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  • The Glaring Differences Between Palin & Perry

    08/19/2011 7:30:37 AM PDT · by onyx · 210 replies
    C4P ^ | August 19, 2011 | Stacey Drake
    The Glaring Differences Between Palin & Perry Posted on August 19 2011 - 9:14 AM - Posted by: Stacy Drake After his announcement last weekend, Rick Perry’s record has come under considerable scrutiny from the media and the blogs. One of the most notable items of discussion has been about an executive order that Perry signed, mandating young girls to receive the HPV vaccine known as Gardasil. It was so controversial that the Texas State Legislature stepped in and repealed the law just weeks after Perry had pushed it through.Tuesday evening, Michelle Malkin published a very detailed column about Perry’s...
  • Ten things about Rick Perry that may worry some conservatives

    08/17/2011 9:24:25 PM PDT · by TBP · 205 replies ^ | August 2011 | Texas on the Potomac
    Rick Perry has counted on the staunch support of Texas conservatives during his two decades of statewide triumphs in Texas. Hes an anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-regulation, anti-Washington stalwart. Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of and a leader on the right since the days of Ronald Reagan, called Perry a committed conservative whose presidential announcement brought a wave of relief to conservatives. Then why are some conservative bloggers and activists warning others on the political right about a Perry presidential candidacy? Before Republicans start salivating too heavily, it is important to examine Perry closely, says conservative talk-show host David Zublick. His conservative...
  • Perry calls idea of U.S.-Mexico border wall ridiculous

    08/17/2011 10:42:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 217 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 17, 2011 | Sarah Blackwill and Domenico Montanaro
    Rick Perry called the idea of a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border ridiculous today in a stop in New Hampshire. You got strategic fencing in some of the metropolitan areas its very helpful, the Texas governor said. But the idea that youre going to build a wall from Brownsville to El Paso is just -- its ridiculous on its face. That was in the context of Perry saying how he'd asked Washington for 1,000 National Guard troops and how current efforts at border security are ineffective. Perry swatted at the Obama administrations assertion that the border is safer...

    08/15/2011 8:09:32 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 288 replies
    In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaigns Texas chairman by saying that this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming. But in fact, global warming was already a significant theme for Gore in 1987 and 1988 long before his activism led to several books, a Nobel Prize and a part in an Academy Award-winning film. It was also well before the right gave him the "Mr. Ozone" nickname and talk radio heaped endless mockery on the future...
  • Tom Tancredo: Rick Perry not a true conservative

    08/11/2011 6:00:12 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 401 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/11/2011 | Tom Tancredo
    On Saturday Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce whether or not he will run for president. Many now believe he will. Perry is eager to separate himself from his predecessor in the Texas governors mansion, George W. Bush who is unpopular with both tea party Republicans and the American electorate as a whole. But one area where Perrys positions are virtually identical to Bush is immigration. When I ran for president in 2008, I tried to pressure the Republican candidates to take a hard line against illegal immigration. For this, Perry called me a racist. When he...
  • Tex Gov Rick Perry To Announce Presidential Run Saturday, DURING Iowa Straw Poll.

    08/08/2011 7:17:28 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 92 replies
    Friends and Fiends in DC
    I'm still stuck in DC, and here in the Capitol, sources close to Rick Perry confirmed today that the Texas governor will announce his bid for President this Saturday, while the Iowa straw polls are in session. Perry is due to be in South Carolina that day, and by announcing that he is "90% sure he will run," he can steal much of the thunder from the straw poll winner. Perry's plans are to then fly to New Hampshire where he will announce that "due to the outpouring of support" he is either 99% or 100% sure he will run."...
  • Perry as a (Very Conservative) Democrat

    08/07/2011 2:50:09 PM PDT · by Clairity · 97 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | July 25, 2011 | Mark P. Jones
    If Gov. Rick Perry decides to throw his hat into the presidential ring, we can expect enhanced interest in his Democratic past. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, the analysis suggests Perry did not leave the Democratic Party so much as it left him, although compared to Reagan, Perry was (ideologically) much less of a Democrat to begin with. During Perry's first term (1985-87) in the Texas House his voting record located him as the 12th most conservative Democrat, rising to 10th in the 1987-89 session and 7th in 1989. From the very beginning, Perry was clearly a conservative outlier within his...
  • Perry is Bush lite and Sarah Palin in a skirt: GOP guru Alex Castellanos

