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Perry in SC Day 10: The Battle Against the 2-Percenters

Jan 18, 2012
Joe Hyde

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Rick Perry and son Griffin Perry

Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues to attract good crowds and connect with South Carolina. But some are telling us to give up the fight. They want us to move on, to... Gingrich! These people, I say are the Two Percenters of the Conservative movement!

But before I explain, here's the news from along the campaign trail. Perry made several stops yesterday. Here's the map:

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Murrells Inlet, SC

This was a speech at a VFW hall, and Perry brought all the red meat for veterans' groups he could haul in.

Crowd of 50 people listened to Perry talk about job creation, the economy and the military- highlighting his status as an Air Force veteran.

Perry said if elected president he'd give certain exemptions to wounded veterans. "If the DOD(Department of Defense) has designated you as an individual who was wounded during service of the United States," said Perry, "you get a five year exemption of paying any personal income tax in this country. That's sending the message that will last longer than a parade."

(Source: WPDE-TV "Rick Perry stops in Murrells Inlet")

Rebecca Kaplan at CBS News adds:

Perry often talks about the need to improve support for veterans in the United States, especially as he has increasingly focused on South Carolina, where 11 percent of the population is made up of military veterans. He points to initiatives he ushered through in Texas, including a 2009 law that exempts disabled veterans from paying property taxes.

(Source: CBS News "Perry wants five-year tax break for injured vets")

(On a personal note, everything Perry is saying about vets and providing benefits for vets is genuine. I am a 20-year vet (USAF bomber pilot), and through Texas law that Perry signed, my child can go to college tuition-free, using my Veterans Administration eligibility. With so much talk about in-state tuition "subsidies" for illegal immigrants, which are NOT subsidies, no one has examined Perry's record on providing REAL subsidies for veterans who earned it.)

You can watch the entire one-hour presentation by Rick Perry here:

Florence, SC

Perry defends his remarks on NATO ally Turkey:

"When you see the number of actions against your citizens that we would consider to be terrorist acts, I stand by my statement," Perry told reporters at a press conference today. Perry pointed to the increased rate of attacks on women and concluded, "I respect his sovereign right to say that but I respect my sovereign right to be critical of countries that treat their citizens that way."

(Source: CBS News "Rick Perry stands by controversial Turkey claim")

In case you missed it, here's where the Turkey controversy began, at the Fox News debate Monday night:

In defense of Rick Perry's remarks on Turkey, here's a view (via a pro-Israel blogger, Don Morris) that you won't find in the U.S. press:

So no sooner did Rick Perry suggest that Turkey had no place in NATO and that some perceive its government to be run by Islamic terrorists than the media rolled out its fact checks. In the spirit of fact checking the fact checkers, let's have a fact check of our own.

CNN Statement: "Turkey is not ruled by Islamic terrorists. It is led by a party with Islamist roots, the Justice and Freedom Party, or AKP."

Those are the facts according to CNN's Truth Squad, which took its name from a certain book by George Orwell. But let's look at the actual facts. The Facts: The AKP emerged out of a series of banned Islamist political movements. CNN's Lie Squad mentions that the AKP's current leader of Turkey Erdogan was banned for reading an Islamic poem in public. It neglects to mention the content of the poem.

"The minarets are our bayonets; the domes are our helmets. Mosques are our barracks, the believers are soldiers. This holy army guards my religion. Almighty, Our journey is our destiny, the end is martyrdom."

[Dr. Don Morris is a semi-retired professor, now also permanent resident of Israel. He serves on several Boards of Directors for Israel advocacy groups; Chana, resident of Jerusalem, JCPA member]

(Source: Doc's Talk "Fact Check: Why Rick Perry is Right About Turkey")

And CNN's "Blitz" grilled Perry on Turkey yesterday:

About the time Perry was touring Florence, a blog post written by Perry himself appeared on RedState. An excerpt:

Shrinking the powers and the footprint of the federal government and Washington insiders will also involve establishing a part-time Congress, cutting congressional sessions, and bringing staff numbers and salaries down by 50 percent. Congress will be more like everybody else, and less like the body that earns a stunning 84 percent disapproval number from those of us who, unlike them, must live under and with the laws they pass every day.

