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  • Perry Swipes at Potential GOP Rivals: We Tried ‘Young, Inexperienced Senator’ Already

    04/17/2015 5:10:56 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 101 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2015-04-17 | Josh Feldman
    Rick Perry may run for president again, and he made the case at a Republican dinner last night that Americans are ready to move past a “young, very attractive” President Obama. According to NBCDFW, Perry made the case for a Republican president (not necessarily him) who’s more than just a “critic-in-chief,” but also a “tested, results-oriented executive who has a record of accomplishment.” And just like in past years, Perry brought up the critique of Obama that he lacked any executive experience before he became president. Perry told the Republican crowd the country is ready to move past “eight...
  • Judge refuses to throw out Perry indictment, case will proceed

    01/27/2015 2:23:31 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 40 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 01/27/2015 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN – A state judge on Tuesday refused to throw out an indictment accusing former Gov. Rick Perry of abusing his veto authority to try to force out a local prosecutor. Perry, who is actively eyeing another presidential bid, was indicted last summer. The charges stem from his 2013 threat to veto funding for a public corruption unit overseen by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg unless she resigned after a drunken-driving arrest. Lehmberg stayed in office after serving jail time, and Perry axed the funding. The Republican said that Lehmberg, a Democrat, had lost the public’s confidence. A grand...
  • Judge refuses to toss Rick Perry abuse-of-power case on constitutional grounds

    01/27/2015 7:10:19 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | 1-27-15 | AP story
    AUSTIN, Texas – A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand. In 44 pages of decisions and orders, District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry's pricy defense team to toss the case because its client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America's second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.
  • Rick Perry Rides Again

    01/15/2015 6:42:35 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | January 15, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE JANUARY 15, 2015 3:30 PM Rick Perry Rides Again And it looks like he’s ready.By Eliana Johnson Austin, Texas — In the fall of 2002, when Jeb Bush was running for reelection as governor of Florida, his older brother made several visits to the Sunshine State to campaign on his behalf. It was a dozen years ago, but a former aide to George W. Bush recalls the scene easily. Air Force One sat on the tarmac in Tampa. On board, the governor was sitting with presidential aides around a table in the plane’s conference room. When the...
  • Rick Perry Becomes the 2016 GOP Frontrunner (you have to watch the ad in the story!)

    08/20/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 48 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 8/19/14 | Aaron Gardner
    Rick Perry has been on a subtle campaign since November of 2012, and he has done it well. The Texas Governor has wooed away companies from multiple states by showing off the energetic business environment, he has engaged in national political discussions through videos, social media, and op-eds, and he has kept his name, and more importantly, the record of the state he governs, in the news. But now we have the news of two criminal indictments. Leading Conservatives Gather For Republican Leadership Conference In New OrleansThis indictment is filled with the distilled essence of progressive projection. An out of...
  • Who Are ‘Texans for Public Justice,’ and Why Does Their Role in the Rick Perry Case Matter?

    08/18/2014 9:26:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/18/2014 | Bryan Preston
    As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, a grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts late Friday. Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted in office since 1917. He was indicted for threatening to veto funds for the Public Integrity Unit of Travis County’s district attorney’s office, because the head of that office, District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, had been caught drunk driving, and was later caught on tape abusing her power to try to get out of the DWI charge. Though that office runs out of Travis County, it has statewide jurisdiction over elected officials...
  • Ted Cruz rallies to the support of his friend and political rival Rick Perry

    08/16/2014 8:25:24 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 80 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 16, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    In a sign that the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for abuse of office and coercion may not be having the political effects some have hoped for, Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas, has taken to his Facebook page to express support for the governor. Cruz is considered a possible rival to Perry for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. However differences are being set aside, at least for the time being, to rally around Perry.“Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney's Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this...
  • Rick Perry indicted for Lehmberg veto threat

    08/15/2014 6:01:04 PM PDT · by paul544 · 70 replies
    Statesman.com ^ | 8/15/2014 | Tony Plohetski
    A Travis County grand jury Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two charges related to his effort last year to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunken driving arrest.
  • Gov. Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power for carrying out threat to veto prosecutors' funds

    08/15/2014 3:57:33 PM PDT · by bgill · 256 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 15, 2014 | WILL WEISSERT
    The Republican governor is accused of abusing his official powers by publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit at the Travis County District Attorney's office. He was indicted by an Austin grand jury Friday.
  • Rick Perry forms a new federal elections campaign committee

