More in the fray for White House 2016

  • Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Jun 04, 2015 22:38 IST

Rick Perry, the former Republican governor of Texas who famously flamed out of the last presidential race, is back. He launched his campaign for 2016 on Thursday. The Democrats too saw their ranks of presidential hopeful expand to four with Lincoln Chafee, a former senator and governor announcing his run on Wednesday.

The score so far: 10 Republican candidates to four Democrats. And this is not over yet; there are plenty more waiting for announcing on either side.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s campaign said he will be formally joining the race on June 15, ending months of running with an exploratory committee.

Another Republican, Indian American Bobby Jindal, who has also been working with an exploratory committee, is expected to announce on June 24, according to media reports.

Perry had entered the 2012 race in rockstar reception and had surged right to the top of the list. But this didn’t last long, as he failed to recover from a crippling fumble in one of the debates.

To cut down the size of the government, a favourite theme of Republicans, he had offered up that he would shut down three government departments, all large employers. He named two of them — education and commerce — and then struggled for the third one. He just couldn’t remember, despite promptings from his rivals flanking him.

“Oops …,” he said, practically ending his candidacy. That word, however, has remained inextricably linked to him since. His wife was asked about it by a TV interviewer earlier this week.

Chafee, who candidature has been dubbed as a “long shot” has sought to add some variety to the race — by promising to make the US join international measuring standards.

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