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Perry Takes a Page from The Gipper
National Journal ^ | November 12, 2011 | George E. Condon Jr.

Posted on 11/13/2011 5:24:29 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Taking a page from Ronald Reagan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Saturday sought to use humor to rebound from his much-noted debate flub earlier in the week. That flub, a 53-second brain freeze that was replayed endlessly on news shows, had him forgetting the name of the Department of Energy, the third federal agency he pledges to eliminate.

So Perry was quick to cut off CBS’ Scott Pelley, one of the debate moderators in South Carolina, when he began a question, saying, “Governor Perry, you advocate the elimination of the Department of Energy. If you eliminate the Department of Energy...”

“I'm glad you remembered it,” interjected Perry with a big smile as the audience broke into applause and laughter. Pelley responded, “I've had some time to think about it, sir.” And Perry shot back again to even more laughter, “Me, too.”

Far from being uptight after his earlier stumble, Perry was loose even before the debate. Backstage before the TV lights came on, Perry said to fellow candidate Rick Santorum, “So tonight if I need a lifeline, I'm just gonna look to you, OK?”

Santorum laughed and offered to “fill in the blanks” for the Texan. The two men then high-fived each other. At that point, they laughed about Rep. Ron Paul telling Perry after the Michigan debate that “everybody has that happen, most people just don't do it in front of four million people.” In South Carolina, Paul laughed and told Santorum, “I was trying to make him feel better.”

Perry’s use of humor was reminiscent of Reagan’s rebound in 1984 after the then-president's performance in that year's first presidential debate with Democratic nominee Walter F. Mondale raised questions about whether age had dulled Reagan's mental quickness. At the second debate, Reagan was ready when he question came up. “I will not make age an issue in this campaign," he said. "I'm not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience.” The lasting image from that debate is Mondale laughing heartily at the joke at his expense. And the question of Reagan’s age was put to rest for the campaign.


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To: normy

LOL that was the best comment ever. hahaha I love it. I agree so much, I am not voting for advisors.


51 posted on 11/13/2011 9:40:33 AM PST by Katarina (Rick Perry the Best man for President ! NEVER Romney! And no thank you Cain.)
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To: Katarina; bwc2221

>> “There are many of us that support Perry. More then you wish to realize” <<

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That would explain why he’s striving to reach 1% in the polls, huh?


52 posted on 11/13/2011 9:49:10 AM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It wasn’t a page from Reagan, it was from Bevis and Butthead.


53 posted on 11/13/2011 9:50:31 AM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: bwc2221; Cincinatus' Wife; normy; shield

Most of the other Fangirls have read the writing on the wall.
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I support Gov. Perry as the most qualified based on his record in Texas and his conservative values.

The personal attacks on Perry and his supporters on FR have been vicious. I am a long time Freeper (registered on 7/2/98) who participated in the ‘March for Justice’ and who stood with with the DC Chapter at the White House to protest Clinton’s shameful behavior & perjury.

I am proud to display my support for Rick Perry in my tag line.


54 posted on 11/13/2011 9:54:29 AM PST by JulieRNR21 (*OMG ...means Obama Must Go! ......Vote for Perry 2012)
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To: Liz

>> “It is a great honor to be in the presence of the Imam of 16 million Muslims around the world, a global humanitarian leader, a man of peace with a pluralistic vision for people around the world...” <<

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And then they try to say that Ricardo Kahn is a christian.

Christians do not accept pluralism.


55 posted on 11/13/2011 9:59:15 AM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.


56 posted on 11/13/2011 7:44:32 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Well, there I go again!"

"I refuse to use my youth and inexperience compared to Herman Cain against him!"

"We've outlawed Parental Consent. Bombing Starts in Five Minutes!"

Cheers!

57 posted on 11/13/2011 8:33:53 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: shield
"Now what I want...is for you to build me a small doghouse."

Cheers!

58 posted on 11/13/2011 8:34:46 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Liz

I’ve been getting worn-out on Perry for a few years now. He is not an imaginative or out-in-front type at all.

