Campaign Recap August 15, 2011: Ames Iowa GOP Debate & Straw Poll — Texas Gov. Rick Perry Announces Presidential Bid While Tim Pawlenty Withdraws

CAMPAIGN 2012

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger to be published by Facts on File, Inc. in late 2011.

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

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Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced his candidacy for president at the RedState Gathering, a meeting of conservative activists, in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday.

STATS & POLLS

Republican Presidential Candidates: Primaries 2012 — NYT

Democratic Nominee 2012: President Barack Obama’s Official Reelection Campaign Website — BarackObama.com

Republican National Committee

Democratic National Committee

  • Gallup Poll: Election 2012 — Track GOP Contender’s Images Week by Week — Generic Ballot Gallup
  • Gallup: Presidential Job Approval Gallup
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval: Each result is based on a three-day rolling average Gallup
  • Poll Watch: Polls and Related Articles From The New York Times NYT
  • Top tier emerges as GOP nomination race enters a defining phase: With Rick Perry declaring his candidacy and Michele Bachmann winning the Iowa straw poll, the two go head-to-head for the GOP’s social and religious conservatives and against establishment front-runner Mitt Romney…. – LAT, 8-15-11

QUOTES & SPEECHES

    • AP Interview: Perry calls jobs record a big plus: Texas Gov. Rick Perry contended Monday he has the best economic record and executive experience in government of any Republican presidential candidate, contrasting his credentials with those of his top two rivals, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann…. – AP, 8-15-11

“I respect all the other candidates in the field but there is no one that can stand toe-to-toe with us.”

“There’s plenty of time to look at his four years in Massachusetts and my 10 years in Texas.”

“Trying to compare the job creation and the numbers of jobs with any other state is just not an apples-to-apples comparison.”

“I was in the private sector for 13 years after I left the Air Force. I wasn’t on Wall Street. I wasn’t working at Bain Capital. But the principles of the free market, they work whether you’re in a farm field in Iowa or whether you’re on Wall Street.”

“It’s a fair comparison. Understanding how that process works, but more importantly making that process work, of which we have done in Texas, is inarguably better than … anyone who is aspiring to be the president.”

“I’m going to talk about the economy; don’t get any ideas that I’m going to run away from my faith or my beliefs.”

QUOTES & SPEECHES

Mitt Romney: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts mittromney.com

Rick Perry: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts rickperry.org

Ron Paul: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts ronpaul2012.com

Herman Cain: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts hermancain.com

Michele Bachmann: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts michelebachmann.com

Newt Gingrich: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts newt.org

Jon Huntsman: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts jon2012.com

Rick Santorum: Speeches & News — Full Text & Transcripts ricksantorum.com

The Ames Republican debate transcript: Everything they said that you missed — LAT, 8-13-11

“In Iowa we have successfully maintained the chain of liberty for 150 years my family has lived in Iowa. I’m the seventh-generation Iowan. And every generation has successfully handed the torch of liberty to the next. It’s as though we have forged a chain-link of liberty, and every generation has successfully kept the chain going. And now it’s our chance, here in Iowa. We get to forge that next chain on the link of liberty.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

“I want to say on television what I said to you personally, I sincerely apologize, I didn’t mean to do it.” — Chris Wallace, Host “Fox News Sunda.”
“All is forgiven, we move forward, so we’re good to go.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

“It is time to get America working again, to get citizens – to get our citizens working in good jobs and getting the government to working for the people again.” — Gov. Rick Perry

“Page 1 of any economic plan to get America working is to give a pink slip to the current resident in the White House. The president of the United States has a pen. It’s called a veto pen. And I will use it until the ink runs out if that’s what it takes.” — Gov. Rick Perry in Waterloo, Iowa

“The American people now, by a large majority, are saying we have been overseas too long. We don’t need an American empire. We need to protect our borders and forget about the borders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s time to bring the troops home. All we have to do is restore the belief in freedom, restore the belief in what made America great, restore our conviction that the Constitution works.” — Rep. Ron Paul of Texas in his speech at the Iowa straw poll

“Obviously that message didn’t get the kind of traction or lift that we needed and hoped for coming into and out of the Ames Straw Poll. We needed to get some lift to continue on and to have a pathway forward. That didn’t happen. So I’m announcing this morning on your show that I’m going to be ending my campaign for president.
All of them are going to be tested, and somebody who can thrive in this process will have their mettle tested, and they’ll be improved. And so a lot of times you see candidates start out weaker, they get stronger over time, or start out strong and fall by the wayside. So we just don’t know.” — Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, dropped his presidential bid in an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” program hosted by Jack Tapper

“Tim Pawlenty and his entire team ran an honorable campaign. I admire his accomplishments as a two-term governor with a record of results for his state. I consider him a friend and I know he has a bright future ahead of him as a leader in the Republican Party.” — Mitt Romney

“Tim Pawlenty is an accomplished governor, a proud conservative and someone of tremendous character. Our families became close while we were serving together as governors and we are honored to call the Pawlentys dear friends. I know this wasn’t an easy decision for Tim and Mary, and I wish them nothing but the best. Tim should be proud that he brought to this race ambitious solutions to turn around our nation’s economy and to tackle debt and spending. I hope that all of his supporters continue to stay engaged in this defining election and work with us to ensure that our party wins in November.” — Jon M. Huntsman Jr.

“Tim Pawlenty is a good friend and colleague who I have worked closely with over the years, including visiting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a governor, Tim stuck to conservative principles despite leading a blue state like Minnesota. He and Mary are true patriots who are committed to our country, and ran an honorable campaign that reflected their integrity. Governor Pawlenty’s common-sense conservative voice will remain prominent and influential as we work to beat President Obama in 2012 and get America working again.” — Gov. Rick Perry

“This morning I spoke with Governor Pawlenty to express my respect and admiration for him, and to wish him and his family well. Running for the presidency requires enormous self-sacrifice. Governor Pawlenty brought an important voice and ideas to the campaign, and he served the people of Minnesota and our country well. Our party and our country are better as a result of his service and commitment.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

    • GOP candidates slam Obama on US credit downgrade: The 2012 Republican presidential contenders have roundly criticized President Barack Obama for economic policies they contend helped drive the downgrade of U.S. credit by a major ratings agency…. – AP, 8-9-11

“Markets will rise and fall, but this is the United States of America. No matter what some agency may say, we’ve always been and always will be a triple-A country.” — President Obama said at the White House.

“Stop attacking, take responsibility and lead.” — Mitt Romney

“These problems have been percolating for a lot of years — both parties have to take some blame — but it’s also true that President Obama has made them exponentially worse.” — Tim Pawlenty said at an event in Ames

“You look at where the marketplace is today, you look at our downgrade, you look at all the economic woes that every American family has seen play out over the past little while. We’ve done this to ourselves and it’s time to reverse this business-unfriendly attitude of the past 2½ years.” — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman

IN FOCUS: THE AMES IOWA GOP/REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE

    • FACT CHECK: Republican debate strains some facts: Michele Bachmann cast her opinion as a settled fact when she told the Republican presidential debate Thursday that a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. And Mitt Romney danced around an attempt to learn why he stayed largely mum on the epic debt limit standoff between Obama and Congress. The first big GOP debate of the primary season brought viewers a flurry of claims and counterclaims, not all built on solid ground…. – AP, 8-12-11

The Ames Republican debate transcript: Everything they said that you missed — LAT, 8-13-11

Ames presidential debate: Winners and losers: The Washinton Post names Romney, Bachmann and Paul were among the winners.

