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  • Rick Perry presses Birther issue, calls Romney "fat cat"

    10/25/2011 5:40:59 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 30 replies
    CBSNews ^ | October 25, 2011 | staff
    Texas governor Rick Perry, who is embarking on a hard push to recapture the buzz that surrounded him when he first entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is doubling down on the "birther" issue and also deeming his rival Mitt Romney a "fat cat." In an interview with John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times on Tuesday, Perry was asked why he was keeping the "birther" issue alive. During an interview with Parade Magazine published Sunday, Perry suggested he doesn't "have a definitive answer" to whether President Obama was born in the United States. Mr. Obama...
  • Perry falls to fifth in new poll, ahead of only Bachmann, Huntsman and Santorum

    10/25/2011 4:38:21 PM PDT · by South40 · 24 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/25/2011 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Here comes the Cain train, barreling past Romney in yet another poll, released today. Rick Perry is left in the lurch, falling from second to fifth in just over two weeks. ((snip)) Perry comes in at fifth with 6 percent of the vote. He’s ahead of only Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman.
  • Rick Perry's Strategy Does Not Require "Destroying" Anyone

    10/24/2011 2:39:59 AM PDT · by bullypulpit · 38 replies
    Rick Perry Report ^ | Oct 24, 2011 | Joe Hyde
    Robert "The Other" McCain writes in Sunday that Perry's "prime directive" is to destroy Herman Cain. The Other McCain could not be more wrong. Herman Cain has risen in the polls, as Rick Perry's poll numbers have plummeted, because Cain is seen at the glamour candidate of the moment that is Not Mitt Romney. Cain is more than that, though. Cain is likeable, and even among Perry supporters like myself, admired. Besides that, if you ask my wife, the chicks dig him. You cannot "destroy" a candidate that is so adorable that the chicks dig him. Nor can you...
  • Perry Regains His Footing at IFFC [Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition] Event

    10/24/2011 5:42:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 135 replies
    The Iowa Republican | October 24, 2011 | Craig Robinson
    The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s presidential forum unofficially marked a critical time for candidates in Iowa to start sealing the deal with Iowa’s ample number of social conservatives. It’s hard to say that some candidates won, while others lost. For the most part, all the candidates did well. Some just stood out more than others. For an event that attracted scores of media and six presidential candidates, the most important people in the room were the activists who sat through the five-hour event. The Super Bowl takes less time if you don’t count parking, but even that event allows...
  • Perry in Iowa: U.S. on cusp of energy boom [touches on Tuesday's Economy Speech]

    10/23/2011 8:04:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Globe-Gazette ^ | October 22, 2011 | James Q. Lynch
    WILTON — Diana Gradert was wearing a Rick Perry sticker, not because she had committed to supporting the Texas Republican’s presidential bid but because it was the right thing to do. “They were handing them out when we came in and it would be impolite to say ‘no,’ ” said Gradert, a Wilton Republican who attended a rural Cedar County fundraiser where Perry spoke Oct. 22. She likes Perry, likes that he’s “a conservative by conviction, not by convenience,” as he described himself. “He’s done some good things in Texas which tells me he knows how to accomplish things,” Gradert...
  • Gov. Perry is On Track to Create a Million Jobs

    10/22/2011 4:42:50 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 53 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-22-2011 | Raymond & Howard Richman-Commentary
    Gov. Perry is On Track to Create a Million Jobs Raymond Richman and Howard Richman October 22, 2011 Republican presidential candidate, Gov. Rick Perry, says his energy plan will "kick start economic growth: and create 1.2 million jobs," and he is correct.  He revealed his "Energizing American Jobs and Security" plan in an October 14 speech at a U.S. Steel plant near Pittsburgh, saying, "We are standing atop the next American economic boom ... energy.... But we can only do that if environmental bureaucrats are told to stand down."He pointed out: America has proven but untapped supplies of natural gas,...
  • Perry describes 'long love affair with guns'