I have been embarrassed for him more than anything else. He went into this campaign extremely unprepared and not well served by his organization. I don’t know where it goes from here. His campaign now is just a wait and see operation with hopes of continued fund raising to keep it alive.

He is not going to say anything or have any great clearing proposal that brings him back up.


59 posted on 11/13/2011 8:34:52 PM PST by JoenTX (?)
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To: Jonty30
Foreign affairs has always been a weak point of the US government.

You're right, most affairs by Presidents have been with fellow citizens.

Cheers, troll.

60 posted on 11/13/2011 8:37:14 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: RichInOC; bevperl; Lockbox; LocoAardvark; Logan's Nana; logocentric; lohrkearmstrong; lokii; ...
POSTING THIS MESSAGE TO ME FOR A FRIEND:

I received this email today (see below) and I am truly not surprised that Rick Perry would make a personal call to a Gold Star Father. I say that because I had my own personal encounter with Rick Perry and, I've got to tell you, he warmed my heart on a cold day in October, here in Illinois.

I had the honor and privilege of meeting Rick Perry in Carpentersville, Illinois, at Otto Engineering, hosted by Jack Roser. As someone who has made countless trips up to the hill in DC on behalf of our Soldiers in Leavenworth, something told me that meeting Rick Perry would be a worthy endeavor in this cause. Just a feeling I had.

After his speech, it looked like he was heading out the door. Well, I didn't come all this way for nothing, and I wasn't going home empty handed! I rushed to the front and, God forgive me, I was pushing and pushy. A friend came behind me (I don't mention other names in my work) and kept the folks back, and I dove in. I thanked him for his service and, as I was wearing my Son's wings, he immediately asked whose they were and expressed his appreciation for my Son's service.

I asked him if he knew we had Soldiers in Leavenworth and his response was, “Is it 10 or 11?” Once he said that I knew I did not need to clarify anything else and simply asked him, if he makes it to the White House, will he take every one of these cases and put them under a magnifying glass, and release those who shouldn't be there. He took me by the shoulders, bent down and looked in my eyes and said, “I promise you that is exactly what I will do.”

He might have forgotten a Department, but he has not forgotten our Soldiers. Our Soldiers matter to him and I pray he makes it to the White House. His heart is with them.

Beverly Perlson
The Band of Mothers

http://www.burkslaw.blogspot.com/2010/02/haskell.html

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Haskell
It is an uncommon word.

And a more uncommon name.

It's my dad's first name.

Why? I asked my grandmother that question.

“I heard it one day, and I just liked it. So that's what we named him.”

Pops has been called Hershcel, Hashmill, and a thousand other twisted versions over the years.

When Pete was born, he was named for his two grandfathers. Peter Haskell Burks.

The day after Pete was killed, I was sitting at the dining room table with Hardtail, just trying to make sense of all that was going on.

My cell phone rang. “Unknown” said the caller ID.

Thought about letting it pass, but I answered it.

“Alan, this is Rick Perry.”

Rick Perry was and is the Governor of Texas.

I had never met him, never made a contribution, never known anything about him.

Governor Perry, or Rick as he insisted, talked to me for 35 minutes that day.

He is the Governor of a state of 25 million people.

But he talked to me that day as one father to another.

He wanted to know about Pete, his family, his time at Texas A&M, his fiancee.

There are over 400 Gold Star families in Texas from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

I don't know for sure, but I suspect Governor Perry has talked to them all.

I was invited to a fundraiser tonight for Governor Perry. He is in a competitive primary facing Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

I'm not real polically active, but I went because I wanted to meet Rick Perry and thank him for that phone call.

The function was at a mansion in Highland Park.

There were at least 400 people there.

I got in the greeting line.

When it was my turn, I put out my hand.

“Governor, we've not met personally, but we have talked before. You called me the day after my son was killed in Iraq.”

