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Rick Perry: Rhinestone Cowboy
08/12/2011 | Brices Crossroads

Posted on 08/12/2011 9:56:32 AM PDT by Brices Crossroads

Rick Perry is rapidly becoming known as a politician who talks a good game, but whose actions belie his words. Last year, he waved the bloody shirt of secession, which horrified the New York Times...until they dug deeper and found that Perry wasn't just talking about seceding. He was aiming to hook up with Mexico in order to fulfill his "shared with [Mexican President] Vincente Fox for open borders." Seriously, though, Perry is becoming a caricature of himself. He first waved the tenth Amendment on gay marriage and abortion, first supporting the interpretations that states should be responsible for defining marriage and related issues, and in a flip-flop worthy of Mitt Romney, came out in favor of a federal constitutional amendment to ban both.

Perry's open borders positions tell us that he is not a conservative. His political pan-gyrations on gay marriage, abortion, and the Tenth Amendment suggest he is not reliable there either, but would trim his sails at the slightest pressure.

Well, he must be good on something. How would he handle judicial appointments, for example. Bear in mind that in Texas, in contrast to states such as Alaska (where a Commission presents the Governor with three choices from which he or she MUST select a Judge), the Texas Governor has pretty much unfettered control of the appointments process to fill judicial vacancies. In a conservative state like Texas, it would be easy to remake the courts in a conservative mold. In fact, it would almost follow de facto, since the appointed justices must face election state wide. No doubt Perry will try to take credit for the relatively conservative state of the Texas judiciary as he has done with the Texas economy when the relative health of both has been more in spite of, than because of, Rick Perry.

I have not done an exhaustive study of Perry's judicial appointments, although undoubtedly conservatives in Texas would have done so. I found one particular judicial appointment, the subsequent election, and Perry's reaction to it to be most instructive about his orientation toward strong judicial conservatives.

In 2001, one of Perry's first selections to succeed the staunchly conservative Greg Abbot (who had been elected Attorney General) was Xavier Rodriguez, a self-described moderate. In trying to move the Texas Supreme Court to the left, he drew the ire of conservatives in Texas. An up and coming young conservative, Steven Wayne Smith stepped forward to challenge Rodriguez. Smith, who was superbly qualified, had argued and won the landmark 1996 case of Hopwood v. Texas which successfully challenged affirmative action at the University of Texas Law School. In effect, he was a hero to conservatives in Texas and an anathema to the Establishment. The Establishment, including Perry and John Cornyn, no doubt detested Smith for dismantling affirmative action at the UT Law School. But when Smith stepped forward to challenge a self proclaimed moderate appointment of Perry, who happened to be Hispanic, that was the last straw. Perry and his cronies in the Establishment did all they could to stop Smith but he prevailed over Rodriguez easily and was in stalled as a justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

In 2004, Perry encouraged a challenger to run against Smith. The Establishment lined up with Cornyn and Perry on one side and the Texas Eagle Forum,Kent Hance and Ward Connerly on the other. This time the Establishment prevailed and Smith was defeated. He attempted a comeback in 2006, but Perry recruited another challenger, less conservative than Smith, and he lost by less than 1%.

Perry's actions, and his vindictive crusade against an up and coming conservative legal superstar, suggest that a Perry Presidency would be more likely to yield David Souters and Harriet Miers than Antonin Scalias and Clarence Thomases. When it comes to Rick Perry, the message to the Federalist Society and constitutional conservatives is caveat emptor.


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To: wolfcreek
He didn’t say anything about accepting Sharia or anything.

No, he just put Islam up on a Texas pedestal and called out the A&M ROTC saber company to salute a Muslim leader.

You don't have a problem with that?

101 posted on 08/12/2011 12:34:51 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: MestaMachine

That’s fine, but do you seriously think a small town Christian guy like Perry is sympathetic to Sharia?


102 posted on 08/12/2011 12:38:58 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: GunRunner

I will find you the thread that started me looking. I frankly don’t know what *they* believe in Pennsylvania or anywhere else. I DO know what I found on my own, through my own research, because someone on that thread asked a simple question. That question made me curious. So I rode my wittle mousey straight to the nearest couple of search engines and looked for myself. I suggest before you defend what you don’t know, you should do the same.
I am not part of a collective and it is insulting that you would suggest such a thing.


103 posted on 08/12/2011 12:39:49 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Going down! (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: GunRunner; Mase; All
I'm a Texan and I can tell you right now much of what these folks are spouting is sound byte, rumor and innuendo, not *inside* info from Texas. (notice very few are actually from Texas)

I have my grips about some of Perry's policies and have been active in changing his mind over the years. What I've found is that he does listen when the citizens call him out... Unique among today's politicians from ANY state.

With all the bad qualities expressed here, he does have quite a few good ones. One is the stiff determination to win and that's what we need right now.

That being said, I suspect he'll become the main target for Obama and all other America hating groups very quickly.

104 posted on 08/12/2011 12:39:59 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: MestaMachine

Perry’s been through three elections and nearly 12 years as Governor. He’s been my Governor for a third of my life, so I don’t need to do any “research”. If you want to start surfing the web for rumors and innuendo to believe in, go right ahead.


105 posted on 08/12/2011 12:44:08 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: wolfcreek

Perry = Bush (partIII)

Amnesty for 30 million ILLEGALS
ACORN supporter
Mandatory drugs for girls
Mexican super highway thru America
In-state tuition for ILLEGALS
Asking for advice from Bush re: 2012

...and that’s just the beginning

No thanks!!!!!

and NO MORE RINOS!!!!


106 posted on 08/12/2011 12:45:00 PM PDT by newfreep (I am a "terrorist" and I am Sarah Palin!)
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To: MestaMachine

Read more better...he did not speak to the Muslim contribution to the building of America. In every paragraph he spoke to the contributions of this LONE man, and his hope that he can build the population of educated people being successful, and helping others. So that our worlds do not have to continue to be at war with each other.

And quite frankly if you think we are going to rid the world of 1.6 billion Muslims, you are rather naive.


107 posted on 08/12/2011 12:45:19 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Brices Crossroads

Do you want the Marxist/Muslim to be re-elected for another four years so he can finish destroying America??
It’s as simple as that.
There’s one man with a record good enough and who is TOUGH enough to throw the usurper’s a$$ out of our White House.
That man is Rick Perry.

We need somebody who can WIN this thing. That means somebody with cross-over appeal, which our Palin, Bachmann and Cain (no matter how much we love them) simply do not have.

Until 1989, Rick Perry was a conservative Democrat. He switched parties as, like many Democrats including Ronald Reagan and Phil Gramm, he saw that party moving farther and farther to the left. Under Perry’s decade as governor, hundreds of Texas Democrats have followed his lead and become Republicans. As a former Democrat, Perry can speak to that swath of his former party that has become disenchanted with their party as President Obama has taken it even farther to the left, in a way that few Republicans can. He can also speak well and credibly to all wings of the national GOP, from the fiscal cons to the social cons to the libertarian set.
He would appeal to all segments of the Republican electorate and would come armed with a record of economic success and a commitment to liberty that no other contender can match.

Texas has been voted #1 business climate for the last seven years.
Texas has been getting all of California’s jobs.
Perry must be doing something right.
We need a good business guy right now.
Perry has proved it.

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CONSERVATIVE ICONS SUPPORT PERRY:

>Sarah Palin threw her endorsement to Rick Perry for governor.
Recently restated that she likes Perry
“He walks the walk of a true conservative” “And he sticks by his guns — and you know how I feel about guns.”
Sarah Palin
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/02/palin-perry-201.html

>Rush said that Perry is his dream candidate.
http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

>Michael Reagan praises Perry:
“If you don’t believe Reaganomics can still work in this day and age, for whatever reason, I say you should look no further than the state of Texas.
Under the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry, Texas has championed and built upon the concepts my father used to rebuild America in the 1980s..
In short, Reagan Revolution is alive and well - deep in the heart of Texas.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/24/reagans-vision-lives-on-in-texas/?page=1

>Ted nugent is a close friend and supporter.

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> Gov. Perry, who has championed Israel and called for a muscular foreign policy, has the ability to appeal to all five elements of the party – fiscal, social and national security conservatives plus the Tea Party and the Establishment – without alienating any.