    10/22/2011 10:39:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 69 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 22, 2011 | Carrie Dann
    Iowa Rep. Steve King (left) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (right), who is running for president, went pheasant hunting in Iowa Saturday. MERRILL, Iowa -- Rick Perry often waxes eloquent about his wife Anita as the love of his life, but today in Iowa he disclosed to journalists another "long love affair" that has affected him since he was young. With guns, that is. "It was a long love affair with a boy and his gun, that turned into a man and his gun, that turned into a man and his son and his daugher and their guns," an orange-and-khaki-clad...
  • In Rocking Romney, Perry Self-Destructs

    10/22/2011 8:23:45 AM PDT · by Ripliancum · 117 replies
    polific365 ^ | Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
    Texas Governor Rick Perry lost his cool, lost respect, and lost some supporters in Las Vegas. He might have also lost a prime opportunity to shape his image and get back on top in the race for the GOP nomination.
  • Perry's new ad "Romney Misleads"

    10/20/2011 7:56:54 AM PDT · by normy · 132 replies · 2+ views ^ | 10/20/11 |
    This is a bruising left hook to the Mitt Romney Campaign. Now we know why the seemingly unimportant exchange over the illegal immigrant hiring.
  • Once-rising Cain may soon fizzle with GOP.

    10/19/2011 9:44:30 PM PDT · by Clairity · 95 replies · 1+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Oct 19, 2011 | Charlotte Observer Editorial Staff
    His business acumen, his conservative credentials and his plainspokenness drove his popularity up quickly. But as with many politicians on both sides of the aisle, the more the public sees of him, the less appetizing he becomes. He has repeatedly revealed his lack of understanding of key issues. CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Cain if he could imagine as president giving in to an al-Qaida demand to free all of the hundreds of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for freeing one American soldier. "I could see myself authorizing that kind of transfer, but what I would do is, I...
  • Support for Herman Cain Surges with Texas Republicans-Cain 33% Perry 18%

    10/19/2011 7:52:37 PM PDT · by Fred · 90 replies
    Azimuth polling Company ^ | 101911 | Azimuth polling
    Poll Date: 10/12-10/17, 2011 Poll Method: Direct Email and Automated Calls Poll Sample: 844 Republican voters in Texas Margin of Error: +/- 3% Candidate Graph Percent Herman Cain 33% Ron Paul 19% Rick Perry 18% Mitt Romney 7% Newt Gingrich 5% Gary Johnson 3% John Huntsman 3% Michele Bachmann 1% Rick Santorum 1% Buddy Roemer 1% Fred Karger 0% Undecided 7% The bar graph accurately reflects actual poll responses.This poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. Azimuth polling is a non-partisan polling company.
  • Romney's Jobs Cutting Experience at Bain Capital

    10/18/2011 11:40:16 PM PDT · by bullypulpit · 17 replies
    Rick Perry Report ^ | Oct 19 2011 | Joe Hyde
    Ted Kennedy scrubbed an ad against Mitt Romney in 1994 detailing how many jobs were lost when Romney headed an arbitrage fund that bought ailing companies, fired a ton of employees to clean up the P&L statement, and flipped them. These kinds of ads are really effective because the people who lost their jobs are real people. More, that Romney's Bain Capital was some sort of anonymous group of money men, it was easier for Romney to fire real people. This type of ad is even more effective in this very down economy, when most every voter is worried about...
  • Short and Succinct Thoughts on Tonight's Debate Part II (Vanity)

    10/18/2011 7:01:22 PM PDT · by katieanna · 31 replies
    October 18, 2011 | Self (Vanity)
    Greetings Friends, Neighbors and Fellow Citizens! Come one, come all and give your summary of the debate tonight. Looking forward to the commentary and I bid you all good evening. My analysis: Romney- dishonest and irritating as usual. Will not support. Cain- like a lot; but he means on the job training. No amateur hour. Perry- genuine. He stepped up tonight finally. Executive experience. I support Santorum- Don't think there's much chance there Michelle- Shrill, whiney. Five years in congress is not enough experience Gingrich- Excellent. Can support. Ron Paul- has got to go. Flat a**ed crazy.
  • ‘Next in Line’ Redux for Romney? (Time is running out for Perry to overtake a surging Cain)