    08/07/2011 12:37:47 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 108 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8-7-2011 | Todd J. Gillman
    Perry is Bush lite and Sarah Palin in a skirt Todd J. Gillman August 7, 2011 GOP consultant Alex Castellanos dumped all over Gov. Rick Perry this morning on NBC's Meet the Press, calling him "Sarah Palin with a skirt" and a lesser version of George W. Bush - and not in a good way. "He has some challenges. One of them is that people think he's a little bit of a coffee table book. He's kind of Sarah Palin with a skirt. Not a substantive candidate," Castellanos said when host Dick Gregory asked if Perry could give the current...
  • Perry could be top-tier candidate, polls show

    07/24/2011 10:08:03 AM PDT · by Signalman · 28 replies ^ | 7/22/2011 | Chuck Lindell
    If Gov. Rick Perry opts to run for president, a passel of polls released this week indicates that he would enter the race for the GOP nomination as a top-tier candidate. Four national polls had Perry running second to fourth among Republicans surveyed in July, surpassing many established and long-announced candidates, including Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. "He's top three if he runs," said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist. "I think it's (Mitt) Romney and (Michele) Bachmann and Perry. The others, so far, have not been able to generate any real...
  • Perry Surges to Second Place in Two National Polls

    07/22/2011 3:04:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 22, 2011 | Caitlin Huey-Burns
    With speculation mounting as to whether Rick Perry will make a White House run, two national polls released Friday morning show the Texas governor within close reach of front-runner Mitt Romney. The Massachusetts governor edges Perry by 16 percent to 14 percent, in a CNN/ORC International survey and by 17 percent to 14 percent in a Fox News poll. The CNN survey shows an increased enthusiasm for a Perry presidential bid. In May, only 40 percent of Republican respondents wanted him to jump into the candidate pool, a number that's now risen to 50 percent. Fifty-five percent want former Alaska...
  • Perry's religious talk stirs debate

    AUSTIN Employing deeply religious language that national experts say affords both power and peril for his political career, Gov. Rick Perry in late May told a private group of East Texas business leaders that he was called to the ministry at the age of 27, suggested that the governor's office was his pulpit and that God put him in this place at this time to do his will. According to a transcript of the meeting, organized to raise funds for Perry's Aug. 6 day of prayer and fasting at Reliant Stadium, the governor stated that property rights, government regulation...
  • Rick Perry : one of the most conservative Republican candidates

    07/19/2011 7:37:30 PM PDT · by Clairity · 109 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 19, 2011 | UK Telegraph
    Should Rick Perry conclude that voter discontent has left him an opening to enter the presidential race, the Texas governor would be among the Republican field's most conservative candidates. Rick Perry rejects the idea of global warming and the theory of evolution, arguing for natural climate variations and intelligent design of the universe. He branded Social Security and other New Deal safety net programmes "the second big step in the march of socialism," according to a book published last year. The "first step" was a national income tax, which he has said stands alongside the direct election of US senators...
  • Could Rick Perry Shake Up GOP W.H. Race?

    07/19/2011 4:50:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 214 replies
    Daily News ^ | July 18, 2011 | John King interview
    John King CNN interview: 5:19 minute video: Could Rick Perry shake up GOP W.H. race?GUESTS: Erick Erickson [Red State] and Mimi Swartz [Texas Monthly] discuss the potential presidential candidacy of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.Swartz: Formidable campaigner. People on the East Coast underestimate him at their peril. Hes relentless. Perry will fight to the death if he wants this. King: If he gets in, who gets hurt? Erickson: Pawleny has most to lose. Bachman loses. Hurts Romney -- explains in detail. Palin and Giuliani wont get in if Perry gets in. Swartz: quoting another pundit re: Bush/Perry -- Bush aristocratic ...
  • Civitas Poll: In Potential Matchup, Texas Gov. Rick Perry Ahead of Obama (In NC)

    07/18/2011 9:57:03 PM PDT · by Clairity · 30 replies
    NC Civitas ^ | July 18, 2011 | Katie Trout
    Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry leads Barack Obama 45 percent to 42 percent among North Carolina voters in a potential presidential matchup, according to a new poll released by the Civitas Institute. Republican (81 percent Perry - 8 percent Obama) and Democratic voter (17 percent Perry - 69 percent Obama) support falls along party lines between the potential candidates. Unaffiliated voters, the fastest growing voter segment in the state, would choose Perry over Obama by a 53 percent to 32 percent margin.
  • Perry knocks Obamas handling of border security

