Tribpedia: 2012 Presidential Election

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President Barack Obama is up for reelection on Nov. 6, 2012. Presidential elections always bring larger numbers to the polls. Some Democrats think that Texas, a Republican bastion, may turn blue. 

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Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media about his possible presidential plans after a meeting of the Cash Management Commitee on July 19, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media about his possible presidential plans after a meeting of the Cash Management Commitee on July 19, 2011.

Perry Says He Has No Interest in VP Slot

John Nance Garner, the colorful West Texas politician known as “Cactus Jack,” used to say the office of vice president “wasn’t worth a warm bucket of piss.” Gov. Rick Perry, without using any four-letter words, said as much on Tuesday.

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signs Senate Bill 7, with Rep. John Zerwas R-Simonton and Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound on July 18th, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signs Senate Bill 7, with Rep. John Zerwas R-Simonton and Sen. Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound on July 18th, 2011

Rick Perry Says State Should Pay For His Security

Gov. Rick Perry, in his first question-and-answer session with reporters in weeks, said Texas taxpayers should pick up the expense of his security even if costs shoot up dramatically while he travels around the nation running for president. Perry also downplayed remarks about being "called" to run for national office.

Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning at a barbecue restaurant in Temple.
Gov. Rick Perry, campaigning at a barbecue restaurant in Temple.

Perry Spends $1 Million in First Half of Year

Gov. Rick Perry, who is considering a run for the White House, has spent nearly $1 million in state campaign funds since January, shelling out thousands of dollars for out-of-state travel, hotels and meetings, records released Friday show. Perry raised nearly $400,000 for the period and has at least two state fundraisers scheduled in coming weeks.

State Rep. Rick Perry with House Speaker Gib Lewis (D-Fort Worth) during the 69th Legislative session, on September 2, 1986.
State Rep. Rick Perry with House Speaker Gib Lewis (D-Fort Worth) during the 69th Legislative session, on September 2, 1986.

Rick Perry: The Democrat Years

Gov. Rick Perry, a no-apologies conservative known for slashing government spending and opposing all tax increases, is about as Republican as you can get. Except when he wasn't. Perry spent his first six years in politics as a Democrat, a period sure to be scrutinized by GOP opponents if he decides to run for president.

Perry's Death Penalty Stance a Mixed Bag Nationally

In tough-on-crime Texas, Rick Perry has overseen the executions of 230 prisoners — more than any other modern governor. But as he eyes a bid for the White House, his willingness to implement the death penalty and his fervent denial of the possibility Texas may have executed an innocent man could have mixed consequences.

House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

Rick Perry No Stranger to Controversial Views

Gov. Rick Perry is the first to admit that his views on a host of hot-button political issues — from letting states legalize marijuana and gay marriage to describing Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme” — could cause him heartburn in a race for the White House. Now that he’s actively considering it, his opponents are sure to pore over Perry's 26-year career in elected office for fodder.

Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Weaver has a Candidate, but It's Not Rick Perry

John Weaver, a Texan and one of a class of political consultants who rose through Texas politics to national campaigns, is working for an anti-Washington presidential candidate who is touting his success as a governor in cutting state spending, reforming taxes and making his state a magnet for business. But it’s not Rick Perry, a fellow Aggie. It’s Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah.

Rick Perry Fires Up GOP Voters in New Orleans

Gov. Rick Perry, who has acknowledged thinking about running for president in 2012, fired up Republican voters Saturday in New Orleans, where conservative activists were anxious to hear a game plan for beating Barack Obama. “That mix of of arrogance and audacity that guides the Obama Administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American and a threat to every private sector job in this country,” he said.

Political consultant Dave Carney in November 2010.
Political consultant Dave Carney in November 2010.

Aide: Perry Still "Weeks Away" From Big Decision

Rick Perry’s top strategist told the Tribune Saturday that the Texas governor is still “at least weeks” away from making a decision about whether to run for president, a daunting financial and logistical undertaking even without the time pressures of a late entry. Consultant Dave Carney, who has worked for Perry for more than a decade, said he is helping the governor make an informed decision.

Perry, Bachmann Buttons Big Sellers in New Orleans

It’s about as unscientific as you can get, but the Rick Perry 2012 button is a hot item at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, where several major presidential contenders are trying to win the who-is-most-conservative contest. Perry, who is still just “thinking” about a run for the White House, doesn’t get here until Saturday. He’s got a book signing event scheduled in the morning and will speak to the gathering in the afternoon.

Gov. Rick Perry on May 30th, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry on May 30th, 2011

Poll: Obama Almost as Popular as Perry in Texas

Likely voters in Texas approve of President Barack Obama almost as much as they approve of Gov. Rick Perry, according to the third and final release of poll results from the Texas Lyceum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group of civic leaders.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010
Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010

Democrats Question Perry's Whereabouts, Priorities

House Democrats — stirred up in a day of partisan battles over windstorm insurance and a health care compact — took the opportunity to question the whereabouts of the man who called them back for a special session. 

Gov. Rick Perry outside the House chamber on May 28, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry outside the House chamber on May 28, 2011.

Perry Slaps Obama, Acts Like GOP Hopeful, in NYC

Gov. Rick Perry, moving closer to a run for the White House, took his anti-Washington message to New York Tuesday, telling a gathering of GOP donors that the Obama administration had “promised jobs and … delivered economic misery.” In his highly anticipated speech, Perry gave the crowd the kind of angry populism he wielded against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the 2010 primary.