    10/18/2011 1:55:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10/18/2011 | Charles Cook
    Although Texas Gov. Rick Perry survived last week’s debate at Dartmouth College, he must do better than simply surviving in the upcoming debates, starting with Tuesday night’s in Las Vegas. Perry’s reported third-quarter haul of $17 million is impressive, but his poll numbers are in free fall and his organization isn’t even remotely comparable to that of the GOP front-runner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Such poll hemorrhaging can only hinder future fundraising and organizational efforts in key early states. Enticing local activists or new donors to climb aboard what appears to be a sinking ship is a pretty tough...
  • Behind Enemy Lines: Perry Campaign Keeping the Faith in New Hampshire

    10/15/2011 9:02:20 PM PDT · by shield · 55 replies
    Townhall ^ | 15th October 2011 | Guy Benson
    MANCHESTER, NH – Rick Perry’s Granite State headquarters has the feel of a typical campaign office: Red, white, and blue “Perry – President” placards line the walls, young staffers tap away incessantly on keyboards and Blackberries, and dry erase boards are crowded with maps of the state, important dates, and key endorsements. The Texas Governor may have just sustained a series of extraordinary blows in national polling, but you wouldn’t know it from the demeanor of his staffers. The fight goes on, even in rival Mitt Romney’s regional backyard. Unsurprisingly, several staffers I spoke with are upbeat about Perry’s latest...
  • Obama's approval low in La. [Rick Perry tops GOP top tier candidates]

    10/15/2011 2:35:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 101 replies
    New Orleans City Business ^ | October 14, 2011 | AP
    BATON ROUGE — President Barack Obama is supported by slightly more than one-third of Louisiana voters and would be easily beaten in the state by Republican contenders Rick Perry or Mitt Romney, according to a new poll released Thursday.Obama's approval ratings in Louisiana are below his favorability ratings nationally. But Louisiana's backing of the tea party political movement also is strong. The Clarus poll shows 46 percent of voters surveyed support the tea party, while 30 percent opposed it. ……..When Republican voters were questioned about who they supported for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, Perry, the Texas governor, was in...
  • Rick Perry — Best Hope for Solid Conservative in 2012

    10/13/2011 12:19:05 PM PDT · by casinva · 155 replies
    Newsmax ^ | October 13, 2011 | John Stemberger
    I have good news and bad news for conservatives. But the good news and the bad news are both the same thing: We have six very impressive, lifelong conservative candidates running for the presidency. They are the smartest candidates, the most principled candidates, the most patriotic candidates, the most persuasive candidates, and the candidates with the best ideas. The problem lies in the fact that conservatives do not have a single favorite candidate. (Snip) William F. Buckley used to say that he was not for “the most conservative” candidate. He said he was for “the most conservative candidate that is...
  • Is Perry finished? ('Debates are not my strong suit')

    10/12/2011 9:04:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/12/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    That question comes to us from Byron York, but it's probably being asked around many a breakfast table this morning among Republican households. Last night's debate performance was another disappointment, not as bad as Rick Perry's previous debate, but clearly inadequate in comparison to the others on the stage. If you don't trust my judgment, let me refer you to an expert: After the debate, Perry seemed to concede that he wasn’t looking to stand out.“I just try to get up every day and do my job, and debates are not my strong suit,” the Texas governor told reporters following...
  • A more disciplined Perry goes back to work in Iowa

