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Perry and Santorum Make Appeal to Social Conservatives

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) -- Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, two of the Republican field’s social conservative heavyweights, made their pitches Sunday morning to a crowd of evangelical voters.

When Perry entered the race in early August, he was viewed by many to be the ideal choice for evangelical voters, but mishaps in debates and questions about electability knocked him off his perch atop the Republican field. That cleared the way for an alternative social conservative candidate like Santorum, and Saturday a group of conservative and religious leaders announced they had decided to coalesce around him as their favorite.

“People ask me how are we going to unite us together, remind every American who we are? This president reminds us of what divides us, not what unites us. You here in South Carolina have the choice to select someone who can unite us,” Santorum told the crowd gathered in a convention center ballroom.

“I was very blessed yesterday that a group of conservative leaders, about 150 or so got together and in many ways miraculously were able to come together,” he said. “I don’t know if that ever happens with a group of Christian leaders. They were able to miraculously come together and stand in support of my candidacy.

“We have an opportunity for South Carolina to stand behind a candidate that has consistently, courageously, forcefully, publicly, and led the fight for the values of the people who are going to vote next Saturday,” he said. “The question is whether the people of South Carolina will vote their conscience.”

Perry, who also spoke to the convention center gathering, said in an interview with Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he would not let the lost endorsement sidetrack his campaign.

“Well, obviously you’d like to get every endorsement of the groups that are in line with your beliefs. But you’re not going to do that. So our focus is on the people of South Carolina,” Perry said in the interview.

Perry and Santorum, who sat at the same table before their speeches, each appealed to the social conservative crowd to allow their values to guide their decision in the primary, a quiet contrast to the candidate who is leading in South Carolina polls — Mitt Romney.

Santorum repeatedly said the crowd should vote for the candidate, referring to himself, who speaks “our language,” sending a clear message that he believes he is the candidate who understands the social conservative movement and is aligned with them.

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Federal Judge in Virginia Rules Against Perry and Gingrich

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(RICHMOND, Va.) -- A federal judge said Friday that he could not rule to add Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and other presidential candidates on the Virginia primary ballot because they waited too long to challenge Virginia’s strict ballot law.

“In essence," Judge John A. Gibney Jr. ruled, “they played the game, lost, and then complained the rules were unfair.”

Only after failing to get 10,000 signatures in time, the candidates sued arguing Virginia’s strict ballot law was unconstitutional. The law requires that only people eligible to register to vote in Virginia may circulate petitions for signatures to place a candidate on the ballot. The candidates argued that the law restricts their rights of free speech and association because fewer people can advocate for them as candidates.

While the ruling was a loss for the candidates, especially Gingrich, who won’t appear on the primary ballot in his state of residence, it could affect future candidates trying to get on the ballot. Gibney said that had the candidates brought suit earlier in the process they may have prevailed on the merits of their case challenging Virginia’s law.

“Had the plaintiffs filed a timely suit, the Court would likely have granted preliminary relief. They are likely to prevail on the constitutionality of the residency requirement, and, had they filed earlier, they would have been able to obtain the requisite 10,000 signatures,” he decided.

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Rick Perry’s Morning at the Gun Range and Five Guys

Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images(RIDGELAND, S.C.) -- In between campaign stops Friday morning, Texas Gov. Rick Perry squeezed in some time for a little target practice at a local gun range and a bite at Five Guys. Clad in his navy-blue “Perry President” fleece jacket, black ear protection and plastic glasses, Perry shot two weapons: a Ruger SR9 and a Palmetto State Armory AR-15.

“Seven yards,” Perry told an employee when asked how far to set the target distance at the Palmetto State Armory Shooting center. He later expressed some disappointment with his shots, saying, “some pulling it off to the side.”

“Sweet shooting little piece of equipment,” Perry told reporters as he showed off his target sheet, which he signed with the phrase: “To Palmetto State Armory. Freedom! Rick Perry” before heading to a Five Guys nearby for a cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, mayonnaise and mustard, a meal he ate after bowing his head for a blessing with his state chairman Katon Dawson and Rep. Mick Mulvaney.

The Texas governor, a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights who often jokes that his idea of gun control is to “use both hands,” revealed that he normally shoots a pistol but often goes to LaRue’s Tactical in Austin to hit the shooting range.

“When I’m home I do more of the -- I shoot more pistol, just we live pretty close to a pistol range,” Perry said. “I’ll go out to LaRue’s and shoot their weapons out there.”

Perry has cited shooting at the gun range as his form of golf and often boasts of the time he shot a coyote trying to attack his daughter’s dog while he was out for a jog.

Asked by a reporter who he was thinking about while shooting, Perry stayed mum, only responding: “Not you.”