(Source: By Rick Perry on "Time to put a stop to out-of-control Washington")

Columbia, SC

MSNBC publishes some really good behind-the scenes photos of from all of the GOP candidates' campaigns here.

Rick Perry is sending out mailers that are "hitting his two main rivals hard," according to CNN:

Rick Perry's campaign is sending a new mailer to South Carolina voters hitting his two main rivals for the conservative vote, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, as "Washington insiders."

The mailer is one of several that the Perry campaign is sending to South Carolina voters on Wednesday, just three days before the January
21 primary.

(Source: CNN "Perry mail in South Carolina hits GOP foes, questions Obama's patriotism")

Perry spoke at the BIPEC South Carolina Candidates' Forum yesterday evening:

"im running for the presidency of the united states to consolidate or I should say, the power back into the states... to de-consolidate if you will, from decentralize from washington dc as I said in charleston when I announced that my intention is to make Washington dc as inconsequential in your life as I can. I do not believe that federal government creates jobs. its duty is to create an environment where job creators know that they can risk their capitol and have a chance to have a return on their investment and they in turn create those jobs..."

(Source: Newspusher (no video) "SC BIPEC FORUM / PERRY")

Greenville, SC

This stop wasn't on the schedule yesterday. Perry made a surprise appearance at The Response Carolina, an apolitical prayer gathering:

ABC News' Arlette Saenz captures the moment:

Standing before a crowd of nearly a thousand people, Texas Gov. Rick Perry publicly offered up a prayer for the nation four days before the South Carolina primary, just as he did five months ago at a similar prayer rally in Houston, as he decided whether he’d enter the presidential race.

(Source: ABC News "Rick Perry Leads South Carolina Prayer Rally Days Before Primary")

Rick Perry Report Goes Rogue on Two-Percenter Pundits

Yesterday many of these pundits around the country publicly called upon Perry to drop out of the South Carolina primary race so that they could anoint Newt Gingrich as the savior of the conservative movement.

The one making the biggest impact was Sarah Palin, on Hannity last night:

My response: Sarah Palin cannot even endorse herself for anything other than reality television shows. She has shown me to be high to rhetoric and low on substance for too long. In the segment on Hannity last night, she cannot even bring herself to fully endorse Newt Gingrich. She just endorses Gingrich in a compartmentalized way. What kind of endorsement is that?

Next, FreeRepublic's Jim Robinson piled on:

Like it or not, the trend has been clear for weeks. If we wish a conservative to be our nominee, Perry should drop out of the race and we should coalesce around Gingrich or Santorum. As long as all three or even two of the three remain in the race the conservative vote will be split and RINO Romney will get the nomination.

Gingrich should challenge Santorum to a series of Lincoln-Douglas style one-on-one debates and if there is a clear winner, then the loser should drop out, or in the very least, we may be able to better decide which one is better suited to take on Romney and Obama.

May our very best conservative take on and defeat Romney/Paul and then wipe out Obama!!

(Source: Jim Robinson in "Suggestion to Gingrich, Santorum, Perry and respective supporters")

Jim Robinson's website is the organizing organ of the fringe right attacks on Rick Perry since Perry announced his candidacy. Robinson has waffled along, allowing the entire state of Texas to defect from his site's donor rolls, 'zotting' membership and cleansing the "unwashed" along the way.

He was hoping for a Palin presidency, then Herman Cain, and now Gingrich? Robinson waffles on his choice of candidate more than Romney did on the abortion issue, and cannot muster enough gravitas to inspect the character of his presidential choices.

Why do people follow him? They don't. The site has been mired in endless "Freep-a-thon" fundraisers because, frankly, donors quit donating as he allowed the endless ad hominem attacks on, particularly, Rick Perry, and Texas in general. Texas was his largest-producing well of donations. I hope that's no longer. Let the site die.

The unofficial online gathering spot for Perry advocates other than the Facebook groups has been Erick Erickson's RedState has been very good to Rick Perry. They have published his editorials, they do an excellent job of running off trolls who spread vicious lies about Perry, and RedState's blogger convention was the location of Perry's candidacy announcement in August 2011.

Erickson has been complimentary of Perry all along, though like Palin, he could not bring himself to make a full endorsement earlier in the campaign. That is, he would not drive a stake into the ground and take a stand.