BACHMANN: Spoke of “the unconstitutional individual mandate” several times, a reference to a requirement for people to carry health insurance, a central element of the 2010 federal health care law.
THE FACTS: Nothing is unconstitutional until courts declare it to be so.

TIM PAWLENTY: “To correct you, I have not questioned Congresswoman Bachmann’s headaches.”
THE FACTS: Pawlenty was hardly dismissive when news came out about Bachmann’s history of severe headaches, even if he did not go after her directly on the matter.

ROMNEY: on the last-minute deal to avert a national debt default: “I’m not going to eat Barack Obama’s dog food, all right? What he served up was not what I would have done if I’d had been president of the United States.”
THE FACTS: Romney was defending himself against criticism that he took a pass when political leadership was most needed in the mighty struggle to negotiate an agreement to raise the debt ceiling.

RICK SANTORUM: “The problem is that we have spending that has exploded. The government’s averaged 18 percent of GDP as the percentage of the overall economy. … And we’re now at almost 25 percent. Revenues are down about 2 or 3 percent. So if you look at where the problem is, the problem is in spending, not taxes.”
THE FACTS: The former Pennsylvania senator might have been mixing statistics on federal spending with federal revenue.

BACHMANN to PAWLENTY: “You said the era of small government was over. That sounds an awful lot like Barack Obama if you ask me.”
THE FACTS: Pawlenty did not declare the era of small government over. (Neither has Obama.)

“If that’s your record of results, please stop, because you’re killing us. Leading and failing is not the objective.” — Gov. Tim Pawlenty

“I believe you can get money wrong, but you can’t get life wrong. It was a choice. The governor put us in that box and I chose to protect human life.” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

    • Bachmann, Pawlenty challenge each other in debate: Fellow Minnesotans Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann directly challenged each other during Thursday’s GOP debate in Iowa, with Pawlenty calling her a failure and Bachmann likening her Republican competitor to President Barack Obama…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • GOP debate opens with economic questions: Republican front-runner Mitt Romney says he would have supported a plan by congressional Republicans to cut spending and force a vote on a federal balanced budget amendment to address the nation’s debt crisis…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • “I’m not going to eat Barack Obama’s dog food. What he served up is not what I would have done if I’d had been president of the United States.” — Mitt Romney

“She said she’s got a titanium spine. It’s not her spine we’re worried about. It’s her record of results. If that’s your view of effective leadership with results, please stop, because you’re killing us.” — Tim Pawlenty

“Iran is not Iceland, Ron. Iran is a country that has been at war with us since 1979. Iran is a country that has killed more American men and women in uniform in Iraq and Afghanistan than the Iraqis and [Afghans] have.” — Rick Santorum

  • GOP Debate: Live Blog of Republican Face-off in Iowa — ABC News, 8-11-11
  • 7 Best Moments from the GOP Debate: Bachmann and Pawlenty drop the gloves, Herman Cain talks religion, and Rick Santorum decries the oppression of gays—in Iran. Watch the best moments from the GOP debate…. – The Daily Beast, 8-12-11
  • FACT CHECK: Republican debate strains some facts: Michele Bachmann cast her opinion as a settled fact when she told the Republican presidential debate Thursday that a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. And Mitt Romney danced around an attempt to learn why he stayed largely mum on the epic debt limit standoff between Obama and Congress.
    The first big GOP debate of the primary season brought viewers a flurry of claims and counterclaims, not all built on solid ground.
    A look at some of those claims and how they compare with the facts…. – AP, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate: Hitting hard at each other and Obama: Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.
    Their efforts were newly complicated by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who stole some of the spotlight from afar by making it known hours before the debate that he was running for the GOP nomination.
    Romney, a multimillionaire businessman who casts himself as a jobs creator, made his own stir earlier in the day when, at the Iowa State Fair, he declared that “corporations are people,” drawing ridicule from Democrats…. – AP, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate: Romney skates amid Pawlenty, Bachmann slugfest: The Republican presidential debate here Thursday night went about as well as Mitt Romney could have asked for. Despite being the frontrunner for the nomination, Romney largely avoided the slings and arrows of his rivals. … – CBS News, 8-11-11
  • Pawlenty, Bachmann Square Off Ahead of Iowa Straw Poll: “Minnesota nice” went out the window Thursday when former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann took each other on directly in a manner that clearly suggested each one sees the other as their main obstacle to a strong showing at the Iowa Straw Poll on Saturday…. – PBS Newshour, 8-11-11
  • GOP candidates debate in Ames, Iowa: Presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney steers clear of the toughest exchanges as midtier Republican presidential hopefuls like Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty spar ahead of Saturday’s straw poll…. – LAT, 8-11-11
  • Republican Presidential Hopefuls Gather for Debate Before Iowa Straw Poll: Republican presidential rivals went on the attack in a nationally televised debate yesterday, shedding the politeness marking previous forums as they squared off in Iowa before a weekend … – Bloomberg, 8-11-11
  • GOP debate kicks campaign into new phase: For most of the year, the Republican presidential race has been a listless affair. That changed suddenly Thursday night during a raucous debate that produced the sharpest exchanges of the campaign and signaled a new and more intense phase … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Welcome to the race, Rick! Other candidates tweak absent Perry at Iowa debate: Rick Perry wasn’t on the stage in Ames, Iowa tonight, but he was on the minds — and tongues — of the other Republican … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann exchange blows at Republican debate: The simmering rivalry between Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann erupted at Thursday night’s Republican primary debate here, transforming Iowa’s first 2012 forum into a full-blown slugfest.
    The Minnesota duo have been in a low-grade tug of war for months over the affections of Iowa conservatives. With a crucial test looming for both at the Ames straw poll this Saturday, the Pawlenty-Bachmann rivalry turned so intense that it threatened to crowd out the other candidates completely.
    The charges were familiar: Pawlenty once again called Bachmann’s accomplishments “nonexistent.” Bachmann wielded well-worn attacks on Pawlenty tenure as governor…. – Politico, 8-11-11
  • Bachmann asked whether wives should be submissive: The Bible tells wives to be submissive to their husbands. If she were president, would that apply to Michele Bachmann? In Thursday’s Republican debate in Iowa, the Minnesota congresswoman was asked if she would be submissive to her husband… – AP, 8-11-11
  • Waiting for Bachmann: The debate just came back from the first-hour commercial break, with one podium empty. “Are we actually missing a candidate on the stage?” sked Bret Baier. “We are. Congresswoman Bachmann.” Continue Reading She walked back a minute later…. – Politico, 8-11-11
  • Fighting for Iowa: With Rick Perry on the verge of entering the presidential contest, there seem for now to be three slots: Romney’s fragile, electable machine; Perry’s conservative challenge; and — at most — one more. Michele Bachmann’s grassroots populism is the most … – Politico, 8-11-11
  • The Gloves Come Off at Iowa Debate: Fox News anchors are testing the microphones. Reporters have assembled in a cavernous room with hundreds of folding tables and chairs. Senior aides to the candidates are finishing up their efforts at pre-debate spin.
    Television viewers will tune in to Thursday night’s debate promptly at 9 Eastern time, but the highly orchestrated media event began several hours ago.
    Fox News and the Iowa Republican Party are hosting the third Republican debate of this campaign season at Stephens Auditorium on the grounds of Iowa State University. The reporters — hundreds have been issued credentials — are at the next-door Hilton Coliseum…. – NYT, 8-11-11