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Rick Perry Flops Again on Three Departments He'd Cut

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BLUFFTON, S.C.) -- When asked to name and provide the number of federal departments he’d eliminate as president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry managed to list three, but they weren’t the three agencies he consistently names on the stump or that he attempted to name when he committed his now infamous “oops” moment.

“Three right off the bat, you know, commerce, interior and energy are three that you think,” Perry said during a radio interview with Bill Edwards on WTKS Radio in Savannah, Ga.

Perry made no mention of the Department of Education, one of the agencies he consistently rails against on the campaign trail, until Edwards asked Perry later in the interview if he’d eliminate that department as well.

“They are blackmailing states with our own money, basically saying here is the national test, and here are the national standards you’re going to put into place,” Perry said.  “One size fits all doesn’t work.  Well maybe it does in gym socks but it sure doesn’t in how we educate our children.”

Asked if Perry meant to include the Department of Interior in his list, Mark Miner, spokesman for Perry, told reporters: “It shouldn’t be surprising the governor is talking about another federal agency that needs to be looked at and cut.”

During a November CNBC debate in Rochester, Mich., Perry committed the now famous gaffe where he forgot the third agency he’d eliminate as president.

“I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone.  Commerce, Education, and the -- what’s the third one there?  Let’s see,” Perry said in November.

“Commerce and, let’s see,” he said trying to think of the third agency.  “I can’t.  The third one, I can’t.  Sorry.  Oops.”

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Perry Drops ‘Vulture Capitalism’ from Speech

ABC News(BLYTHEWOOD, S.C.) -- Rick Perry may have dropped his attacks on Mitt Romney and Bain Capital from his stump speech, but in two interviews Thursday he was questioned about his critique, which some prominent Republicans are labeling as anti-entrepreneurship.

“Well it’s pretty hard to make the argument that the governor of the state that’s created more jobs than any other job in the nation is against the free market,” Perry said on FOX when asked about accusations that his attack on Romney’s role at Bain Capital were  anti-free market. “You talk about barking up the wrong tree. That’s a waste of time.”

“I think we’re making the point that the Republican Party should always be about creating an environment where jobs can be created. There are a lot of private equity firms that come in and they help build jobs, but in those cases where they’ve come in and basically taken the profits out of these companies and then sold them for a quick profit, I’m not for that and I don’t think most people in South Carolina are,” said Perry.

“It’s a matter about vetting a candidate,” said Perry on FOX. “I mean, I didn’t hear anybody questioning when they were attacking me for things that I’ve done. So the fact is this process is about winnowing out individuals who and testing whether or not they’re a flawed candidate or not. And I will tell you that when people can point to where you made a quick profit and kicked people out of their jobs, that is an issue that’s got to be addressed.”

Perry debuted the vulture line on Tuesday, but by Wednesday afternoon, the line of attack was removed from his speech. While meeting voters at the Lizard’s Thicket on Thursday morning, Perry never mentioned Romney or Bain Capital by name, instead only referencing the need to replace Washington and Wall Street insiders with an outsider like himself.

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Perry Likens Romney’s Bain Capital to ‘Vultures’

ABC News(FORT MILL, S.C.) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry categorized venture capital firms like the one once headed by Mitt Romney, Bain Capital, as “vultures” who prey upon sick companies and, “leave the skeleton” behind.

“Allowing these companies to come in and loot the, loot people’s jobs, loot their pensions, loot their ability to take care of their families and I will suggest they’re just vultures,” Perry said during a townhall at a retirement community in Fort Mill, S.C. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton.”

Asked by reporters to clarify whether he was directly referencing Bain with that comment, Perry answered, “Sure that’s exactly what I was making. They sit there, and they wait until they see a distressed company, and then they swoop in and you know pick the carcass clean and fly away.”

The Texas governor upped his attacks against Romney, arguing that voters in the Palmetto State will not want to elect a candidate who “gutted” and “looted” companies in South Carolina.

“I don’t think they want someone who has killed jobs in South Carolina on the altar of making more money for themselves and their company,” Perry said of Romney. “His other remark is elect me president because I’ve been in the private sector and I’ve created jobs. Well that’s we’re starting to see maybe not a honest assessment of what he did. He was also involved in the destruction of a lot of jobs in South Carolina.”

“I’ll put my record up against Governor Romney’s any day happily,” Perry continued.

Perry predicted an “honest assessment” of Romney’s record at Bain Capital will be conducted over the course of the next week.

Perry, who has campaigned there over the past three days while the rest of the Republican field has focused on New Hampshire, said his campaign is looking for a “second wind” in the late January primary and even compared the outcome he needs in South Carolina to the battle of Jacinto, which served as the decisive victory in the Texas Revolution.

