Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics:
As he has worked assiduously over the last couple of years to refurbish his image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential bid, Rick Perry has not been shy about soliciting advice on international affairs from a variety of sources.
Following an appearance in New Hampshire on Thursday morning, the former Texas governor singled out one Republican senator whose input he has been particularly interested in seeking.
Perry had just finished an appearance at a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at Saint Anselm College’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics—a must-visit stop for any White House hopeful—when he was asked to sign a poster board that previous speakers this year had inked. Among them were Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former New York Gov. George Pataki and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
With his microphone still hot, C-SPAN 2 captured what Perry said next about Graham, who also isconsidering a presidential run.
“Lindsey is by buddy,” Perry said as he signed the board. “I am a big Lindsey Graham fan. I think he is one of the most knowledgeable people we have on foreign policy, and we need to listen to him. He is a very, very bright Republican senator. He’s carved out his niche, and it is foreign policy.”