“Alan, it is so good to meet you. Pete's middle name is Haskell. Named after his grandfather. Thank you for coming tonight.”

“Governor, I just wanted to come say thanks for that phone call. It meant a lot.”

With a greeting line of hundreds of young Republicans eager to shake his hand and have a photo taken, he took me by the arm and we walked to a far corner of the room. I could see the security guy and his aides eyes open wide.

We talked for about ten minutes. He expressed his appreciation for Pete's sacrifice. He was aware of the Unsung Hero Fund and our shipments to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. He wanted to know how everyone was doing.

As we ended the chat, I noticed a tear in his eye.

“Alan, I want you to know you and your family have been and will be in my prayers.”

He went back to the greeting line and gripping and grinning.

He didn't have to call me that day.

He didn't have to spend the time with me he did tonight.

But he did.

That says something to me about the character of the man.

I'm sure that Kay Bailey Hutchison is a fine person.

But I do know that when I went to Washington, D.C. last year, she was the only Texan in Congress that didn't meet with me personally.

And for whatever reason, her letter of condolence about Pete arrived almost a year after his death.

I don't know Rick Perry from sic em.

But I do know he took time out of his life to console me and to express his interest and concern for my family.

Interestingly, Rick Perry was born and raised in Haskell, Texas.
Posted by Alan Burks at 8:20 PM

61 posted on 11/13/2011 9:26:45 PM PST by seekthetruth (We Patriots want a Commander In Chief who STANDS with Our Military!)
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To: grey_whiskers

Anybody can drop bucks or bombs, Jack. So don’t colour me impressed if you stress how much your country has done on either point anywhere.

I’m looking for either acts that have successfully shaped enemy countries to a better state of mind.

I’m sure there might be some, but I can’t think of any place, since South Korea.


62 posted on 11/13/2011 9:41:19 PM PST by Jonty30
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To: seekthetruth

What a beautiful letter about a man with a heart as big as Texas!


63 posted on 11/13/2011 9:45:31 PM PST by LUV W (This tagline reserved for a hero.......)
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To: seekthetruth

Thank you for posting that letter. Gives some nice insight into a good man’s heart.


64 posted on 11/13/2011 9:50:04 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: seekthetruth

But! But.. Slick Rick is an evil Crony Capitalist, Illegal Lovin Rube *** Texan!!


65 posted on 11/13/2011 9:53:18 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Great thread!

It is so good to see this kind of edgy sarcasm on FR. To spoof on the joke that is Perry by point an entire thread that pretends to support his moribund campaign is wickedly clever. Kudos!

Of course with Perry basically reduced to being a punchline, he is becoming almost satire proof. At some point he's just too pitiful to mock.

66 posted on 11/13/2011 9:56:16 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Perry! Our First Special Needs President!)
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To: Katarina
You know what?

The anti-Perry posters who jump on these threads are just plain nasty.

That added to their mindless drivel and name calling makes a pretty picture.

They cannot seem to post praise for their candidate without trashing someone else’s.

Perrywinkle, fangirl, .... How would these babies like it if we used similarly derogatory names for them?

But we are too nice for that.

67 posted on 11/13/2011 9:58:11 PM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: altura

Perry Krishna is my fave. LoL


68 posted on 11/13/2011 10:02:09 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: altura
Psst..

Not sure you want to use "mindless" when defending Rick Perry.

Kind of reminds folks of...well you know.

69 posted on 11/13/2011 10:02:53 PM PST by Dagnabitt (Perry! Our First Special Needs President!)
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To: altura
But we are too nice for that.

You'd like to think that, but varina davis just compared Cain to Jerry Sandusky. That's probably the worst insult I've seen either group of supporters use.
70 posted on 11/13/2011 10:03:18 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: altura; mylife
The anti-Perry posters who jump on these threads are just plain nasty.

And they say pretty much the same, lame, tired old garbage every thread and think they're being clever.

I wish they could see themselves as rational people do...

