April 16th.
If you’d like to attend that BBQ party for free, you have some great options as well.
Option 1: If you set up and fill up a new Perry Home Headquarters between now and 5 p.m. Thursday, April 15th, your admission to the BBQ is free. http://hq.rickperry.org/
Option 2: If you manage to raise the most money through your your personal fundraising page between now and 5:00 on Thursday, April 15th, you’ll not only get free entry to the BBQ, you’ll receive two tickets to the race on Sunday. If you haven't already registered for your personal fundraising page, you can do so by going here http://rickperry.org/fundraise.
Option 3: You can also score free entry to the BBQ and two free race tickets by signing up to become a Perry Home Headquarters and rallying the most supporters between now and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 15th. If you are not already signed up as a Perry Home Headquarters, click here to get started http://hq.rickperry.org/.
Start recruiting and fundraising today so you can be ahead of the pack and we can continue to keep Texas moving forward.
As they say at the track, ladies and gentlemen: start your engines!
LEWISVILLE – TRG Motorsports, NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte and Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texans for Rick Perry will sponsor the No. 71 racecar of NASCAR’s most popular Texan, Bobby Labonte, during the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 18, 2010.
“I am proud to partner with fellow Texan and unwavering patriot, Bobby Labonte, in my effort to raise awareness of the conservative values that have kept our state at the forefront of the national economy,” said Gov. Perry. “Texas has remained strong in the midst of these challenging economic times because of the team effort embraced by hardworking Texans and conservative leaders – teamwork that has kept our taxes low, unemployment down and job creation up. My campaign’s sponsorship of the No. 71 race car will send the message to all Texans that elections are about the hardworking people who make our state great; this election is about moving Texas forward.”
Emblazoned with the Texans for Rick Perry logo and the sponsorship slogan Moving Texas Forward, the Chevy Impala SS driven by Labonte will tour across the state in the days leading up to the Samsung Mobile 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 18, offering race fans the chance to get an up close and personal glimpse at a stock car and learn more about Gov. Perry’s effort to keep Moving Texas Forward.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have Gov. Perry on board the No. 71 for the Texas race,” Labonte said. “It’s always great for me to come back to my home state and now I’ve got an even bigger reason to be able to connect to all of the fans and my fellow Texans.”
NASCAR is an important contributor to Texas’ economic vitality, drawing more than 400,000 spectators and generating revenue equivalent to one Super Bowl event, approximately $90 million, during a single NASCAR weekend at Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway. The speedway is home to the five largest single-day spectator events in the state of Texas, two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and the IndyCar Series Race, contributing a regional economic impact of approximately $300,000,000 per year.
“This is a prime example of why NASCAR sponsorship is such an effective marketing platform,” said team owner Kevin Buckler. “We are going to help Gov. Perry reach a huge number of Texans in a very short period of time. Bobby and the No. 71 are going to provide a call to action to all of the governor's supporters in the NASCAR world. It’s great to see Gov. Perry utilize such a creative way to run for re-election – right in his own back yard.”
About TRG Motorsports
TRG Motorsports is based in Mooresville, North Carolina, and is home to the No. 71 Chevrolet driven by NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte. The team is in its second year of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after successfully competing in the Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA series. The Racer’s Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of sports car racing. TRG’s Porsche sports car program is run out of the company’s headquarters in Petaluma, California. The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 28, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona (three) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.