Here’s why I find it impossible to be a Republican: any crowd that instantly cheers the execution of 234 individuals is a crowd I want to flee, not join.Andrew Sullivan on the debate crowd’s positive response to the large number of executions that Perry resided over while governor of Texas. (via liberal-life)
In order for the republican party to win, we can’t run from science… By making comments that don’t reflect the reality of the situation, you turn people off.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, easing off direct attacks on Texas Gov. Rick Perry, among others in the GOP field, for a general point about the Republican party.
Huntsman was doing great up until this; it was similar to when Tim Pawlenty backed down from his “ObamneyCare” comments a few debates back. Huntsman still turned out what was overall a charismatic and commanding performance, but this wasn’t the best note to end on.
I kinda feel like the piñata here at the party.Rick Perry, responding to attacks on his HPV vaccine policy. He’s painting himself as the inevitable frontrunner.
When he moved that experience to government, he had one of the lowest job creation rates in the country. We created more jobs in the last three months in Texas than he created in four years in Massachusetts.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has his attack line on Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ready. Then he followed up with this zinger:
Michale Dukakis created jobs at a faster rate than you did, Governor.
Perry clearly has his attack lines ready, and the moderators gave them a perfect opportunity for the first nearly 10 minutes of the debate to get that done.
Let’s see how this develops.
If I’d spent my whole life in government, I wouldn’t be running for president right now.Mitt Romney, swinging at Rick Perry.
» And obviously, there are other horses in the race. The surprise takeaway of this poll, the endlessly amusing inclusion of Colbert-related polling values aside, is the divergence in the state primary and national prospects of Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Despite being favored to beat Romney in a primary, Romney polls much stronger in a South Carolina general election against Obama than Perry does. The key may be those “independent” voters again — Romney leads Obama by 16% amongst independents, while Perry only leads Obama by 3%.
» AT&T’s contributions = Rick Perry’s support? Back in May, Rick Perry told the FCC he backed the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. “I believe that this merger will continue to provide for great consumer choice, offer a wide range of service options, and spur continued innovation,” he wrote. He might’ve had a little help from those campaign contributions over the past decade. AT&T has a bit of a history of going out of its way to turn public favor its way, going so far as to bizarrely convince GLAAD to support the merger. With the Justice Department coming out against the merger and AT&T’s contributions to Perry coming under scrutiny, will Perry back down? (Strangely enough, BTW, the Justice Department’s James Cole made a statement that reads like the polar opposite of what Perry wrote: “We believe the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile would result in tens of millions of consumers all across the United States facing higher prices, fewer choices, and lower-quality products for their mobile wireless services.” Hrm.)