Gov. Rick Perry

2012 Presidential Election
5:35 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Perry Vows To Fight On Past Iowa

Governor Rick Perry speaking this afternoon with CNN's John King

Update at 11:40 p.m. Perry says he is returning to Texas to reconsider his presidential campaign.

Earlier: Texas Governor Rick Perry, speaking this afternoon on CNN, says he will “continue on” tomorrow in South Carolina, regardless of how well he performs tonight in Iowa.

“The idea that one or two states is going to decide who the next nominee for the Republican party is just, that’s not reality,” Perry told CNN’s John King. “This is a fifty-state campaign.”

King asked Perry if he was worried that socially conservative candidates including Perry, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum could split the far right vote and hand the nomination to Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

But Perry dodged the question, saying comparisons to past elections don’t apply in this race.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:55 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Rick Perry Rallies Troops Ahead of Caucus

It might have been the closing moments of a Texas governor’s race.

There stood Rick Perry, flanked by his fellow Republican leaders Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott, Comptroller Susan Combs.

Ad man David Weeks lingered in a crowded doorway as aide Robert Black adjusted a sagging campaign sign, one of several being used for backdrops inside the Sheraton West Des Moines hotel. Longtime political allies, donors and friends smiled and cheered at all the appropriate times.

But in the few hours remaining before the results from the Iowa caucuses start pouring in, an unfamiliar air of nervousness and uncertainty hung over the crowd. None of them have ever seen Perry so far out of his comfort zone, so close to his first-ever defeat.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:45 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

Governor Perry Casts Pigs In Newest Campaign Ad

With the Iowa caucuses looming just over the horizon, Governor Perry is swinging hard at Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania senator leads the pack among the more socially-conservative GOP presidential candidates.

In this new advertisement, the Perry campaign literally shows pigs in an effort to draw a comparison between pork barrel politics and Santorum’s three-year-old comment on Fox News that “I’ll defend earmarks."  Earmarks are provisions added to bills that direct funds to projects in lawmakers' home districts. 

The ad repeats Santorum's one-second comment six times, each time highlighting an earmarks Santorum put into bills while serving in Congress. Unsettling carnival music plays in the background, while a portrait of President Obama slowly transforms into the face of the former Senator.  

Santorum has rebuffed Perry's attack on earmarks, saying he's "proud" of money he brought back to his state.

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2012 Presidential Election
2:04 pm
Mon January 2, 2012

The Caucuses: A Quick Guide

Edward Lewis of Council Bluffs waved an Iowa state flag outside the Family Table Restaurant in Atlantic on Sunday, before the arrival of former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 2, 2012 1:11 pm

Those who remember newspapers might recognize this as a "clip and save." Maybe the more modern term would be a "cut and paste." Whatever, if you want some of the details and logistics about Tuesday night's caucuses in Iowa, here they are:

-- When: 7 p.m. Central time (8 p.m. ET).

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NEWS ROUNDUP
12:45 pm
Sun January 1, 2012

Sunday Roundup for January 1, 2012

Fireworks (and a lot of smoke) filled the air late Saturday, during the fireworks display capping "Austin's New Year" celebration.
Photo by Ian Crawford/KUT News

Happy New Year! A warm start to 2012 brought crowds to Auditorium Shores for ring out the old year, it brought some warm news to Ron Paul's presidential aspirations just ahead of Iowa GOP caucuses and 2012 could bring some warmth to people living on Austin's streets.

Austin Welcomes 2012

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2012 Presidential Election
8:25 pm
Sat December 31, 2011

Romney & Paul Neck and Neck

Texas Congressman Ron Paul's continues to run in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney, according to a Des Moines Register poll released Saturday night.
Photo by Gage Skidmore/Texas Tribune

With the Iowa Republican presidential caucuses four days away, a new Des Moines Register poll show a razor-thin margin between former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Texas Congressman Ron Paul.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:19 am
Sat December 31, 2011

On the Road: Wrapping Up the Bus Tour

Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News

Today ends the Rick Perry Faith, Jobs and Freedom bus tour.