    08/04/2014 7:20:08 PM PDT · by South40 · 31 replies
    DallasMorningNews ^ | 8/4/2014 | Christy Hoppe
    Rick Perry has taken another step to being a national player and perhaps inching his way into a national presidential campaign. One of the ways is to make friends. On July 31, he filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to create a political committee called RickPAC. He intends to use the committee to donate contributions to like-minded Republicans. “It was set up to help fund candidates who agree with the governor’s priorities,” said spokesman Mark Miner.
  • ‘Lone Star America’ Author: Rick Perry is ‘Seasoned and Prepared’ to Run for President

    07/21/2014 3:49:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 21, 2014 | Courtney O'Brien
    Perhaps no state claims the sense of pride that is evident in Texas. Author Mark Davis talks about this shared sentiment in his new book "Lone Star America." This week, he spoke with Townhall about how Texas is excelling and taking the lead on just about every issue from jobs to energy to the Second Amendment. He shared some insight into policies that allow Texas to thrive economically, as well as his thoughts as to which Texans could be in the White House in 2016. Why write this book now? In 30 plus years of doing radio talk shows, conservatives...
  • Texas Gov. Perry in Iowa; mulling 2016 GOP run

    05/28/2014 4:09:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 28, 2014 6:28 PM EDT | Thomas Beaumont
    Behind Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s visit to Iowa this week to campaign for local politicians is a careful effort to remake his image from the 2012 Republican presidential candidate who couldn’t remember a key message during a debate, to a more polished and prepared contender. While he denies it is a dress rehearsal for a second presidential run, Perry is studying policy, traveling and meeting with key activists as he campaigns for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Senate candidate Matt Whitaker in the state expected to host the first presidential caucus of 2016. …
  • Is Rick Perry the GOP Dark Horse for 2016?

    03/07/2014 10:47:55 PM PST · by This Just In · 123 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 3.7.14 | 9:50PM | Aaron Goldstein
    I caught a bit of Rick Perry's CPAC speech today and, boy, does he have a fire in the belly. Had we seen this fire in 2012, then perhaps he would have won the GOP nomination. Of course, Perry underwent back surgery which significantly contributed to his lackluster campaign.
  • Rick Perry: “I was troubled today by the tone of the president…”

    02/25/2014 11:32:06 AM PST · by Red Steel · 171 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | Feb 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM
    Rick Perry admitted at the RGA today that he was very troubled by Obama’s tone today addressing the National Governors Association: I don’t mind telling you I was a bit troubled today by the tone of the president. …For the president of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and to say ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure…’ – that is really troubling. Perry went on to say that Obama was going to hollow out the National Guard and warned the state governors...
  • Perry Struggles to Get Any Traction for 2016

    11/13/2013 6:16:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 119 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2013 | Cameron Joseph
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is accelerating efforts to explore another bid for the presidency. But few Republicans, including some past supporters, are excited at the prospect of him launching a second White House campaign. Perry is making all the moves of a traditional candidate, with multiple visits to Iowa, an upcoming trip to South Carolina and a flurry of recent appearances on cable news networks. But following his disappointing 2012 campaign, and heading into an election where the GOP field appears to be much stronger, few strategists think he would stand a real chance of winning the 2016 nomination....
  • So Who Exactly is Stronger Than Rick Perry in 2016?

    07/12/2013 1:16:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 106 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2013 | Mark Davis
    If you’re wondering whether my Governor is going to try to become our President, I have no magic window to that, even though I have known him for nearly twenty tears. But from here in Texas, where all kinds of political plotlines are getting attention, there are some insights I can share as Rick Perry plans a return to private life that may be only momentary. First, let’s get rid of the dumbest analysis of the past week-- the notion that Perry is not seeking re-election because he feared a loss to pro-choice rock starlet Wendy Davis. Senator Davis may...
  • NO RICK PERRY RUN IN 2014, BUT MAYBE IN 2015

    07/08/2013 7:30:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Powerline ^ | 07/08/2013 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Rick Perry has announced that he will not seek reelection in 2014. When he leaves office, Perry will have served as governor of Texas for 13 years (the longest such tenure ever, I believe) and, as John Fund notes, he has a fine record. Perry kept taxes low and business regulation reasonable, and it is no coincidence that approximately 30 percent of new private-sector job creation during the last decade occurred in Texas. Perry will also be remembered for his extremely weak run for the presidency. His lack of fluency and failure to remember his own talking points cost him...
  • Congressman: Rick Perry Has 'Blood On His Hands' For Supporting Second Amendment