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>Since Perry has been Governor of Texas, Texas has added more than 850,000 jobs, more than all other states combined. Texas has added over 180,000 jobs since August of 2009.

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>According to this web site Texas is #1 this year and last year for business friendly.
http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business
Obama would not want not run against a governor that has the BEST business climate in the U.S. when everything else is in a depression.

>He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Instead, he was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending (and has now done it twice). As governor, Perry has used his line item veto to cut over $3 billion in proposed spending.

>For seven years running, CEOs polled by Chief Executive magazine have rated Texas first in business development and job growth. Texas boasts 58 Fortune 500 companies — more than any other state.

>As America’s No. 1 exporting state, Texas shipped $206.6 billion in goods abroad last year, composing 16 percent of America’s $1.28 trillion in exports. California’s $14.4 billion in exports ranked it second, with 11.2 percent of U.S. outflow.

>Texas’ achievements so stunned Gavin Newsom, California’s Democratic lieutenant governor, that he flew a delegation to Austin last May to ask Perry how he lures defectors from the Golden State.

>Of the 70 companies that fled California in 2011, the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund reported last April, 14 relocated to Texas — these exiles’ primary destination.
http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2011/06/21/opinion/nh4142489.txt

>In 2005, Perry signed a historic $15.7 billion property tax cut for homeowners and businesses that also included new taxpayer protections against appraisal increases. In 2009, Gov. Perry secured a tax cut for approximately 40,000 small businesses in Texas and protected the Rainy Day Fund for future challenges.

>He led the battle to pass the country’s most sweeping lawsuit reforms, closing the door on junk lawsuits that had been making trial lawyers rich while driving countless doctors either out of the state or the profession all together. Since Texas voters approved these reforms, malpractice claims and premiums have fallen and access to healthcare is increasing across the state as doctors have applied in droves to practice in Texas.

>Perry is also known for his socially conservative views on homosexuality, and he opposes same sex marriage. He condemned the United States Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas, which struck down a Texas sodomy law. He called the law “appropriate”

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ABORTION:

>Perry is pro-life and opposes government funding for elective abortions. In 2005, Perry, a social conservative, signed a bill that limited late-term abortions and required girls under the age of 18 who procure abortions to notify their parents. Perry signed the bill in the gymnasium of Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Worth, an evangelical Christian school.

>Perry signed into law a bill requiring a sonogram and doctor’s explanation before granting an abortion

>In 2005, Perry signed a new law that requires minor girls to receive parental consent before getting an abortion. This law strengthens a parental notification law Perry supported as Lt. Gov. in 1999, which
helped reduce teen abortions by 26 percent.
Perry has also signed a ban on third trimester abortions, a ban on tax dollars being used to support abortion facilities, a prenatal protection act that protects
unborn children from assault, and an informed consent law that helps expectant mothers better understand the risks and consequences of abortion. Perry supports a ban on human cloning and will veto any
legislation that provides state dollars for embryonic stem cell research, a process that ends a human life.
Perry urges to keep up pressure to roll back the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion until “Roe v. Wade is nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation’s history books.

>Perry, a frequent critic of the federal government, also bashed President Barack Obama for his administration’s policy allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, saying he was deeply disturbed by studies that turn “the remains of unborn children into nothing more than raw material.”

>Perry has faulted Obama for reversing the so-called “Mexico City policy” that banned giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information about abortions. Obama struck down the policy during his first week in office, saying it was too broad and undermined family planning in developing countries.
Under Obama “our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export,” Perry said.

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IMMIGRATION:

>Perry adds immigration issues to lawmaker session
Perry wants passage of a measure requiring every person arrested to be run through the federal immigration databases as part of the Secure Communities program. He also wants to provide the state Department of Public Safety with the authority to make sure someone is in the U.S. legally before issuing a driver’s license.

>These measures, along with a ban on sanctuary cities, would “provide a clear message that Texas will not turn a blind eye to those breaking our laws,” Perry said in a statement.
“Texas owes it to the brave law enforcement officials, who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities, to give them the discretion they need to adequately do their jobs,” Perry said.
http://www.rickperry.org/media-articles/perry-adds-immigration-issues-lawmakers-agenda-0?amp

>Gov. Perry has made numerous requests of the federal govt. to enforce the border in Texas including handing President Obama a letter in person when he landed in Dallas last year.
(Obama insulted governor Perry when he turned away and Perry had to hand the letter on the illegals issue to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett. Obama declined to personally accept it.)

>Gov. Perry refuses to meet/greet Obama in May 2011 at El Paso during his Texas tour.
Perry later declared, “If he wanted to meet, I was in Austin.

>Perry signed into law photo ID required before voting.

WHAT have other states done?? (with the exception of AZ Ok and Ga)

What have other candidates stated that they would do?

What has Sarah stated she would do?

What is Backmann’s plan?

What did Reagan do?
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/jan/06/rudy-giuliani/yep-reagan-did-the-a-word/
President Ronald Reagan was the first president in history to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. On November 6, 1986, he signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, [PUB L 99-603]. In so doing, he set a precedent whereby the United States would not seek to deport illegal aliens, but to reward their lawbreaking by granting them full citizenship.

NEWSFLASH! None of them are going to do much.
We have to take the best of the lot.

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CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS BELIEFS:

In what was described as a “God and country” sermon at the Cornerstone church in San Antonio, attended by Perry and other mostly Republican candidates, the Rev. John Hagee stated, “If you live your life and don’t confess your sins to God Almighty through the authority of Christ and His blood, I’m going to say this very plainly, you’re going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket.”
Perry was asked if he agreed with those comments and said, “It is my faith, and I’m a believer of that.”[39] Perry went on to say that there was nothing in the sermon that he took exception with.
Humorist and entertainer Kinky Friedman, the Jewish independent candidate for governor in the 2006 election, said, “He doesn’t think very differently from the Taliban, does he?” Carole Keeton Strayhorn disagreed with Perry’s comments, and Democrat Chris Bell said that one who is in public office should “respect people of all faiths and denominations”.
Conservatives then responded, arguing that Perry had a right to his religious beliefs, and that he was not disrespecting Americans of other religious convictions. While visiting Israel in August 2009, Perry gave an interview to the Jerusalem Post in which he affirmed his support for Israel from his religious background, “I’m a big believer that this country was given to the people of Israel a long time ago, by God, and that’s ordained.”

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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:

>Perry does not believe there is valid scientific proof of anthropogenic global warming. He has said several times that there is no scientific consensus on the issue.[69] In a September 7, 2007, speech to California Republicans, Perry said, “Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. ... But you won’t read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story.”

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>Pro-life, Pro-guns, pro-spending cuts, pro-business

>He’s an outside-the-Beltway candidate

>He is not a Ivy League grad

>He was an Air Force captain who flew a C-130

>Speaks Spainish.
(Odumbo says everybody should speak a foreign language, but he CAN’T)

>Fighting with Obama on many fronts
Google Perry/Obama and you will see he’s been fighting him and his government for the past two years.

>PERRY ISSUES OBAMA A COUPLE OF BIG FUBOs:

1. “Texas to Allow Regular Incandescent Bulbs”
Reports are the governor will sign Bill HB2510 by June 19th.
Bill HB2510 allows for the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs otherwise banned in federal legislation of 2007, applicable from 1 January 2012 onwards.
The legality, at least in the way the proposed law is framed, has apparently been cleared with the US Attorney General’s office.
The Bill has already passed in both House and Senate with overwhelming support.
While Texas has no current manufacture, relevant parties are being invited to restart it.
Texas has been a leading US state in providing new local jobs, and this is seen as a further contributive measure.
http://freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com/2011/06/texas-to-allow-incandescent-light-bulbs.html

2.Perry Adds TSA Anti-Groping Bill to Call
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/tea-party/updated-perry-adds-tsa-anti-groping-bill-to-call/ ^

Gov. Rick Perry this evening announced the addition of TSA anti-groping legislation to the agenda for the special legislative session. In a statement, he said lawmakers could consider legislation “relating to the prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression on those seeking access to public buildings and transportation.”

