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Wednesday
Apr252012

Texas Gov. Perry Endorses Romney

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry endorsed Mitt Romney Wednesday, ahead of Newt Gingrich dropping out of the race, which is expected to happen next week.

“Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration,” said Perry in a statement.

“So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents and the Republican Party,” Perry’s statement said.

“I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama. American jobs, economic stability and national security depend on electing a new president. Mitt’s vision and record of private sector success will put America back on the path of job creation, economic opportunity and limited government,” he said.

Perry initially threw his backing behind Gingrich in January, after dropping out of the race just two days before the South Carolina primary.

A source close to the Gingrich campaign told ABC News the former speaker of the House will suspend his campaign at some point next week.

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Wednesday
Apr112012

For Rick Perry, Signs Point to 2014 Gubernatorial Run

Allison Joyce/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Will Rick Perry run for Texas governor in 2014 and continue his streak as the longest-serving current governor? All signs suggest a re-election bid, but a decision will come “at the appropriate time,” a Perry spokeswoman said Wednesday.

“The governor’s conservative policy development, job creation efforts and strong political organization point to another run for governor in 2014,” Catherine Frazier said in an email. “Any such announcement will be made publicly at the appropriate time.”

Paul Burka, an editor at Texas Monthly, wrote earlier Wednesday that Perry told donors at a fundraiser that he would run in 2014, sparking questions about whether he will pursue a bid for the governorship again.

Perry assumed the governorship Texas in 2000 when George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, was elected president. Perry has served as governor for 11 years.

Perry’s team has said in the past that the Texas governor has not ruled out a presidential bid in 2016.

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Saturday
Mar102012

Rick Perry Discusses Twitter and Campaign Lessons at SXSW

Win McNamee/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the former presidential candidate, dropped by SXSW 2012 Friday evening to discuss all things social media and politics.

At an intimate event held at CNN’s Grill in downtown Austin, Perry answered questions about his run as a Republican candidate. But being that is was a technology and interactive show, he kicked off the interview talking about his Twitter use.

“In 2009, when we were discussing our campaign, we had heard there was this new thing they are going to be doing called Twitter. We picked up on it, and I thought it was highly successful,” he said.

Perry himself tweets from his account and was the only candidate to do so.

“Thank you for reminding me when I mispell something,” he told his followers.

Perry noted that he liked to use the service to “bypass the mainstream media” and the fact that “everyone becomes a reporter.”

Perry continued to speak candidly on the subject of his loss and the current candidates.

“We still have a lot of time to go,” Perry said when asked who he thought would be the Republican nominee.

He did, however, say that Newt Gingrich is still in the fight. Perry endorsed Gingrich when he ended his campaign in January.

Perry also addressed Texas as a hub for technology. Earlier on Friday, he announced that Apple would be creating a $304 million campus in Austin that would make available more than 3,600 jobs.

Despite having his arm in a sling because of recent surgery on his right clavicle, Perry was upbeat and humorous. He closed the event by saying that if he were to run in 2016 he would “work on some debate skills and always remember the third thing.”

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Thursday
Feb232012

Rick Perry to Have Surgery Friday to Repair Clavicle

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas Governor Rick Perry will have surgery Friday to repair his right clavicle, which did not heal after a 2009 bicycle accident, Catherine Frazier, Perry’s press secretary, confirmed to ABC News.

The 90-minute outpatient procedure will be conducted by Dr. Bruce Malone on Friday morning in Austin. It will involve one incision, which will be roughly three inches in length, and require the placement of a contoured plate.

The Texas governor will return to his home Friday afternoon.

Perry, who dropped out of the presidential race last month, had spinal fusion surgery, along with an injection of his own adult stem cells, in early July, just one month prior to announcing his bid for the White House. In the final months of his campaign, Perry admitted the back surgery impacted his performance in a negative way.

Perry endorsed Newt Gingrich when he suspended his presidential campaign last month and appeared in the spin room on behalf of Gingrich at the CNN debate in Mesa, Ariz., on Wednesday evening.

Perry is an avid athlete who runs multiple times a week and has participated in triathlons in the past.

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Friday
Feb172012

Rick Perry to Make First Appearance with Newt Gingrich at Arizona Debate

Alex Wong/Getty Images(MESA, Ariz.) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry will appear with Newt Gingrich for the first time at the CNN debate in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 22, a spokesperson for Perry confirmed to ABC News.