Well, mostly...

This was supposed to be the end, but the campaign added a final day, January 2nd, to the tour. That final blitz will see the governor finally visit Perry, Iowa, A town the Texas Tribune's Emily Ramshaw and I visited on our own back in September while following Perry on the campaign trail.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:25 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

On the Road: The Surge Behind the Scenes

Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News

The latest polls from Iowa have Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich essentially in a tie. Each candidate is within striking distance of 3rd place. And each could just a easily finish 5th.

And you can see the optimism in the Perry campaign staff. A little most jump in their step and a little more seriousness as they go about their work.

You can also see it in the number of reporters covering Governor Perry.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:15 am
Fri December 30, 2011

Polls Show Perry Gaining Momentum

Rick Perry talks with voters in Marshalltown, Iowa
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News

The big story out of Iowa Wednesday was the CNN/Time poll, showing former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was finally getting his turn to be the "not Mitt Romney" candidate (a position previously held by Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich).

That same polls showed Rick Perry still in 5th place in Iowa. A finish that some think could lead to the Texas governor dropping out of the GOP Presidential race.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:17 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Fighting for Iowa's Evangelicals, Perry Targets Santorum

Gov. Perry campaigning last week in DeWitt, Iowa
Photo by Ben Philpott, KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry spent the last two weeks namelessly attacking Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney by telling voters that they didn't need to elect a Washington D.C. or Wall Street insider.

But at this morning's campaign stop in the Iowa town of Washington, the governor focused his attack specifically on former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. A new CNN/Time poll showed Santorum jumping from sixth place in Iowa to third.

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2012 Presidential Election
3:27 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Paul Running Second in New Poll

A new CNN/Time/ORC poll puts Rick Perry in fifth place in Iowa, while Congressman Ron Paul runs virtually neck-and-neck for the lead.
Photo by Daniel Reese/KUT News

A new opinion poll of Iowa Republican voters shows an interesting shift, but no real gains for either Texas Congressman Ron Paul or Governor Rick Perry.

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2012 Presidential Election
8:30 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Rick Perry Pivots on Abortion

Rick Perry listens to Iowa voters December 27, 2011 in Osceola, Iowa.
photo by Bob Daemmrich for KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry began the 2nd half of his Iowa bus tour Tuesday. He kicked off the week long trek by making a splash with a couple of new campaign moves.

First, Perry added Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to the tour. Arpaio is the controversial anti-immigration lawman who endorsed Perry a few weeks ago.

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2012 Presidential Election
7:41 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

No VA for Perry, Paul Makes Ballot

Governor Rick Perry returns to Texas Friday night after criss-crossing Iowa by bus. Meanwhile, his Virginia campaign failed to get enough signatures to qualify for that state's GOP presidential primary.
Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News

Texas Gov. Rick Perry won't be on the ballot in the Virginia Republican primary on March 6.

Several media outlets are reporting that the Perry campaign failed to get the needed 10,000 valid petition signatures to qualify for the Super Tuesday contest.

The Washington Post reports that Perry's campaign chairman in Virginia didn't know how many signatures they gathered, But former Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore described the process of qualifying for the state's GOP presidential ballot as "a daunting task."

From the Post's Virginia Politics:

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Politics
4:38 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Officeholders Tap Pensions to Run for Low-Paying Jobs

Photo by Erik Reyna for KUT News

Gov. Rick Perry has opened a whole new realm of campaign finance.

Perry is taking advantage of a wrinkle in state law that allows a state officeholder to collect a pension while also collecting a paycheck. For the governor, that’s a $92,376 annual pension on top of a $150,000 annual salary.

Sweet, right?

Old news, too, so let’s move on to 2014, and how this figures into that year’s elections. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is running for Senate, and a number of his political colleagues figure his state job will be open in 2014 whether or not he wins in 2012. Four or five current state officials are talking openly or semi-openly about that race, sniffing around for support and letting the money people around the state know they’re interested.