    10/08/2011 9:02:42 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 72 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | 10-8-2011 | Jason Embry
    A more disciplined Perry goes back to work in Iowa By Jason Embry AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Updated: 10:02 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 Published: 9:56 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry moved through Iowa on Saturday a more disciplined presidential candidate than he was in his initial swing through the state almost two months ago. Gone were Perry's earlier suggestions that the Federal Reserve chairman is approaching treason or that U.S. troops would rather serve under a military veteran than under President Barack Obama. Instead, during three Saturday stops in northwestern Iowa, Perry stuck to brief prepared remarks...
  • Where Rick Perry comes from: How the Texas Plains shaped a future presidential candidate

    10/08/2011 9:38:21 PM PDT · by Clairity · 13 replies
    Dallas News ^ | Oct 8, 2011 | CHRISTY HOPPE
    On the flat patch of the Texas Plains where Rick Perry grew up, the years are measured in harvests and rainfall. Rustic is putting too high a gloss on it. Until he was 7 years old, there was no indoor plumbing and the family used an outhouse. Bathing consisted of filling a galvanized metal tub on the screened-in back porch. When the wind blew, the dry dust from the fields seeped through the cracks in the planks and settled, much to his mother's dismay, on the couch and chairs. "It was a really old house. But it was home," Perry...
  • Perry's haul for the long haul

    10/05/2011 9:07:44 PM PDT · by DRey · 183 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/5/11 | Maggie Haberman
    What Perry’s fundraising shows, his backers argue, is that he’s the only conservative candidate in the race with the resources to compete against Mitt Romney over the long haul. In other words, he can spend his way out of his current predicament. And while Perry has likely lost his chance to run away with the Republican presidential nomination, his eye-opening cash haul — collected in just 49 days — suggests he may yet be able to wrest it from Romney in an expensive, bruising nomination fight that drags on into spring. “He is going to have the resources to run...
  • We “Do Not Consider Perry a Factor… We Know Who it is Who Will be Our Nominee”

    10/05/2011 1:03:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 443 replies
    Race 4 2012 ^ | October 4, 2011 | Matt Coulter
    Those words were spoken today by Georgette Mosbacher, RNC Finance Co-Chair and huge GOP fundraiser, after Chris Christie’s announcement. The “we” is all the big bundlers, fundraisers, and money folks who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the field to be set — and that quote represents the coalescing around Mitt Romney that is expected to happen rather quickly now. Mosbacher went on to say: “I think tomorrow, we’ll be contacting one another and probably put something together with Romney… And I would say that the race is now Romney and Obama. Quite frankly, the enthusiasm wasn’t there...
  • Washington Post Now Literally Looking Under Rocks in West Texas to Find Dirt on Perry

    10/02/2011 6:55:31 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 84 replies
    PajamasMedia ^ | 10-2-2011 | Bryan Preston
    Washington Post Now Literally Looking Under Rocks in West Texas to Find Dirt on Perry Bryan Preston October 2, 2011 Seriously. Here’s the Post story, which once you get past all the history they try packing into it that has nothing at all to do with Rick Perry, is about a hunting lease that Gov. Perry’s family used, and which once had an offensive name that his family did not give it, but which was unfortunately somewhat common once upon a time. Once Perry’s family leased it, they painted over a rock with the offensive name on it to cover...
  • Does Perry have a plan? (We need more detailed answers to policy questions than just “Texas.”)

    09/28/2011 10:29:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Yesterday, I wrote that Rick Perry needs to stop worrying so much about his competitors in the Republican primary fight and start laying out his own plans for a Perry presidency in order to claim the mantle of a front-runner. Jill Lawrence at the Daily Beast decided to take a look at Perry’s website to see what kind of argument that might be, and discovered why Perry might be a little too focused on attacking Romney: In public at least, Rick Perry is among those writing off his stumbling debate performances as a verbal problem—as in, he’s not a slick,...
  • The GOP Flipped, but Perry Hasn't