    07/18/2011 12:02:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 203 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 18, 2011 | Jason Embry
    Speaking this morning to the Texas Municipal Police Association in Austin, Gov. Rick Perry returned to one of his favorite subjects over the last few years, saying the Obama administration has inappropriately handled security issues on the Texas-Mexico border. Perry, who told the Des Moines Register in recent days that God may be calling him to run for president, has long said Washington has not deployed enough manpower to the Texas-Mexico border. He repeated that criticism this morning, saying he wants 3,000 Border Patrol agents along the border in Texas and 1,000 troops from the National Guard. He said...
  • Perry's credentials: As conservative as they come

    07/17/2011 6:59:38 AM PDT · by Clairity · 196 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | July 17, 2011 | Chris Tomlinson
    If Texas Gov. Rick Perry runs for president, he'd bring along strong conservative credentials. He's advocated laws that require a sonogram before an abortion and that force police to enforce federal immigration law.
  • Is Rick Perry Running? Absolutely, Says Texas Monthly Editor

    07/15/2011 3:35:43 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 15, 2011 | Rick Klein
    Is Rick Perry Running? Absolutely, Says Texas Monthly Editor July 15, 2011 1:56 PM ABC News Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports: Look for another entry into the Republican field: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to jump into the race for the presidency in the coming weeks, Texas Monthly senior executive editor Paul Burka told us on ABCs Top Line today. Absolutely. He's running, Burka said. He's been talking about it with his family -- his family's behind him. His friends are behind him. And I really think this something that came -- that started in 2010 when he was running...
  • Taking a Look at the Governor, Back When He Was a Democrat

    07/14/2011 5:02:23 PM PDT · by Tex-Con-Man · 50 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 14, 2011 | Jay Root
    Mr. Perry spent his first six years in politics as a Democrat... A raging liberal he was not... He was one of a handful of freshman pit bulls, so named because they sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee, where they fought to keep spending low. But Mr. Perry cast some votes and took a few stands that seem to be at odds with his fiscal conservatism today. The most vivid example is his support of the $5.7 billion tax hike in 1987, signed by Gov. Bill Clements, a Republican, opposed by most Republican members. The bill...
  • Rick Perry has huge opening, according to some in GOP establishment

    07/12/2011 11:46:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 131 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2011 | Philip Rucker and Perry Bacon Jr.
    .......The conventional wisdom has been that a sizeable portion of the partys base wants to defeat Romney. Rather, the Republicans interviewed said, many in the party are satisfied with Romney but waiting to see if a stronger candidate emerges. People are for him in the same way they were for Bob Dole in 1996, said Tom Perdue, a longtime Georgia strategist. Theyre for him, but theyre looking far over their shoulder hoping somebody else is going to step up. He said that some major Atlanta donors backing Romney have told Perdue privately that they would jump ship really fast if...
  • Perry calling big name Republicans in New Hampshire

    07/11/2011 10:31:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    New Hampshire Journal ^ | July 11, 2011 | Shawn Millerick
    .....Multiple Republican sources tell NH Journal that Perry is calling top-shelf Republican leaders in the Granite State. One Republican state Senator who received a call from the Governor confirmed that he has been discussing his entry into the presidential sweepstakes with leading state Republicans for the past few days. .....Should he decide to run, Perry is viewed as a serious competitor who could shake up the race. Perry is a fiscal and social conservative with tea party ties and a strong fundraising base.
  • If Perry does mount presidential run, we'll see if his walk matches his talk

    07/10/2011 3:47:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 136 replies
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | July 10, 2010 | Editorial
    If Rick Perry does mount a successful bid for the U.S. presidency, it will be interesting to see whether he can translate his past and present criticisms of the federal government into concrete changes to the sprawling bureaucracy. Perry has yet to say he will or wont toss his hat into the Republican race for the right to square off against President Barack Obama in 2012. He is, however, making all the moves of a potential candidate testing the waters. Insiders are mixed on the odds. Some say hes definitely in; others put the odds at 50-50. But the mere...
  • Palin, Perry: 2012 Hopefuls Make Fast Friends

    07/09/2011 12:14:18 AM PDT · by Clairity · 76 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 6, 2011 | Dan Weil
    The two biggest names who haven't decided yet on whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination are Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The two have a budding friendship, The Hill reports. And the bond is becoming so tight that one of them may readily endorse the other should he/she decide to launch a presidential bid. That would represent crucial support for the endorsee, likely establishing him/her as the tea party favorite. "He does what is right regardless of whether it is popular. He walks the walk of a true conservative," Palin wrote.
  • Rick Perry: Would Obama stand a chance against the Texas governor?

