Comments on: Texas governor unlikely small government champion Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:26:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: sooku Mon, 22 Aug 2011 22:26:38 +0000 Actually, these numbers DO indicate that Perry fits the Republican pattern. Republican presidents have run up obscene amounts of debt and hugely expanded the federal government, in direct negation of their campaign rhetoric. Perry too can be counted on to do the exact opposite of what he says.