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>There is no such thing as ‘Perrycare’

>Signed into law sonogram and explanation by physician before abortion

>Signed into law, photo ID ident to vote

>Perry did not apply for federal “Race to the Top” education funds because he said it would force national standards upon Texas.

>He has vetoed a record 248 bills, including dozens after the 2001 session, angering many lawmakers.

>He said last year that President Barack Obama was “hell-bent” on turning America into a socialist country.

>Won governorship of state with lots of latinos

>He used to be a Democrat. So? So did Reagan.

>The Bush’s don’t like him

>He has NEVER lost an election, including an elementary school contest for “king” of the Paint Creek School Carnival. He secured that win by handing out pennies for votes.

>Perry has degree in animal science from Texas A&M University

>He is an Eagle Scout and wrote a book about the Boy Scouts, ‘On My Honor’.
Rick Perry uses the Boy Scouts to draw a battle line in what he considers a “culture war,” defending them against the American Civil Liberties Union and what he sees as a moral struggle for the country’s future.
The book also traces a 30-year history of litigation involving the Scouts — most of which they won — which Perry considers an attack on traditional values and faith in God.

Perry targets the ACLU as the primary force behind a leftist push to accept homosexuality and challenge Scouting’s duty to God.
http://www.rickperry.org/media/perrys-new-book-supports-boy-scouts-attacks-aclu

>Perry has a reputation for not sweating

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MISC:
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>He played quarterback on the six-man football team for the Paint Creek Pirates. He also played basketball and ran track.

>He’s a runner and triathlete.

>He is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing.

>He plays the drums. At a January 2005 inaugural party in Washington, he played with ZZ Top in front of 2,000 people

>Perry has Romney’s looks without the other baggage.
Raised on a ranch.
Has hair.
6’ tall- presidential (especially after Obama)

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PERRY TRASHING:

Anytime governor Rick Perry is mentioned, Free Repubic seems to turn into something resembling Democratic Underground.
Posts regarding Perry are peppered with profanity, vulgarity and downright fabrications- the likes of which is seldom seen on Free Republic.

This is hardly in the best interests of our Conservative agenda. The Loony Left does not need any help from us in the character assassination of our Conservatives.

This Perry trashing comes from the Ron ‘truther’ Paul nuts, Debra Medina sour grapers, lurking Libs- and I suspect, over zealous Sarah Palin supporters and a few Bachmann supporters.
(I love Sarah and Michelle Bachmann as much as anyone else, but we MUST face reality when it comes to our beautiful Conservative ladies’ chances of winning this thing!)

Don’t you think it more sensible to trust what the Conservative icons have to say about Perry?

>Sarah Palin threw her endorsement to Rick Perry for governor-. She recently restated that she likes Perry.

>Rush said that Perry is his dream candidate. http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

>Michael Reagan praises Perry:
“If you don’t believe Reaganomics can still work in this day and age, for whatever reason, I say you should look no further than the state of Texas.
Under the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry, Texas has championed and built upon the concepts my father used to rebuild America in the 1980s..
In short, Reagan Revolution is alive and well - deep in the heart of Texas.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/24/reagans-vision-lives-on-in-texas/?page=1

>Ted Nugent is a close friend and supporter.

Don’t you think it more sensible to trust what numerous politicians and scholars have said about Rick Perry than various haters?

VISIT THIS SITE

Read the official statements of dozens of Perry’s fellow politicians and scholars (both Democrats and Republicans) have had to say about Rick Perry: http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/rick-perry-for-president-in-2012.html

All (including Democrat opponents) have called him a staunch Conservative, and not one of the dozens issuing opinions has mentioned the vaccine or TTC.
Apparently they don’t consider these things an issue. They DID mention Perry threatening to secede from the union as a strike against him.

What Perry actually said; “You know, my hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention,” Perry continued. “We’ve got a great union. There is absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what may come out of that? So. But Texas is a very unique place and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

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The Gadasil vaccine Perry tried to “force” on Texas girls?
Dead issue.
He never tried to force it.
There was an opt out. It was up to parents to choose
Always.

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Trans Texas Hiway?
Dead issue.
If that’s the worst he’s done, I can live with it.
I just want someone who can kick the Marxist/Muslim usurper’s sorry a$$ out of our White House!!

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Bilderberg member?
Dead issue.
Governor Perry attended one meeting in 2007.
Many prominent Americans have attended these meeting.
That does NOT mean they are members or agree with their ‘agenda’- whatever that is.
Some who attended in the past: Ford, Eisenhower, Gates

Why NOT attend if invited? I would want to know what in the heck they are all about and what they are up to.

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>Americans WILL get it:
>Better looking
>Better record
>Rick Perry for President

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We need somebody who can WIN this thing. That means somebody with cross-over appeal, which our Palen, Bachmann and Cain (no matter how much we love them) simply do not have.

Until 1989, Rick Perry was a conservative Democrat. He switched parties as, like many Democrats including Ronald Reagan and Phil Gramm, he saw that party moving farther and farther to the left. Under Perry’s decade as governor, hundreds of Texas Democrats have followed his lead and become Republicans. As a former Democrat, Perry can speak to that swath of his former party that has become disenchanted with their party as President Obama has taken it even farther to the left, in a way that few Republicans can. He can also speak well and credibly to all wings of the national GOP, from the fiscal cons to the social cons to the libertarian set.
He would appeal to all segments of the Republican electorate and would come armed with a record of economic success and a commitment to liberty that no other contender can match.

Texas has been voted #1 business climate for the last seven years.
Texas has been getting all of California’s jobs.
Perry must be doing something right.
We need a good business guy right now.
Perry has proved it.

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CONSERVATIVE ICONS SUPPORT PERRY:

>Sarah Palin threw her endorsement to Rick Perry for governor.
Recently restated that she likes Perry
“He walks the walk of a true conservative” “And he sticks by his guns — and you know how I feel about guns.”
Sarah Palin
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2009/02/palin-perry-201.html

>Rush said that Perry is his dream candidate.
http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

>Michael Reagan praises Perry:
“If you don’t believe Reaganomics can still work in this day and age, for whatever reason, I say you should look no further than the state of Texas.
Under the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry, Texas has championed and built upon the concepts my father used to rebuild America in the 1980s..
In short, Reagan Revolution is alive and well - deep in the heart of Texas.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/24/reagans-vision-lives-on-in-texas/?page=1

>Ted nugent is a close friend and supporter.

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>Since Perry has been Governor of Texas, Texas has added more than 850,000 jobs, more than all other states combined. Texas has added over 180,000 jobs since August of 2009.

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>According to this web site Texas is #1 this year and last year for business friendly.
http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business
Obama would not want not run against a governor that has the BEST business climate in the U.S. when everything else is in a depression.

>He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Instead, he was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending (and has now done it twice). As governor, Perry has used his line item veto to cut over $3 billion in proposed spending.

>For seven years running, CEOs polled by Chief Executive magazine have rated Texas first in business development and job growth. Texas boasts 58 Fortune 500 companies — more than any other state.

>As America’s No. 1 exporting state, Texas shipped $206.6 billion in goods abroad last year, composing 16 percent of America’s $1.28 trillion in exports. California’s $14.4 billion in exports ranked it second, with 11.2 percent of U.S. outflow.

>Texas’ achievements so stunned Gavin Newsom, California’s Democratic lieutenant governor, that he flew a delegation to Austin last May to ask Perry how he lures defectors from the Golden State.

>Of the 70 companies that fled California in 2011, the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund reported last April, 14 relocated to Texas — these exiles’ primary destination.
http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2011/06/21/opinion/nh4142489.txt

>In 2005, Perry signed a historic $15.7 billion property tax cut for homeowners and businesses that also included new taxpayer protections against appraisal increases. In 2009, Gov. Perry secured a tax cut for approximately 40,000 small businesses in Texas and protected the Rainy Day Fund for future challenges.

>He led the battle to pass the country’s most sweeping lawsuit reforms, closing the door on junk lawsuits that had been making trial lawyers rich while driving countless doctors either out of the state or the profession all together. Since Texas voters approved these reforms, malpractice claims and premiums have fallen and access to healthcare is increasing across the state as doctors have applied in droves to practice in Texas.