“This isn’t our Alamo. This is our San Jacinto,” Perry said at the townhall.

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Perry Lambasts Romney for Handing Out Pink Slips

ABC News(ANDERSON, S.C.) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry picked up the attacks on Mitt Romney on Monday, trying to capitalize off the former Bain Capital executive’s comment that he once feared getting a pink slip.

“Now I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips -- whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out -- because his company Bain Capital with all the jobs that they killed, I’m sure he was worried that he’d run out of pink slips,” Perry told the crowd at Mama Penn’s restaurant.

Perry laid into Romney for heading a company which Perry alleged eliminated hundreds of South Carolina jobs.

“There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that’s indefensible,” said Perry. “If you’re a victim of Bain Capital’s downsizing, it’s the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it.”

Perry cited two South Carolina companies impacted by Bain Capital’s downsizing. Holson Burnes, a company controlled by Bain Capital in Gafney, shut down a photo album plant, causing 150 workers to lose their jobs after Bain Capital charged them $20 million in management fees. Perry also cited GS Industries in Georgetown, S.C., which Bain Capital merged with a company in Kansas City, resulting in the dismissal of 700 steelworkers in the two cities and the payment of $65 million in management fees.

Perry, who is looking to South Carolina to reboot his struggling campaign, also continued the attacks on Rick Santorum for voting to raise the debt ceiling eight times and supporting a number of earmarks.

But it wasn’t all negative attacks Perry lobbed at his opponents. The Texas governor heaped a little praise on Ron Paul when asked if he’d be a suitable chairman of the Federal Reserve, saying Paul would be the, “ideal person to head up the Fed and put a little fear in their hearts.”

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Rick Perry's Haircut Tab: $25

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(PICKENS, S.C.) -- There aren’t any $400 haircuts for Texas Governor Rick Perry, who some in Texas have dubbed with the nickname “Governor Goodhair.”  

“Twenty five dollars,” Perry told reporters when asked how much the cost of a haircut runs him. “Twenty five dollars, good hair cutter.”

As he peeked into Gravely’s Barber Shop on Main Street in Pickens, S.C., Perry marveled at an antique plaque listing prices for an old fashioned haircut -- 40 cents -- and told reporters he remembers getting a buzz cut for a mere dollar.

“I could remember getting a haircut for a dollar. Of course a buzz cut that didn’t take long,” said the former Air Force pilot.

During the 2008 election, presidential candidate John Edwards drew heat when an FEC report revealed he spent $400 on haircuts. Not helping matters was video footage of Edwards, brush in one hand, mirror in the other, obssessing over his locks before a TV interview.

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Rick Perry Tells SC Voters 'I Am Going to Stay in This Race'

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- Five days after he expressed hesitancy about continuing in the presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his awaited return to South Carolina on Sunday, sending a message to voters in the state that he’s not a quitter.

“I’ve never quit a day in my life.  I have never quit in the face of adversity, and I’m not just about to quit on the future of America.  I am going to stay in this race and stay in this fight because our children in this country are worth the fight,” Perry told a crowd of 125 South Carolinians at the Beacon Drive-In.

Perry rerouted his campaign to Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, cancelling 10 events in South Carolina, after expressing a desire to reassess his place in the presidential race, but quickly made up his mind and decided to press on.

On Sunday, the Texas governor characterized the presidency as his “target,” comparing it to his 16-year courtship of his wife, Anita, before she agreed to marry him.

“For 16 years I pursued her.  Don’t anybody get confused that I am not one of these guys that when I got a target in my sight, I don’t give up,” Perry said.  “If you want an analogy on this presidential race that’s a good one there.  The target’s in the sight and I’m not giving up.  It’s not going to take me 16 years to get it done, though.  We’re going to stay in here and make this thing happen.”

Perry is battling with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich for the social conservative vote in the Palmetto State, but he also has his eye on denting Mitt Romney’s lead in the state.

“If you want to know how somebody’s going to perform in the future, look to their past,” Perry said.  “As a matter of fact, Mitt said, ‘If you want to know how I’m going to perform, look at my record,’ and I have, Mitt.”

“I don’t like it,” a woman in the audience said.

“I’m with you ma’am,” Perry responded, drawing laughs from the audience.

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Back to Iraq? Twitter Ignites Over Rick Perry’s Suggestion

Win McNamee/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Rick Perry‘s attention-grabbing comment that troops should be sent back to Iraq is getting traction on Twitter.

According to BlueFin Labs, Perry’s comment in Saturday night’s ABC News debate brought about 5,800 messages on Twitter.

That number is just short of the 5,900 prompted by the exchange between Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich over Gingrich’s lack of military service.

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