Perry & Bachmann in Iowa
They had to do well in Iowa and they did. Mitt Romney had a better debate performance than this past Saturday. The software upgrade must have worked. Newt Gingrich held his own. But Michele Bachmann got to Newt. She got the better of him on the issue of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and he treated her so dismissively on the issue of abortion I | Read More »
3 Weeks And Counting. Are We In a Suicide Pact?
“It is hard to dislike a guy who can filet his opponent with a smile and a side of fava beans and a nice chianti.” As you wake up this morning, however hard it may be to believe, we are actually three weeks away from the first votes being cast in Campaign 2012. Three weeks from today, in the Iowa cold, people will gather and | Read More »
I Bet You This Hurts Romney
If you haven’t heard yet, in Saturday night’s debate wherein a former Nixon Administration staffer and a Clinton Administration apparatchik un-ironically asked questions to Republicans pretending to be without bias (though Diane Sawyer was on cough syrup or something and it showed), Mitt Romney bet Rick Perry $10,000.00 that Romney had not changed something in his book. Some Republicans are beating their chests over this | Read More »
The problem with Mitt Romney is the inconsistencies in his record. The problem with Newt Gingrich is the consistency of his record. I will support either of these men against Barack Obama. Either would be better. (Quick: My new favorite website) I support Gingrich over Romney because Gingrich fights and I don’t ever have to doubt where he stands on an issue. I trust Gingrich | Read More »
Obama Says It is Good to be in Texas While in Kansas
Were it Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann, all we’d hear about for the next week is that they went to Kansas and said it was “Good to be back in Texas.” Except it wasn’t Perry or Bachmann. It was Barack Obama not using the teleprompter. Like the 57 states. Except Barack Obama is a genius.
Will Iowa Be the GOP’s Version of Gephardt vs. Dean?
Mitt Romney has to win New Hampshire. His own campaign has set those expectations. If he does not win New Hampshire it is game over for Mitt. Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, expectations have been set so high for him in New Hampshire, a win might not be enough if the win is close. And right now Newt Gingrich is surging in New Hampshire. He has | Read More »
Rick Perry’s Second Time At Bat
“If Rick Perry loses and goes back to Texas as its Governor, the man who has stood dominant in Texas for a decade will be seen as a loser for the first time — and not just a loser, but a fool too.” Last night on Fox News’ candidate forum, Governor MItt Romney defaulted to quoting David Brooks from the New York Times. There’s why | Read More »
I don’t understand why they’d only run it once
Last night Rick Perry appeared on the Jay Leno show and this ad ran in Iowa. The campaign announced it would only run once. Perhaps they don’t have the money to keep this ad up in Iowa. But it seems to me the ad strikes the right tone. Frankly, they should have run something like this right after the debate performance. Now, the least they | Read More »
The Perry Campaign Gets a Life Line
Rick Perry’s debate gaffe last week will go in the annals of political history as one of the most embarrassing gaffes on a Presidential primary debate stage. His recovery the next day will be studied by future campaigns as the textbook example of damage control. His Saturday night debate performance in South Carolina gets him the complete redemption he needs. In South Carolina Saturday night | Read More »
Rick Perry on Foreign Policy & Why He Got Into Politics
I may be a bit quirky in that I care much more about how our candidates view foreign policy in relation to Central and South America than the Middle East, but I really think it is very important. Socialism is creeping up from South America, China is making incursions into the continent, and Mexico is in a civil war. I asked Rick Perry about it. | Read More »
What Do Rick Perry and Barack Obama Have in Common?
With a tip of the hat to Christina at the Neal Boortz Show who put this together, Rick Perry can at least take some comfort from the fact that he is no worse without a teleprompter than Barack Obama. Download here.
Rick Perry on Federalism & Immigration
When Governor Perry and I sat down last week in Orange County, CA, I wanted to drill down on two areas of interest for conservative voters. First, in his book Fed Up!, Governor Perry repeatedly returned to the idea of federalism, but few people have really explored that with him. This transitioned into some questions on immigration, his views on amnesty, and what role the | Read More »
Rick Perry on the Super Committee & Energy
In the second part of my interview with Governor Rick Perry, I asked him about the Super Committee. He tied its existence into the failure of Barack Obama’s leadership. His answer transitioned us into a discussion about energy policy and the ability to create jobs in the United States based on accessing our domestic energy.
Perry, Gingrich, Cain, and Huntsman. Oh My.
I wrote a while back that I could not support Jon Huntsman ever for what many consider a very esoteric reason — he went to work for the President of the United States and while working for the President of the United States decided to run against his boss. That the President is Barack Obama has no relevance to me. I am not, at this | Read More »
Can Rick Perry Rebound With a Flat Tax?
The Perry campaign wants to reboot, having retooled and refined its message and tried hard to get back on the jobs message. Okay, fine, but first the Perry camp needs to answer a basic question – why should supporters who went all in for him and wound up feeling burned give him a second shot? I asked him about that and it was, perhaps, a | Read More »
RedState’s Exclusive Interview With Texas Governor Rick Perry
Tonight at 7:05 p.m. on the Erick Erickson Show, I’m going to play the audio of my interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry. The actual interview will start around 7:35 p.m. and then re-air in its entirety at 9:00 p.m. You’ll be able to listen to the entire interview by clicking right here.
Right Now It’s The Message
I got emailed from a few people tonight that I was rather harsh toward Governor Perry’s campaign on CNN tonight. I was. When Rick Perry unveiled his economic plan, he spent the better part of two days talking about Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Now, instead of moving back to the economic plan, we’ve moved on to talking about Rick Perry and debates. Byron York makes | Read More »
Rick Perry’s Birtherism
On a day when he should be focused on his 20/20 plan, the press wants Rick Perry to focus on Barack Obama’s ‘birth certificate.” Why? Because a Parade interviewer asked Perry about it and Perry did not flat out say “Obama is an American citizen.” So now the press is after him. John Harwood of the New York Times asked Perry three times about the | Read More »
Americans For Cain Fires Up in Iowa
Capitalizing on the discord and acrimony at the last debate between Perry and Romney, Americans for Cain is kicking off a new ad with a heavy online push geotargetted to Iowa. Herman Cain is running a novel campaign without a lot of internal campaign organized ground game operations in the early states. But Americans for Cain intends to supplement the efforts of the Cain camp | Read More »