This morning, I was hit with this, from Erickson:

With Palin’s endorsement, Rick Perry is now in a terribly awkward spot. If he departs before Saturday, he could be a hero for one of the non-Romney candidates. If he waits until Sunday and the race is close, as it appears to be, Rick Perry will rightly be remembered as the spoiler who handed Mitt Romney the nomination.

(Source: RedState: "Sarah Palin Says She’d Vote for Newt")

Erickson is welcome to become the "me-too" pundit of the 2012 election, but I'm going to offer advice.

How can Erickson go from a half year of informing his readers that Perry is the best choice, has the best platform, and have almost your entire blogger community endorse Perry, only to tell your readers "oops, Palin has spoken, and I think she's right"?

When you're coaching football, you never go into a game telling your team, "well, if we can just lose to the Indians and preserve their strength so that the Indians can beat the Cowboys later... Because, really, we don't want the Cowboys to win"?

RedState readers are the warriors of the conservatives, and most are warriors of the Perry conservative movement. I know Erickson didn't sign up for "coach," but Erickson has been acting like the coach for too long to just give in.

At Texas A&M, we call Aggies who think like that "Two Percenters." That is, they haven't the fortitude to support the team, win or lose, until the end of the game. These are the two percent of all of the others; the ones who quit. They're the ones running to the parking lot at the beginning of the fourth quarter to beat the traffic. Erick, Jim Robinson is a soul-less two-percenter; you are not a two-percenter, so quit acting like one.

The RedState audience also needs to be considered. They've invested time and energy, and in many cases, money, into Perry's campaign. Some even spent vacation days and drove to Iowa on their own dime to support Perry. RedState readers are phone-banking from their homes for the South Carolina effort. Many of Erick's readers are all in this thing with BLOOD.

To call for RedState readers who do support Perry to turn on a dime, to abandon their principled stand, and investment, is insulting. More insulting is in Erick's Palinesque endorsement of Gingrich, he offered absolutely nothing to Perry supporters in return for their abandoning the game at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

I'll stay to the end, even if I have to drive in traffic. The rest of you can follow Palin, Robinson, Erickson, out of the bleachers into the parking lot and live with this:

Look, I love Newt Gingrich. I've enjoyed his books. I look forward to his weekly "Newt and Callista Weekly Recap" emails (haha), and I was cheering from my armchair Monday night when Gingrich absolutely brought the house down. I like to watch him on television. He's great entertainment.

But, in this case, the Romney ad above is right. He is not a leader that we need in the White House.

Rick Perry is the proven leader, the one with proven executive experience, who can whip that place into shape. That's where I make a principled stand.

Rick Perry agrees:

I am not ready to abandon my candidate, and the promise that he holds for my future, in the fourth quarter just so I can miss the traffic.

I'm defending the stake I laid in the ground. If you agree, send Rick Perry a $10 bill right now. We're all in this together!

Arlette Saenz gets the link. Picture: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his son Griffin.

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Rick Perry is the only

Jan 18, 2012 3:02 pm
Jane Schofield

Rick Perry is the only candidate who has the values and positions that I want in a president. I hope he stays in the race until the end. I do not feel that Gingrich, Santorum, Paul or Romney can win. I am tired of settling for someone I half-heartedly endorse.

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I agree. If, especially

Jan 18, 2012 5:31 pm
Terrie Mead

I agree. If, especially Romney, but Gingrich and Sandtorum as well, win the nomination they will lose in the general election against Obama. That is my prediction. The greatest contrast with Obama is Perry. Not only does he have the record, he is right now as I write this creating jobs and running the 13th largest economy in the world (glad he is finally emphasizing that). Go to the Governors website. He hasn't just left an empty space for his lieutenant Governor to fill, whereas Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman and Ron Paul did/have shirked their responsibilities to the people while running for office. And, don't even get me started on Obama's "present" votes.

It's amazing to me how little people actually know about Governor Perry. He truly needs to stay in the race, beat the odds and go for the win regardless of the naysayers. The more people get to know Perry the more they will like him.