    12/21/2012 8:26:17 AM PST · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/21/12
    Congressman Jim Himes (D-Conn.) said Governor Rick Perry “had blood on his hands” for supporting the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
  • EPA rejects governors' requests to waive ethanol mandate

    11/16/2012 10:57:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday rebuffed requests by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the leaders of several other states to waive a federal renewable fuel mandate that requires ethanol to be blended into the nation's gasoline supply. In rejecting the waiver requests, the Environmental Protection Agency effectively disagreed with the states' concerns that the mandate was spiking corn demand and prices following a drought that devastated crops in the Midwest. The EPA concluded the Renewable Fuel Standard would not cause "severe economic harm" to states and regions. "We recognize that this year's drought has created hardship in some sectors of...
  • Gov. Rick Perry’s statement on President Obama’s re-election

    11/07/2012 11:37:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 7, 2012 | Rick Perry
    “The American people have given President Obama a chance to start over. He can take steps this time to govern responsibly. He can work with, not against, Republicans in Congress and governors around the nation. He can put an end to his reckless disregard for our rule of law and spare our nation another long, painful and expensive four years for American families, taxpayers and employers. “We must hold his and Congress’ feet to the fire to once and for all cut spending, repeal Obamacare and withdraw federal encroachment into state decision-making and personal liberties. Our nation’s long-term prosperity and...
  • Gov. Rick Perry, 2016 & the Future of Texas

    11/07/2012 1:54:02 PM PST · by wk4bush2004 · 71 replies
    Gov. Rick Perry's Facebook page is definitely interesting right now, to say the least. There is a lot of talk, urging him to consider having Texas secede from the union. While I believe that talk of secession is a bit dramatic right now, I understand where people are coming from. Frankly, I would support getting a coalition behind Gov. Perry for 2016 to take back the White House! Thoughts?
  • Court refuses Planned Parenthood appeal of Texas funding cut

    10/25/2012 6:08:25 PM PDT · by Snuph · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:19pm EDT | Corrie MacLaggan
    Headline and link only http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/26/us-usa-health-texas-idUSBRE89P00A20121026?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=574655
  • Court rejects Texas redistricting maps (blocks TX voter ID law)[2 title changes at link]

    08/28/2012 1:47:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 106 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/28/12 | Drew Singer
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal court ruled on Tuesday that a controversial Texas voter identification law discriminates against black and Hispanic voters, effectively killing the law before it could take effect for the November 6 presidential election. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued the ruling. ..
  • Court: Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funds

    08/21/2012 7:50:19 PM PDT · by South40 · 16 replies
    MSNBC.com ^ | 8/20/2012 | WILL WEISSERT
    State argued that it is not required to subsidize organizations that advocate elective abortions AUSTIN, Texas — A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that Texas can cut off funding for Planned Parenthood clinics that provide health services to low-income women before a trial over a new law that bans state money from going to organizations tied to abortion providers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans lifted a federal judge's temporary injunction calling for the funding to continue pending an October trial on Planned Parenthood's challenge to the law. Texas officials sought to cut off funding...
  • Perry: TX Won't Implement Key Elements of Health Reform (Obamacare NULL AND VOID in Texas!)

    07/09/2012 1:29:57 PM PDT · by GodAndCountryFirst · 32 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | July 9, 2012 | Emily Ramshaw
    Texas will not expand Medicaid or establish a health insurance exchange, two major tenets of the federal health reform that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld last month, Gov. Rick Perry said in a Monday morning announcement. "I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab," he said in a statement. "Neither a 'state' exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better 'patient protection' or in more 'affordable care.' They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care." Perry's office sent...
  • CBS 7 Exclusive: Governor Rick Perry Will Be In Midland For XCOR Aerospace Announcement Monday

    07/08/2012 3:20:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    CBS-7 News ^ | July 6, 2012 | Robert Guaderrama
    Midland, TX – CBS 7 has confirmed that Governor Rick Perry will be in Midland on Monday to attend a press conference for a special announcement regarding XCOR Aerospace. Griffin Communications, the Public Relations company handling the event, confirms the Governor will be in attendance along with XCOR Aerospace and community leaders. As CBS 7 News broke first, The Midland Development Corporation and The City of Midland are working on a deal with XCOR Aerospace. This coming Monday, The MDC and City Council will be voting on the agreement, which includes $10 million in incentives for the company to move...
  • Feds will phase out funds for Women's Health Program in Texas