IN FOCUS: FORMER MINNESOTA GOVERNOR TIM PAWLENTY ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID

    • Pawlenty ends 2012 GOP bid: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Sunday morning that he is stepping out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll.
      “We cannot envision a path forward to victory and so therefore we made a decision to end the campaign,” he said in an early-morning conference call to supporters.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty Quitting Repubican Presidential Race: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor Minnesota, dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential race on Sunday.
Mr. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce later in the day that he was ending his campaign after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday. The poll was a test of organizational strength and popularity in the state whose caucuses lead off the nomination fight.
Mr. Pawlenty had struggled to gain traction in Iowa, a state he had said he must win, after laying the groundwork for a campaign for nearly two years. He’s been eclipsed in polls in recent months by his Minnesota rival, Representative Michele Bachmann. She topped the straw poll on Saturday…. – NYT, 8-14-11

“We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward and that didn’t happen, so I’m announcing on your show that I’m ending my campaign for president.
I wish it would have been different, but obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist, so we’re going to end the campaign.
I’m doing this because I love this country and I want to defeat Barack Obama because I think he’s got it on the wrong course, but I don’t get my identity or my sense of worth or my values or my faith from politics. I get it from my personal faith in God, and I believe in this country, I love this country, I thought I would have been a great president.
Obviously, we had some success raising money, but we needed to continue that, and Ames was a benchmark for that. And if we didn’t do well in Ames, we weren’t going to have the fuel to keep the car going down the road. But also, there’s a lot of other choices in the race. And for me, what I brought forward I thought was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.” — Tim Pawlenty announcing he is ending Presidential bid on ABC’s “This Week” with Jack Tapper

  • Pawlenty Drops Out of Republican Race: Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for president on Sunday morning, saying his disappointing performance in Iowa’s straw poll convinced him that his campaign had run its course…. – NYT, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty Drops 2012 Presidential Bid: Tim Pawlenty announced an end to his presidential candidacy Sunday after what he called a “disappointing” third place finish in the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. The former Minnesota governor said he had hoped to get a jolt from the preference poll… – Fox News, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty ends presidential campaign: Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty said today he will end his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Pawlenty informed his supporters in a conference call and then announced his decision on ABC’s This Week. … – USA Today, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty to quit 2012 presidential race: Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty is ending his bid for the Republican nomination for president, he told about 75 supporters on an early morning conference call from Iowa on Sunday…. – WaPo, 8-14-11
  • Republican Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid: The former governor of Minnesota ends his bid for the GOP nomination after a disapppointing third place finish in the Iowa Straw Poll…. – LAT, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty Exits 2012 Presidential Race After Poor Iowa Showing: Tim Pawlenty made headlines Sunday but not the sort he was hoping to. He announced on ABC News This Week that he has dropped out of the hunt for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination after coming in a disappointing third in the Iowa’s Ames Straw Poll…. – NPR (blog), 8-14-11
  • Cain: Pawlenty ‘doubleddown’ in Iowa: GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain said former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty put a huge effort into a strong showing in Saturday’s Iowa straw poll and lost that gamble. Pawlenty pulled out of the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination…. – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Former Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty drops out of GOP presidential race; finished 3rd: Hours after finishing third at the Iowa straw poll, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is quitting the GOP presidential race. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would formally announce he’s withdrawing … New York Daily News, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty: No fuel for the car: Martin and Cogan report: After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames Straw Poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday. “We needed to get some lift to continue on and have a pathway forward and that didn’t happen.”… – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty leaving presidential race: After spending much of his money to finish a distant third in the Ames straw poll, Tim Pawlenty ended his presidential bid Sunday. Pawlenty revealed his decision on an early morning conference call with supporters, an aide told POLITICO…. – Politico, 8-14-11
  • Tim Pawlenty dropping out of presidential race: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty speaks during a town hall meeting Monday, May 23, 2011, at the State of Iowa Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is dropping out of the presidential race, sources told…. – CBS News, 8-14-11
  • Pawlenty Withdraws From Race: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has dropped out of the 2012 race for president, according to the Associated Press. Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce on ABC’s “This Week”… – AP, 8-14-11

IN FOCUS: REP. MICHELE BACHMANN WINS IOWA AMES STRAW POLL

Michele Bachmann wins Ames Straw Poll: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) won the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa on Saturday. The straw poll is a key test of organizational strength in the race to run against President Obama, although its winner has not necessarily gone on to win the Iowa caucus or the Republican presidential nomination. Those candidates who underperform in the contest, however, have sometimes dropped out of the primary race soon after competing.

“I want to thank the people of Iowa for this tremendous victory. Together we sent a message that we intend to make President Obama a one-term president. The Iowa Straw Poll was a important first step in what will be a long race for the presidency. Now we turn our attention toward winning the Iowa Caucuses and taking our message of reining in wasteful spending, keeping taxes low, growing our economy and creating jobs to the people of New Hampshire, South Carolina and all 50 states.” Rep. Michele Bachmann following the announcement of her victory

“It is time to get America working again. That’s why, with the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today my candidacy for president of the United States.” — Texas Governor Rick Perry

Ames Straw Poll Results:
Michele Bachmann: 4,823
Ron Paul: 4,671
Tim Pawlenty: 2,293
Rick Santorum: 1657
Herman Cain: 1456
Rick Perry: 718
Mitt Romney: 567

Representative Michele Bachmann Tops Iowa Straw Poll: Michele Bachmann’s high-intensity, Tea Party-inspired critique of President Obama propelled her to a first-place finish in the straw poll in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, giving her presidential campaign a boost as the field of rivals expanded to include Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. Mrs. Bachmann bested an incomplete collection of her presidential rivals in a nonbinding, early test of political organization in the state that will hold the first presidential voting early next year.
Representative Ron Paul of Texas came in second on the strength of his appeals for radically smaller government, a pullout of troops from American wars and stronger efforts to reduce the country’s debt.
Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, came in a distant third after struggling for weeks to create the kind of political buzz that could provide momentum for his candidacy…. – NYT, 8-13-11