71 posted on 11/13/2011 10:04:17 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: af_vet_rr
That's probably the worst insult I've seen either group of supporters use.

Then you've probably missed the ones that "Classy Green Eyed Liz" has had removed in the past. A couple of them have been exceptionally vile.

However, I agree that the comparison to Sandusky is way over the line and uncalled for.

72 posted on 11/13/2011 10:07:23 PM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Allegra

Oh I agree that Liz does not do her side any good.


73 posted on 11/13/2011 10:08:41 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: editor-surveyor

And then they try to say that Ricardo Kahn is a christian.
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If you wouldn’t make statements like that, people would not know just how ignorant you are. He didn’t say that the Imam was a believer in a “true religion”. He did not give him a “pass to heaven”. He just welcomed him as a humanitarian. What would you have had him do? Say: “Get the hell outa Texas you damn heretic.”

It’s not what one thinks about a “religious” leader, of any ilk, that makes them a Christian. It’s what one thinks about and professes about Jesus Christ. And, I can’t believe I’m sitting here taking up for Rick Perry. But to set in judgment of one’s Christianity just ruffles my feathers.


74 posted on 11/13/2011 10:09:09 PM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: no dems

Ricardo Kahn?


75 posted on 11/13/2011 10:11:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: no dems

BTW Christian is written with a capital C.
This denotes respect.


76 posted on 11/13/2011 10:13:16 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: seekthetruth

LIKE


77 posted on 11/13/2011 10:15:50 PM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (Never mind.)
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To: no dems

Pass my comment to editor~surveyor.

I didnt mean to come down on you.


78 posted on 11/13/2011 10:16:07 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: All

I see that I have stepped in it and opened up a maelstrom.
LoL

I am ducking out now prior to the theological debate.


79 posted on 11/13/2011 10:29:04 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: JoenTX
Perry went in extremely unprepared........He is not going to say anything or have any great clearing proposals at this late date....His campaign continues fund raising to keep it alive.

Perry had worked up a slew of issues that he thought would carry him forward----together with millon and millions of campaign dollars raised BEFORE he entered the race.

Unfortunately for him, his groundwork did not fly with the voters. Perry's sucking up to Islam and Mexico....... flaunted as his foreign credentials................bombed bigtime.

80 posted on 11/13/2011 10:38:16 PM PST by Liz
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To: altura

Altura, you are so right, I agree with you.


81 posted on 11/14/2011 2:27:12 AM PST by Katarina (Rick Perry the Best man for President ! NEVER Romney! And no thank you Cain.)
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To: grey_whiskers
Photobucket

Thanks Smoothsailing. :)

82 posted on 11/14/2011 3:43:41 AM PST by catfish1957 (Save a Pretzel for the Gas Jets!!!)
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To: seekthetruth

Thanks for the private story regarding a political candidate. All we normally get is the MSM spin!


83 posted on 11/14/2011 4:08:38 AM PST by Lockbox (`)
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To: no dems

Perry has been debating Obama for 3 years.


84 posted on 11/14/2011 5:07:55 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: seekthetruth

Now, that is the Rick Perry that I know and love. I don’t know why so many people, including some on FR, are so set on crucifying him and saying things about him that are totally not true. He will make a great president.


85 posted on 11/14/2011 5:21:13 AM PST by native texan (Hard work, faith, thrift and one more word..."honesty")
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To: lonestar

Perry has been debating Obama for 3 years.
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Whatever!!!


86 posted on 11/14/2011 5:26:06 AM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: no dems

Obama’s attack on TX has hurt all of us...and you know it! The latest...the pipeline...is just one thing!


87 posted on 11/14/2011 5:41:51 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar
Obama’s attack on TX has hurt all of us...and you know it! The latest...the pipeline...is just one thing!
So, what is your friggin' point? Do you think I support Obama? I'm in favor of the pipeline. I live in the part of Texas where the pipeline will end in our backyard and produces hundreds of jobs. I ask again.... what is your point? I'd vote for Perry over Obama. I'd vote for a one-eyed, 3-legged dog before I'd vote for Obama.
88 posted on 11/14/2011 6:29:26 AM PST by no dems (Why do you never see "Obama" bumper stickers on cars going to work in the morning?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Haha! Funny ... :o-)


89 posted on 11/14/2011 6:31:07 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: af_vet_rr

Who is Varina Davis?