    09/28/2011 7:08:25 AM PDT · by hocndoc · 88 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | September 27, 2011 | Mark P. Jones
    Somewhat overlooked in the attention heaped upon Gov. Rick Perry's immigration position in the wake of recent weeks’ GOP presidential primary debates is the reality that in 2001, Perry was joined by virtually the entire Republican membership of the Texas Legislature in supporting legislation allowing undocumented immigrants who meet a series of requirements (e.g., be a Texas high school graduate, a Texas resident, and agree to apply for permanent residency when eligible) to pay in-state tuition at Texas public institutions of higher education. Perry’s decision to defend rather than repudiate the legislation has had the immediate effect of dangling the...
  • Gov. Perry's Right About Social Security

    09/21/2011 8:40:57 AM PDT · by shield · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 21st September 2011 | Walter E Wiliams
    During the recent GOP presidential debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that Social Security is a "monstrous lie" and a "Ponzi scheme." More and more people are coming to see that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, but is it a lie, as well? Let's look at it. Here's what the 1936 government pamphlet on Social Security said: "After the first 3 years -- that is to say, beginning in 1940 -- you will pay, and your employer will pay, 1.5 cents for each dollar you earn, up to $3,000 a year. ... Beginning in 1943, you will pay 2...
  • Tea Party Presses Perry on Illegal Immigration

    09/19/2011 6:07:02 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 150 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | Sept. 19, 2011
    Tea Party leaders confronted Rick Perry in his own back yard calling on him to use his power as governor to crack down on illegal immigration. JoAnn Fleming, chair of the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee of the Texas Legislature said, "The ball is in Gov. Perry's court. He needs to make a decision. He's running out of time." Perry favors giving in-state tuition to certain illegal immigrants which has put him at odds with many Tea Party activists. Ken Emmanuelson, a Dallas Tea Party activist, said Perry should issue an executive order overturning a Texas Department of Public Safety...
  • Rivals ask: Is Perry weak on the right, or left?

    09/19/2011 9:39:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | September 19, 2011 | CHARLES BABINGTON - AP
    WASHINGTON — Rick Perry's Republican rivals are struggling to find a coherent, easy-to-grasp argument against the Texas governor, who tops GOP presidential polls despite attacks from all sides. In fact, it's the "all sides" nature that complicates the opposition's message. Republican voters who watched last week's presidential debate and its aftermath might wonder: Should I see Perry as too conservative or too moderate? Perry is the newest face in the GOP race and his opponents are determined to define him for primary voters, casting him as liberal, conservative and unelectable. They hope their characterizations of the front-runner take hold before...
  • "We have had several Texas presidents, but none so deeply, intensely Texas as this guy..."

    09/18/2011 5:36:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 165 replies
    Althouse ^ | 9-18-2011 | Althouse
    September 18, 2011 "We have had several Texas presidents, but none so deeply, intensely Texas as this guy would be." Man, Rick Perry is freaking out the New York Times. Gail Collins is all: You think of Rick Perry, you think of Texas. And more Texas. Perry the cowboy coyote-killer, the lord of the Texas job-creation machine, the g-dropping glad-hander with a “howdy” for every stranger in the room. He barely exists in the national mind outside of the Texas connection.And Maureen Dowd is all over the place talking about Perry with references to an obvious and old Hollywood movie....
  • New 'super PAC' aims to raise $55 million for Rick Perry

    09/18/2011 11:18:06 AM PDT · by libh8er · 28 replies
    Kansas City ^ | 9.18.2011 | Maria Recio
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the GOP presidential front-runner, may be leading the pack in the money game as well, as a new "super PAC" supporting him gears up to raise $55 million or more - a potential game changer for the 2012 race. The new pro-Perry political action committee, Make Us Great Again, is one of the emerging "super PACs" that started springing up after last year's groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling in Citizen's United v. FEC, which allowed unlimited cash from individuals and corporations for PACs that are separate from a candidate's campaign. "These are new vehicles for vast sums...
  • Rick Perry not likely to receive respite from immigration criticism in Iowa