  • Bachmann Victorious in Iowa Straw Poll; Paul Places Second: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took her surging candidacy to a new level by taking first place in the straw poll with 4,823 votes. Texas Rep. Ron Paul came in a very close second with 4,671 votes. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty placed a distant third with 2,293 votes…. – PBS Newshour, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann talks like a front-runner: ‘It’s on to all 50 states’: Newly minted Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann is already sounding like a front-runner – saying her win is the “first step” on the road to the White House…. – CNN, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll as Perry looms: Michele Bachmann captured the famed Iowa straw poll in Ames Saturday, reaching a high-profile benchmark in her meteoric rise to a top-tier presidential candidate…. – LAT, 8-13-11
  • Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll as Perry jumps in: Bachmann narrowly won the Iowa straw poll in a contest that dealt a major setback to third- place finisher Tim Pawlenty. The events of Saturday marked the opening of an accelerating chapter in a 2012 GOP campaign that has been slow to take shape…. – WaPO, 8-13-11
  • Iowa’s Straw Poll Suicide: Ames Now Irrelevant: With Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul leading the Ames Straw Poll and Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum and Herman Cain next — ahead of Rick Perry and Mitt Romney — only the local buttermilk cows should be holding their heads high…. – The Atlantic, 8-13-11
  • ‘History was made’: Agile internet fundraiser Michele Bachmann, within two hours of her win, sent a fundraising email to her list off the fact that “history was made today in Iowa” at the Ames Straw Poll. The historic element was that she was the first woman ever to win…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry overshadows Bachmann’s Iowa victory: As the Texas governor makes a fiery entry into the Republican race, the Minnesota congresswoman narrowly defeats Ron Paul to win the Ames straw poll. Tim Pawlenty places a distant third…. – LAT, 8-13-11
  • Ames bragging rights: Perry edges Mitt: Neither was competing in Iowa, but Rick Perry won an in-your-face victory of sorts over Mitt Romney Saturday: The Texas governor bested the nominal frontrunner by 151 votes in the Ames Straw Poll…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry, Bachmann galvanize Republicans in US race: Popular Texas Governor Rick Perry hurdled into the forefront of the Republican White House race, overshadowing Tea Party darling Michele Bachmann’s victory in a telling early poll…. – AFP, 8-13-11
  • ‘Hi, y’all!’: Texas Gov. Rick Perry hits N.H. running in GOP prez bid: Texas Gov. Rick Perry brought a little Lone Star swagger to New Hampshire this evening, promising he’d boost jobs nationwide if voters send him to the White House, as he officially entered the already crowded Republican Presidential campaign…. – Boston Herald, 8-13-11
  • Rick Perry arrives to excited crowd in New Hampshire: Rick Perry touched down in New Hampshire late Saturday for his first official campaign stop, hours after kicking off his presidential campaign, and fielded questions from the delighted crowd at a house party with ease…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Perry Releases New Campaign Video: On the heels of his official presidential announcement, Rick Perry has unveiled a new, two-minute campaign video. The biographical video describes the governor of Texas as “America’s jobs governor.”… – NYT, 8-13-11
  • Iowa GOP straw poll: The power of not being there: This year’s Iowa Republican straw poll was largely defined by the man who wasn’t there, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Inside the Hilton Coliseum on Saturday, one candidate after another vowed to make Barack Obama a one-term president…. – Kansas City Star, 8-13-11
  • Sarah Palin casts shadow over Rick Perry, Iowa Straw Poll: The biggest draw at the Iowa State Fair on Friday wasn’t the butter cow. It was a human magnet named Sarah Palin…. – Sacramento Bee, 8-13-11
  • Iowa straw poll wins rarely lead to big time: It was a big day in Iowa for people who will not be president. Michele Bachmann crushed at the Ames straw poll, and Ron Paul came in a strong second. If history is any guide, that means neither candidate will make it to the White House. The man who many Republicans think will win the nomination was half a country away. In South Carolina, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he is running for president.
    The two poles of energy in the Republican race highlighted the tension that faces the party: between sending a message to Washington and sending a candidate who can win an election. All parties face this tension, but it is particularly acute for the Republican Party at the moment. President Barack Obama is weak, which means a Republican candidate could appeal to independents who have soured on Obama. At the same time, Tea Party activists–who give the party its power and energy and who have reshaped politics in Washington–alienate those same independent voters…. – CBS News, 8-13-11

IN FOCUS: TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY ANNOUNCES HE IS RUNNING FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

Rick Perry launches his 2012 presidential bid: Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially declared his presidential candidacy Saturday, telling a crowd in the key primary state of South Carolina that he will run for the nomination to challenge President Obama in 2012.
“I do not accept the path that America is on…Because a renewed nation needs a renewed president. It is time to get America working again,” Perry told the cheering crowd. “I declare to you today as a candidate for president of the United States of America.”
Perry formally announced his intentions to attendees of a conference run by the conservative blog RedState.
Perry’s speech, coming on the same day Republicans in Ames, Iowa cast the first votes of the GOP nomination contest, is the start of a campaign launch that includes a stop in New Hampshire later Saturday and then several days of events in the Hawkeye State starting Sunday.

“I came to South Carolina because I will not sit back and accept the path that America is on, because a great country requires a better direction, because a renewed nation needs a new president…. With the support of my family and unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today as a candidate for president of the United States.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“It’s time to get America working again…. Page one of any economic plan to get American working is to give a pink slip to the current residents in the White House….
This sure doesn’t feel like a recovery. Recovery is a meaningless word if the bank has foreclosed on your home….
America is not broken, Washington, D.C. is broken….
There is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned by the sweat and toil of one of our citizens.” — Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Transcript of Gov. Perry’s announcement of presidential campaign — RickPerry.org

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    • Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry joined the 2012 GOP race for president Saturday with an announcement sure to reverberate halfway across the country as his rivals competed in Iowa for the support of party activists. “I full well believe I’m going to win.”… – AP, 8-13-11
    • Texas Governor Perry launches 2012 presidential bid: Rick Perry, the conservative governor of Texas, declared himself a candidate for president on Saturday, shaking up the race for the Republican nomination to face Democratic President Barack Obama…. – Reuters, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry Enters G.O.P. Race for President: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced Saturday that he was running for president, declaring it was “time to get America working again” as he sought to offer the Republican Party a well-rounded candidate who appeals to fiscal conservatives and can also rally the evangelical base.
      As many of his fellow candidates flooded Iowa over the weekend to woo voters at the Ames Straw Poll, Mr. Perry headed here to announce that he was seeking the nomination at the RedState Gathering, an annual convention of conservative bloggers….. Mr. Perry, 61, whose spectral presence has lingered over the Republican primary contest — he was even the topic of a question at Thursday night’s Republican debate in Iowa — officially became a candidate for the Republican nomination…. – NYT, 8-13-11
    • Election 101: 11 questions about Rick Perry and his White House bid: James Richard Perry wants to hang his cowboy hat in the White House. The Texas governor announced Saturday at a campaign stop in South Carolina that he was running for president. He was also traveling later in the day to New Hampshire, and planned a visit to Iowa…. – CS Monitor, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry joins 2012 race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in Charleston, South Carolina Saturday, scrambling the GOP field from afar on the same day Iowans were casting ballots in the Ames Straw Poll…. – Politico, 8-13-11
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry declares GOP presidential bid: Scrambling the field of Republican hopefuls vying to replace President Obama, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his bid for the White House Saturday, arguing that America could not afford four more years of Barack Obama…. – LAT, 8-13-11
    • Perry Says He’s Running for President: Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that he was running for president, a move that recasts the GOP nominating contest with the addition of a tough campaigner and proven fund-raiser to an unusually unsettled field. … – WSJ, 8-13-11
    • Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces presidential run: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking Saturday to a conservative group meeting in South Carolina, officially launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Perry stated, “It’s time to get America working again.”… – CNN, 8-13-11
    • Texas Governor announces bid for presidency: Opinion polls indicate Texas Governor Rick Perry enters the race close on the heels of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the early front-runner to win the 2012 Republican nomination…. – National Post, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry officially announces presidential bid: Texas Governor Rick Perry has announced his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination…. – CBS News, 8-13-11
    • With broad attack on Obama, Texan Rick Perry enters GOP fray: After more than a decade as his state’s longest serving governor, Texan Rick Perry moved onto the national political stage Saturday by declaring his entry into the 2012 presidential race, immediately transforming the scramble for the Republican nomination…. – Kansas City Star, 8-13-11

“Governor Perry’s economic policies are a carbon copy of the economic policies of Washington Republicans. He pledged to support the cut cap and balance plan that would preserve subsidies for oil and gas companies and tax cuts for the wealthiest while ending Medicare as we know it, eroding Social Security, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs and erasing investments in education and research and development. That’s the same approach he took in Texas, where middle class families know his economic record is no miracle – it’s a tall tale. Governor Perry allowed special interests to write their own rules, hired corporate lobbyists to oversee corporations, and cut funding for programs that would create opportunity for middle class families. In a Republican field that has already pledged allegiance to the Tea Party and failed to present any plan that will benefit the middle class or create the jobs America needs to win the future, Governor Perry offers more of the same.” — Obama Campaign

