With his first choice now on the sidelines, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey has picked another horse in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, he’s just not saying which one.
While Republican leadership in the state has largely endorsed former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Ramsey wouldn’t say Thursday which lever he pulled when he voted early for Tennessee’s March 6 primary. He had come out as a particularly vocal supporter of Rick Perry even before the Texas governor announced he was running. When Perry dropped out of the race, after a string of poor debate performances, Ramsey grieved the loss and has not endorsed another candidate since.
“I still believe that Rick Perry, if you look at everything, was the right man for the job,” he told reporters Thursday, explaining why he hasn’t endorsed another candidate. “Now don’t get me wrong, he flat out blew it in the first two or three debates. But I think if you had a chance to start over today and draw a clean slate, he would still come out on top.”
When it comes to the remaining candidates, Ramsey said it was “eenie-meenie-miney-moe” for him. Asked if that revealed a lack of enthusiasm for the current Republican field, he said his difficulty in choosing between them was due to his belief that “they’re all equally good, not equally bad.”
A poll released Wednesday by Middle Tennessee State University showed a 21 point lead for former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum over Romney among Republican respondents.