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Perry's colorful tongue takes the national stage

Aug 17, 2011 2:24:00 AM - thestate.com
In the words of Gov. Rick Perry, secession was one scenario on the table for frustrated Texans. The BP oil spill? Might have been an act of God instead of corporate errors. And if the Federal Reserve puts more money in the U.S. system, as Perry told voters in Iowa this week, you could chalk it up as a treasonous act that would be treated "pretty ugly" back home.

No, that wasn't on the same level as his famous interview signoff, "Adios, mofo." But Perry's just warming up.

Just four days after launching his GOP presidential run, the man from Paint Creek, Texas, already is showing off a colorful tongue. The 61-year-old with maybe the most famous jogging-while-armed story ever - "Don't attack my dog or you might get shot ... if you're a coyote" - may emerge as the most quotable candidate in the Republican field.

But will that hurt as well as help him?

The governor's mouth may come across as amusing to some Texans who have grown accustomed to "Perryisms" over his decades in public office. Now, however, he's on a larger stage with a brighter spotlight. Will his quips be a plus - something for voters to identify with - or a vulnerability in the campaign?

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