2012 Presidential Election

2012 Presidential Election
11:53 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Perry Sees 'No Viable Path Forward': The Fall Of A Once Promising Front-Runner

Perry prepares to speak with voters attending the West Des Moines caucus in Iowa on Jan. 3.
Jonathan Gibby Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 1:40 pm

Like the saying goes in his home state, everything about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign was big.

From the start of his candidacy, when he garnered instant front-runner status in some polls, to his embarrassing debate performances and his slide to the back of the pack, Perry's bid for the Republican nomination seemed outsized. So, too, were the expectations.

On Thursday, Perry left the GOP race and strongly endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, citing his "heart of a conservative reformer."

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2012 Presidential Election
11:13 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Listen to Rick Perry Drop Out of the Race

Gov. Rick Perry, flanked by wife Anita, at the announcement this morning.
Photo courtesy MSNBC

Perry Announces End to Campaign - Jan. 19, 2012 by KUT News

"As someone who’s always admired a great, if not the greatest Texas governor, Sam Houston, I know when it’s time to make a strategic retreat.”

So said Gov. Rick Perry moments ago, retreating not from Santa Anna’s armies, but instead from dim prospects for this Saturday’s Republican primary in South Carolina. 

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2012 Presidential Election
10:10 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Live Blogging Rick Perry's Announcement

Rick Perry, late last year in Iowa.
Photo by Ben Philpott, KUT News

Word that Gov. Rick Perry is bowing out of the GOP presidential primary will soon be confirmed by the man himself. Perry's team called a press conference in South Carolina for 10am Central Standard Time this morning, where he should confirm what aides told The Texas Tribune this morning: That Perry "is pulling out."

We'll be liveblogging the announcement from the KUT Newsroom in Austin, and via Ben Philpott's tweets on the ground in South Carolina.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:07 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Perry to Drop Out, Endorse Gingrich

Gov. Rick Perry, on his "Faith, Jobs and Freedom" tour thorough Iowa last year.
Photo by Ben Philpott, KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry has called an 11 a.m. press conference this morning in South Carolina. According to The Texas Tribune, KUT's political reporting partner, and other media outlets, Perry will use the event to drop out of the GOP presidential race and endorse Newt Gingrich.

Rumors were swirling last night on Twitter, as various news outlets and blogs were saying the governor was calling it quits after he canceled an appearance at Bob Jones University Wednesday afternoon.

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2012 Presidential Election
7:34 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Amid Signs of Defeat, Perry is Undeterred

Rick Perry opens his wallet to buy some coffee in a downtown Greer, S.C. general store during a campaign walk on January 18, 2012.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Tiny crowds. Calls for surrender. Defections.

The signs of defeat are everywhere, but Gov.Rick Perry is still campaigning as if he had a fighting chance to win the crucial South Carolina primary and keep his presidential ambitions alive.

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Texas
11:56 am
Tue January 17, 2012

John Cornyn Predicts Texas Primaries Will Be Delayed Again

Sen. John Cornyn predicts Texas primaries will be pushed past their current April date.
Photo courtesy www.flickr.com/musicfirstcoalition

Sen. John Cornyn suggested yesterday that Texas many not be ready to hold its primaries on April 3.

While the political prognostication isn’t terribly surprising, considering the twists and turns the primary calendar has taken, it does have people wondering when elections will be held in Texas.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:51 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Paul, Perry Survive Fiery GOP Debate in South Carolina

Gov. Rick Perry delivered a strong debate performance, but it may be “too little, too late,” according to the Texas Tribune.
Photo courtesy Fox News

The 16th debate of the Republican presidential primary season ended Monday with front-runner Mitt Romney bruised but not beaten. Gov. Rick Perry delivered one of his stronger performances, while Congressman Ron Paul remained blunt and unwavering on his anti-war, noninterventionist foreign policies.

During a two-hour debate before a highly enthused and vocal audience in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the moderators from Fox News and The Wall Street Journal mentioned the notable absence of former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who dropped out of the race earlier in the day. That left the four underdogs scrambling for more airtime. They spent the first quarter of the debate criticizing Romney’s business record as the former head of Bain Capital, disputing his job-creation claims.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:43 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Who's Buying the Rick Perry Action Figure?

