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Rick Perry's Faith: Story of Personal Turmoil Still Largely Unexplained

Jon Ward | December 6, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- "He never talks about his faith," Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner said of the Texas governor earlier this year. Miner's statement is not entirely true. Perry has spoken in some detail this year, before and after becoming a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, about...

Rick Perry's Faith: Story of Personal Turmoil Still Largely Unexplained

Jon Ward | December 6, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- "He never talks about his faith," Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner said of the Texas governor earlier this year. Miner's statement is not entirely true. Perry has spoken in some detail this year, before and after becoming a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, about...

Rick Perry's Texas Media Strategy Falls Flat On National Stage

Jon Ward | December 6, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his top aides entered the Republican presidential primary with a set of beliefs about how changes in the electorate and in media have radically altered how a politician can communicate and shape a campaign. Reality bites. The Perry campaign's outlook in its first...

Chris Christie's Long Moment In The Sun A Boon For New Jersey GOP

Jon Ward | December 4, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Chris Christie loves the spotlight. The New Jersey governor ended a year's worth of speculation about whether he'd run for president with a marathon press conference where he took roughly 50 minutes to explain his decision. "I had an obligation to seriously consider what people were asking me...

Ed Goeas, Andy Parrish Leave Michele Bachmann 2012 Campaign

Jon Ward | December 3, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Long-time Republican pollster Ed Goeas is leaving Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn) presidential campaign, The Huffington Post has learned. Goeas, who has served as an adviser to Bachmann, will consult with the campaign for two more weeks before ending his involvement, he said in a phone interview.

Rick Perry Signed 2007 Mandate Requiring 30 Minutes Of Daily Exercise For Texas Students

Jon Ward | December 3, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON - Rick Perry is big on exercise. And in 2007, he decided Texas public school students should be, too. On Aug. 30, 2007, the Texas governor mandated 30 minutes of exercise a day for students, signing a bill that required each student to engage in "moderate or...

Super PACs Give Potential Late 2012 Entrants, Like Chris Christie, Time To Decide

Jon Ward | November 28, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- A potential candidate who waits too long to launch a presidential run will be too far behind in the race to raise the necessary dollars -- at least, that's been the conventional thinking about presidential campaigns over the past decade. But this election cycle has changed that thinking...

Super PACs Give Potential Late 2012 Entrants, Like Chris Christie, Time To Decide

Jon Ward | November 28, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- A potential candidate who waits too long to launch a presidential run will be too far behind in the race to raise the necessary dollars -- at least, that's been the conventional thinking about presidential campaigns over the past decade. But this election cycle has changed that thinking...

Chris Christie Contrasts Himself With Obama In Audition For Presidential Run (VIDEO)

Jon Ward | November 27, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all but announced himself as the next coming of Ronald Reagan and cast President Obama as Jimmy Carter in a speech Tuesday night that will only inflame speculation that the Republican plans to run for president. Christie's long-planned speech at the Ronald Reagan...

Perry Attacks On Romney Book Changes Are Misleading But Effective

Jon Ward | November 26, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry has finally found a consistent line of attack against Mitt Romney. The Texas governor's presidential campaign has gone after Romney repeatedly over the past few days for changes the former Massachusetts governor made to his 2010 book, "No Apology." In particular,...

Perry Attacks On Romney Book Changes Are Misleading But Effective

Jon Ward | November 26, 2011 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Rick Perry has finally found a consistent line of attack against Mitt Romney. The Texas governor's presidential campaign has gone after Romney repeatedly over the past few days for changes the former Massachusetts governor made to his 2010 book, "No Apology." In particular,...

Lenny Curry, New Florida GOP Chairman: Electability 'Matters' In Presidential Primary (VIDEO)

Jon Ward | November 25, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO -- The new chairman of the Florida Republican Party said voters in the Sunshine state are paying close attention to which GOP presidential nominee has the best shot of beating President Obama, and that electability is a top criteria in picking a candidate. "It matters. Republicans, Independents and frustrated...

Lenny Curry, New Florida GOP Chairman: Electability 'Matters' In Presidential Primary (VIDEO)

Jon Ward | November 25, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO -- The new chairman of the Florida Republican Party said voters in the Sunshine state are paying close attention to which GOP presidential nominee has the best shot of beating President Obama, and that electability is a top criteria in picking a candidate. "It matters. Republicans, Independents and frustrated...

Florida Republicans Express Concern, Anger About Rick Perry's 2012 Candidacy

Jon Ward | November 24, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO - Ken Johnson came here to see Texas Gov. Rick Perry speak to Republican activists Saturday morning for one reason. "It's a free breakfast," said Johnson, a 63-year old general contractor, as he ate scrambled eggs and sausage paid for by Perry's presidential campaign. Johnson, who is on the...

CPAC Florida: Al Cardenas Talks Romney, Perry (VIDEO)

Jon Ward | November 23, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO -- Al Cardenas, a veteran Republican official who chairs the group hosting the massive conservative conference here Friday, said Texas Gov. Rick Perry has demonstrated he has "strikeout potential" with his multiple gaffes in his first three debates as a presidential candidate. Still, he said Perry is down, but...

Rick Perry's Sudden Fall Due To Unforced Errors

Jon Ward | November 23, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO – How did Rick Perry get here? Just a few weeks ago, the Texas governor was taking the Republican presidential primary by storm, but his star has fallen rapidly over the course of his first three debates. On Thursday night, it came crashing down. Conservatives flocked to the...

Rick Perry's Sudden Fall Due To Unforced Errors

Jon Ward | November 23, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO – How did Rick Perry get here? Just a few weeks ago, the Texas governor was taking the Republican presidential primary by storm, but his star has fallen rapidly over the course of his first three debates. On Thursday night, it came crashing down. Conservatives flocked to the...

FreedomWorks Suggests Tea Party Opposition To Romney Is Softening (VIDEO)

Jon Ward | November 23, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO -- The head of an influential Tea Party group that has been outspoken against Mitt Romney signaled Friday that their opposition to the former Massachusetts governor is softening as Rick Perry falters. "Romney has an opportunity to rehabilitate himself," Matt Kibbe, chairman and CEO of FreedomWorks, told The Huffington...

Mitt Romney Continues To Hammer Perry On Immigration Post-Debate

Jon Ward | November 23, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO -- Mitt Romney has done one thing very well since Rick Perry entered the race. Romney's campaign has hit Perry hard before the debates, Romney has performed well in the debates and knocked Perry around some and then, after the debate, Romney has continued punching but kept his message...

Rick Perry Blindsided Again In Debate On Immigration, Rick Santorum Has Big Night

Jon Ward | November 22, 2011 | Politics
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Once again, Rick Perry got blindsided. The Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate, as in his first two debates, started off with pep in his step, trading barbs with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and giving as good as he got. Yet once again, he came...
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