  • Barack Obama camp blasts Rick Perry’s record as ‘tall tale’: The Obama campaign is out with a tough statement on Rick Perry’s campaign launch, accusing the Texas governor of telling a “tall tale” about his record on job growth and economic expansion, and previewing a line of attack on Perry’s close relationships…. – Politico, 8-13-11
  • Rick Perry’s entry sets up a clarifying contrast: Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entry into the presidential race puts into especially sharp focus the clash of visions between Republicans and President Obama over the proper role of government.
    In Perry and the state he has led for more than a decade, Republican voters are being offered the Platonic ideal of the GOP model for economic growth — low taxes, scant regulation and limited public services…. – WaPo, 8-13-11

IN FOCUS: TEXAS GOV. RICK PERRY WILL ANNOUNCE HE IS RUNNING FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION ON SATURDAY

Texas Governor Rick Perry will officially announce that he is running for the Republican Presidential nomination on Saturday in South Carolina

“He said, ‘You’ll do what’s right.’ He said, you don’t want to wake up when you’re 70 and go, ‘I wish I had tried that. I wish I had done that.’” — Gov. Rick Perry Perry of a June conversation with former president George W. Bush

“I’ve got a record. And that record, particularly when it comes to the most important issues in this campaign, which is creating the climate of America that gives incentives to job creators to risk their capital and create jobs for our citizens, I will put that up against anybody who’s running and particularly against this President we have today, whose jobs record is abysmal.” — Gov. Rick Perry

“This country’s begging for someone to lay out a vision of hope–real hope–and get America back working again….
I’ll put that record up against anybody that’s running, either on the Republican side or the Democratic side…. If you just want to look at the track record of when Mitt was the governor of Massachusetts versus my years being the governor of Texas, mine doesn’t need any propping up….
My hope is that in four years, people can take a look at what we’ve done in Washington, D.C., and they know that I’ve made Washington, D.C. less consequential in their lives” — Rick Perry in an interview Thursday with New Hampshire television station WMUR

Q&A: Rick Perry Is Ready to Run: Rick Perry is primed to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Saturday in South Carolina. TIME’s Mark Halperin caught up with the Texas governor in Austin and asked him about his feelings on a White House run, his conservative credentials and his rumored rocky relationship with the Bushes. Lightly edited highlights from their conversation follow…. – Time, 8-11-11

Perry near top of pack in GOP nomination battle: According to a CNN/ORC International poll, 15 percent of Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP pick Perry as their first choice for their party’s nomination, just two points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who’s making his second bid for the White House. Romney’s two point margin over Perry is within the survey’s sampling error …
The survey indicates that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who is making his third bid for the White House, are at 12 percent apiece. CNN, 8-11-11

Rick Perry strong in primary, weak in general election, poll finds: Rick Perry is just 3 percentage points out of first place in the GOP presidential primary, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released this week. The national survey found Perry with 18 percent support, versus 21 percent for current front-runner Mitt Romney…. – Politico, 8-11-11

Before Declaring Rick Perry Polls 2nd: A key reason for Perry being the weakest opponent is that he’s weakest among independents.
Obama led Romney among independents by 41-35, a 6-percentage-point lead. The president led Pawlenty among the pivotal voting bloc by 49-37, a 12-point edge. Obama led Bachmann among independents by 46-34, also a 12-point advantage, and Perry by 49-30, a 19-point lead…. – McClatchy Newspapers, 8-9-11

Rick Perry May Challenge Mitt Romney’s Frontrunner Status: Texas Governor Rick Perry will seek the Republican presidential nomination. Mark Miner, Perry’s spokesman, confirmed Perry’s presidential intentions. “He will make a definitive announcement on Saturday for the race,” Miner said. However, when Perry’s spokesman was pressed to confirm the Texas Governor’s entry into the 2012 presidential race, he said “yes.”… – The State Column, 8-11-11

  • Perry to announce WH bid Saturday, reports say: Sounds like Rick Perry is still trying to take some attention from the happenings in Iowa. Hours before the big Republican debate in Ames tonight, Perry’s people are putting out the word that the Texas governor will indeed announce he is seeking the presidency in a speech at the Red State gathering in South Carolina on Saturday…. – USA Today, 8-11-11
  • CNN: Texas Gov. Rick Perry running for president: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce Saturday in South Carolina that he is running for president a Republican familiar with the plans told CNN. Previous reports had indicated that Perry would use a speech at the conservative Red State Gathering in South Carolina… – CNN, 8-11-11
  • CNN Poll: Perry Among the GOP Frontrunners: He’s not yet an official candidate, but a new CNN/ORC poll indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is among the frontrunners for the GOP nomination. The poll, coming as GOP hopefuls convene in Ames, Iowa for a pivotal debate ahead of the Iowa straw poll…. – U.S. News & World Report, 8-11-11
  • Rick Perry on running for president: ‘This is what I’m supposed to be doing’: On the same day many of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination will compete in the Iowa Straw Poll, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will officially declare his candidacy Saturday, ending weeks of speculation…. – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Texas Governor Perry to run for president: report: Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana June 18, 2011. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce on Saturday that he will run for the 2012 Republican nomination … – Reuters, 8-11-11
  • Its offical (sort of): Spokesman says Rick Perry is indeed running for president: We know this will shock you, but Rick Perry is running for president. After three months of deliberation, the Texas governor is a “go,” our Austin bureau colleague Peggy Fikac reports. Of course, it’s been the worst-kept secret in Texas for weeks. … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • Exclusive: Gov. Rick Perry’s All In: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will make “a definitive announcement that he is in the 2012 race for the presidency Saturday,” aides told Fox News. The language is significant…. – Fox News, 8-11-11
  • Perry to announce presidential run Sat.: reports: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce on Saturday in South Carolina that he is running for president, reports said Thursday. Reports cited Perry’s spokesman saying the Republican governor will seek the Republican Presidential nomination…. – CBS MarketWatch, 8-11-11
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Jumps In Presidential Race: After months of speculation and prodding by Republicans, Texas Governor Rick Perry has officially entered the 2012 race. His spokesman, Mark Miner, told the Associated Press today that Perry is running for president. Perry will deliver a speech at the Red State gathering in South Carolina… — ABC News, 8-11-11
  • Bachmann, Perry to cross paths in Iowa as Texas governor makes debut trip in Iowa: Republican Michele Bachmann isn’t ceding ground in her Iowa birthplace to possible presidential rival Rick Perry. Bachmann announced Thursday that she will appear at a GOP fundraiser in Waterloo on Sunday, the same event that … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Iowa website adds Perry to campaign tracker: IowaPolitics.com keeps a handy tally of how much time Republican presidential hopefuls have spent in the state that opens the primary season, and there’s a new face on the list: Gov. Rick Perry…. – Austin American-Statesman, 8-11-11
  • Perry: I’m ‘supposed to’ run for president: Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided he wants to be president and received advice from former President George W. Bush before reaching his conclusion, according to a new interview with TIME’s Mark Halperin…. – CNN, 8-11-11
  • Perry begins to fill in the blanks: Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is about to take the plunge into the presidential race. There are, as with any candidate who’s not well known on the national stage, multiple questions. Can he debate? Does he have some policy chops? … – WaPo, 8-11-11
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry banks on high-dollar donors: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, poised to enter the presidential race this weekend, is a fundraising powerhouse who has relied on a cadre of Republican mega-donors to collect more than $100 million for his three gubernatorial campaigns, state records show…. – USA Today, 8-11-11
  • Perry to focus on jobs: Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s set to announce his presidential bid Saturday, laid out his stance on one of the country’s top concerns: job creation. “This country’s begging for someone to lay out a vision of hope–real hope–and get … — CNN, 8-11-11
  • Perry prepares aggressive campaign in NH: While Texas Gov. Rick Perry prepares to declare his candidacy this weekend, behind the scenes his supporters are already planning an aggressive campaign schedule in the first-in-the-nation primary state. … – CNN, 8-11-11
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry to enter race for 2012 Republican nomination for President: Rick Perry’s entry into the GOP’s 2012 field is likely to reshape the contest for the nomination, experts say. Which GOP candidate would you like to see win the nomination? Texas Governor Rick Perry, a staunch conservative with a Washington outsider’s … – New York Daily News,8-11-11
  • Rick Perry’s path to the presidency: Ten steps on the road to 1600 Pennsylvania: After nearly three months of public posturing and private deliberation, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is finally a presidential candidate. A spokesman this afternoon confirmed the worst-kept secret in Texas: Perry will jump into a wide-open Republican race … – Houston Chronicle, 8-11-11
  • GOP insiders say Perry should do well in South Carolina: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will reshuffle the deck for Republican voters Saturday when he announces he is running for president during a visit to Charleston, SC “He’s the 800-pound gorilla who changes the whole makeup of the race,” said Dave Woodard, a Clemson University political scientist and sometimes Republican consultant. “There’s been such a ho-hum reaction to the (GOP) candidates so far. S.C. voters have been waiting for someone else to jump in.”… – Bellingham Herald, 8-11-11
  • 2012 campaign: Rick Perry, a Fred Thompson redux?: We all may remember (or, more likely, most of us don’t) Fred Thompson, the former senator from Tennessee who polled so well as a non-candidate that he belatedly jumped into the 2007-08 GOP primary race. Thompson’s campaign quickly stalled…. – LAT, 8-11-11