    03/16/2012 5:57:56 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 16 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 10:16 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012 | By Peggy Fikac
    The federal government will phase out funding to Texas for a key women's health program, calling a transition period necessary to ensure that low-income clients don't abruptly lose access to screenings and contraceptives. Money for the Medicaid Women's Health Program is cut off because the state exclude clinics affiliated with abortion, even if the clinics "don't provide abortions." The federal government says that's not allowed. The ban notably affects Planned Parenthood. Gov. Rick Perry promised anew that the state will pick up the cost of the program, in which nearly 130,000 Texas women are enrolled. Where that money will come...
  • Obama administration to end funding for Texas health program over state's abortion law

    03/09/2012 7:08:53 PM PST · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/9/2012 | AP
    The federal government will stop funding a Texas health program that serves 130,000 low-income women because of a state law that bars abortion-affiliated clinics from getting public money, a top U.S. health official said Friday. The federal money, which covers 90 percent of the state's $40 million program, will be phased out between May and September because the law violates federal regulations requiring that women have a choice in medical care, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said during a trip to Houston. That means the Women's Health Program will join a long list of programs nationwide on the...
  • Rick Perry pre-debate shot: Santorum's weak on states rights

    02/22/2012 3:02:42 PM PST · by red flanker · 47 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | February 22, 2012 | Wayne Slater
    Rick Perry took a shot at Rick Santorum prior to tonight's GOP debate, saying the former Pennsylvania senator is "weak on the 10th Amendment" and lacks the instinct to go after big spending in Washington. In an interview, Perry touted Newt Gingrich as the best Republican in the field to be the party's nominee for president. Perry said of Santorum, "He thinks that Washington needs to be making a substantial amount of those decisions" regarding spending and federal oversight of education, environment and health care decisions better left to the states. Perry appeared on conservative talker Michael Medved's radio show.The...
  • Perry May Not Be Done With the National Stage

    01/21/2012 1:45:21 PM PST · by FryingPan101 · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Texas Tribune ^ | 1/20/2012 | Ross Ramsey
    Sarah Palin got a reality show. Hillary Clinton is secretary of state. Mike Huckabee is on the radio and TV. Rudy Giuliani’s name is still on the door of that giant law firm. What will Rick Perry’s second act be? He has nearly three years, including another legislative session, left in his current term as governor. He opened and closed his presidential run with a message that’s still relevant in national politics and probably useful to the Republicans once their nomination battle is over. http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/out-race-and-back-states-rights/
  • Perry Drops Out. Endorses Newt. Will Campaign and Serve.

    01/19/2012 8:52:38 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 118 replies
    Red State ^ | January 19th | Erick Erickson
    I’m told reliably that Governor Perry will head up a 10th Amendment project for Speaker Gingrich to rally Governors and state legislators toward a plan of devolving power from Washington. This project will include helping shape the Republican platform for the general election. Governor Perry will also campaign for Speaker Gingrich in Texas.
  • Erickson calls on Perry to bow out now

    01/18/2012 12:38:03 PM PST · by TBBT · 9 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/18/2012 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Erick Erickson, the RedState founder who helped usher in the Rick Perry presidential candidacy at a convention the website put together in August, is now calling on the Texas governor to bow out ahead of the South Carolina vote for the sake of conservative unity: If Rick Perry stays in the race, conservatives opposed to Mitt Romney will be legitimately able to blame Rick Perry for dragging down either Newt or Santorum. If the person he endorses doesn’t win the nomination, it still doesn’t hurt him as much as staying in to take a few deciding votes. Huntsman has already...
  • Perry Draws Attention to Santorum’s Catholicism (in fairness more to his vote on Sotomayor]

    01/18/2012 2:09:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 131 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | January 17, 2012 | Brian Bolduc
    [snip] "Here’s the quotation that’s getting the most attention: “Rick Santorum is a good man. He is a good father. He is a good Catholic. But he hasn’t always been a good conservative. And I make exceptions with his vote for Sonya Sotomayor as a for instance. That is a really liberal jurist that he helped put on track to become a Supreme Court jurist back when he voted to allow her to be on the Appellate Court. I mean, she is pro-abortion, would be my estimation of that. I mean, Obama is a very liberal president and she is...
  • Poll shows Perry losing Texas, in third place