    07/06/2011 9:20:05 PM PDT · by Clairity · 83 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 6, 2011 | LA Times Editorial Staff
    President Obama wouldn't stand a chance if Texas Gov. Rick Perry were to win the Republican nomination. That's Merrill Matthews' theory anyway. On the conservative website Human Events, he compares Obama to Perry in terms we can all understand. Which brings us to the Obama vs. Perry records on the economy. Unemployment: Then, 7.3% of Americans were unemployed and 9.1% are unemployed today. ...Yet, as this Times article demonstrates, there's no doubt Perry brings more to the table in terms of successful governing experience than anyone else seeking to challenge Obama.
  • Palin, Perry: Friendship with a '12 twist

    07/06/2011 1:10:00 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/06/11 05:40 AM ET | By Christian Heinze
    Two major names remain on the 2012 bench. Each has a giant persona, comes from a giant state, and has a giant following. Yes, its Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Their political friendship, while somewhat recent, seems real so real that it would be easy to imagine one endorsing the other if only one of them would jump into the race. That would give an instant charge of credibility and buzz to the endorsee, and likely set either Palin or Perry as the Tea Party favorite. Their friendship goes back to their days as...
  • Palin/Perry 2012: For 16 Years of Conservative Bliss

    07/05/2011 3:08:19 PM PDT · by harpu · 214 replies ^ | 7/5/11 | AWR Hawkins
    When Sarah Palins Going Rogue was released in late 2009, people around the country stood in line for hours to meet her at book signings, and to shake her hand and ask her to run for president in 2012. And this was after the MSM had spent nearly a year and half dragging her and her family through the mud, accusing Palin of every misdeed imaginable, and going out of their way to remind us how unprepared Palin was for the vice presidency (according to MSM standards of course). From the release of Going Rogue through the November 2010 elections,...
  • Perry Cements His Reputation As a Powerful Governor

    07/03/2011 12:39:44 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 86 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | July 3, 2011 | Jay Root
    Gov. Rick Perry may or may not try to become the leader of what was once called the free world. In the meantime, he has cemented his reputation as one of the most powerful governors ever to walk the corridors of the Texas Capitol. As the longest serving governor in state history, Perry has named more people to boards and commissions than any predecessor 5,495 at last count, Legislative Reference Library figures show allowing him to put his conservative stamp on every corner of state government. The reach of his power, and his willingness to use it, have...
  • As a 'Potential' Presidential Candidate, Life Is Good

    07/02/2011 10:51:43 AM PDT · by Clairity · 52 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 29, 2011 | Beth Reinhard
    Why these Republicans love sitting on the fence. What's the rush? Having those three words -- "potential presidential candidate'' -- next to your name can be addictive. "There's a fun factor to being almost a candidate,'' said John Sununu, New Hampshire's former governor and party chairman. "People listen to you, but you don't have all of the responsibilities that come with running for president.'' Palin, who is well known nationally from her vice presidential bid in 2008, two biographies, one reality television show, and now, a documentary titled The Undefeated, can probably afford to wait the longest. As head of...
  • Conservative GOP primary voters likely to like Perry's positions

    07/02/2011 11:39:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 124 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | July 2, 2011 | Dave Montgomery
    AUSTIN - The just-concluded 82nd Legislature has armed Gov. Rick Perry with a host of red-meat issues to present to conservative Republican voters if he jumps into the wide-open presidential primary race. But analysts say some of those issues could carry consequences down the road in reaching broader constituencies in a general election match-up against President Barack Obama. Texas' longest-serving governor burnished his conservative profile with legislative victories that included a no-tax budget with $15 billion in cuts, property rights protections, voter ID legislation and a bill requiring sonograms before abortions. Two other Perry-backed issues - an immigration measure to...
  • Will Rick Perry run for president? (Washington Post)

    07/01/2011 10:17:36 PM PDT · by Clairity · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2011 | Karen Tumulty
    This week marked the end of a legislative season in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry got pretty much everything he wanted - especially if what he wanted were talking points for a Republican presidential campaign. The Texas legislature passed a fiscally austere budget that left $6 billion in the state's rainy-day fund, and bills requiring women seeking abortions to get sonograms, voters to show photo identification and plaintiffs who bring lawsuits deemed frivolous to pay court costs and attorney fees. Even where he was defeated, Perry won points from conservatives for putting up a fight. He tried to ban "sanctuary...
  • Perry swipes at Washington leadership on California tour