IN FOCUS: RICK PERRY INTENDS TO MAKE PRESIDENTIAL INTENTION CLEAR ON SATURDAY

Rick Perry to Make Clear That He Intends to Run for President: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is preparing to make clear his intentions to join the Republican presidential race on Saturday, two associates said, by visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire on the same day that several of his potential rivals are taking part in the Iowa Straw Poll.
Mr. Perry, who has been inching closer to declaring his candidacy for weeks, is expected to stop short of making a formal announcement. But appearing before Republican crowds in the two early-voting states was intended to clear up any lingering questions about his plans…. – NYT, 8-8-11

“With President Obama’s dismal economic record and Texas’ success in creating jobs and balancing our budget, Governor Perry continues to consider a potential run for The White House…. Stay tuned.” — Mark Miner, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry, who declined to elaborate on the timing of any announcement

“There is still a thirst for another voice to come in. They are looking for the kind of leadership he has shown in Texas, while the country has gone the other direction.” — Craig Schoenfeld, an Iowa Republican who is leading a group here called Americans for Perry, which has been signing up supporters for the governor.

    • Perry Signals Intent to Enter Race, Sending a Jolt to GOP Candidates: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas delivered a long-distance jolt to the Republican presidential campaign on Monday by signaling that he intends to join the race and visit South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, the same day his rivals are battling for survival in the Iowa Straw Poll…. — NYT, 8-8-11
    • Rick Perry to make 2012 intentions clear Saturday: Rick Perry intends to use a speech in South Carolina on Saturday to make clear that he’s running for president, POLITICO has learned.
      According to two sources familiar with the plan, the Texas governor will remove any doubt about his White House intentions during his appearance at a RedState conference in Charleston.
      It’s uncertain whether Saturday will mark a formal declaration, but Perry’s decision to disclose his intentions the same day as the Ames straw poll — and then hours later make his first trip to New Hampshire — will send shock waves through the race and upend whatever results come out of the straw poll…. – Politico, 8-8-11
    • Rick Perry to affirm plans for presidential bid: Texas’ GOP governor will probably signal his intentions Saturday in South Carolina before heading to a party in New Hampshire, another primary state. His plans will coincide with Iowa’s straw poll…. – LAT, 8-8-11

Perry expected to reveal White House plans Saturday: While a host of 2012 contenders slug it out in Ames, Iowa on Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry is expected to inch closer to a presidential run in another critical primary state. Perry expected to use his speech at the 2011 Red State Gathering in Charleston, SC to make it clear whether or not he will run for president, according to a report in Politico this afternoon. … – USA Today, 8-8-11

  • Busy schedule is clear sign of Perry’s political intentions, aides say: Gov. Rick Perry appears to be bounding toward a full-scale plunge into the 2012 presidential race with visits to two early battleground states later this week, where he is likely to tout Texas’ robust economic growth … – Fort Worth Star Telegram, 8-8-11
  • Perry prepares to launch campaign he promised wouldn’t happen: Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is now upon us. He’s going to the early primary states of South Carolina and New Hampshire on Saturday, and by the end of the day, it will be more obvious than ever that he will seek the presidency. … – Austin American-Statesman, 8-8-11
  • Politico: Perry to make clear hes running for president in S.C.: Gov. Rick Perry plans to “make clear” that he’s in the presidential race Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, when he’s due to give a long-scheduled speech to the RedState conference, Politico is reporting. Perry’s office earlier confirmed… – Houston Chronicle, 8-8-11
  • As Rick Perry Nears 2012 Campaign, His Top Adviser Plots A ‘New Playbook’ Strategy: A top adviser to Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cagey about reports that Perry will make his intentions to run for president clear at a Saturday conference in South Carolina, but an organizer of the event said he expects an announcement … – Huffington Post
  • Santorum launches pre-emptive attack against Perry: With news trickling out Monday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to join the Republican presidential field, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum isn’t wasting any time attacking his soon-to-be rival. … – CNN, 8-8-11

THE HEADLINES: WEEKLY RECAP

“I believe in a very limited role for government. But the prime reason that government exists in a free society is to protect liberty, but also to protect life. And I mean all life. You cannot have relative value for life and deal with that. We cannot play God and make those decisions. All life is precious.” — Rep. Ron Paul

“The country’s bankrupt, and nobody wanted to admit it. And when you’re bankrupt, you can’t keep spending.” Ron Paul said Thursday during a Fox News Channel debate.

    • Once a fringe candidate, Paul shaping 2012 race: Ron Paul, once seen as a fringe candidate and a nuisance to the establishment, is shaping the 2012 Republican primary by giving voice to the party’s libertarian wing and reflecting frustration with the United States’ international entanglements…. – AP, 8-14-11
    • Bachmann says she’s a proven leader: A day after winning a test poll of voters in Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann is seeking to distinguish herself from another tea party favorite and GOP presidential hopeful, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas…. – AP, 8-14-11

“I wish it would have been different. But obviously the pathway forward for me doesn’t really exist so we are going to end the campaign.
What I brought forward, I thought, was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, based on experience governing — a two-term governor of a blue state. But I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.” — Gov. Tim Pawlenty said on ABC’s “This Week” from Iowa

    • Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty dropped out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination on Sunday, hours after finishing a disappointing third in the Iowa straw poll…. – AP, 8-14-11

“We are going to make Barack Obama a one-term president… There is no doubt in my mind we are the team that can’t be beat in 2012….
This is the very first step toward taking back the White House!” — Rep. Michele Bachmann

