Rick Perry

Rick Perry on States’ Rights

By on 3.7.14 | 10:26AM

Texas Governor Rick Perry electrified the crowds with his passionate words this morning at CPAC.

Perry introduced his speech discussing the weakened state of America’s place in the world, but quickly turned to solutions and hope:

It’s time for a little rebellion on the battle field of ideas!

His battle cry? Look to the states.

He devoted a good portion of his speech to complimenting his fellow red-state governors, including Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, and Florida’s Rick Scott. Perry said that conservative governors are the “common denominator” between “flourishing” red states. He jabbed at subsidies, the nanny-state, and Obamacare, mentioning the “freedom of the individual” over and over.

His words invited hearty applause from the audience, which erupted into a Texas-sized standing ovation toward the end of his speech.

Send to Kindle

Rick Perry Makes ‘Last-Ditch’ Try in Hawkeye State

By on 12.9.11 | 6:17AM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is reportedly making a "last-ditch effort" to salvage his floundering presidential campaign with ads aimed at social conservative voters in Iowa. Perry has spent a million dollars on TV ads in Iowa, which holds its first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses on Jan. 3, and the two most recent ads have highlighted the Texan's religious faith and social issues.

Wednesday, Perry began airing an Iowa ad in which he promises to "end Obama's war on religion" and "fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage." That ad sparked controversy because Perry mentions the recent repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, saying:  "You don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school." Yet Perry's spokesman blunted the potential impact of that ad by disclaiming any intention by the candidate to reinstate the policy prohibiting open homosexuality in the armed services.

Send to Kindle

Does Pain Explain Perry’s Poor Debate Performances?

By on 9.23.11 | 11:04AM

Many observers have remarked that Texas Gov. Rick Perry appears to grow tired during the course of debates, which seemed to happen again last night in Orlando. What could explain this? Brian Ledbetter, who blogs at Snapped Shot, e-mailed me to suggest that Perry's debate fatigue may be a result of his having undergone back surgery in July:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a run for president, is working from home in Austin after minor surgery on his back . . .
Perry, an avid runner, spent two nights in the hospital after the surgery on Friday to "correct a reoccurring back ailment," Miner said. "The procedure included a small nerve decompression and small fusion."

Send to Kindle

Re: Govs. Perry and Sanford

By on 12.2.08 | 1:14PM

Joseph Lawler notes as one of today's "Must Reads" that in a Wall Street Journal piece, Republican Govs. Mark Sanford (S.C.) and Rick Perry (Texas) are "putting their money where their mouth is." Unfortunately in some ways they do not put their actions where their mouths are, primarily when it comes to taxpayer subsidies for individual businesses.
Send to Kindle