    01/17/2012 10:13:34 AM PST · by PAConservative1 · 176 replies
    NewsOK ^ | January 17, 2012 | David Freddoso
    From Public Policy Polling, this is really bad news for Rick Perry -- although at this point it cannot be unexpected: Rick Perry's Presidential campaign is doing about as bad in Texas now as it is everywhere else in the country. When PPP last polled the state in September he was at 49%, leading Mitt Romney by 39 points. Now Perry's support has declined by 31 points, leaving him in 3rd place at 18%. Mitt Romney at 24% and Newt Gingrich at 23% lead the way with Rick Santorum at 15%, Ron Paul at 12%, and Buddy Roemer at 0%...
  • Austin to get $11.7M in sales tax revenue

    01/16/2012 12:39:44 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Austin Business Journal ^ | January 11, 2012 | Vicky Garza
    Austin to get $11.7M in sales tax revenue Austin will collect $11.7 million in sales tax revenue from the state this month for sales that took place in November, up 6.2 percent from the same period last year, according to data released by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. State sales tax revenue was $1.98 billion, up 9.5 percent compared to November 2010 sales. “Sales tax revenue continues to grow in almost all major economic categories and revenue has now increased for 21 consecutive months,” Combs said. Sales taxes from retail trade and restaurant activity continue to improve and tax revenue from...
  • Perry: On to Florida

    01/15/2012 8:39:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 108 replies
    Politico ^ | January 15, 2012 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Rick Perry says he's going on to campaign in Florida's Jan. 31 Republican presidential primary - no matter how he fares in South Carolina.
  • Rick Perry to "reassess" campaign

    01/03/2012 10:02:42 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 147 replies · 1+ views
    CBS NEWS ^ | Tuesday January 3, 2012
    After a disappointing fifth-place finish in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Texas Governor Rick Perry said he is going home to Texas to assess "whether there is a path forward for myself in this race." "With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I've decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," Perry told supporters at the end of the night. The candidate, once considered a frontrunner in the race for the GOP nomination, earned just 10 percent on Tuesday's contest with more
  • Must See – Rick Perry: America is Calling

    01/03/2012 1:40:33 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 75 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1-3-2012 | The Right Scoop
    Must See – Rick Perry: America is Calling The Right Scoop January 3, 2012 Wow. This ad from Perry has got to be the best ad I’ve seen this political season. It spawns those deep feelings of patriotism and eagerness to fight for this country and elect a leader who will have our back in Washington. Just a dang good ad.
  • Rick Perry: "I am Returning to Texas"

    01/03/2012 9:16:25 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 103 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/4/12 | Aurelius
    In a campaign speech late Tuesday night, Governor Rick Perry stated that he is "returning to Texas" to reassess whether he is going to continue running for President. The speech contained several emotional moments, in particular two moments. The first was when he read a letter from an adoring supporter who called him a "great man." The letter described a conversation that Mr. Perry had had with a soldier and how his supporter looked on in awe as he watched Governor Perry call the veteran his "Christian brother." The second was when Perry announced that he would be returning to...
  • Conservative Iowa leader: Bachmann, Perry should drop out, help Santorum

    01/03/2012 9:08:29 PM PST · by Mozilla · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-03-12 | By Niall Stanage
    Influential Iowa conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats called this evening for Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry to drop their bids for the Republican presidential nomination in order to maximize Rick Santorum's chances of defeating Mitt Romney in a one-on-one matchup. "The last thing Mitt Romney wants is to go one-on-one with Rick Santorum," said Vander Plaats, who endorsed Santorum in December. "He wants to have a multiple-candidate field. So I think some of these candidates need to reassess where they're at tonight."
  • Iowa finish could knock Perry out of SC debate

    01/03/2012 7:39:50 PM PST · by Rational Thought · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/03/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, appears doomed to a fifth-place finish in Iowa. Unless he drops out, that would make South Carolina his last stand against Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. The problem is that he might not receive an invitation to an upcoming South Carolina debate (given the debate criteria). Candidates can qualify to participate in the CNN/Southern Republican Leadership Conference debate January 19th (two days before the South Carolina primary) in one of four ways. First and second, they can place in the top four in either Iowa or New Hampshire. Third and fourth, they can qualify by averaging seven...