>Perry is also known for his socially conservative views on homosexuality, and he opposes same sex marriage. He condemned the United States Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas, which struck down a Texas sodomy law. He called the law “appropriate”

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ABORTION:

>Perry is pro-life and opposes government funding for elective abortions. In 2005, Perry, a social conservative, signed a bill that limited late-term abortions and required girls under the age of 18 who procure abortions to notify their parents. Perry signed the bill in the gymnasium of Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Worth, an evangelical Christian school.

>Perry signed into law a bill requiring a sonogram and doctor’s explanation before granting an abortion

>In 2005, Perry signed a new law that requires minor girls to receive parental consent before getting an abortion. This law strengthens a parental notification law Perry supported as Lt. Gov. in 1999, which
helped reduce teen abortions by 26 percent.
Perry has also signed a ban on third trimester abortions, a ban on tax dollars being used to support abortion facilities, a prenatal protection act that protects
unborn children from assault, and an informed consent law that helps expectant mothers better understand the risks and consequences of abortion. Perry supports a ban on human cloning and will veto any
legislation that provides state dollars for embryonic stem cell research, a process that ends a human life.
Perry urges to keep up pressure to roll back the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion until “Roe v. Wade is nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation’s history books.

>Perry, a frequent critic of the federal government, also bashed President Barack Obama for his administration’s policy allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, saying he was deeply disturbed by studies that turn “the remains of unborn children into nothing more than raw material.”

>Perry has faulted Obama for reversing the so-called “Mexico City policy” that banned giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information about abortions. Obama struck down the policy during his first week in office, saying it was too broad and undermined family planning in developing countries.
Under Obama “our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export,” Perry said.

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IMMIGRATION:

>Perry adds immigration issues to lawmaker session
Perry wants passage of a measure requiring every person arrested to be run through the federal immigration databases as part of the Secure Communities program. He also wants to provide the state Department of Public Safety with the authority to make sure someone is in the U.S. legally before issuing a driver’s license.

>These measures, along with a ban on sanctuary cities, would “provide a clear message that Texas will not turn a blind eye to those breaking our laws,” Perry said in a statement.
“Texas owes it to the brave law enforcement officials, who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities, to give them the discretion they need to adequately do their jobs,” Perry said.
http://www.rickperry.org/media-articles/perry-adds-immigration-issues-lawmakers-agenda-0?amp

>Gov. Perry has made numerous requests of the federal govt. to enforce the border in Texas including handing President Obama a letter in person when he landed in Dallas last year.
(Obama insulted governor Perry when he turned away and Perry had to hand the letter on the illegals issue to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett. Obama declined to personally accept it.)

>Gov. Perry refuses to meet/greet Obama in May 2011 at El Paso during his Texas tour.
Perry later declared, “If he wanted to meet, I was in Austin.

>Perry signed into law photo ID required before voting.

WHAT have other states done?? (with the exception of AZ Ok and Ga)

What have other candidates stated that they would do?

What has Sarah stated she would do?

What is Backmann’s plan?

What did Reagan do?
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2008/jan/06/rudy-giuliani/yep-reagan-did-the-a-word/
President Ronald Reagan was the first president in history to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. On November 6, 1986, he signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, [PUB L 99-603]. In so doing, he set a precedent whereby the United States would not seek to deport illegal aliens, but to reward their lawbreaking by granting them full citizenship.

NEWSFLASH! None of them are going to do much.
We have to take the best of the lot.

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CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS BELIEFS:

In what was described as a “God and country” sermon at the Cornerstone church in San Antonio, attended by Perry and other mostly Republican candidates, the Rev. John Hagee stated, “If you live your life and don’t confess your sins to God Almighty through the authority of Christ and His blood, I’m going to say this very plainly, you’re going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket.”
Perry was asked if he agreed with those comments and said, “It is my faith, and I’m a believer of that.”[39] Perry went on to say that there was nothing in the sermon that he took exception with.
Humorist and entertainer Kinky Friedman, the Jewish independent candidate for governor in the 2006 election, said, “He doesn’t think very differently from the Taliban, does he?” Carole Keeton Strayhorn disagreed with Perry’s comments, and Democrat Chris Bell said that one who is in public office should “respect people of all faiths and denominations”.
Conservatives then responded, arguing that Perry had a right to his religious beliefs, and that he was not disrespecting Americans of other religious convictions. While visiting Israel in August 2009, Perry gave an interview to the Jerusalem Post in which he affirmed his support for Israel from his religious background, “I’m a big believer that this country was given to the people of Israel a long time ago, by God, and that’s ordained.”

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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES:

>Perry does not believe there is valid scientific proof of anthropogenic global warming. He has said several times that there is no scientific consensus on the issue.[69] In a September 7, 2007, speech to California Republicans, Perry said, “Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. ... But you won’t read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story.”

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>Pro-life, Pro-guns, pro-spending cuts, pro-business

>He’s an outside-the-Beltway candidate

>He is not a Ivy League grad

>He was an Air Force captain who flew a C-130

>Speaks Spainish.
(Odumbo says everybody should speak a foreign language, but he CAN’T)

>Fighting with Obama on many fronts
Google Perry/Obama and you will see he’s been fighting him and his government for the past two years.

>PERRY ISSUES OBAMA A COUPLE OF BIG FUBOs:

1. “Texas to Allow Regular Incandescent Bulbs”
Reports are the governor will sign Bill HB2510 by June 19th.
Bill HB2510 allows for the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs otherwise banned in federal legislation of 2007, applicable from 1 January 2012 onwards.
The legality, at least in the way the proposed law is framed, has apparently been cleared with the US Attorney General’s office.
The Bill has already passed in both House and Senate with overwhelming support.
While Texas has no current manufacture, relevant parties are being invited to restart it.
Texas has been a leading US state in providing new local jobs, and this is seen as a further contributive measure.
http://freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com/2011/06/texas-to-allow-incandescent-light-bulbs.html

2.Perry Adds TSA Anti-Groping Bill to Call
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/tea-party/updated-perry-adds-tsa-anti-groping-bill-to-call/ ^

Gov. Rick Perry this evening announced the addition of TSA anti-groping legislation to the agenda for the special legislative session. In a statement, he said lawmakers could consider legislation “relating to the prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression on those seeking access to public buildings and transportation.”

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>There is no such thing as ‘Perrycare’

>Signed into law sonogram and explanation by physician before abortion

>Signed into law, photo ID ident to vote

>Perry did not apply for federal “Race to the Top” education funds because he said it would force national standards upon Texas.

>He has vetoed a record 248 bills, including dozens after the 2001 session, angering many lawmakers.

>He said last year that President Barack Obama was “hell-bent” on turning America into a socialist country.

>Won governorship of state with lots of latinos

>He used to be a Democrat. So? So did Reagan.

>The Bush’s don’t like him

>He has NEVER lost an election, including an elementary school contest for “king” of the Paint Creek School Carnival. He secured that win by handing out pennies for votes.

>Perry has degree in animal science from Texas A&M University

>He is an Eagle Scout and wrote a book about the Boy Scouts, ‘On My Honor’.
Rick Perry uses the Boy Scouts to draw a battle line in what he considers a “culture war,” defending them against the American Civil Liberties Union and what he sees as a moral struggle for the country’s future.
The book also traces a 30-year history of litigation involving the Scouts — most of which they won — which Perry considers an attack on traditional values and faith in God.

Perry targets the ACLU as the primary force behind a leftist push to accept homosexuality and challenge Scouting’s duty to God.
http://www.rickperry.org/media/perrys-new-book-supports-boy-scouts-attacks-aclu

>Perry has a reputation for not sweating

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MISC:
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>He played quarterback on the six-man football team for the Paint Creek Pirates. He also played basketball and ran track.

>He’s a runner and triathlete.

>He is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing.

>He plays the drums. At a January 2005 inaugural party in Washington, he played with ZZ Top in front of 2,000 people

>Perry has Romney’s looks without the other baggage.
Raised on a ranch.
Has hair.
6’ tall- presidential (especially after Obama)

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PERRY TRASHING:

Anytime governor Rick Perry is mentioned, Free Repubic seems to turn into something resembling Democratic Underground.
Posts regarding Perry are peppered with profanity, vulgarity and downright fabrications- the likes of which is seldom seen on Free Republic.