90 posted on 11/14/2011 6:31:46 AM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: native texan

I like him. I’m hoping he wins. But admit most Freepers don’t like him.


91 posted on 11/14/2011 6:33:18 AM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: editor-surveyor

Regarding pluralism: Christians can’t be pluralistic, but we can appreciated it when Muslims try to be.

It is good to see atheists and followers of other religions speak and act truthfully, because truth will win and one lump of truth can leaven the whole batch. They show that the Word of God is written on their hearts.

Rom 2:13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
Rom 2:14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.
Rom 2:15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them
Rom 2:16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (ESV, E-Sword)


92 posted on 11/14/2011 6:43:53 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed: Will use. Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: Liz

You keep making the “unsubstantiated” accusation that Rick Perry raised Federal campaign funds before he entered the race. Do you have proof?


93 posted on 11/14/2011 6:49:37 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed: Will use. Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: seekthetruth

Several things I don’t like about Rick Perry, but that applies to all the candidates. This is a true indication of the man’s substance. The age-old “actions speak louder than words”, rings true again.


94 posted on 11/14/2011 7:24:19 AM PST by SouthTexas (You cannot bargain with the devil, shut the government down.)
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To: hocndoc
You keep making the “unsubstantiated” accusation that Rick Perry raised Federal campaign funds before he entered the race. Do you have proof?

He doesn't. He just throws things up against the wall and hopes they stick.

There are some people who will believe anything they read and those are the ones he's trying to rope in.

(I think Liz is a guy...LOL)

95 posted on 11/14/2011 9:17:26 AM PST by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: seekthetruth

What heart-warming stories! Rick is a real deal... warts, brain farts and all. There just may be an upset in the working. Stay tuned. :)


96 posted on 11/14/2011 9:39:31 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: seekthetruth

Thanks for sharing these great stories about Gov. Perry. I know that he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but he is a good man and one who respects and cares about his sister and brother veterans.

Sure, he may have forgotten the name of one of the sixty bazillion government agencies, but he never forgets his fellow veterans. That’s a huge plus in my book!! I’ll support a veteran in a heartbeat!! We know what the jaws of hell look like because we’ve all been there!


97 posted on 11/14/2011 10:08:21 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: SouthTexas
The age-old “actions speak louder than words”, rings true again.

Hear, hear!! That is my one and ONLY criteria for selecting the candidate I will support. Show me what he/she has DONE, don't TELL me what he/she said!!!

98 posted on 11/14/2011 10:15:41 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Allegra

The emotional nature of the rants, without any “substantiation,” make me think female. You and I - and a lot of FReeper women - are more likely to use facts and sources, but it’s still a female trait to use emotions and feelings when arguing and writing.


99 posted on 11/14/2011 10:22:48 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed: Will use. Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: Jonty30
Cain was pathetic. This was "the debate he has been waiting for" and he was completely out of his depths. Cain doesn't have a clue on foreign policy.

"I will gather the necessary people around me and then we will decide . . ." is not the answer of a leader. A leader has a fully formed philosophy and works from within that framework. He selects people who will assist him in achieving his goals. He doesn't poll the people around him and then decide what his policies should be.

Cain is not prepared for the Presidency--not even close. He is only marginally more qualified to be President than Obama was in 2008 and that solely because he does have some experience in running a business.

Any one of the other candidates on that dais would be more capable of being President than Cain--including [w]Ron[g] Paul.

Cain can't hold a candle to Newt or Perry, or even Mitt.

Time to get off the fantasy train of Herman Cain.
100 posted on 11/14/2011 10:49:52 AM PST by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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