Stories about Rick Perry

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by Texas Governor Rick Perry upon Obama's arrival in Dallas in this file photo taken July 9, 2014.

Texas Gov. Perry orders 1,000 National Guard troops to border

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times on July 21, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
HOUSTON — Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border after saying he had grown tired of federal officials’ “lip service” and “empty promises.” Perry said that the National Guard will provide support over the next month to the state-funded …

The way forward for Republicans

By Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post on Nov. 11, 2012, at 7:37 p.m.
They lose and immediately the chorus begins. Republicans must change or die. A rump party of white America, it must adapt to evolving demographics or forever be the minority. The only part of this that is even partially true regards Hispanics. They should be a natural Republican constituency: striving immigrant …
Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a "Welcome Home Rally" at Abel's on the Lake in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011.

In newest ad, Perry calls Obama remark ‘pathetic’

By Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post on Nov. 17, 2011, at 8:25 a.m.
Looking to claw back to a leading role in the Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry appears to have settled on a simple strategy: Attack President Barack Obama. His latest ad, which began airing Wednesday in Iowa and on national cable stations, takes Obama to task for a recent …
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney shakes hands after speaking at Microsoft headquarters Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in Redmond, Wash.

Romney, the kinder, gentler candidate

By Kathleen Parker, Washington Post on Nov. 15, 2011, at 6:21 p.m.
Most Americans would agree that the most memorable moment from Wednesday night’s debate was when Rick um, um, um, whateverhisnameis couldn’t remember the third leg of his own policy for streamlining the federal government. With great conviction, Perry asserted that when he becomes president, he’ll eliminate three agencies: “It’s three …
Republican presidential candidates former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum listens during a presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., earlier this month.

Debates now dominate GOP primary contest

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post on Oct. 18, 2011, at 5:41 a.m.
LAS VEGAS — The battle for the Republican presidential nomination always moves first through Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and lately Nevada. But before the 2012 candidates ever get to those states, they have been forced to run through an unexpectedly significant proving ground: nationally televised debates. The GOP contenders …

The barbecuing of Rick Perry

By Robert F. Moss, Los Angeles Times on Oct. 13, 2011, at 5:17 p.m.
Rick Perry’s past came back to haunt him recently. No, not drugs or women or a phony resume. Perry, it turns out, once touched the real third rail of politics: barbecue. Nineteen years ago, at the 1992 Republican National Convention, a barbecue taste-off pitted beef tenderloin from Joe Allen’s Bar-B-Que …
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For Herman Cain, the time may be now

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) on Oct. 11, 2011, at 10:29 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Can Rick Perry rebound from a troubled September? How will Herman Cain endure his first test as a heavily scrutinized candidate? And will Mitt Romney, debating in a state where he’s a strong favorite, stay on his cool, steady course? Those are the key questions as the Republican …
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Poll: Perry support collapsing as Cain rises

By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, The Washington Post on Oct. 04, 2011, at 4:34 a.m.
WASHINGTON — After a quick rise in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has experienced an almost equally dramatic decline, losing about half of his support over the past month, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Perry’s slide, which comes after several uneven …
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at the American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, S.C.  Because Paul is having a big impact on the presidential race some Republican operatives are convinced that he will play spoiler in important states.

Is Ron Paul the spoiler of 2012?

By Christopher Sherman and Steve Peoples, Associated Press on Oct. 03, 2011, at 5:35 a.m.
Ron Paul, antagonist of the Federal Reserve and advocate for the gold standard, probably won’t capture the Republican presidential nomination. But with his libertarian leanings energizing a small though growing group of passionate conservatives, the quirky Texas congressman is proving to be a force in the 2012 contest. Four months …
Where other GOP candidates have surged and fallen back, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has been steady in his appeal to voters.

Serious, steady Romney woos Republican voters

By Philip Rucker, The Washington Post on Sept. 29, 2011, at 6:11 a.m.
Once again, there was another group of Republicans begging its latest dream date to run for president. And once again, there was Mitt Romney, in his fifth year of running for president, facing questions about why he never seems to be the one Republicans are swooning over. “I could get …
Dena Robinson, from right, and Hannah Hoffman, join dozens of Medicare advocates gathered outside the Newseum in Washington. Democrats are hitting the reset button on health care for next year’s elections. Weary of getting pounded over the new health overhaul law, President Barack Obama and his party are changing the subject to Medicare.