    06/30/2011 10:00:36 PM PDT · by Clairity · 47 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 30, 2011 | AP
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry ridiculed Washington leadership Thursday on a whirlwind trip through California, positioning himself as a champion of limited government, states' rights and low taxes as he edges toward a decision on whether to enter the 2012 presidential campaign. The Republican governor held a string of private meetings and events with members of Congress, conservative activists, CEOs and potential fundraisers who could become part of a national campaign. Perry, a former Air Force pilot, is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He opposes abortion rights and is a favorite among social conservatives. He has been touting his record...
  • The Phony Right-Wing - Part 5: James Richard 'Rick' Perry

    06/30/2011 4:18:01 PM PDT · by unspun · 191 replies · 1+ views
    Gulag Bound ^ | June 30, 2011 | Kelleigh Nelson
    A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.- Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins, usually known only as Bertrand de Jouvenel (31 October 1903, Paris 1 March 1987) was a French philosopher, political economist, and futurist. G u l a g B o u n d Video, "Gov. Rick Perrys amazing speech to RLC 2011" at James Richard "Rick" Perry assumed the governorship of Texas in 2000 when he took over from George W. Bush, who resigned to take the oath of office of President. He holds all records for Texas gubernatorial tenure. Perry has...
  • The Phony Right-Wing Part 5: James Richard Rick Perry

    06/30/2011 4:03:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Gulag Bound ^ | Kelleigh Nelson
    James Richard Rick Perry assumed the governorship of Texas in 2000 when he took over from George W. Bush, who resigned to take the oath of office of President. He holds all records for Texas gubernatorial tenure. Perry has the distinction of being the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every possible state office, board, or commission position which requires gubernatorial appointment (as well as to several elected offices to which the governor can appoint someone to fill an unexpired term, such as six of the nine current members of the Texas...
  • Perry Roars Near Top of Fox News Poll

    06/30/2011 12:11:03 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 157 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 30, 2011 | Dana Blanton
    While former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney remains the preferred 2012 Republican presidential nominee, three rivals are close behind -- including two who haven't announced they are running. In a Fox News poll released Wednesday, Romney received the backing of 18 percent of GOP primary voters. He's followed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 13 percent, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann at 11 percent and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at 10 percent. Perry and Giuliani have not declared their candidacies. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, also undeclared, is now in single digits at 8 percent support, and Texas Congressman...
  • Rick Perry has a history of acrimony with George W. Bush

    06/29/2011 9:16:23 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 150 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6-30-2011 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Rick Perry has a history of acrimony with George W. Bush Mark Z. Barabak June 30, 2011 Reporting from Austin, Texas Rick Perry was in Iowa three years ago, talking up a favored candidate, when the subject turned to George W. Bush, the president and a fellow Republican who preceded Perry as Texas governor. Bush, or "George," as Perry called him, was no fiscal conservative "never was" and his work on tort reform, a subject dear to Republican hearts, paled next to Perry's achievements, the governor said. "I mean, '95, '97, '99," Perry went on, elaborately ticking the...
  • Cost of Perry's security team to stay secret for 18 months

    06/29/2011 8:24:50 AM PDT · by Palter · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 28 June 2011 | PATRICIA KILDAY HART
    At a time Gov. Rick Perry has considerably stepped up his travel schedule, the Legislature on Tuesday amended a school finance bill to keep the details of the cost of his security team secret for 18 months. At Perry's urging, lawmakers inserted language into SB1 that will keep the details of travel vouchers submitted by his Department of Public Safety security team secret for 18 months after trips are completed. Both the Texas House and Senate passed the bill Tuesday. Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, said the conference committee agreed to language that provides "a more balanced approach" than legislation during...
  • A Word of Caution for Rick Perry

    06/28/2011 10:04:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies ^ | June 28, 2011 | Douglas MacKinnon
    Okay, so here are some unsolicited but heartfelt words of caution for Governor Rick Perry of Texas as he contemplates whether to enter the Republican primary for President of the United States. As you and your trusted aides crunch numbers, take the pulse of major donors, look at various match-ups in states like Iowa, South Carolina, and Florida, please keep this in mind: The conservatives, Republicans, independents, and even the growing number of Democrats who embrace traditional values and strongly oppose Barack Obama and his socialist tendencies, are tired. They are bone tired, worried beyond words, and quite frankly sick...