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Rick Perry wants people to know he's ready for 2016

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Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to convince Republican primary voters he can do three things well: he can cut taxes, enact job-friendly polices, and — what's the third thing — oh yeah, he's good at debates.

At least, that seems to be the subtext of his latest shot at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y. "I'd be more than happy to sit down and have a thoughtful conversation, a debate with Gov. Cuomo over the issues that face us as a state and talk about the economic policies and compare New York to Texas,” Perry told New York Post columnist Fred Dicker during a radio show. “I think that would be not only interesting and fun, but a thoughtful way for us as a country to have a discussion between two of the major states in America, talking about which one of these policies are actually better for our people."

Perry's 2012 presidential campaign, of course, face-planted when he forgot the third government department he would eliminate as president.

Conventional wisdom says that Perry has no shot in 2016. "You never get a second chance to make a first impression in politics," as the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza wrote recently.

On the other hand, expectations are low for Rick Perry. What happens if voters get their first good look at him in three years and he exceeds those expectations to a significant degree? That's a question worth mulling over, because the Cuomo challenge suggests he's certain he'll do so.

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