    09/17/2011 12:59:20 PM PDT · by South40 · 46 replies
    The Iowa Independent ^ | 09.14.11 | Lynda Waddington
    Criticism hasn’t eased for Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the wake of his statement during a recent debate that the border can’t be secured and defense of his state’s tuition policy for some undocumented immigrants — and a two-day tour in Iowa this week doesn’t look like it will hold solace. ((snip)) Jerry DeLemus, chairman of the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC, a tea party umbrella group, described the Texas answer as “wrong-headed” and a “big negative” against Perry’s White House hopes. Katrina Pierson, a member of the Dallas Tea Party’s steering committee, said “Governor Perry has not met the...
  • Rick Perry Is the New Chuck Norris - "Gun control is hitting what you aim at"

    09/16/2011 12:26:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 15, 2011 | Elspeth Reeve
    Want proof? Here's a video Perry made for the National Rifle Association's convention in April. It opens with a bunch of old guys in t-shirts shooting big guns at stationary targets while the camera shakes to boost the suspense. Then the video cuts to a guy in a black polo shooting stuff -- it's Rick Perry!
  • The Trash Talker: Why Rick Perry Will Thrive in Presidential Debates

    09/07/2011 6:28:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 7, 2011 | Erica Grieder
    A not insignificant portion of the national political establishment—consisting of panicky Democrats and Republicans alike—is hoping that Rick Perry’s commanding lead in recent Republican primary polls will wither under the lights of this month’s multiple presidential debates, beginning with tonight’s event at the Ronald Reagan Library in California. The governor of Texas may be a formidable retail politician, they reason, but as soon as he’s facing sustained, aggressive questioning, and is forced to speak off the cuff about policy, he’ll be exposed for what he truly is: A good ol’ boy who doesn’t have the brains or the manners to...
  • Rick Perry, by the book

    08/30/2011 7:47:16 PM PDT · by Clairity · 61 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug. 30, 2011 | Ruth Marcus
    Perry's 2010 Tea Party-steeped manifesto, "Fed Up!", makes George Bush look like George McGovern. Perry has said he wasn't planning to run for president when he wrote the book, and it shows: The Texas governor floats the notion of repealing the 16th Amendment, which authorized the federal income tax. Perry laments the New Deal as "the second big step" - the 16th and 17th amendments being the first - "in the march of socialism".... Disagreeing with liberal justices is one thing. Accusing them of not caring about the Constitution is like denouncing the opposing party as unpatriotic - and is...
  • Perryphobia

    08/27/2011 6:58:43 AM PDT · by shield · 176 replies
    Politico ^ | August 26th, 2011 | CURT ANDERSON
    A wave of fear has come over Washington — and it’s not the earthquake or the hurricane. Self-appointed Republican elites, fretting Hill Republicans and left-wing carnival barkers all have one thing in common: Perryphobia. It’s an acute condition, with different manifestations. But it has the same root cause – arrogance toward Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Let’s get this straight — with Congress being as popular as cholera, they think they are going to hurt Perry’s chances by dissing him? Really? Congress is at an all-time low, according to a new Gallup poll, with only 13 percent of Americans approving of...
  • Peggy Noonan: Is Rick Perry too macho?

    08/27/2011 8:00:56 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 82 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 25, 2011 | Allahpundit
    I can’t shake the feeling that this column might not be well received by the base. She’s referring, of course, to his comments about Bernanke’s near-treason and offhand musings about secession: Mr. Perry’s primary virtue for the Republican base is that he means it. He comes across as a natural conservative, Texas Division, who won’t be changing his mind about his basic premises any time soon. His professed views don’t seem to be an outfit he can put on and take off at will. In this of course he’s the anti-Romney. Unlike Ms. Bachmann, he has executive experience, three terms...
  • President Rick Perry?