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I'm sticking with Perry until

Jan 18, 2012 3:06 pm
Barbara Espinosa

I'm sticking with Perry until the Fat Lady Falls Down Singing One More for the Road. I have devoted my Radio Show "Hair on Fire' my blog "" in support of Perry and op research on the candidates and I'm not going to quit now because Sarah spoke. I sent my money and froze in Iowa not to quit before all 50 states have spoken.

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I am all in for Perry, but I

Jan 18, 2012 3:12 pm

I am all in for Perry, but I must say one thing. At least Palin didn't fall in line for Romney as so many have, the sell out crowd..

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And, I liked that she made

Jan 18, 2012 5:20 pm
Terrie Mead

And, I liked that she made the point she wasn't endorsing Gingrich for President, she is looking at the polling numbers and at this point Governor Perry has not moved in the polls. So, I can see it from a realists perspective and from a die-hard Anti-Romney person. She was obviously angry with the "inevitability" question.

With that said, it has been very apparent from Sarah's last few interviews that she really, really, really wants to endorse Perry. And, as we remember she recently said that "Todd went rogue" when he endorsed Newt. She also made a HUGE point of saying that she didn't want to endorse a particular candidate because her endorsement is likely to backfire with negative attention paid to that candidate. Perhaps she is using the possible negativity as an opportunity to move some energy to Perry. Or, she's moving as Joe said in a way conflicting her own ideals in order to advance a movement and not advance the best person for the job.

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Thank you for all that you do

Jan 18, 2012 3:36 pm

Thank you for all that you do for my Gov. Perry. I'm from Texas, and will not vote for any of the others in the primaries. I won't give up, and I'm disappointed in those who have.

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You know that for me it's

Jan 18, 2012 3:53 pm
Bettina Viviano

You know that for me it's Perry or BUST. Honestly, I am embarrassed for the GOP that we have so many gutless cowards and traitors.

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My vote stops with Rick Perry

Jan 18, 2012 5:07 pm
Terrie Mead

My vote stops with Rick Perry.

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Walt over at the Dead Dirty

Jan 18, 2012 5:17 pm
Joe Hyde

Walt over at the Dead Dirty Rino has a list of people we Perry supporters will remember:

Do not forget how Herman Cain was allowed by purported conservatives to rise to the top of the polls after leveling a racially charged attack against Rick Perry for a painted-over rock located on a piece of property where his family once leased hunting rights.

Do not forget how Michele Bachmann demagogued the Gardasil issue by portraying Rick Perry as a monster for requiring girls to be immunized against a disease known to cause cervical cancer, despite the fact that there was an opt-out provision in the requirement, and not one girl was ever subjected to it once Governor Perry acceded to the wishes of the Texas legislature. And do not forget how some in the establishment conservative press chose to pile on by calling into question Rick Perry’s conservatism over the matter.

Do not forget how Governor Perry was attacked for signing veto-proof legislation that allowed the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates provided they met all the same requirements that other students were required to meet in order to qualify for it.

And do not forget how some purported conservatives trashed Perry as a “belligerent bumbler who will never be president” after he managed to trip up Mitt Romney for his hiring of illegal immigrants to do lawn care at his home.

And, most of all, do not forget how the establishment conservative pundits mercilessly mocked and ridiculed Rick Perry for his stumbles and gleefully declared his campaign dead in an effort to ensure that he would never pose a threat to Mitt Romney’s ascension to the GOP throne.

Do not forget any of this, Perry supporters. These are just a scant few examples of how your candidate has been maligned and undermined by people who are supposed to be on your side in the fight to return conservatism to the White House. Some of them continue to jockey for another “conservative” to take on the Romney machine and want Rick Perry to drop out of the race and unite behind their man. But make no mistake: their contempt for you is no less than it is for Rick Perry. So, above all else, DO NOT FORGET WHO THOSE PEOPLE ARE. Ever.

(Source: Damn Dirty Rino: "With One More Debate...")

Yeah, I am taking down names too.