This is hardly in the best interests of our Conservative agenda. The Loony Left does not need any help from us in the character assassination of our Conservatives.

This Perry trashing comes from the Ron ‘truther’ Paul nuts, Debra Medina sour grapers, lurking Libs- and I suspect, over zealous Sarah Palin supporters and a few Bachmann supporters.
(I love Sarah and Michelle Bachmann as much as anyone else, but we MUST face reality when it comes to our beautiful Conservative ladies’ chances of winning this thing!)

Don’t you think it more sensible to trust what the Conservative icons have to say about Perry?

>Sarah Palin threw her endorsement to Rick Perry for governor-. She recently restated that she likes Perry.

>Rush said that Perry is his dream candidate. http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

>Michael Reagan praises Perry:
“If you don’t believe Reaganomics can still work in this day and age, for whatever reason, I say you should look no further than the state of Texas.
Under the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry, Texas has championed and built upon the concepts my father used to rebuild America in the 1980s..
In short, Reagan Revolution is alive and well - deep in the heart of Texas.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jun/24/reagans-vision-lives-on-in-texas/?page=1

>Ted Nugent is a close friend and supporter.

Don’t you think it more sensible to trust what numerous politicians and scholars have said about Rick Perry than various haters?

VISIT THIS SITE

Read the official statements of dozens of Perry’s fellow politicians and scholars (both Democrats and Republicans) have had to say about Rick Perry: http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/rick-perry-for-president-in-2012.html

All (including Democrat opponents) have called him a staunch Conservative, and not one of the dozens issuing opinions has mentioned the vaccine or TTC.
Apparently they don’t consider these things an issue. They DID mention Perry threatening to secede from the union as a strike against him.

What Perry actually said; “You know, my hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention,” Perry continued. “We’ve got a great union. There is absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what may come out of that? So. But Texas is a very unique place and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

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The Gadasil vaccine Perry tried to “force” on Texas girls?
Dead issue.
He never tried to force it.
There was an opt out. It was up to parents to choose
Always.

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Trans Texas Hiway?
Dead issue.
If that’s the worst he’s done, I can live with it.
I just want someone who can kick the Marxist/Muslim usurper’s sorry a$$ out of our White House!!

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Bilderberg member?
Dead issue.
Governor Perry attended one meeting in 2007.
Many prominent Americans have attended these meeting.
That does NOT mean they are members or agree with their ‘agenda’- whatever that is.
Some who attended in the past: Ford, Eisenhower, Gates

Why NOT attend if invited? I would want to know what in the heck they are all about and what they are up to.

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>Americans WILL get it:
>Better looking
>Better record
>Rick Perry for President

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108 posted on 08/12/2011 12:45:22 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

You see, this is what DEMOCRATS do, EVERY TIME! They will pull someone’s comment, put it up their butts then pull it out again and make such stupid claims.

And there you have it, the reason that you will continue to carry the democrapic bucket of propaganda and tote it right along trying to get another four years of Obama!


109 posted on 08/12/2011 12:49:06 PM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: Brices Crossroads
Perry looks too much like a George Bush replay.

You know. Remember the guy we voted for? Campaigned for? Nominated for Mount Rushmore??

Yeah, that's the one: The man who INCREASED entitlements! REFUSED to enforce U.S. immigration laws! SPENT more of the taxpayers' hard earned money than any President since Lyndon Johnson!

No thanks! We don't need another arch-failure like George W. Bush!

110 posted on 08/12/2011 12:58:42 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("That's the great cosmic question: Are 'Liberals' evil or stupid." Ann Coulter)
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To: RowdyFFC

Why exactally am I being Zotted? And last time I checked the only person that has that power is JR and the admin moderator.


111 posted on 08/12/2011 1:00:59 PM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: Savage Beast

But Bush had executive experience and both he and the MSM said he was conservative.


112 posted on 08/12/2011 1:01:47 PM PDT by SUSSA
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To: patriot08

Thanks for your post. (I see it’s getting longer)

Wish some of these nay-sayers would read it.


113 posted on 08/12/2011 1:03:01 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: newfreep

Read post #108 and you won’t need to be a parrot of misinformation any longer.


114 posted on 08/12/2011 1:04:14 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Savage Beast
Is it the fact that Perry presided over a budget that cut $4 billion from public schools that causes you equate him with GWB, or is it the fact that he had to earn conservative support and money from the rank and file by himself while GWB rode his family connections with big moneyed country clubbers?
115 posted on 08/12/2011 1:11:05 PM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: GunRunner
Not to harp on the super hwy, I'm just curious about where Perry's loyalties really lie. Some things in his past (spr hwy, open borders) indicate that he may be the same old kind of establishment politician that we DO NOT need in DC. Anybody other than Obozo but I trust the country can ill afford getting fooled again and electing a president who is not the patriot we sorely need.
116 posted on 08/12/2011 1:12:13 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: drypowder
Let's take these one at a time.

Who told you that Rick Perry supports open borders?

117 posted on 08/12/2011 1:27:37 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: GunRunner

Start here. I found more, but didn’t post all of it. If you want to believe that I just did this out of some irrational bias againsy Perry, well, I guess you are entitled to your opinion. But that is NOT the way I operate. In my daily life OR on Free Republic.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2759883/posts

http://www.the-two-malcontents.com/2008/04/texas-gov-rick-perry-to-host-muslim-sects-spiritual-leader-aga-khan/

http://www.vpr.net/npr/131048009/
The governor of this swiftly changing state works to take a nuanced approach to a minority group that’s been very much at the center of the news. “We have a huge Muslim community in the state of Texas,” he says, and many of these Muslims are “great businessmen and women, very good supporters of mine. ... We are an incredibly diverse state. I sell it as part of our strength.”

Perry was asked if he was comfortable with the way that some people talk about the problem with terrorism — their concern to say that the real problem is “Muslims” or “Muslim countries.”

“The radicalization of Islam is a great concern,” Perry said. “Islam of and by itself is one of the great religions, along with Christianity and Judaism.” He recalled meeting one of the Democratic candidates for Texas governor in the recent election. “He’s a Palestinian. And he and I were having a conversation about Ground Zero. How do you deal with this? He said, well, it’s pretty easy. He said, ‘Build a synagogue, a temple, and a church there. And bring these people together.’”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-gop/2742014/posts
Rick Perry, the Mosque and his agreement with Muslims
The Ismali ^

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:32:04 AM by BereanBrain

Austin, Texas, 30 October 2009 — At the invitation of Texas State Governor Rick Perry, Mawlana Hazar Imam traveled to Austin yesterday to sign an Agreement of Cooperation between the State of Texas and the Ismaili Imamat. During the visit, Hazar Imam and Governor Perry also held talks at the State Capitol on a range of issues of mutual interest

Describing the importance of the agreement, Governor Perry explained that “traditional Western education speaks little of the influence of Muslim scientists, scholars, throughout history, and for that matter the cultural treasures that stand today in testament to their wisdom.”

12 posted on Sunday, August 07, 2011 7:52:45 AM by MestaMachine


118 posted on 08/12/2011 1:28:43 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Going down! (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: patriot08

“Do you want the Marxist/Muslim to be re-elected for another four years so he can finish destroying America??
It’s as simple as that.
There’s one man with a record good enough and who is TOUGH enough to throw the usurper’s a$$ out of our White House.
That man is Rick Perry”

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Wait a minute. Did Perry win the nomination yet? Seems to me you are forgetting that he has zero delgates at this point. None. Nada. Zip.

I am truly glad you have enough faith in him to prepare the very lengthy serving of spam for all to enjoy, but it doesn’t change the simple facts.

Perry has vigorously supported open borders. At least one of his court appointments was not a conservative and when the people rejected that appointment, Perry went on a jihad to defeat the conservative who replaced him.

He supported the odious Al Gore in 1988 before he conveniently switched to the GOP, no doubt because his electoral prospects in Texas were better there.

