Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry (left) shakes hands with a supporter as he goes onstage at the Polk County GOP summer picnic event held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Saturday.
August 31, 2011 Back before Texas Gov. Rick Perry threw his hat in the presidential ring, he referred to Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme." His campaign had tried to distance the new candidate from that language, but last weekend Perry himself waded right back in.
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August 29, 2011 The Politico headline was definitely eye-catching: "Is Rick Perry Dumb?" Twelve years ago if Politico had been around then, it might have asked the same about another Texas governor who became president, George W. Bush. And that, of course, is one of the uncanny things about Perry's ascendancy to frontrunner among Republicans vying to become their party's presidential nominee.
August 26, 2011 How strong is Texas Gov. Rick Perry's attraction to supporters of the Tea Party? Here's one impressive measure. Perry has support from a higher percentage of Tea Party backers than Rep. Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney combined, according to a Gallup poll.
August 19, 2011 Kudos to the Zero Hedge finance blog for reporting on a moment captured by C-SPAN, a Bank of America executive walking up to Texas Gov. Rick Perry after a New Hampshire event and saying loudly enough to be picked up on mic, "Bank of America. We will help you out."Whoa, Nellie. What's that all about?
August 19, 2011 Has there ever been a presidential candidate who has provided as many video possibilities for negative to his political rivals as Texas Gov. Rick Perry?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who recently joined the GOP presidential race, speaks Thursday with patrons at Popovers in Portsmouth, N.H.
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August 19, 2011 Gov. Rick Perry plunged into the Republican presidential field this week with events in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. And he demonstrated each step of the way that he's not shying away from controversy, or attention.
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August 18, 2011 A day after he publicly questioned the science supporting the expert consensus that human activity contributes to global warming, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stuck a skeptical tone about evolution in response to a child's question.
August 17, 2011 While many Americans may be somewhat alarmed, for various reasons, at the thought of Texas Gov. Rick Perry gaining the White House, don't count at least one George W. Bush impersonator among them. All Things Considered co-host Robert Siegel talked with John Morgan of Orlando, Fla., a comic and Bush impersonator for whom Perry is like the answer to a prayer.
Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry meets with business leaders at a lunch in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday.
August 17, 2011 Private sector job growth is a centerpiece of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign. But the state has a consistent history in that area that can be traced back at least 20 years.
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August 16, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry only officially entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination Saturday and already by Monday he was raising plenty of eyebrows with his warning that he would consider it an act of treason if Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke took further extraordinary steps to boost the sagging economy.
August 15, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally announced his run for president over the weekend. Perry's record of job creation in his home state is a centerpiece of his campaign. Melissa Block fact checks some of his claims with Evan Smith, editor and CEO of the Texas Tribune.
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August 14, 2011 Texas governor Rick Perry declared Saturday that he's entering the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Perry spoke at the Red State Gathering conference in Charleston, S.C. WFAE's Julie Rose reports.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces that he will run for the Republican presidential nomination, in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.
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August 13, 2011 Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially declared he was seeking the White House, promising to "get America working again." While his home state has added thousands of new jobs during his tenure, the Lone Star state's economic picture is mixed.
August 13, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been quietly laying the groundwork for a run for the Republican presidential nomination. Last weekend, he headlined a prayer event in Houston that drew tens of thousands of worshippers. Saturday in Charleston, S.C., Perry announced that he is entering the race. Guest host David Greene talks with Julie Rose of member station WFAE.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Education Agency Administrators' Midwinter Conference in Austin, Texas, in 2001.
August 12, 2011 When Gov. Rick Perry announces his candidacy on Saturday, there will be a new sheriff in the GOP presidential contest — a man who, in more than two decades of electoral politics, has never lost a race. Perry was born and raised in West Texas, where he picked up survival skills that could come in handy.
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