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I'm behind Rick Perry all the

Jan 18, 2012 5:31 pm

I'm behind Rick Perry all the way... I was pushing for him before he even announced he was running and I'm not about to stop now!! Rick Perry 2012

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From the ground is SC:

Jan 18, 2012 5:32 pm
Joe Hyde

From the ground is SC:

Great day of sign planting so far today, Ben Myers and I got our hands dirty in South Carolina soil today putting up Perry signs big and small. Tons of people were waving and honking the horn earlier as I placed Perry signs near Charleston Southern, we're not "just alive" in this race folks, we're marching forward, the people of the Great State of South Carolina are taking Governor Perry's message to heart. Don't let the out of touch pundits in Washington and NY dictate who you will vote for come January 21st. Rick Perry's message of conviction conservatism is authentic conservatism and the voters of South Carolina are genuine conservatives, praise God for that!! Time to start making calls here we go!!

-- Erik Benjamin Corcoran (via Facebook)

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Yes, ma'am you sure do! You

Jan 18, 2012 6:41 pm
Terrie Mead

Yes, ma'am you sure do! You have an absolutely beautiful voice and inspiring song(s). I've heard your other Rick Perry song, as well. Thank you so much! I emailed your you tube video to my entire email list and placed it on my twitter and facebook page :-)

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I wrote an article for Rick

Jan 18, 2012 6:36 pm
Terrie Mead

I wrote an article for Rick Perry, "Rick Perry's solution to Texas' immigration problem" on, and posted it for inclusion on this website, if anyone is interested. I appreciate any comments. Here's the link to

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I'm doing all I can to back

Jan 18, 2012 6:47 pm
Jean Turner

I'm doing all I can to back Governor Perry's candidacy in this Presidential race and stand ready to continue beyond it, however things go!

He is the only candidate with the successful conservative executive experience and the track record to establish the sterling merits of your State's successes!

He is able to cite outstanding achievements during his governance in direct opposition to the disaster the Administration foists upon us.

He's the real deal and has the tenacity to see our ship of state turned and headed back to safe and productive waters.

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I am working hard for my

Jan 18, 2012 7:00 pm
nancy sabet

I am working hard for my candidate and if Palin/Eric,et al are giving up they all can go to hell as far as I am concern. Today, couple of volunteers and I put up signs throughout the west Columbia, SC. I usually don't complain, but I am really mad of the staff here in Columbia. They are bunch of youg guys and are not enthusiastic. They are sitting all day in front of their computers. They could not even tell me where Perry is having any event. I am going to talk to someone tomorrow. But we, the volunteers, had a very productive day; included visibility, putting up signs and talked to press in front of the State House . We will do the same tomorrow. Specially, we are going to put up signs aropund roads/hwy going towards Charleston, where the tomorrow night debate will be held; and Gov.Perry will be travelling there , hopefully he can see some of these signs. PLEASE DON'T LET MEDIA DISCOURAGE YOU, PERRY IS THE BEST, BY FAR, AND HE NEEDS OUR SUPPORT.

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All paid political staffers

Jan 18, 2012 7:10 pm
Joe Hyde

All paid political staffers sit around and stare at their computers all day while the volunteers work. It's not unique to the Perry campaign, either. It's an industry problem )-;

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Thank you guys so much for

Jan 18, 2012 7:31 pm
Terrie Mead

Thank you guys so much for volunteering. Those of us who are unable to get to South Carolina are eternally grateful.

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Oh my. These people calling

Jan 18, 2012 7:06 pm
Joe Hyde

Oh my. These people calling for Perry to quit may have stepped into a pile of crap. According to Drudge, Gingrich's ex-wife, the woman scorned, has completed an interview with ABC News. Drudge quotes sources at ABC to say that the contents of the interview are "explosive." What are Erick Erickson and Sarah Palin going to do when Marianne Gingrich throws their credibility into Newt's bonfire? Drudge Headline pic posted to our Facebook page

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And there are two people that

Jan 18, 2012 7:26 pm
Carolyn Riley Strong

And there are two people that can be behind this. Let's see...Obama has always been good for that kind of thing. But...let's look further...WHO was the candidate that started on Gingrich...why it is WILLARD.

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OOOOhhh! That would be very

Jan 18, 2012 7:34 pm
Terrie Mead

OOOOhhh! That would be very good!! And in the home stretch, maybe finally see an upclick in the polls for Perry!