He now claims to be a very committed social conservative, so committed that he has flip flopped on his earlier 10th Amendment based opposition to Constitutional Amendments to ban abortion and same sex marriage. Yet, as recently as 2008, he was completely comfortable supporting Rudy Giuliani, the ONLY proabortion, pro-same sex marriage candidate in the GOP field, when there were prolife options available, such as Thompson and Huckabee and even McCain.

Perry can’t claim credit for Texas’ robust economy any more than Obama can claim credit that the United States is the largest economy in the world. Texas was thriving when Perry showed up. It will thrive after he leaves. As an institutionally weak executive, he is at best irrelevant.

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“The Gadasil vaccine Perry tried to “force” on Texas girls?
Dead issue.
He never tried to force it.
There was an opt out. It was up to parents to choose
Always.

Trans Texas Hiway?
Dead issue.
If that’s the worst he’s done, I can live with it”

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Those are dead issues not because Rick Perry killed them. He pushed them along with liberal justices early on and it was the very conservative legislature and the very conservative electorate who killed them. Perry will have not such constraints on his behavior in Washington. He will be George Bush on steroids. His record is going to be examined and it is not an attack or smear to do so. Why don’t you and your cohorts state by explaining why he appointed the liberal justice and then went hell bent for leather to defeat the conservative?

You can’t. It is easier to post spam. Doesn’t require any thought.


119 posted on 08/12/2011 1:31:02 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: MestaMachine
He's talking about Farouk Shami, a self made millionaire from Houston who started his own hair product empire and ran for Governor. I don't understand what your argument is.

Are these sources supposed to make me think that Perry sympathizes with radical Islam?

120 posted on 08/12/2011 1:32:42 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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121 posted on 08/12/2011 1:44:11 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Brices Crossroads
Perry has vigorously supported open borders.

I don't know where this lie started, but it's spreading like wildfire on FR.

Maybe this will help you out in the future so you don't continue to paste the same inaccurate arguments:

Letter from Governor Rick Perry to Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President:

Welcome to the Lone Star State. The purpose of this letter is to reiterate the dire threat amassing on our southern border in the form of international drug cartels and transnational gangs, and to again request sufficient federal resources to combat the increasing violence.

Drug cartels and related forces are waging war in Northern Mexico, their tactics including death threats, torture, car bombings, kidnappings, assassinations and beheadings. Since 2006, this war has taken 28,000 lives.

Absent stronger federal action, it's only a matter of time before that violence affects more innocent Americans. There is mounting evidence of spillover violence on U.S. soil. A few highprofile examples from media reports:

In January 2009, a grenade was thrown into a bar in PhalT, Texas, where three off-duty police officers were customers. Fortunately, it did not detonate. Federal investigators say evidence links this incident to grenades used in separate attacks on the U.S. Consulate and a TV station in Monterrey, Mexico.

In May 2009, Jose Daniel Gonzalez Galeana, a midlevel member of the Juarez Cartel living in EI Paso, was shot eight times outside of his Texas residence. Experts believe his slaying may be the first time assassins from one of Mexico's violent drug gangs have killed a ranking cartel member on U.S. soil.

In May 2010, a Walmart store in McAllen, Texas, was the site of a suspected kidnapping and murder attempt. The FBI says the number of kidnappings in the McAllen area nearly quadrupled from 11 in 2008 to 42 in 2009. That same month, armed Mexican pirates attacked Texas fishing boats in the binational Falcon Reservoir.

On June 29,2010, several bullets believed to be from a gun battle in Ciudad Jmltez struck El Paso City Hall. Nine months earlier, a building and a vehicle on campus of The University of Texas-Brownsville were hit by stray bullets.

Drug-trafficking organizations have established connections with transnational gangs throughout Texas and use them to traffic in drugs and humans, providing the cartels with willing soldiers who operate on both sides of the border and in our communities. The Mexican cartels have recently added a new deadly weapon to their arsenal: Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED), which they use to attack their rivals and the police. These car bombs were used in attacks in the Mexican border city of Juarez last month and in Ciudad Victoria just a few days ago.

We cannot afford to allow these criminals to believe they're free to extend tlleir reach across the border onto American soil. On any given day, the Mexican border region is beset with vicious murders, torture, kidnappings, and armed confrontations with Mexican law enforcement and military.

The need for border security along the Rio Grande should no longer be underestimated by the federal government, Mr. President. An unsecured border is a threat to our national security and to the safety and security of all our citizens.

Your administration recently announced plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the border. Secretary Napolitano wrote that the intent of this plan is "to ensure that law enforcement personnel have the resources and supplies they need to confront the complex and dynamic challenges that exist along our borders." Given that goal, the deployment of just 286 National Guard personnel along the 1,200 mile Texas-Mexico border is clearly insufficient.

In recent years, the State of Texas has committed hundreds of millions of dollars in state funds and state personnel into border safety and security. Texas has developed a proven and successful multi-agency border security strategy that leverages state and local law enforcement agencies in communities along the border to fill in the gaps where the U.S. Border Patrol is stretched too thin. These brave federal agents are all doing what they can, but more help is desperately needed.

As you are aware, I have a standing request with your administration for 1,000 Title 32 National Guard troops for Texas, and have provided Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Gates with a law enforcement sensitive deployment plan. Texas Military Forces would be embedded with law enforcement contingencies along the Texas-Mexico border on land, on water and in the air, providing direct support of current security operations. I urge you to reconsider the current deployment numbers and approve our requests for greater resources.

I also recommend an expeditious deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles to provide real-time surveillance and intelligence to law enforcement officials along the Texas-Mexico border. The combination of sufficient "boots on the ground," modern technology and the strategic fencing already built in key border areas will help secure our southern border and make America safer.

In Texas, just as in our nation as a whole, border security affects our safety, job creation our quality of life. America cannot have a rational discussion of immigration reform without real, effective border security. The federal government must step up and finally do what is needed to secure our borders.

My previous invitation to you, Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Gates to meet with me, my homeland security staff and local law enforcement expelis still stands. Border county sheriffs,local police, Texas Rangers, state troopers and Texas military forces are all working hard together to protect our citizens and border communities.

Better border safety is an issue all Americans can agree on, regardless of political party or ethnic or regional differences. It matters greatly to the citizens of Mexico as well. I respectfully but urgently request that the federal government quickly deploy 1,000 troops to the Texas-Mexico border, as well as additional law enforcement tools and technology. We must show the cartels that Washington will no longer tolerate their terrorizing and criminalizing the border region.

American lives, jobs and safety depend on a more robust federal commitment to border safety and security.

122 posted on 08/12/2011 1:44:11 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: GunRunner

A letter to Obama when Perry is contemplating a run for President in no way cancels out his earlier actions, including vigorous support for the Corridor, in-state tuition for illegals and his earlier statements (when he wasn’t running for President) that he shared the Mexican President’s vision for open borders. The letter is a transparent attempt to curry favor with the GOP primary electorate. It is fishwrap.

Nice try, but who do you think you are kidding? I was born at night but it wasn’t last night.


123 posted on 08/12/2011 1:58:06 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: Brices Crossroads
...that he shared the Mexican President’s vision for open borders. The letter is a transparent attempt to curry favor with the GOP primary electorate.

Well, you're determined to continue to be wrong on his statements. What he said was:

"President Fox’s vision for an open border is a vision I embrace, as long as we demonstrate the will to address the obstacles to it. An open border means poverty has given way to opportunity, and Mexico’s citizens do not feel compelled to cross the border to find that opportunity. It means we have addressed pollution concerns, made substantial progress in stopping the spread of disease, and rid our crossings of illicit drug smuggling activity. Clearly we have a long way to go in addressing those issues."

Perry deserves to be called on some of these issues, but you will still be called out for mischaracterizing his words no matter how often you post them.

