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. 

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.

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 City Tuesday, telling a gathering of Republican donors that the Obama administration had “promised jobs and … delivered economic misery.” It comes as Perry steps out increasingly on the national stage.