    • Perry’s Full-Court Press to Get Donations: The Texas governor is already promising his top donors perks for a Republican National Convention that will not be held for more than a year…. – NYT, 8-14-11
    • Iowa Poll Goes to Bachmann; Paul Is Second: The results of the straw poll represented a turning point in the campaign but also underscored an uncertainty in the Republican contest to find a presidential nominee…. – NYT, 8-13-11
    • Bachmann wins GOP 2012 test vote: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann won a test vote of Iowans on Saturday, a show of popularity and organizational strength for the tea party favorite five months before the state’s caucuses kick off the GOP presidential nominating season.
      The result is the first indication of what Iowans think of the field of Republicans competing for the chance to challenge President Barack Obama next fall. But it’s hardly predictive of who will win the winter Iowa contest, much less the party nod or the White House…. – AP, 8-13-11
    • Rick Perry Officially Joins Race for President: Rick Perry’s entrance into the already crowded presidential field is expected to reconfigure the race’s dynamics, offering Republicans both a fiscal and social conservative…. – NYT, 8-13-11

“It is time to get America working again. We just got to get back to the basic truths of economic success…. I full well believe I’m going to win.
We reject this president’s unbridled fixation on taking more money out of the wallets and pocketbooks of American families and employers and giving it to a central government. I will not sit back and accept the path that America is on. Because a great country requires a better direction. Because a renewed nation needs a new president. — Gov. Rick Perry

    • 2012 GOP race jolted with straw poll, Perry entry: The 2012 Republican presidential race lurched into a new phase Saturday as Iowans weighed in for the first time on their expanding field of presidential hopefuls, picking Michele Bachmann as their top choice for the GOP nomination. Halfway across the country latecomer Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally entered the race, declaring: “America is not broken. Washington, D.C. is broken.”… – AP, 8-13-11
    • G.O.P. Candidates Jockey for Advantage Before Iowa Straw Poll: A half-dozen Republican presidential hopefuls sought attention Friday on the eve of the Iowa straw poll, a ritual that has taken on outsize meaning…. – NYT, 8-13-11
    • Pawlenty targets Obama in sharp rhetorical attack: Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty isn’t holding back on his criticism of President Barack Obama.
      The former Minnesota governor describes Obama as being “like a manure spreader in a windstorm.”… – AP, 8-13-11

“We don’t see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility….
The fact is for nearly three years President Obama has been downgrading American jobs. He’s been downgrading our standing in the world. He’s been downgrading our financial stability. He’s been downgrading our confidence, and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children. One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job. That is not a recovery. That is an economic disaster.
“I intend to compete for every vote in every state. This isn’t a strategy just to go work in a few places. I’m going to be all across this country.” — Gov. Rick Perry

    • Texas Gov. Perry jumps into 2012 Republican race: Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially joined the Republican presidential race Saturday with a full-throated promise to reduce the role of the federal government, saying his goal as president would be to make Washington “as inconsequential in your lives as I can.”
      Speaking to voters here and later in New Hampshire, the Texan cast himself as a Washington outsider who would restore fiscal responsibility at home and U.S. “exceptionalism” in the world…. – AP, 8-13-11

“We come at this campaign from the private sector, from having been a successful governor and also someone who understands the world in which we live, and I think that’s going to be important to people. You don’t wait till the very end, as Gov. Romney did, and put your finger to the wind and basically come down on the safe side politically. I don’t think that’s leadership. The presidency is about exerting leadership, and if you’re not willing to show leadership on something as important as the debt ceiling, it begs the question, When are you going to show some leadership?” — Gov. Jon Huntsman

    • Huntsman, Romney leave rest of field in Iowa: Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman had New Hampshire to themselves Friday while the rest of the field remained in Iowa and much of the attention remained focused Rick Perry’s entrance into the race.
      Though both Romney and Huntsman will be on the ballot at Saturday’s Iowa straw poll, neither has competed aggressively there. After Thursday’s debate in Ames, they quickly headed to New Hampshire, positioning themselves in front of voters and activists before Perry swoops in for the first time on Saturday…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Romney defends corporation comment in NH: Mitt Romney says his recent comment in Iowa that “corporations are people” was not a mistake.
      Speaking to reporters after a New Hampshire reception Friday night, the former Massachusetts governor said it was astonishing that President Barack Obama doesn’t feel the same way…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Enter Rick Perry, Formidable Fund-Raiser: The Texas governor has a vast network of wealthy supporters eager to bankroll his presidential ambitions…. – NYT, 8-13-11

“We cannot and must not endure four more years of rising unemployment, rising taxes, rising debt and rising energy dependence on nations that intend us harm.” — Gov. Rick Perry is to say Saturday in Charleston, S.C., according to remarks prepared for delivery.

    • Instant GOP contender: Perry announcing Saturday: Months behind other GOP candidates, Rick Perry has something most of them don’t: Buzz. The Texas governor will enter the race Saturday with splashy appearances in South Carolina and New Hampshire.
      At the same time, he is putting together what looks a lot like a traditional presidential campaign. The path he hopes will lead to the Republican nomination starts here, in the leadoff caucus state of Iowa, with a message of jobs and values as he tries to set himself apart from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Romney’s wealth endures but conflicts persist: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s personal wealth — up to $250 million — survived the nation’s economic crisis, according to figures released Friday. But his pledge to sell off interests that conflict with his GOP stances did not extend to some investments in a family charity…. – AP, 8-12-11

“There is still a whole world of work to be done in Washington, D.C., and we need to send truly fiscal conservatives to Washington to get it done.” — Gov. Rick Perry

    • Iowa test could make or break Pawlenty, Bachmann: Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann, their presidential hopes on the line, made last-minute appeals Friday along with a slew of other Republican contenders ahead of a big weekend test in Iowa that could winnow the large field of GOP candidates. But the pack was expanding, too.
      Saturday’s Iowa Straw Poll results will be the first important measure of the GOP pack — just as Texas Gov. Rick Perry officially makes it a bit larger and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin works energetically to keep her door open…. – AP, 8-12-11

“We find it troubling that the party so closely associated with basic human rights would choose a state with the lowest unionization rate in the country due to regressive policies aimed at diluting the power of workers.” — Mark Ayers, president of the building trades unit, wrote in a letter to Democratic Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    • Some unions to skip 2012 convention: About a dozen trade unions all part of the AFL-CIO’s building and construction trades unit plan to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they’re angry that it’s being held in a right-to-work state and frustrated that Democrats haven’t done enough to create jobs…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Obama adviser questions Perry’s economic successes: Part of Perry’s pitch is the Texas economy, which has fared better than most states during the nation’s economic troubles. Obama senior political adviser David Axelrod says Texas benefited from booming oil prices and increased military spending on two wars. He says, “I don’t think many people would attribute it to the leadership of the governor down there.”…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • Bachmann wants Congress back to restore credit: Rep. Michelle Bachmann says if she were president, she would immediately call Congress back to Washington with the aim of “getting this AAA credit rating back.”… – AP, 8-12-11
    • Analysis: Perry may pose biggest threat to Romney: The biggest rumblings in the Republican presidential campaign are coming from Austin, Texas — 1,000 miles from the leadoff caucus state where front-runner Mitt Romney and seven opponents squared off ahead of an important test vote this weekend. Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent word that he would join the race, casting a shadow over the debate Thursday night and threatening to upend the race…. – AP, 8-12-11
    • 8 Republican Candidates Trade Attacks in Iowa Debate: Criticism of President Obama’s record was overshadowed by a burst of incivility among the Republican presidential candidates at a debate on Thursday in Ames, Iowa…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • Republican Debate Frames Race Ahead: Six moments that offered a peek into what could be the durable narratives of the 2012 Republican nomination campaign…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • Spokesman: Gov. Rick Perry running for president: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, a move certain to shake up the race for the GOP nomination much to the delight of conservatives looking for a candidate to embrace.
      Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known on Saturday while visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire just as most of his presidential rivals compete in a test vote in Iowa…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • GOP debate: Hitting hard at each other and Obama: Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.
      Their efforts were newly complicated by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who stole some of the spotlight from afar by making it known hours before the debate that he was running for the GOP nomination…
      In the two-hour debate, the squabbling by Pawlenty and Bachmann allowed Romney, the GOP front-runner making his second presidential bid, to remain above the fray and emerge relatively unscathed by his rivals…. – AP, 8-11-11
    • Five Things to Watch for in Iowa Debate: Eight Republican presidential contenders will debate in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday night, two days before the straw poll there…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • Bachmann to Attend Event With Perry: Bachmann will appear at the same event in Iowa Sunday where Perry is making his campaign debut in the state…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • With Return to Iowa, Romney Heeds Call of G.O.P. Strategists: Mitt Romney’s wait-and-see approach to campaigning in Iowa has been complicated by Rick Perry’s expected candidacy…. – NYT, 8-11-11
    • Romney’s Covert Iowa Campaign: Mitt Romney will come to Iowa on Wednesday, even as he continues to treat political activity here like an sideshow that he can afford to ignore…. – NYT, 8-10-11
    • In Iowa, Romney Is Comfortable at the Round Table: Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for a planned bus tour amid an “economic crisis,” but he declined to directly engage Gov. Rick Perry of Texas…. – NYT, 8-10-11