124 posted on 08/12/2011 2:05:44 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: GunRunner

No. And I never said it did. You have to understand something here, especuially with me. I believe with all my heart and soul that islam is the biggest danger the world faces today and has been for over a thousand years. I do not trust any of them, especially the *charities* they run. Gulen has a network very much like the one aga khan runs. So does hamas and hizbullah. The entire premise that islam has contributed anything of value to the world, let alone the western culture, is provably false. THAT is my sticking point and it ain’t gonna change. And if you deal with devils, devils end up in the details. Look at Chris Christie. We have already been through that becausr of GW’s close friendhip with the saudi royals. Where did you first hear after 9/11 that islam was a religion of peace?
So you will forgive me when I find that Perry has had a best friend relationship with aga khan for a long, long time. Been there. Done that.
And why did Perry feel the need to ask a muslim about the victory mosque at Ground Zero? Doesn’t he have a mind of his own? And how DOES he feel about it? Do YOU know?
I could get past the gardisil. Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes loyalty is misplaced. I have no idea if there was a quid pro quo with big pharma directly involving Perry. I would hope not.
But islam wants me dead. That is the fact. Moderate or not. Businessman or not. I am a Jew and islam wants me dead.


125 posted on 08/12/2011 2:12:44 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Going down! (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: Brices Crossroads
Mr. Blogger, all your *opinions* having been debunked in this thread. Sound bytes, rumor, half-truths and innuendo...just like the rest of your buddies.

I'm a Texan and I wasn't born last night either.

126 posted on 08/12/2011 2:15:25 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: GunRunner

“and Mexico’s citizens do not feel compelled to cross the border to find that opportunity.”

That is nice high sounding rhetoric but it means nothing. Rick Perry can’t reverse Mexico’s poverty. It just gives him the slightest bit of cover while he pushes the Corridor and incentivizes illegae entry by offering free tuition breaks to illegals.

That is just the fact. He is going to have a hard time explaining this and some of his other positions. It is not an attack to call him on it. He has been sold as a genuine conservative and the more we hear about him, the less he looks the part. He and Romney will be drinking from the same moderate trough, and that helps Sarah Palin. So I welcome Perry to the race. I really do.


127 posted on 08/12/2011 2:19:04 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: MestaMachine
Rick Perry is NOT a secret Islamist. You can put that to bed.

I think you might have him mixed up with our current president who, will be in office for 4 more years if we don't stop this senseless destruction of GOP candidates.

128 posted on 08/12/2011 2:19:29 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Brices Crossroads
Well, Palin is not running (although she did endorse Perry for Governor). I hope you're able to get over this fact.

If you insist on mischaracterizing a 10 year old quote, I think you'll find it's effectiveness is rather moot when people hear it in context.

129 posted on 08/12/2011 2:22:53 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: wolfcreek

You have debunked nothing. My opinions are based on the facts in the article which have not been refuted. Not a single fact. The truth is coming out about Perry, which was bound to happen. It is why, as an incumbent Governor (even with Sarah Palin’s help), he was only able to convince 51% of the GOP primary voters to vote for him in a huge GOP year.

It is why he was reelected with only 39% of the vote in 2006. This guy is no part of an electoral powerhouse, which will soon be evident to all.


130 posted on 08/12/2011 2:23:46 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: GunRunner
Don't be fooled by the 'open borders' quote that is making the rounds.

I'm not, there is far more information from Perry himself which attests to his view of Immigration....I have certainly investigated further and do not agree with how he stands on the issue, even taking into consideration his states dependence on using those from Mexico for crops etc. Still, he is in the opposite ballpark than I am concerning immigration and the borders. He wants a "secure" border but opposes fencing or walls.....putting manpower at levels he wants is fruitless as we have seen already

I am now also looking further on his deals with Islamic Clerics...and they are no small bannanas he's dealing with...rather some top Islamic religious leaders. That goes against him as well IMO...and I am not at all comfortable he wants students to learn about Islam as part of those deals.

131 posted on 08/12/2011 2:29:37 PM PDT by caww
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To: Brices Crossroads; wolfcreek
...he was only able to convince 51% of the GOP primary voters to vote for him in a huge GOP year.

It is why he was reelected with only 39% of the vote in 2006.

In a 4-way race in 2006, he beat his closest opponent by 10 points even with a former Republican, a Democrat, and an Independent in the race. In a 3-way race in the 2010 primary, he beat his closest opponent (Hutchison) by 20 points.

Nothing that you've said is the least bit accurate.

132 posted on 08/12/2011 2:31:19 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: caww
He wants a "secure" border but opposes fencing or walls

More lies. They just keep coming.

Check his letter to Obama above where he mentions needing fencing and unmanned aerial drones as part of border security.

133 posted on 08/12/2011 2:33:33 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: GunRunner

“Palin is not running”

Did she email you? Post your link for her statement.

I think she is at the Iowa State Fair. Here is what Governor Palin said today about the Texas Governor at the Iowa State Fair:

“Palin: Alaska has a very powerful executive position. Texas, it’s not as powerful.

Palin: You have different functions in the state of Texas and the state of Alaska in terms of governing powers from the governor’s office….So it’s tough to compare what the executive duties are. We have a very strong governor’s office..”

In other words, her experience as Alaska Governor is more valuable than Perry’s and her accomplishments are more significant. Sure sounds like she is running to me. She certainly doesn’t seem to be trumpeting Rick Perry’s qualifications by commenting on the institutional weakness of the Texas governor. Some of you were swearing on threads just yesterday that Palin would endorse Perry. You might want to pull back on that one just a bit.

Keep telling yourself she is not running. just remember...wishing don’t make it so.


134 posted on 08/12/2011 2:34:27 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: RowdyFFC
he’s a businessman first, before he’s an Imam.

Only because you choose to see the benefits of his money in your state....but you are very much in the dark if you think for even a moment the man sees Business first....maybe business being used to secure Islam in our country but his BUSINESS first and foremost is to get a stronghold in this country in order to establish Islam's agenda in this country....."First and Foremost"

Muslims have stated very clearly they will win this country by infilitrating business, politically and "peaceful" ways....but Peace to Muslims is ONLY thru Islam.

135 posted on 08/12/2011 2:36:37 PM PDT by caww
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To: Brices Crossroads

You having even provided a link/source just your self absorbed opinion.

Who are you spamming for? Paul, Palin?


136 posted on 08/12/2011 2:36:47 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Brices Crossroads
Nope, she's not running. Already put money on it.

Will be a little late if she does. She's barely out of the single digits.

And I don't think the 30 months of executive experience in the least populous state transcends 12 year as Governor of the 15th largest economy, even though most of the legislative power rests with the Lt. Governor and not the Governor. At the very least they're equal, and that's being generous.

137 posted on 08/12/2011 2:39:58 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: GunRunner; MestaMachine
He’s been my Governor for a third of my life, so I don’t need to do any “research”.

Well if that's the case, and you know all about his involvement with Islamic Imams...then do you support him in that endeavor?

138 posted on 08/12/2011 2:41:07 PM PDT by caww
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To: GunRunner

Any incumbent that gets 39% of the vote is weak. I don’t care hos many candidates there are. Conservatives in TX were getting sick of Rick Perry even then.

Only two other governors in TX history have been reelected with less than forty percent of the vote...in 1853 and 1861.

And the formidable field he was running against included Kinky Friedman (who got 13%) and Scott McClellan’s mommy Carole Strayhorn (who got 18%) along with a no name Dem Congressman. The votes garnered by Kinky and the Dem Congressman were more than Perry got, which suggests that if Kinky had backed the Dem, Perry would have lost.

I repeat. Perry is no political powerhouse. And the facts establish it. He won’t get the nomination.

was lucky to be running against KBH and the truhter in 2010 and to have had Palin’s help. If he had had a real conservative like Ted Cruz running against him in the GOP primary one on one, he would have lost.


139 posted on 08/12/2011 2:49:03 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: wolfcreek

“You having even provided a link/source just your self absorbed opinion.”

Do your own research. Try google. Then come back and tell me where I am wrong.


140 posted on 08/12/2011 2:51:04 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: caww
Already explained in post #59. They used to use the same smears about the Bush family.

When you live in a state heavily involved in the oil business, you will come across many business owners who are from the Middle East.

141 posted on 08/12/2011 2:51:14 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: Brices Crossroads
Well, that was nearly 5 years ago, a year that was a disaster for Republicans and he still won by 10 points in a four way race.

I don't really see the point. Palin lost to Obama on the McCain ticket and she polls the worst out of all of the GOP candidates. Where are her huge electoral powerhouse victories?

