Gov. Rick Perry

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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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
9:11 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
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
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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2012 Presidential Election
10:50 am
Mon January 9, 2012

New Hampshire And The Expectations Game

Romney's N.H. victory celebration four years ago was premature. But it may not be this time.
Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 1:09 pm

A handful of new polls are out, all of which have Mitt Romney ahead in the Jan. 21 South Carolina primary by varying margins.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:25 am
Mon January 9, 2012

On the Road: Goodbye New Hampshire

Perry is already framing his trip to South Carolina as his "Alamo"
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News

Well, that's two states down, at least one more to go.

I'm flying out of Manchester today for the final time. I'll join up with Governor Rick Perry, who is already campaigning in South Carolina. His dismissal of the fist primary state was obvious over the weekend. After both of the two weekend debates here, there were just a couple of reporters waiting to talk with Perry surrogates in the debate "Spin Room."

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2012 Presidential Election
1:26 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

New Polls: Perry Lags in South Carolina

A rest stop at the South Carolina/Georgia border.
Photo by Diamondduste http://www.flickr.com/photos/diamondduste/

Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign bet big on Iowa, spending $4.5 million on media but netting a mere 12,442 votes. Undeterred by his fifth place finish, Perry is now looking to double-down in South Carolina. But three new polls suggest the odds are not good.

Perry is polling at five percent in the CNN/TIME/ORC poll of likely primary voters. They were surveyed Wednesday and Thursday, after the Iowa caucuses.

Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s support has surged to 37 percent, almost doubling since December. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is at 19 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is at 18 percent in the survey.

A separate poll released today by Rasmussen also puts Perry in fifth place with five percent support. And Public Policy Polling, set to release a new survey soon, posted on Twitter that it will also find Perry in fifth place.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:58 am
Fri January 6, 2012

For Perry, Quitting is Not an Option

Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

No phrase sums up Rick Perry’s political DNA better than this one: He has never lost an election. But after an awful fifth-place showing in Iowa, and top aides telling him he should consider pulling out of the presidential race, the specter of a first defeat has come into focus.

Here's the problem: Perry does not really know how to lose.

“Setbacks are unknown to him,” said Bill Miller, a veteran Texas lobbyist and consultant. “He has no experience with it. He’s never quit because he’s never lost.”

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Austin
12:54 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Gov. Perry Cautious with the Media

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaking to reporters the morning after the 2012 Iowa Caucus.
Photo by Matt Largey/KUT News.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking his campaign to New Hampshire and South Carolina, which hold GOP presidential primary elections this month. Perry had members of the press corps scratching their heads after Iowa over the mixed messages from his campaign staff.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:55 am
Thu January 5, 2012

After Poor Iowa Showing, Why is Perry Still Running?

Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Only Gov. Rick Perry knows for sure what changed in the 12-hour period between his late-night decision to come back to Texas to reassess his presidential bid and his morning Tweet that he was forging ahead to South Carolina.

While the Tuesday night announcement surprised Perry's staffers and supporters — even following a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses — his abrupt and public change of heart Wednesday morning caught them completely off guard.  

So what could he be thinking? We asked seasoned strategists, politicos and Republican experts on the ground in early primary states for their top five theories.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:48 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Inside Look at Perry's Presidential Campaign

Despite a fifth place finish in Iowa, Governor Rick Perry says he won’t abandon his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. KUT News hosted a Tele-Town Hall this afternoon with senior reporter Ben Philpott and NPR’s national political correspondent Don Gonyea. Moderated by KUT’s Nathan Bernier.

The conference call is 40 minutes. Stream it here or download the mp3 and listen on a mobile device. 

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2012 Presidential Election
12:50 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Perry: “A Lot” of Democrats Voted in Iowa Caucuses

Photo by Matt Largey, KUT News

Governor Rick Perry, in justifying his decision to stay in the GOP presidential contest, said the Iowa caucuses were “loosey goosey” and allowed a lot of Democrats to participate.

Perry came in fifth in last night’s Iowa contest, and said he was headed back to Texas to “reassess” his presidential campaign. Then late this morning, Perry tweeted that he was continuing on to South Carolina. 