The Rick Perry action figure comes in "regular man" and "executive" outfits.
Photo courtesy www.herobuilders.com

Rick Perry’s been immortalized in plastic.

Texas Public Radio reports that Texas governor and faltering Presidential candidate has been cast in plastic by a Connecticut-based boutique toy firm, Hero Builders. You can score a “Regular Man Rick Perry” for the low, low price of $39.95, or spring for the speaking “Executive” version of the Texas Governor for $69.95. (The doll “speaks” the infamous audio from Perry’s presidential debate where he couldn’t remember the third federal agency he would eliminate.)

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Opinion
10:23 am
Fri January 13, 2012

The Nation: Paul Won't Be A Third Party Candidate

Originally published on Fri January 13, 2012 8:06 am

Ben Adler is a blogger for The Nation.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:23 am
Wed January 11, 2012

South Carolina: An Early Look Ahead

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 6:06 am

With last night's results part of history, the candidates and press turned very quickly to South Carolina, which the AP says "is shaping up to be a dogfight."

And the stakes are high: After winning New Hampshire, Mitt Romney became the first non-incumbent Republican to win the primary season's first two contests, so as Bloomberg puts it, South Carolina, which votes Jan. 21, may be the last chance opponents have to derail Romney.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:00 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Romney Wins New Hampshire, Paul Secures Second Place

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney grabbed first place in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, his second victory after narrowly securing Iowa by eight votes exactly a week earlier. (Full results)

“Tonight we celebrate,” Romney said in a victory speech you can watch above. “Tomorrow, we go to work.”

Romney is scheduled to hit the campaign trail in South Carolina Wednesday, where he’s expected to face a considerably more difficult contest ahead of that state’s primary on Saturday, January 21.

Texas Governor Rick Perry scarcely registered one-percent of the vote in New Hampshire. He skipped the Granite State to focus on South Carolina, hoping his socially conservative religious beliefs, his pro-military rhetoric, and the story of Texas economic success will trump Republican skepticism over his ability to win a general election.

“Tonight's results in New Hampshire show the race for 'conservative alternative' to Mitt Romney remains wide open,” Perry said in a campaign email Tuesday night. “I skipped New Hampshire and aimed my campaign right at conservative South Carolina, where we've been campaigning hard and receiving an enthusiastic welcome.”

The other Texan in the race, Congressman Ron Paul, met expectations with a solid second place finish in New Hampshire. The Texas Tribune’s Thanh Tan reports that Paul’s runner-up status will provide solid momentum as he pushes forward to South Carolina.

You can watch Paul’s victory speech here, and check all the other victory speeches at PBS Newshour’s YouTube page.

2012 Presidential Election
9:27 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Paul Meets Expectations, Takes Second in New Hampshire

Photo by Texas Tribune

In the end, no one was really surprised.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul survived the New Hampshire primary Tuesday with his runner-up status intact. The candidate had been polling in second place for days, and voters proved the surveys right. 

Though the candidate could not overtake former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's commanding lead, the second-place finish will give his campaign another kick-start in fundraising and momentum as it moves to the first-in-the-South primary Jan. 21 in South Carolina.

"We've had a victory for the cause of liberty ... and there's no way they're going to stop the momentum," Paul said Tuesday night in a speech laced with underdog rhetoric and aimed at his fans across the country. "We are dangerous to the status quo!"

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2012 Presidential Election
9:11 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Perry Reacts To New Hampshire Results in Campaign Email

Gov. Rick Perry on the campaign trail with Gavin Stanley, 4.
Photo by Jay Root, Texas Tribune

Governor Rick Perry's campaign sent this email tonight, after it became apparent that Mitt Romney was headed to victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary:

Tonight's results in New Hampshire show the race for 'conservative alternative' to Mitt Romney remains wide open. I skipped New Hampshire and aimed my campaign right at conservative South Carolina, where we've been campaigning hard and receiving an enthusiastic welcome. I believe being the only non-establishment outsider in the race, the proven fiscal and social conservative and proven job creator will win the day in South Carolina.