142 posted on 08/12/2011 2:55:20 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: wolfcreek

I did not say that. Please do not put words in my mouth. I am perfectly capable of saying what I mean. Bush’s friendship with the saudis completely twisted his judgement. His misunderstanding of islam and his trust in his friends has been disasterous for this country. I fear that.


143 posted on 08/12/2011 3:00:14 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Going down! (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: GunRunner

“Nope, she’s not running. Already put money on it.”

Hope you didn’t bet too much.

Single digits. Yada yada yada. none of them are far out of single digits. and of course, she is not running, according to you. So she shouldn’t be in any digits at all.

What do early polls mean? Ask President Giuliani or President Cuomo or President Thompson.

Rick Perry is gonna have to tee it up with her in a debate. I saw how she wiped the floor with Frank Murkowski in 2006 and you must have seen what she did to Joe Biden. Both experienced politicians and debaters. Rick Perry is not known for his work ethic. He had better kick it up a notch or three when he meets Palin. Heck, he is gonna have trouble with Gingrich and Ron Paul.


144 posted on 08/12/2011 3:01:19 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: GunRunner

“Where are her huge electoral powerhouse victories?”

I have observed that the polls and the news readers have taken to reminding us that Sarah Palin’s nomination spells certain defeat for the GOP in 2012. Let’s examine the question of Sarah Palin’s prowess as a candidate, measured against the current field:

It has been noted that former Senator Rick Santorum won his Senate seat in a big GOP year (1994) and lost it big in a Democrat year (2006), sweeping in with one tide and out with another. This is evidence of weakness as a candidate. Let’s examine the rest of this field, using 2006 as the barometer.

Tim Pawlenty won reelection in 2006 by the skin of his teeth, less that one half of one per cent. He is no political power house if, as an incumbent with no scandal, he can BARELY hold his seat against a no name Democrat challenger. Had it not been for the Green Party siphoning off Democrat votes, Pawlenty would have lost.

Huckabee, who was Lieutenant Governor, backed into the Governor’s Mansion in 1996 when the previous governor went to jail. He managed to hold it through the salad years of Clinton’s impeachment and Bush’s early ascendancy, but the polls In Arkansas showed him losing badly in the big Democrat year of 2006, so he tucked tail and took his traveling medicine show out West to run for President.

Mitt Romney similarly saw his poll numbers so low that his defeat for reelection in 2006 was all but certain. Rather than face certain defeat and the end of his Presidential ambitions, Romney followed the same path as Huckabee.

So which candidate successfully swam AGAINST the tide of a big Democrat year in 2006 and registered two huge victories? SARAH PALIN. First, she dispatched Governor and three time U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski in the GOP primary by 51-19%. Then she entered the general election campaign. Unlike Pawlenty, who was aided by a challenge from the fringe left, Sarah Palin faced a third Party Challenge by a former GOPer, Andrew Halcro, who self financed a campaign against her and drew nearly 10% of the vote. Facing these adversities, and alone among the rising stars of the GOP, Sarah Palin swam hard against the big Democrat tsunami of 2006. She easily defeated popular two term former Governor Tony Knowles by 8% (the polls near election day said it was a dead heat). That, my friends, is empirical evidence of electoral prowess.

So when the Lamesteam media is telling us who is and who is not electable, based upon their early (and “cooked”) polls let’s follow the wise counsel of former Governor and 1928 Presidential Candidate Al Smith: “Let’s look at the record.” And, more to the point, let’s force the media to look at the record.

If we do that, they will be forced to acknowledge that it is Sarah Palin—based not only on her great successes of 2010, but also on her tremendous “swim against the tide” in 2006— who is by far the most formidable candidate the GOP could field in 2012.

As far as 2010 is concerned and what Palin did for Perry:

Rick Perry similarly faced a very competitive GOP primary against a sitting U.S. Senator, who is more liberal than he, and a solid conservative, Deb Medina, who was very popular with conservatives in Texas and nationally. In essence, he was squeezed from both directions, a challenge on the left and on the right. As she did with Bachmann, Palin went to Perry’s aid early and often, endorsing him in the summer of 2009, ahead of the March 2010 primary. The first poll of Perry (by Rasmussen on September 16, 2009), which included both Hutchison and Medina, showed Hutchison pulling ahead of Perry 40-38, with Medina in single digits at 3%.

Perry crowed ad nauseam about Palin’s endorsement in order to prevent Medina from gaining real traction and eclipsing him among conservatives. At the time of the endorsement, Perry had this to say about the value of Governor Palin’s endorsement and their warm personal friendship:

‘Facing a tough Republican primary fight next year in his bid for a third term, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is brandishing the heavy artillery: Sarah Palin’s endorsement of his campaign.”If there’s a bigger endorsement in the Republican universe, I don’t know who it is than Sarah,” he declared in a telephone interview over the weekend. He described the Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee as a “close personal friend” who knows my heart.”’

As Matt Lewis observed in the article, “Palin’s nod is indeed an asset for Perry, helping him cement his appeal to social conservatives in the Lone Star State.” While Perry never again fell behind, even Palin’s endorsement could not totally blunt the momentum for Deb Medina, who continued to rise in the polls, reaching a high point of 24% on February 7, 2010, three weeks before the primary, and reducing Perry’s showing to 39% (Hutchison had 28%). Enter Palin again. She appeared at a nationally televised rally in Houston that drew over 8000 people on Super Bowl Sunday, February 8, 2010. After the rally, Medina never again broke 20 in a poll.

With Palin’s conspicuous and staunch support, Perry barely beat back the challengers in March 2 primary, winning 51% to 30% for Hutchison and 19% for Medina. Even with Palin’s support, Medina nearly forced a runoff, so great was conservative revulsion with Perry in Texas. Had Palin backed Medina as strongly as she backed Perry, it is quite possible that Medina and Hutchison would have been in a run off, and Perry would have been odd man out. Had Palin done nothing for Perry, it is a foregone conclusion that he would have faced a tough runoff. In other words, Perry owes Palin his political hide.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2733359/posts?page=1

Does that answer your question?


145 posted on 08/12/2011 3:13:29 PM PDT by Brices Crossroads
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To: GunRunner
More lies. They just keep coming.

Oh really...her ya go...more from Perry's own mouth.

During a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon in Mexico City. ..........Perry said ......that border fences "absolutely won't work," according to published reports......."We know how to deal with border security, and you don't do it by building a fence."

Perry On Ammnesty:

Question...." But just to be clear, if border security is accomplished, you can envision some sort of 'path to citizenship' for people who are here illegally.

Perry: Sure.

146 posted on 08/12/2011 3:17:28 PM PDT by caww
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To: GunRunner
When you live in a state heavily involved in the oil business, you will come across many business owners who are from the Middle East.

This isnt just a business owner GunRunner.....It's an Islamic Cleric....and a leader of hundreds of muslims. Furthermore ...just because you do "business" with them doesn't mean you put their religion within the school system...nor allow them to set up their own schooling to teach Islam.

No mattter how you avoid the obvious, Perry has been instrumental in accomodating and inviting Islamic teachings and their agenda into 'Our' Country....of which Texas is a part of. And that teaching was a part of the agreement. That's very bad!

147 posted on 08/12/2011 3:23:31 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Is that also from 10 years ago? No source?


148 posted on 08/12/2011 3:27:23 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: caww
Perry's involvement with him was due to his business dealings.

I'm not going to try and convince you on this issue because I know how you feel about all Muslims. In this case I guess you will just have to vote present if Perry wins the nomination.

149 posted on 08/12/2011 3:30:08 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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To: Brices Crossroads
With respect to polling, her biggest obstacle is polling behind every other candidate against Obama.

Sure, that could change. But why is it that even non-starters like Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain poll better against Obama than she does?

The debates are altogether anti-climactic. The field is too big for their to be any real debate, and the only way the debates could hurt Perry is if there's some huge gaffe made on his part. One of his weaknesses is that he's been in government so long; he's been a legislator, cabinet secretary, and political executive for nearly 30 years. But the upside to that is that this isn't his first rodeo.

Still don't think Palin is running though. Even her loyal crowd around here is getting anxious.

150 posted on 08/12/2011 3:43:36 PM PDT by GunRunner (10 Years of FReeping...)
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