Perry will appear in the spin room with Gingrich after the debate.  There are no other events planned, at this time.

Perry endorsed Gingrich when he dropped out of the race on Jan. 19 but has yet to appear publicly with him. Perry did not mention Gingrich at either of his two public appearances thus far, but he has discussed his support for the former speaker in interviews.

Perry made calls to his network of donors last week asking for them to pledge their financial support to Gingrich.  The Texas governor also sent out an email on behalf of the Gingrich campaign urging supporters to donate to Gingrich’s campaign.

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Thursday
Feb162012

Rick Perry Takes Step to Form PAC With Leftover Campaign Funds

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign Thursday sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission asking whether he could use some of his leftover funds to form a new PAC.

Salvatore Purpura, treasurer of RickPerry.org, wrote in the letter that the campaign collected $270,000 in general election funds, which were set aside in a separate account, and had asked contributors whether the campaign could keep their donations to form the PAC.

Purpura noted in the letter that if the FEC does not allow the formation of a PAC, the campaign would like to redistribute the funds to Perry’s Texas campaign.

Perry, who dropped out of the race Jan. 19 and endorsed Newt Gingrich, ended his campaign with $3.76 million cash on hand. Perry raised approximately $18 million during his five months as a presidential candidate, relying on a heavy network of donors he cultivated as Texas governor and head of the Republican Governors Association.

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Thursday
Feb092012

CPAC: DeMint Thinks GOP Race Could Go to Convention; Perry May Run Again

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- What did we learn walking around CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual Woodstock for the right, held in Washington, D.C.?

For starters, don’t expect the GOP presidential race to end anytime soon.

Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican and Tea Party leader, told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl he wouldn’t be surprised to see things go all the way to the convention in August in Tampa, Fla. Karl asked if he thought there was room for another candidate to enter the race at this point.

“I don’t know about another candidate,” Demint said. “But we may go to the convention and decide between these candidates. It’d be hard to bring in an unvetted candidate in the middle of a convention cause we see what this process is doing to our candidates. They’re all getting better. They’re all finding their real, I think value system. And it’s forcing them to be much more tenacious and passionate about what they believe. So anything can happen, I’ve stopped making predictions cause I’ve been wrong every time I’ve made a prediction.”

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All the way to the convention? Really? Some big name Republicans don’t want to call anyone the front-runner yet.

Take Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was at the conference Thursday after ending his own race for president earlier this year. Perry endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich when he dropped out of the race. But Gingrich has not won a primary or caucus since his victory in South Carolina.

“I think this race is completely open,” Perry said. “I don’t think anyone has a lock on it at this particular point in time.”

Perry is back to his day job as governor of Texas, but he may not be done with presidential politics.

Karl asked him what he’d do differently, and he said he’d have gotten into the race earlier to hone his debating skills.

“Well obviously I think if I said we would have a little more intensive debate practice,” he said. “And it’s like anything in life, it’s, you know, the good news is this isn’t the only chance you may get in life for this.”

So he’d run again?

“Absolutely,” he said, later adding, “That’s what life better be about. Learn from your mistakes and you know how do you become better whether you’re a road builder or whether you’re a professional pilot or a teacher or whether you’re a doctor you want to be at the top of your game every time, but can you learn something new? You better be. Life would be pretty dull if you’re as good as you’re ever gonna get. Even a newscaster.”

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Thursday
Feb092012

At CPAC, Humor Prevails Among Former Presidential Candidates

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., jokes were a common thread between the speeches of former GOP presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry.

Bachmann and Perry each received warm receptions at the conference, being held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in downtown D.C. Their speeches were short and addressed different policies of the Obama administration that they believe to be failures.

Perry’s speech focused on domestic issues, drawing heavily upon his identity as a “10th Amendment conservative,” a reference to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which stipulates states have powers not specifically allocated to the federal government. Bachmann focused her speech on the Obama administration’s foreign policy, specifically its policy regarding Israel.

The two former presidential candidates overlapped in their respective introductions. Both Bachmann and Perry started off their remarks with jokes about their failed bids.

“Running for president of the United States is really one series of humiliations after another,” Bachmann told the crowd.

The Minnesota congresswoman went on to lay out the three lessons she’d learned on the trail -- where John Wayne was born, when Elvis Presley was born and to never forget the three things you’ve learned.

