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Perry returns to Texas to reassess campaign

January 4, 2012 WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday night that he will return to Texas to reassess his campaign for president after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. "With the voters decision tonight in Iowa, I have decided to return to Texas, assess the results ...

Perry: Obama should have held parade to honor Iraq troops

December 28, 2011 URBANDALE, Iowa - Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened a new line of criticism against President Obama Wednesday, saying that the president hadn't shown the proper courtesy in welcoming troops returning home from the war in Iraq. "It really disturbs me that after nine years of war in Iraq, this president ...

Perry: Fannie and Freddie are Bonnie and Clyde

December 21, 2011 MUSCATINE, Iowa -- Continuing to rail against the ways of Washington, Texas Gov. Rick Perry labeled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac the "modern day Bonnie and Clyde," a reference to the famous outlaw couple who traveled the United States during the Great Depression. "They're stealing from the people," ...

Perry talks of downsizing government, supporting Israel

December 7, 2011 Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday spoke to an audience of Republican Jews about his firm commitment to Israel's security, but he drew the most enthusiastic applause when he talked about his proposal to drastically downsize the federal government. "The idea that we have to have all these people spending ...

Gingrich and Bachmann would move embassy to Jerusalem

December 7, 2011 Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that as president he would move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a proposal designed to appeal to American Jewish voters. It also escalated the jockeying among the GOP candidates to be viewed as the most pro-Israel choice. Rival ...

Perry says his plan would make super committee unnecessary

November 18, 2011 JACKSON, MISS. -- As president, Rick Perry would not uphold spending cuts required if the congressional super committee fails to meet next week's deadline for a plan to reduce federal spending by $1.2 trillion, the Republican presidential candidate said Thursday. "Not at all," Perry told reporters here when asked whether ...

Perry proposes sweeping government reform

November 15, 2011 This story has been updated. BETTENDORF, Iowa -- An early copy of Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's government-reform speech shared with the Des Moines Register shows the Texas governor is planning to propose widespread changes for the federal government, including term limits on federal judges and Supreme Court justices, a ...

Play of the Day -- Top 10 Rick Perry excuses

November 11, 2011 Twenty-four hours after a much-discussed memory lapse at a presidential debate, Rick Perry capped off a Thursday of damage control with humor, this time of the intentional variety -- as opposed to the awkward "oops" that accompanied his nationally televised brain freeze. In an appearance on the Late Show with ...

Perry laughs off debate gaffe on morning shows

November 10, 2011 BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.-Texas Gov. Rick Perry just wants everyone to know he's human. After an embarrassing gaffe at Wednesday night's debate in Rochester, Mich., in which Perry couldn't name a third federal agency he would eliminate -- it was the Energy Department, by the way -- the governor launched a ...

SEC using new enforcement powers to probe trading before U.S. credit downgrade

August 12, 2011 Seeking to flex its oversight muscle that was strengthened by the Dodd-Frank law last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission has asked Standard & Poor's to disclose which people in the credit-rating agency knew about its decision to downgrade U.S. debt, the Financial Times reported. The government agency is beginning ...