The Sunday shows focused this week on the last-minute politics surrounding the effort to raise the federal debt ceiling. However, a few pundits managed to fit potential presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry into the discussion. Just barely.
On NBC's Meet the Press, U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador, R-ID, attacked fellow guest and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (a Democrat) for raising taxes during her tenure. "At the same time, you have the governor of Texas who actually supported tax decreases and more broadening of the base, and actually we have the fastest growth in Texas than any of the other states," Labrador argued.
Sure, he didn't mention Perry by name, but we're pretty sure we know who he's talking about. See the video below.
Fox News Sunday's online-only "Panel Plus" discussion included talk about three Texans: Gov. Rick Perry, Austin-based political strategist Karl Rove (who is credited with already running millions of dollars worth of anti-Obama ads in Spanish in swing states), and declared presidential candidate Ron Paul, the Republican congressman from Surfside.
Basically, the panel sees other rising stars within the GOP who could jump into the presidential race late, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Meanwhile, Paul is expected to make a strong showing in the Iowa Straw Poll on August 13.
Watch the panel below.