Democrats shift health-care fight to Medicare

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press on Sept. 27, 2011, at 6:44 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Democrats are hitting the reset button on health care for next year’s elections. Weary of getting pounded over the new health overhaul law, President Barack Obama and his party are changing the subject to Medicare. Obama signaled last week he’s on board with the shift. His latest debt …

In Perry’s America, life would be a Ponzi scheme

By Barbara Shelly, McClatchy Newspapers on Sept. 26, 2011, at 7:03 p.m.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been making headlines by bashing the health care plan that GOP rival Mitt Romney signed into law when he was governor of Massachusetts. You know the one. Romneycare, precursor to Obamacare. It has an individual insurance mandate, a statewide insurance exchange, subsidies and other elements …
Atop roughly two miles of ice, technician Marie McLane launches a data-transmitting weather balloon at Summit Station, a remote research site.

Climate change denial increases with level of threat

By Charles J. Hanley, The Associated Press on Sept. 25, 2011, at 7:39 a.m.
An authoritative study this August reported that hundreds of species are retreating toward the poles, egrets showing up in southern England, American robins in Eskimo villages.
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell prepares to answer questions from reporters Friday at a press conference after his keynote speech at the Natural Resources Council of Maine's annual membership meeting.

George Mitchell: Climate change skepticism will ‘not last’

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 23, 2011, at 7:34 p.m.
PORTLAND | Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and world diplomat George Mitchell called upon President Barack Obama — and everyone else who backs stiff environmental protection laws and the science behind climate change — to be bold and persistent in the face of opponents Friday. Mitchell touched upon a …
Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry, center, heads to his vehicle after exiting the Papasito Restaurant in the Inwood section of the Manhattan borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

Romney, Perry go after each other in GOP debate

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, The Associated Press on Sept. 22, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Side by side in confrontational debate, Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Rick Perry sarcastically accused each other Thursday night of flip-flopping on Social Security and health care, flash points in their intense struggle for the party nomination. In a debate that focused on character and credibility …
A trader signals in the S&P 500 Futures pit at the CME Group in Chicago, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will use more than $400 billion to try to drive down long-term interest rates, make home loans cheaper and invigorate the economy.

Stocks fall after Fed offers $400 billion economic plan

By Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press on Sept. 21, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it will shuffle $400 billion of its portfolio to try to drive down long-term interest rates and get the economy going. But economists doubted it would do much good, the stock market sold off, and the Fed itself was unusually divided over the …
Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., answers a question Sept. 7 during a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, Calif.

Scientists offer $11,000 for evidence in Bachmann vaccine story

By Jeremy Herb, Star Tribune on Sept. 16, 2011, at 4:37 a.m.
WASHINGTON — What looked initially like a winning debate point for Michele Bachmann has prompted a chorus of protest against the Minnesota Republican, with some of the most scathing comments coming from her fellow conservatives. Now a University of Minnesota scientist and his former boss are offering more than $10,000 …
Marlon Brando in "The Godfather"

To understand redistricting, read ‘The Godfather’

By Henry C. Jackson, The Associated Press on Sept. 13, 2011, at 12:51 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The first time the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature tried to get rid of Rep. Lloyd Doggett, they cut his district into three pieces. This year, they sliced it into five — and plopped him into a primary against an ambitious up-and-comer for good measure. And the Legislature didn’t even …

Perry comment over the line

By The Watertown Daily Times on Aug. 26, 2011, at 6 p.m.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is creating some excitement while making a run for the GOP presidential nomination. But one comment the governor made recently went a step too far as he shared a view on monetary policy. Mr. Perry told voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that it would be “treasonous” …
A supporter of Republican presidential candidate former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty holds a flyer about Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Republican Party's Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011.

Poll: Most Republicans happy with GOP field

By Jennifer Agiesta and Kasie Hunt, The Associated Press on Aug. 26, 2011, at 5:06 a.m.
WASHINGTON — After grousing for months, Republicans are growing more satisfied with their choices for president and, so far, they like what they’re hearing from the newest candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. An Associated Press-GfK poll released Friday found that two-thirds of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are pleased with the …