November 11, 2011 On David Letterman, the Texas governor had some fun at his own expense. Excuse No. 10: ""There were three reasons why I messed up last night: 1) The nerves 2) The headache and 3) Um...Uh...Oops."
November 10, 2011 His performance at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate might be the stuff of history — the kind of history that candidates don't like to make. Thursday, he admitted he had "stepped in it" for being unable to remember he wants to eliminate the Department of Energy.
November 10, 2011 He wants to eliminate three federal agencies, the Republican presidential candidate said during Wednesday's debate. But he could only remember two. Today, he's saying that just underscores how many agencies there are "that I'd like to forget."
November 10, 2011 The eight Republican presidential hopefuls focused on the economy and jobs. But there were dramatic moments on other issues: The audience booed a question about sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, and Rick Perry had an embarrassing memory lapse about one of his own proposals.
November 1, 2011 Has any modern major-party presidential candidate in recent memory ever given a speech that left so many people afterwards asking if he was drunk as was the case after Texas Gov. Rick Perry's now infamous appearance in New Hampshire last Friday?If so, that name doesn't come readily to mind.
October 27, 2011 In Texas Gov. Rick Perry's first paid ad which went up in Iowa this week, the candidate for the Republican presidential nomination makes a curious statement. He says as president he will create, at a minimum, 2.5 million jobs. But Perry, like other Republicans and Democrats alike, has been quick to say in the past that the government doesn't create jobs.
October 25, 2011 On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry unveiled his economic platform in hopes of giving a lift to his struggling presidential campaign. Perry's plan includes an optional flat tax that would let people file their returns on a form the size of a postcard.
October 25, 2011 You can apparently never have enough flat-tax plans in a race for the Republican presidential nomination. So Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday officially introduced his own version. That gives us two flat tax proposals in the GOP race, Perry's and Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan. Actually, Perry's plan is not so much a flat tax as a flatter tax since he maintains deductions and even the current code.
October 24, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry's struggling campaign turns to tried-and-true Republican operatives to shore up its efforts as weeks tick down to primary season. One is a veteran of disaster management.
October 19, 2011 In the U.S. when a white man calls a black man "brother" and if they are not actually brothers (think adoption), or in a fraternity, or soldiers sharing a fighting position, indeed, if they are strangers or close to it, many a brotherized black man will immediately feel condescended to.
October 19, 2011 With all the time he's had to prepare since 2008, you might have thought Mitt Romney would by now have a more persuasive defense to the charge that illegal immigrants once worked on his Massachusetts property. And with all the news coverage the issue got in the 2008 presidential campaign, you might have also thought Texas Gov. Rick Perry would have used the well-documented story sooner.
October 17, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the GOP presidential race Aug. 13, and went on to raise $17.2 million in the remaining 49 days of the quarter. These fat numbers put Perry at the front of the GOP money race. But when we dissected Perry's FEC report, we found three hidden weaknesses.
October 14, 2011 Ask yourself what sort of energy plan you would likely get from a conservative governor from the oil and gas patch who gets a lot of political and financial support from the fossil-fuel industry and who is openly hostile to the federal government and that's pretty much the energy plan Texas Gov. Rick Perry proposed Friday.
October 14, 2011 Anita Perry's defense Thursday of her husband Texas Gov. Rick Perry may provide an important piece of the puzzle that explains the remarkably underwhelming nature of her spouse's presidential campaign.