Rick Perry also embraced the idea that one must be able to joke about himself in his remarks.

“As many of you know, I had certain ideas about putting an end to this president’s failed administration, but the people of Iowa and New Hampshire had a different idea,” Perry said. "But back at Texas A&M, my alma mater, we had a very unique way of addressing defeat: Aggies never lose, we just run out of time. So you can say that my presidential campaign ran out of time.”

Neither candidate made reference to the current GOP field. Rick Perry has endorsed Newt Gingrich, but he did not mention the former House speaker while speaking to audience. Michele Bachmann has not endorsed a current candidate yet.

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Tuesday
Feb072012

Back in Texas, Rick Perry’s Adamant He Still Has the Fight

Alex Wong/Getty Images(ROUND ROCK, Texas) -- Back on his home turf in the Lone Star State, in his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed he wouldn’t fade away into obscurity now that he’s off the presidential campaign trail and returning to his duties as governor.

“I’m not slipping off in to the sunset.  I’m not riding off into the West.  We’ve got plenty of work to do right here in the state of Texas,” said Perry at a hotel ballroom just north of Austin, adding, ”and I’ve got plenty of fight left in this 61-year-old body.”

Speaking before the Williamson County GOP Dinner, Perry, who dropped out of the race in mid-January, admitted his withdrawal from the presidential campaign symbolized a new frontier as the Texas governor suffered the first defeat of his 28-year political career.

“Aggies have a really interesting way of admitting defeat,” said Perry, an alumnus of Texas A&M.  “We’ve never been outscored.  We just ran out of time, and the fact is I’m really not used to running out of time but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world.”

Eighteen days after he declared an end to his candidacy, Perry, accompanied by his wife, Anita, was at ease as he addressed the crowd in a sort of “welcome home” speech, saying, “I don’t know what y’all have been doing for the last six months, but I think you kind of know what I’ve been up to.”

Perry never referenced the candidate he is now backing in the 2012 race -- Newt Gingrich.  But instead, the Texas governor continued his attacks on President Obama, repeating many of the criticisms he launched against the president during his five months on the campaign trail -- challenging the Obama administration’s rejection of the XL oil pipeline, questioning the pro-choice agenda he’s adopted, and lambasting his other priorities.

“We cannot afford four more years of this misguided socialist policies from President Obama and his administration,” said Perry.

The Texas governor was introduced by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is pursuing a bid for the U.S. Senate.

“He’s back and he’s stronger,” said Dewhurst to applause from the Republican crowd.

Perry’s jaunt onto the national stage will continue later this week when he addresses CPAC in Washington, D.C.

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Thursday
Jan192012

Rick Perry Ends Presidential Bid, Endorses Newt Gingrich

Allison Joyce/Getty Images(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Rick Perry drew his campaign to a close Thursday and threw his backing behind Newt Gingrich, just miles from where he launched his presidential bid over five months ago.

“As I’ve contemplated the future of this campaign, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign.  Therefore, today, I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for President of the United States,” Perry said in a hotel conference room.

“As a Texan, I never shy away from a fight, particularly when I consider the cause to be righteous, but as someone who’s always admired a great if not the greatest Texas governor, Sam Houston, I know when it’s time to make a strategic retreat.  So I will leave the trail, return home to Texas, wind down my 2012 campaign. I will do so with pride, knowing I gave fully of myself of a cause worthy of this country”

Perry, who said in the past that voters should consider issues of fidelity in their presidential pick, lauded the thrice married former House speaker, noting that God has offered him forgiveness for any wrongdoing.

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“I believe Newt is a conservative visionary who can transform our country.  We’ve had our differences as campaigns will inevitably have.  Newt is not perfect, but who among us is? The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God.  And I believe in the power of redemption for it is a tenet of my Christian faith. I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement.  The courage to tell those Washington interests to take a hike if that’s what's in the best interest of our country,” Perry said.

Standing by Perry’s side were his wife, Anita, son, Griffin, close family friend and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell and his wife.  Perry gave his wife a kiss on the lips, a rarity on the campaign trail, as he thanked her and his family for their support.

Perry’s communications director said Perry has not ruled out another run for the Texas governorship in 2014 nor is he ruling out a 2016 bid, noting that recent nominees have secured the Republican nomination on their second try.

Perry returns to Texas Thursday afternoon and will consider joining Gingrich on the trail.

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