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Gov. Perry Makes It Official (Video)

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Posted on Aug 13, 2011
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces his candidacy for president at a RedState conference in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially announced his candidacy for president on Saturday, drawing attention away from the straw poll in Ames, Iowa, set to take place just hours later.

Perry’s announcement comes late in the game, giving him just six months to raise money and support before the first caucuses and primaries. But one of his biggest hurdles may be overcoming the hesitancy of some Republicans to elect another Texas governor. Perry doesn’t think it will be a problem. “I full well believe I’m going to win,” he said earlier in a conference call with South Carolina Republicans. —BF

USA Today:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the Republican presidential race today by telling a crowd of conservatives that “it’s time to get America working again.”

“One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job,” Perry said. “That is not a recovery, that is an economic disaster.”

Billing himself as a “champion of conservative principles,” the Texas native blasted President Obama by referring to last week’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating.

“The fact is, for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs, he’s been downgrading our standing in the world, he’s been downgrading our financial stability, he’s been downgrading our confidence and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children,” Perry said. “That’s a fact.”

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By Queenie, August 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Molly Ivins and Ann Richards must be turning in their graves and having a very interesting conversation about this hopeless dipstick.

God, I miss them.

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By Craig Scott, August 14, 2011 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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Sadly, Perry will make some noise; and probably pick up the now irrelevant Sister Sarah
as a running mate.

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By SteveL, August 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment

Perry says he will get the federal government out of peoples lives.  Translation>>
kiss Social Security and Medicare goodbye.

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By ardee, August 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

What a slate of candidates! I believe this reflects a low point in American political theater and should assure the incumbent of an undeserved re-election.

Heck, he might even carry the Democrats to win back the House, if only to show us another democratic majority that cannot get a thing done.

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By TDoff, August 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

Rick’s logic is impeccable. As he told his wife, Anita Perry (nee Thigpen),

‘If this country was stupid enough to put up with that total Dummy, my predecessor as Texas governor, for the presiduncey, why not me, too? I mean, WTF, honey, you keep telling me I’m as big an a**hole as he is. And wouldn’t you like to be the first Thigpen to be First Lady?’

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By Daye, August 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment

This is only one step below contracting syphilis.

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By upgradeyourlife, August 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

“One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job,” Perry said. “That is not a recovery, that is an economic disaster.”

disgusting that they can only use these real problems in the context of pointing the finger at the current president. Would it occur to them that no one wants to hear more of blaming somebody else.

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By Rodney, August 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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Another religious bigot running for the presidency.
Pray that he don’t get in. We’ve seen folks like him
before. George Bush and Sarah Palin Michelle Bachman
and Mike Huckabee comes to mind. Folks that want us
to pray to god while they steal and destroy the
middle class. They and their millionaire friends get
to enjoy heaven right here on earth while they treat
the poor like the slaves they use to be. They start
wars for oil and act like god wanted us to save the
world from evil.They talk about santity of life while
they sign death warrants like its an autograph.They
make their political careers by ruining the lives of
other people through cuts for the poor while giving
tax breaks and cutting taxes for the rich all in the
name of god. Anyone who does not share their belief
is going to hell. I guess that the same hell they
create for those who are not one of them. No we don’t
need another religious bigot in the White House.
Especially one from Texas.

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By ocjim, August 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

Another incurious George. Ideal, after George drug us down. Rick, with the aid of voter short-term memory, his plutocratic following and his radical Christian right, can continue to drag us down to the point of revolution, perhaps.

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By kerryrose, August 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

I just read on Common Dreams that Perry graduated Texas A&M with a GPA of 2.3 in animal science.  He had to join the army because he didn’t have the grades to be a vet.

A stunning intellect having a huge political pray-a-thon (never worry about separation of church and state, that’s for smarty pants folk.).  He sound exactly like someone who could get elected.

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By grokker, August 13, 2011 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Wow, the suspense was killing me. I love the GOP sense of theater to roll out the big gun just a bit late for effect. I’m still tingling…..

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By John Sullivan, August 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment
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Jim Jones for President!

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By Dr Bones, August 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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Just what we need, another secessionist running on the Repug ticket.

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