    08/26/2011 11:16:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 109 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 25, 2011 | David Brooks
    ………..There have been a slew of polls showing Gov. Rick Perry of Texas surging to double-digit national leads. He leads across demographic groups — among educated Republicans and less-educated ones, among upscale and downscale. Most impressive, he’s winning over the Republican activists who pay the closest attention and wield disproportionate influence with primary voters. A poll by the conservative political Web sites, The Daily Caller/ConservativeHome, surveys these activists. When asked this week which candidate was most electable, 46 percent named Perry, while only 20 percent named Romney. When asked who would do the best job on the economy, 27 percent...
  • Perry bills feds for housing illegals

    08/26/2011 3:50:03 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 26, 2011 | APRIL CASTRO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to reimburse the state $350 million to cover costs of imprisoning illegal immigrants. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the top-tier Republican presidential candidate blamed the federal government for not securing the border with Mexico, allowing illegal immigrants to cross over and use taxpayer-funded resources.
  • Rick Perry Doesn't Need "The Money"

    08/18/2011 7:24:30 AM PDT · by jocon307 · 38 replies
    Business Insider via KausFiles ^ | 08/17/11 | John Ellis
    [Jonathan] Martin [of Politico] writes: "Perry's comment (about ...Ben Bernanke's "treasonous" behavior) is exactly the sort of misstep that will worry the many GOP donors on the sideline right now who chiefly want to beat President Obama. The quote reinforces their central fear about Perry — that he has a cowboy problem — and could prompt them to remain uncommitted." This is accurate. It's also irrelevant. It's irrelevant because the "GOP donors on the sideline right now" don't matter. They think they matter, but they don't. The fact is that Rick Perry can raise $15-20 million out of Texas for...
  • Perry's Public Service

    08/18/2011 8:03:40 AM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | WSJ Editors
    Perry's Public Service Behold, a hard-money Texas politician..Article Video Comments (268) more in Opinion ». Email Print Save ↓ More . .smaller Larger All the world's right-thinkers are denouncing Rick Perry for suggesting this week that Texans would get "pretty ugly" with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke if he guns the money supply any more between now and the 2012 election. His poor choice of words aside, the Texas Governor is right to put monetary policy front and center in the 2012 Presidential debate. Let's stipulate that Mr. Perry, in his first week on the Presidential stump, was wrong to...
  • Bachmann-Perry Overdrive

    08/15/2011 4:21:33 PM PDT · by CA Conservative · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8-15-2011 | Editors
    The fight for the Republican Presidential nomination is finally getting underway in earnest, with Texas Governor Rick Perry bull-riding his way into the race and Michele Bachmann winning Saturday's straw poll in Iowa. Both events show how unsettled the GOP contest still is, as voters search for a candidate who can beat a vulnerable President Obama. Mrs. Bachmann, the Minnesota Congresswoman, has emerged from cable-TV land in recent months to be a viable competitor. She is telegenic, a hard worker, and has planted herself at the front of the tea party parade in hostility to all things Washington. This posture...
  • Rick Perry, time to get America working again

    Rick Perry’s promise “I’ll work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can.
  • Gov. Rick Perry’s relationship with Muslims may set him apart

    08/15/2011 9:45:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies ^ | 8/15/11 | Kate Shellnutt
    Gov. Rick Perry’s friendly relationship with some Texas Muslims was touted in a recent story on While some other presidential candidates bring up concerns about American Muslims’ loyalty and decry Islamic law in the U.S., here’s a Christian, Republican politician who initiated a teacher-training program on Islamic history and has been friends for years with the Aga Khan, head of an Islamic sect called Ismailis, Salon points out. Perry even laid the first brick at the groundbreaking ceremony for an Ismaili worship center in Plano in 2005. According to Ismaili national spokesman Mahmoud Eboo, the premise of the Salon...
  • Far right questions Rick Perry on immigration

