Posts Tagged ‘Rick Perry’

Rick Perry’s Debate Performance Sours Tea Party Members

After another shaky debate performance by Governor Rick Perry in last night’s Google/Fox News debate, Tea Party activists are left disillusioned and wondering if they will end up with a candidate who actually represents their views.

Perry was supposed to be the person who could bring together the various factions in the GOP, but now that conservatives are getting to know the Governor, they aren’t liking what they see. Perry’s liberal position on immigration, in-state tuition for illegal aliens, combined with his support of a state’s right to mandate health insurance purchases (as a condition of being a citizen), could sink his chances. Many Tea Party activists have already abandoned Perry.

With Fox News and the Republican establishment fully behind Mitt Romney, it looks like the GOP might nominate another progressive neocon, ala John McCain. That really didn’t work out to well the last time around and resulted in the election of a radical progressive president, worse than Jimmy Carter.

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Tea Party Opposes Rick Perry On Immigration, Gardasil and State Mandates

The bloom is off the rose when it comes to the Tea Party movement’s view of presidential candidate Rick Perry. In a weak showing during CNN’s Tea Party sponsored debate, Governor Perry seemed unprepared for many of the questions posed by members of Tea Party groups from across the nation.

The Texas Governor was deliberate when answering questions in the debate, but he seemed confused and ill prepared at times. When attacked for mandating HPV vaccines for adolescent school children. Perry admitted he should have approached it differently but he wasn’t very forceful in debunking the mandate charge. There was an “opt-out” option so in reality, the Governor wasn’t forcing anyone to do anything. Perry seemed unable or unwilling to drive home that point.

The Appearance of Cronyism
Michele Bachmann noted that Governor Perry’s former chief of staff was the chief lobbyist for Merck, the drug company behind Gardasil, the same company who donated $30,000 dollars to Perry’s campaign. The optics look bad for Perry and he didn’t help matters when he responded by saying the had only taken $5000 from Merck and was offended that anyone would think he could be bought for $5k. Of course, that raises the question; How much could he have been bought for?

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Jim DeMint’s Labor Day Freedom Forum Steaming Live @3:00pm

Columbia, SC – The Advisory Committee of the American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum announced today that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will participate in the upcoming Labor Day event in Columbia, SC. Romney joins a group of five previously confirmed GOP candidates: Minnesota U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann, Businessman Herman Cain, Former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich, Texas U. S. Representative Ron Paul, and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

“Having full participation from all declared candidates who qualified for the forum proves once again how critical South Carolina is in choosing the next president. This forum will provide a unique opportunity for candidates to discuss their commitment to America’s first principles and how we can move our country forward again,” said Sen. Jim DeMint.

The American Principles Project Palmetto Freedom Forum will follow a unique format, designed to allow invited candidates to engage in a thoughtful, substantive discussion of their stances on critical issues facing our country. Candidates will be on the stage one-at-a-time and will participate in a question and answer session with three panelists: U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), U.S. Representative Steve King (R-IA), and Dr. Robert P. George, founder of the American Principles Project and McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. The event will be moderated by David Stanton, a veteran of South Carolina presidential events and a well-known, respected former local news anchor.

This forum is being sponsored by the American Principles Project and will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina on September 5th at 3pm. It is an invitation-only ticketed event, but South Carolina Educational Television has agreed to broadcast the event live, statewide on their South Carolina Channel. link

Television Coverage:
CNN – Live at 3 PM EST
SCETV World Channel: 3PM EST
SCETV South Carolina Channel: 8PM EST

Online Stream:
Townhall: http://www.townhall.com 3PM EST
CNN: http://www.cnn.com/live 3PM EST

Update: Rick Perry Cancels Freedom Forum Appearance

Gov. Rick Perry, who canceled a planned campaign appearance at South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum today in order to better manage the fast-moving fires on the ground in Texas. link