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Excellent articles and

Jan 18, 2012 7:09 pm
Carol Lawrence

Excellent articles and comments. I am there for Perry no matter what. Politico is saying that Perry has cut back on his schedule so he is going to drop out after he loses in SC. Boy those idiots over there simply do not give up. I will also comment on the Free Republic site. They called Perry a RINO and other worse names, a lot of Ron Paul's people were on there and were vicious towards Perry along with some Palin, Bachmann and Cain supporters. I keep trying to correct the lies about Perry and in the end was banned. That site is no loss as far as I am concerned. American Thinker has written some very ugly articles about Perry, which were lies. A lot of the ugly comments about Perry on other sites are Ron Paul supporters. They all use the same talking points. Not very original. Perry is a very good and decent man and will do what he says he will do. My husband and I have supported the troops including Viet Nam up to now. We adopted 31 military in Iraq and Afghanistan by ourselves. We have a soft spot for the Military. I wish some of the military that he has helped would come forward and do ads before the election here in Florida.

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Joe, thank you for such a

Jan 18, 2012 7:11 pm
Carol Lawrence

Joe, thank you for such a wonderful job keeping us informed about Governor Perry.

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Joe...when is Governor Perry

Jan 18, 2012 7:12 pm
Carolyn Riley Strong

Joe...when is Governor Perry going to be in Greenville. I will come and help out. I have been to Texas, I know of what he speaks and I can attest to the truth of it. I'm a senior, I'm a professional and I also personify what most Americans are feeling and why.

A governor of a state has the same responsibilities as the President of the United States. Governor Perry is the ONLY candidate with a record that proves he has done and can do what he says.

I heard that Speaker Gingrich helped create X amount of jobs. He helped legislation, I believe. However, Gingrich, although very learned, has never had to put an entire state's future into practice. He was one Congressman out of the House of Representatives that had to work with the Senate. Governor Perry has it all. Border security (without any help from the Fed Gov.and that is THEIR JOB), environment for job creation, environment, healthcare, national guard, balancing the budget, working with ALL of Congress. Judicial appointments, reform of law enforcement. He's had to veto bills. He has been in charge of the 13th largest economy in the world has a fantastic record...and people are thinking of Romney?
Santorum? Santorum likes to spend under the handle of compassionate conservative.

It's time for the Hollywood Productions of Romney to be over. It's time that the subtle manipulations of Santorum to be shown for what they are. It's time for some straight talking.

Governor Perry is the answer we've been waiting for. People have to listen to other real people...and stop listening to pundits that are only in it for the hype.

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Today's News. The Treasury,

Jan 18, 2012 7:23 pm
Carolyn Riley Strong

Today's News. The Treasury, as reported on Drudge, will take pension money to raise the debt ceiling. Gee...I wonder if those folks have heard that news yet. And they pooh poohed Perry when he said that SS in its current form was a Ponzi Scheme. I know Governor Perry was is. Is this ploy eerily similar...I think so.

Then Obama XL Pipeline. Gas is going up. Reason...the Straits of Humuz. Iran is threatening to stop all oil shipments. But our president would rather we use "his" energy. Solar, wind, and let us not forget the exploding car...The Chevy Volt...his pick for the car of the future. Does anyone know where we get our solar panels...can you say China. After the one time shot of installing does that "keep" people working ALL THE TIME. I know this is not a blog sheet...but this is what happened today. Oh...I forgot..the IMF wants another $500 billion bailout. Do you think that Romney, if President would say "no" to international bankers? Rick Perry would!!! see, Governor Perry is OUR guy. Talk him up and get on the SC and FL papers.

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I hope Perry gets some staff

Jan 18, 2012 10:31 pm
Carol Lawrence

I hope Perry gets some staff in Florida soon. Early voting starts on Saturday the 21st I am voting for him anyway, but at least signs needed to be in place and calls started.

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I just read that Governor

Jan 19, 2012 8:34 am
Jane Schofield

I just read that Governor Perry is going to drop out today and endorse Newt. I just feel sad. This is crazy. Newt doesn't have a chance. The little guy has lost. I guess he always does.

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I just read from an article

Jan 23, 2012 11:04 pm
Gwyneth Smith

I also read the news too. According to a certain article, Rick Perry dropped out of the competition for the Republican presidential nomination on Thurs. The Texas governor threw his support behind one-time House speaker Gingrich. Resource for this article: Rick Perry drops his presidential bid