    08/13/2011 12:31:57 PM PDT · by raybbr · 102 replies · 1+ views
    McALLEN, Texas (AP) - For all of his rock-solid conservative credentials, Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have an Achilles' heel: immigration. Perry will undoubtedly focus his presidential campaign on Texas' relatively healthy economy and its low taxes and his record in creating jobs in the 11 years he's been governor. What he may have to explain on the stump is how illegal immigrants have contributed to that success, adding as much as $17.7 billion a year to the state gross product and enjoying such benefits as in-state tuition at public universities. "Gov. Perry is very eager to appear tough on...
  • Perry to Alabama Republicans: Time to cut government

    08/13/2011 3:27:00 AM PDT · by Clairity · 37 replies
    Gadsden Times ^ | Aug. 12, 2011 | JAY REEVES/AP
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday delivered a conservative message to Alabama Republicans on the eve of his expected presidential announcement, stressing the need to defeat President Barack Obama and reduce the size of government to make the country friendlier to job-creating businesses. Perry called the federal government a "sprawling mess" that needs to be returned to the limited sized envisioned by the nation's founders in the Constitution.
  • Dose of Reason: Perry and Gardasil

    08/12/2011 2:46:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 129 replies
    RIght Wing ^ | August 7, 2011 | bnuckols
    Bear with me, this isn’t a “sound bite” subject. The Human Papilloma Virus is an infection, and should not be a moral issue. In contrast, the vaccine against four strains of the virus, Gardasil, has become a political issue, even though the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now recommends it for all boys and girls. Governor Rick Perry has been criticized for his February, 2007 Executive Order that made the vaccine mandatory for girls before entering the 6th grade. Very little is said about the part of the EO that affirmed the right of and facilitated parents who wish...
  • ‘Bigoted,’ ‘theocratic’ Perry prayer event sparks massive anti-Christian media backlash

    08/09/2011 2:38:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 8, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, D.C., August 8, 2011 ( - Intended as a simple gathering to invoke God’s help for America, a high-profile Houston prayer rally hosted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked a beehive of anti-Christian sentiment as media commentators slammed the event as bigoted, unconstitutional, and even akin to Nazi brainwashing tactics. The Response, a non-denominational Christian event initiated by Gov. Perry and joined by cosponsors including the American Family Association (AFA), drew around 30,000 participants to Houston Saturday. There, the crowd followed a Biblical injunction to “gather together, repent of their sins, and pray to God to intervene on...
  • Veterans' Organization to Governor Perry: "We need you as our Commander-in-Chief!"

    08/04/2011 10:33:48 AM PDT · by Clairity · 65 replies · 1+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | Aug 4, 2011 | PR Newswire
    Veterans for Rick Perry, a candidate committee under Federal Election Commission rules, today called upon Texas Governor Rick Perry to enter the race for President of the United States. "As a veteran with a solid record of supporting veterans and military issues in the State of Texas, we believe Governor Perry is the best person for the job of President," said Dan Shelley, Air Force veteran and founder of Veterans for Rick Perry. "We believe Governor Perry is uniquely qualified to lead our nation through the trials that lie ahead. He has demonstrated an ability to reduce government and keep...
  • Predictions: Who will be the GOP nominee in 2012?

    08/04/2011 11:21:17 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 161 replies
    Vanity ^ | 110411 | Artemis Webb
    Your opinions... Who will be the GOP nominee? Who will come in 2nd and 3rd? Will Obama keep Biden as his VP nominee? Try to play nice.
  • Perry draws crowd on Romney's turf

    07/31/2011 2:41:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | July 30, 201 | Joe Hanel
    DENVER - Texas Gov. Rick Perry sounded very much like a presidential candidate Friday night when he blasted President Barack Obama in front of a crowd of nearly 900 conservatives. In a Gallup poll of Republicans last week, Perry was tied with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, even though Perry has not formally declared his intent to run for president. It was Perry's second visit in as many weeks to Colorado, which has been a Romney stronghold. "Our federal government has grown well beyond its intended size and purpose so that it now threatens the liberties it was created to protect,"...