Rick Perry 2012

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President Perry? No. No. No.

Commentators aren't optimistic about longtime governor's chances

(Newser) - Rick Perry is done in Texas , which will give him time to do all kinds of exciting things, like "learn the names of all the departments of government that he disapproves of," and, of course, run for president, writes Alexandra Petri at the Washington Post . And Petri thinks... More »

Rick Perry: God Forgives 'Oops' Moments

Says he's 'praying' for Obama's wisdom

(Newser) - Rick Perry isn't letting one little catastrophic onstage meltdown bother him. At a National Day of Prayer breakfast today, Perry was introduced with a crack about his infamous "oops" moment. "You meant to say 'whoop' as a proud Texas Aggie," the host said, according to... More »

Perry Campaign Security Cost Texas Taxpayers $800K

Home state paid for food and lodging for bodyguards

(Newser) - Gov. Rick Perry's ill-fated presidential run cost the taxpayers of Texas nearly $800,000, spent on travel fees for the security detail that followed Perry around on his campaign from September through November, a state report reveals. Perry took 48 trips across state lines, mostly to primary battlegrounds Iowa,... More »

Perry's Approval Rating Plummets in His Own State

After failed presidential bid, Texas governor's popularity plunges

(Newser) - Rick Perry's presidential campaign went so badly that not only did he drop out, but his home state isn't exactly welcoming him back with open arms. His approval rating in Texas is his lowest in more than a decade at just 40%, lower than President Obama's ; another... More »

Perry Quits, Endorses 'Not Perfect' Gingrich

But the former presidential candidate notes 'who among us is?'

(Newser) - "I've always believed the mission was greater than the man," said Rick Perry this morning, as he announced that he is no longer the man for the mission. Perry officially bowed out of the GOP race for the presidential nomination in an 11am press conference, and threw... More »

Rick Perry to Drop Out of GOP Race

He will endorse Newt Gingrich, sources say

(Newser) - And then there were four: Rick Perry will drop out of the GOP race this morning, sources tell Politico . He will make the announcement at an 11am press conference, in which he is expected to endorse Newt Gingrich. The move fulfills 50% of Gingrich's hope that both Ricks drop... More »

Gingrich: Santorum, Perry Should Drop Out

And back Newt ... Santorum is not enthused

(Newser) - Newt Gingrich must be reading all those positive reviews from last night's debate: He said today it would be a swell idea if the two Ricks dropped out and backed him, reports CNN . "From the standpoint of the conservative movement, consolidating into a Gingrich candidacy would in fact... More »

Rick Perry Trails by a Lot ... in Texas

Nearly 40% think he's giving the state a bad name

(Newser) - The polls haven't exactly been kind to Rick Perry of late, but this one has to smart: Public Policy Polling now has the Texas governor in third place in his home state. That's a huge reversal from September, when he led Mitt Romney there by 39 points. In... More »

Solid Night for Romney, as Gingrich Emerges

Strong performance leaves Gingrich looking like top anti-Romney

(Newser) - Mitt Romney emerged largely unscathed from last night's Republican debate in South Carolina, while consensus pegs Newt Gingrich as the best of the rest. A breakdown of the chatter:
  • This was Gingrich's "best debate of the entire race," decides Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post . The
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Rick Perry Defends 'Kids' Who Urinated on Taliban

GOP candidate slams White House 'rhetoric'

(Newser) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry today accused the Obama administration of "over-the-top rhetoric" and "disdain for the military" in its condemnation of a video that purportedly shows four Marines urinating on corpses in Afghanistan. "Obviously, 18-, 19-year-old kids make stupid mistakes all too often. And that's... More »

Judge Won't Let Perry, 3 Others on Virginia Ballot

He and Gingrich, Santorum, Huntsman Are Out of Luck

(Newser) - Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman won't be on Virginia's primary ballot, a federal judge ruled today. The four had sued over the state's stringent rules on qualifying—specifically that state residents must collect the 10,000 necessary signatures—but the judge said no... More »

Anti-Mitts Pin Hopes on SC

Tea Partiers, evangelicals starting to panic

(Newser) - Mitt Romney now has two wins under his belt, and some conservative activists are starting to panic. Many see South Carolina's Jan. 21 primary as their last chance to unify support behind a conservative candidate, but there's no agreement on who that candidate should be, the Washington Post... More »

Romney Wins Easily in NH; Paul, 2nd; Huntsman, 3rd

Huntsman staying in the race

(Newser) - Mitt Romney cruised to victory as expected in New Hampshire, with the race called by AP , CNN , and others immediately after the polls closed at 8. With 95% of returns in, he had 39.4%, followed by Ron Paul with 22.8, Jon Huntsman with 16.8, Newt Gingrich with... More »

Romney Braves Fresh Attack, But Fumbles

Republican candidates stage new assault on front-runner

(Newser) - A new day, a new Republican presidential debate. Mitt Romney's opponents took another whack at him this morning after letting him off easy last night. A few takeaways:
  • Most Romney attacks missed. Mitt held off assaults from Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, rarely getting flustered, Politico reports.
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Newt Gingrich Leads Charge Vs. Romney

GOP hopefuls again face off in New Hampshire debate on 'Meet the Press'

(Newser) - A scant 12 hours after last night's debate in which Mitt Romney emerged largely unscathed , the Republicans who would be president are again facing off in New Hampshire, this time on Meet the Press with David Gregory moderating. Newt Gingrich answered the overriding question of whether the pack would... More »

Romney Shrugs Off Attacks

Rivals don't exactly hammer the frontrunner in GOP debate

(Newser) - Mitt Romney was supposed to be the prime target at tonight's ABC debate, but it didn't quite work out that way, writes Steve Peoples at AP . His rivals took some shots at him but squabbled among each other just as often. Romney, for his part, focused most of... More »

Forget NH: SC Is the Prize

Conservatives hope to capitalize on anyone-but-Romney sentiment

(Newser) - With the proverbial fork stuck in Iowa , the GOP herd galloped off to next-up New Hampshire, but the real battleground lies in Dixie: Mitt Romney is all but guaranteed a victory in New Hampshire, so his GOP challengers' only chance is to expose the frontrunner's moderate Achilles heel in... More »

Rick Perry Won't Drop Out

'Here we come South Carolina!'

(Newser) - The Republican field will shrink by only one candidate today. Unlike Michele Bachmann , Rick Perry has decided to hang around despite his lackluster finish in Iowa, reports the National Journal . He will stay in a Texas for a few days, head to New Hampshire—which has two debates this weekend,... More »

What We Learned in Iowa

Anti-Romney voters might have found their candidate

(Newser) - Mitt Romney snatched an 8-vote victory in Iowa , but a lot of analysts say "man of the hour" Rick Santorum looks like the real winner. He can now portray himself as the clear alternative to Romney, and to win the nomination he "won’t have to outrun the... More »

Perry Reassessing Race, Bachmann Sticking

Governor heading back to Texas for rethink after poor showing in Iowa

(Newser) - A lousy result in Iowa may have delivered the death blow to Rick Perry's troubled campaign. Perry, who came in fifth in the Iowa caucuses with some 10% of the vote, says he is returning to Texas to reassess his campaign and determine whether there's a way forward,... More »

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