“Wouldn’t it be nice if people in Washington spent a good part of their career working in a real economy?….
For those people who think the economy is what really is essential in providing a brighter future for our families and preserving our values, then I think they are going to look to me as someone who can understand how the economy works and can get it back on track.” — Gov. Mitt Romney

    • Fragile front-runner: Romney faces big challenges: Mitt Romney, the GOP’s fragile presidential front-runner, faces a string of challenges in the next few days that could knock him down a couple of rungs: a debate where he can expect his rivals to attack him, an attention-drawing straw poll he is bypassing and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s expected entrance in the race…. – AP, 8-10-11

“Before we put the new person in that office, let’s make sure that he or she is ready for the job. This is a job that requires leadership experience, executive experience and a record of results.” — Gov. Tim Pawlenty

    • Pawlenty knocks Obama, Bachmann in same swipe: Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s previous jobs as a community organizer and law professor didn’t prepare him for the White House. And, Pawlenty said, Iowa shouldn’t repeat the mistake of voting for another charismatic politician who lacks experience.
      It was an obvious reference Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is leading Pawlenty in polls in a state he has said he must do well in to keep his candidacy alive…. – AP, 8-10-11
    • Perry to Visit Bachmann’s Hometown in Iowa: Gov. Rick Perry plans to visit Waterloo, Iowa, the day after the state’s straw poll, in which Representative Michelle Bachmann is expected to do well…. – NYT, 8-10-11
    • Obama surprises campaign volunteers at lunch in DC: Volunteers on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign have welcomed an unexpected lunch guest: Obama himself.
      The president joined the group at Ted’s Bulletin, a new Capitol Hill restaurant that serves classic American food, including burgers and shakes…. – AP, 8-10-11
    • Barack Obama’s 2012 plan: ‘Kill Romney’: Smith and Martin peer ahead at the general election: Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s re-election campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded … – Politico, 8-9-11
    • Bachmann Newsweek Cover Goes for Insult But Gets Criticism in Return: Rep. Michele Bachmann has declined to get into the scrum with Newsweek over its cover story of the presidential candidate called “The Queen of Rage,” accompanied by an unflattering photo of the Minnesota Republican, but others are calling the magazine … – Fox News, 8-9-11
    • Did Newsweek set out to make Michele Bachmann look like a loon?: Newsweek is coming under fire for a wild-eyed cover photo of Michele Bachmann. The headline calls her the ‘Queen of Rage.’ But was the rough treatment actually a compliment of sorts?… – CS Monitor, 8-9-11
    • Back on the Stump, Romney Blames Obama for the S&P Downgrade: The Republican candidate, campaigning in New Hampshire after a vacation, defended himself against critics who said he kept on the sidelines in the debt ceiling debate…. – NYT, 8-9-11
    • Perry seeking to change dynamics of GOP race: Though he’s not officially a candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s visits this weekend to three important presidential nominating states threaten to overshadow any lift his would-be rivals hope to gain from a big week in Iowa…
      All candidates — from GOP front-runner Mitt Romney on down — are bracing for a Perry candidacy…. – AP, 8-9-11
    • Perry Signals Intent to Enter G.O.P. Campaign: Advisers said the Texas governor has moved beyond the trial balloon stage of gauging support to executing a strategy…. – NYT, 8-9-11
    • Rick Perry to Make Clear He Intends to Run: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is preparing to make clear his intentions to join the Republican presidential race…. – NYT, 8-8-11
    • Perry heads to early states as he leans toward bid: Leaning toward a full-fledged presidential run, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit at least two early primary states — South Carolina and New Hampshire — on Saturday at the same time most of his would-be opponents are competing in an important test vote in Iowa…. – AP, 8-8-11

“They’re not buying that bill of goods…. The good news is that I think there has been enough frustration at Washington, sort of reached a fevered pitch last week, that we’re now looking at 16 months in which there’s going to be a clear contrast and a clear choice.” — President Barack Obama

    • Obama sees political opportunity in debt crisis: President Barack Obama says there’s some good news from the bitterly partisan debt debate — it made people so frustrated with Washington that Democrats will be able to draw a clear divide with Republicans heading into the 2012 election…. – AP, 8-8-11
    • Romney Is Back, With S.&P. Ratings on the Brain: Mr. Romney cited flaws in President Obama’s leadership for the downgrade of the nation’s debt…. – NYT, 8-8-11
    • Romney shifting campaign into a higher gear: Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is shifting into a higher gear. The former Massachusetts governor, who leads national and state polls in the race for the GOP nomination, has spent much of the year laying low, limiting his public appearances and rarely weighing in on the national debate…. – AP, 8-8-11
    • Romney blames Obama for credit downgrade: Mitt Romney says the nation’s credit problem arose because President Barack Obama has failed to show leadership on the economy…. – AP, 8-8-11

“You look at where the marketplace is today, you look at our downgrade, you look at all the economic woes that every American family has seen play out over the past little while — we’ve done this to ourselves. It’s time to reverse this business-unfriendly attitude of the past 2½ years….
“I can only imagine what the marketplace would look like today if we had defaulted on our debt. If we had defaulted on our debt, it would have been catastrophic.” — Gov. Jon Huntsmann

  • Huntsman faults anti-business climate under Obama: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman says the downgrade in the nation’s credit rating shows America needs to do something about what he says is the Obama administration’s unfriendly attitude toward business…. -

CAMPAIGN 2012: ANALYSTS &S HISTORIANS COMMENTS

  • Politico Arena: Daily Debate with Policymakers, Opinionshapers & Academics Politico
  • Julian Zelizer: Americans want security for 2012: Just as the 2004 presidential election was all about the concept of security, the same term will shape the campaigns of 2012…. – CNN, 8-15-11
  • Julian Zelizer: Analysis: Palin boosts political influence, buffers brand: “Like every other Republican who potentially will run, she’s keeping her name out there, keeping her brand name but generally staying out of the debate, to avoid making any mistakes,” said Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer. “At a minimum, she keeps the Palin brand name going for other reasons,” he said…. – Reuters, 8-13-11
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