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2012 Presidential Election
2:32 pm
Fri December 23, 2011

Perry's New Iowa Ad Plays On Veteran Support

Governor Rick Perry’s campaign has released a new 60-second advertisement with some of America’s most decorated veterans endorsing his campaign for president.

“Any veteran I knew that I knew needed help, Governor Perry always told me whatever he could do to take care of them he would do,” Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer says in the video, entitled “President of Honor”.

“He’s one of the most honorable men I’ve ever met,” Navy Cross recipient Marcus Luttrell says.   

The ad shows several veterans before shifting to scenes of Washington, DC. Perry is then shown sitting on a hay bale in the back of a pickup truck talking to a man in overalls. Then he’s in a factory wearing a hard hat and talking to a worker. Then he’s speaking in a church.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:19 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Tribcast: The Back of the Bus Edition

This week's podcast comes from the back of the Rick Perry bus tour.
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News

So I’ve been on the Rick Perry "Faith, Jobs and Freedom" bus tour for almost a week now. The number of reporters has fluctuated during the trip, but we’ve there's been 7 news organizations on the bus the whole trip. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, The Des Moines Register, Texas Tribune and KUT.

So for this week’s edition of the KUT/Texas Tribune Tribcast, we’re recording from the back of the bus. Going over what we’ve seen, how the campaign is doing and what we expect come caucus night.

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2012 Presidential Election
1:25 pm
Wed December 21, 2011

Rick Perry’s Wife Anita Stars In New Ad

Anita Perry is starring in the latest Rick Perry campaign advertisement running in Iowa. Wearing a blue top and scarf, Mrs. Perry talks about the couple’s “old fashioned American story.”

“I married my high school sweetheart, but first I had to wait as he volunteered for the Air Force and flew planes all over the world,” she says over sentimental piano and strings music.

“He returned home to farm with his dad and asked me to marry him,” she says. “We grew up in small towns raised with Christian values, values we still believe in. And we know Washington D.C. could use some of that.”

Then Perry pops up behind his wife and says, “I’m Rick Perry, and I really approve of this message.”

The Iowa Caucuses are less than two weeks away and all GOP candidates are making a final push in the state, except former Utah Governor John Huntsman, who is placing all his chips in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:12 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

In Iowa, The Final GOP Ground Game Takes Shape

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry passes out stickers on Dec. 16 in Cherokee, Iowa.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:11 am

Two weeks from Tuesday, Iowa voters will head out to almost 1,800 caucus sites to help select a Republican presidential nominee. It could be cold. It could also be snowing. And the campaigns know they'll have to work hard to make sure their supporters show up. Those get-out-the-vote efforts could make all the difference in a race that now appears to be up for grabs.

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2012 Presidential Election
1:47 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

On the Road: Downtime with an Elf

On board the Perry bus tour through Iowa, reporters spend time with an "Elf." Photo by Ben Philpott/KUT News.

The days on the Rick Perry bus tour are packed for the candidate – and for the press corps packed on the bus behind him.

After each event, reporters jump back on their bus and try to write, edit video and audio, and post updates, blogs and reports to the web. Then it’s back off the bus for another event. The cycle repeats itself about four or five times a day.

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2012 Presidential Election
11:58 pm
Sat December 17, 2011

On the Road: Merchandising and The Music Man

Rick Perry's Freedom & Liberty coffee
Photo by Ben Philpott for KUT News

At just about every campaign  stop, there's a table set up to collect names, e-mails, phone numbers and, of course, voting pledges. In return, people can pick up a bumper sticker or yard sign, even a t-shirt if they promise to caucus for Rick Perry.

The governor's 4th stop today, at Cabin Coffee Co. in Clear Lake, provided a new entry.

Rick Perry's Freedom and Liberty blend coffee

Now you couldn't get it just by pledging to vote. It cost $8 for a half pound, $13 for a whole pound.

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