CLEVELAND (KXAN) — The longest serving Governor in Texas history, Rick Perry, stood in front of the Texas delegation early Monday morning and said, “Hell, Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice. I was my first choice.”
The crowd erupted in laughter, but after losing in the GOP primary, Rick Perry told supporters their hate of Hillary Clinton should outweigh their hesitance for Donald Trump.
“Making America great again starts by taking care of our veterans,” he said.
Gov. Perry spoke Monday night to a crowded convention hall introducing Marcus Lutrell, who the book “Lone Survivor,” is based on.
During Monday’s brief speech, he did not mention Trump by name, but he did utter the slogan, “make America great again.” Perry was a rival of Trump’s but now he is crucial in the effort to unify around Trump. While Perry’s saying he wants all Republicans to back Trump, he is looking for something in return.
“After it’s over with [the primary] I think the wise ones will go, listen that’s part of the game. We talk tough, we act tough. Then we come together,” Perry told reporters Monday morning.
Perry is one of several high profile Texas leaders Trump needs so the rest of their flock stay true to one candidate. In return he’s looking for a place in a would be Trump administration. He wants a spot where he can work with veterans.
“Donald Trump really has that ability, that vision to put America back on track,” said Perry at the breakfast with the Texas delegation.
But first, Trump needs to be officially nominated, then beat Hillary Clinton in November.
Remember, the majority of the Texas delegation is voting for Cruz because he won the Texas primary. That’s why some people say their spot in the convention is down in the corner. In elections past, they’ve been front and center.
It’s an odd move, because Trump needs Texans to donate to his campaign and volunteer to help him win in November. That remains to be seen.