KUT's Matt Largey was one of a group of reporters who caught up with Governor Perry in the lobby of the Sheraton West Des Moines as the candidate explained his decision.

Rick Perry: I just said I was going to reassess last night. I reassessed. We’re headed to New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Reporter: So you’ll participate in both debates?

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2012 Presidential Election
10:58 am
Wed January 4, 2012

In Quick Turnaround, Perry Headed to South Carolina

Despite a disappointing fifth place finish in Tuesday night's Iowa caucuses that led Rick Perry to say he was returning home to Texas to reassess his candidacy, the Texas governor surprised everyone — including some of his own staff — by tweeting that he was headed to the Palmetto State. 

"Next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State," Perry tweeted, posting a picture of himself in jogging gear giving two thumbs up. "Here we come South Carolina!!!" 

Perry's son Griffin Perry followed up with his own tweet confirming his father's intentions. "See y'all next week in Carolina! I expect all my SEC brethren to come out in force," the younger Perry tweeted.

The news sent political pundits, who had all but assumed Perry was dropping out of the race, spinning. It also clearly confused some of Perry's campaign staff, many of whom were en route from Iowa to Austin. 

"We are all scrambling," one staffer wrote in a text message. 

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2012 Presidential Election
11:47 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Perry Returning to Texas To Reassess Presidential Campaign

After a bruising fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Governor Rick Perry says he will return to Texas and consider whether to stay in the Republican presidential primary.

“With a little prayer and reflection, I’m going to decide the best path forward,” Perry said to supporters at his Iowa campaign headquarters in Des Moines. (Watch Perry's speech here.)

Perry officially declared his candidacy at a South Carolina rally on August 13 and quickly surged to the top of the polls, but his luster was tarnished after a series of embarrassing debate performances culminating in his infamous “Oops” moment, a gaffe so blundering that it became a cultural touchstone.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:23 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Iowa Republican Caucus Results

With a meager ten percent showing in the Iowa caucuses, Governor Rick Perry says he is returning to Texas to reassess his political campaign. Read our story here and watch his speech here

Here are the latest results from across Iowa. 

  1. Mitt Romney 25% (Declared winner)
  2. Rick Santorum 25%
  3. Ron Paul 21% 
  4. Newt Gingrich 13%
  5. Rick Perry 10%
  6. Michele Bachmann 5%
  7. Jon Huntsman 1%

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2012 Presidential Election
9:44 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Iowa Co-Chair: Perry Has “A Lot of Work to Do”

Republican candidate for President, Texas Governor Rick Perry, rallies supporters in an early morning gathering of his 'strike force' on Iowa caucus day January 3, 2012.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Update at 11:38 p.m. Perry says he is returning to Texas to reconsider his presidential campaign.

Earlier: Results are still pouring in this evening from the Iowa GOP presidential caucuses, but they can’t meet the best hopes of Governor Rick Perry’s Iowa campaign. He surged to the top of the pack after announcing his run on August 13; Perry is now looking at a fourth or fifth place showing in Iowa.

KUT News talked to Perry’s campaign co-chair in Iowa, Bob Haus.

KUT News: Governor Perry has been asking people for a second look, but was it too late in the game for him to bring it around?

Bob Haus: I don’t know. Let’s wait for all the results to come in tonight. It looks like a pretty close battle for fourth place between he and [former House] Speaker Gingrich, so we’ll see how it all turns out.

I think it’s really important to remember that this is the first step in a very long process. Regardless of what tonight’s results are, he’s laid down plans to go into New Hampshire to do the debates, go into South Carolina and start campaigning, and he’s going to keep fighting on.

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2012 Presidential Election
7:24 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Perry’s A&M Classmate Caucuses For Governor In Urbandale

Gov. Rick Perry at his last campaign stop of 2011 in Boone, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

One of Rick Perry’s former classmates at Texas A&M University made an impassioned plea at a caucus meeting in Urbandale, Iowa for voters to support the Texas Governor’s bid for the presidential nomination.

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