South Carolina is the next stop. I have a head start here, and it's friendly territory for a Texas governor and veteran with solid outsider credentials, the nation's best record of job creation, and solid fiscal, social and Tea Party conservatism.

2012 Presidential Election
8:32 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Romney Wins N.H. Primary; Paul Captures Second

Mitt Romney speaks to supporters at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., after winning the state's primary on Tuesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:08 am

It's just the first Republican primary. But a convincing win in New Hampshire should give former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney considerable momentum in his quest toward the GOP nomination.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had more than 39 percent of the vote. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was solidly in second, with about 23 percent, while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had secured third place, with nearly 17 percent of the vote.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:29 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

TV News Shows Saw Romney Victory Coming, But Couldn't Quite Say It

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:22 pm

An event like tonight's New Hampshire primary provides a nearly perfect opportunity to capture the dance of the seven veils.

That is, at 7 p.m. ET, on TV, there was a veil ever so slightly sheathing the results in New Hampshire.

The political press felt confident — dead certain, actually — that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would win the primary in the neighboring state by a comfortable margin. Most polls closed state-wide by 7 p.m. — but as a scattering would not close until 8 p.m, no one reported the final verdicts, despite having a strong sense from exit polls.

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2012 Presidential Election
7:49 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Perry Hoping South Carolina is No Iowa

Rick Perry greets Griffin Mann at the Point of Grace Church Iowa caucus in Waukee, Iowa on January 3, 2012.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

There’s no sugar-coating Gov. Rick Perry’s chances right now. He has 11 days to convince South Carolina voters to forget his early stumbles, his fifth-place finish in Iowa and his meager chances in New Hampshire tonight.

Perry brought U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney on his bus today to stir up crowds at campaign stops. Mulvaney implored a large crowd in Fort Mill to forget about the Perry they saw in debates.

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2012 Presidential Election
1:42 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Perry Says Romney Firm Acted Like 'Vulture'

Rick Perry, trying to claw his way back into the 2012 presidential competition, conjured up images of hungry vultures on Tuesday to describe frontrunner Mitt Romney’s past as a corporate takeover artist.

Perry and other GOP hopefuls are increasingly using Romney’s track record at Bain Capital, the firm he led before becoming governor of Massachusetts, to tar the presidential frontrunner as a purveyor of greed and economic ruin.

Romney says he’s proud of his tenure there and frequently uses it to tout business credentials the other candidates don’t have. But during a town hall meeting in Fort Mill, Perry cited South Carolina companies that were taken over, broken up or sold off, prompting hundreds of layoffs.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:48 am
Tue January 10, 2012

It's Prime Time for Paul in New Hampshire

If the polls are any indication, it's unlikely that U.S. Rep. Ron Paul will emerge as the victor in today's primary in New Hampshire. But he's strongly positioned to take second.

Finishing anywhere in the top tier would help to propel his campaign forward, said the University of New Hampshire's Dante Scala, an expert on the first-in-the nation primary.

Paul's following in the Granite State has been well documented in recent days. His fiscally conservative and anti-federal government stances, plus his non-interventionist foreign policies, attract a motley crew of supporters, from the young to the elderly, the most liberal to the ultra conservative.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:31 am
Tue January 10, 2012

What GOP Candidates Need From New Hampshire

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 7:01 am

If the New Hampshire primary goes as widely expected, Mitt Romney should emerge the winner among the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. For weeks, polls in the state have shown him with a commanding lead.

But the 2012 campaign season has already delivered some surprises. Maybe New Hampshire will provide the latest in the series of unexpected twists?

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2012 Presidential Election
2:01 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Some Guy Named Buddy Roemer Leads Perry In New Hampshire

Screen shot of Suffolk University poll results

Former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer is beating Governor Rick Perry among likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, according to the latest Suffolk University tracking poll.

As you can see in the graphic above, Perry garnered one percent support among Granite State GOPers, compared to two percent for Roemer. The poll’s margin of error is 4.4 percent, so it’s basically a wash.

The survey also shows Romney dropping a couple points to 33 percent, but still well in the lead. And the "drop" is actually still within the statistical margin of error. 

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