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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Perry’

Help Governor Rick Perry Complete This Sentence…

What, you thought Governor Perry would let Kenneth Cole steal the “Day’s Least Competent Tweet” prize?

Too soon.

Also: butt-tweeting is physically impossible. Come up with a new excuse.

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Gingrich ‘Appalled’ That He Would Be Asked About His Ex-Wife’s ‘Nightline’ Interview

Newt Gingrich should save his outrage for some of his own offensive comments, but here we go.

In a Nightline interview, Gingrich’s second wife Marianne says that Newt wanted an “open marriage” so he could be married to her and date Callista, who is now married to the GOP presidential candidate. Newt and Marianne were divorced after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

So at last night’s South Carolina debate, when CNN reporter and debate moderator John King asked him for a response to the allegations, he went off on King and the “news media.” The other night, we went to Mediabistro’s “Meet the Teachers” event where one of the attendees talked about being prepared for an “unexpected” question. It sounds to us like Gingrich had some rehearsed anger here, making sure to deflect attention away from the issue (though he said the story was false) and onto distaste for the “elite” news media.

“It’s as close to despicable as anything he can imagine,” he says. He was “appalled” and “astounded.” How’s about you give us all a break Newt Gingrich?

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Candidates Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel for Anti-Romney Stunts

Photo: Reuters

Things have entered the realm of the preposterous for the GOP candidates doing battle in New Hampshire, with Mitt Romney’s opponents going to possibly self-destructive lengths to knock him from the frontrunner position.

As we mentioned in today’s Morning Media Menu, Rick Perry’s team made a downloadable ringtone available that repeated the Mitt Romney line “I like being able to fire people.” (The line stems from a response Romney gave during a campaign event.) Tons of outlets reported on the ringtone’s availability, but if you click on any of the links now, an Error 404 message pops up. Maybe even they think they went too far?

Newt Gingrich, picking up on his weekend debate zinger, has launched a website, stopromneyspiousbaloney.com. I like using the word “baloney” as much as the next guy (and “malarky,” which the AP no longer recognizes) but it’s a one-time-use-only word. And this whole move is just infantile.

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Iowa Caucus Shows that Negative is the Way to Go

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Just when you thought 2012 couldn’t get any better, it’s Iowa caucus day. As MSNBC’s First Read blog notes, turnout is everything in these political matters. And the candidates are doing everything they can to make sure the votes come in, like physically transporting people to polling sites so they can cast their votes.

The Ron Paul and Rick Perry campaigns are providing voters with transportation, and Mitt Romney’s camp is providing transportation “for special circumstances.”

But before voters can get to the polling locations, the candidates, unfortunately for them, had a few more days to make their cases.

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Rick Perry is Hopping Around Like a Crazy Person

Rick Perry has added another Oscar-worthy ad to his campaign arsenal. In this one his wife Anita is talking and then he jumps into the picture like Gollum leading Frodo and the Precious over that big mountain. He’s not going to the White House. He’s going to Mordor.

It’s hysterical on its own, then Gawker kicks the hilarity up a notch. I am eagerly anticipating the next GOP freak show, which is sure to be coming to a TV or YouTube video in the not-so-distant future.

Speaking of LOTR, new trailer for The Hobbit here!

Rick Perry’s Campaign is Falling Apart Before Our Eyes

Apparently, with Herman Cain out of the GOP race, Rick Perry has decided to become the new gaffe machine.

Over the weekend, Perry added to the list when he called Solyndra, the bankrupt solar energy company that is causing problems for the Obama administration, a country. After the Iowa debate on Saturday, Perry stuck around and talk to people. That’s when trouble ensued.

“No greater example of it than this administration sending millions of dollars into the solar industry, and we lost that money,” Perry said, discussing what he says has been the President’s mishandling of government spending. “I want to say it was over $500 million that went to the country Solynda.” Not only did he call it a country, he forgot the “r.” Oh you, Rick Perry.

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Rick Perry, Worst Debater Ever, Still Running for President

Rick Perry is doing his level best today to try and live down the monumental gaffe he committed last night during the CNBC debate, forgetting the third government agency that he would eliminate as president. As he was trying to give Ron Paul the what-for on the steps he would take as penny-pincher-in-chief, you can see the air seeping out of his argument as his thought walks out of his ear, until he’s reduced to a pitiful “oops.”

He appeared on the Today show (and a few others this morning) to talk about the error, sounding tired but stating unequivocally that he has no plans to drop out of the race. In fact, his campaign is trying to use the mistake to peg him as “only human.”

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Top Four Campaign Building/Breaking Moments of Last Night’s GOP Debate

Last night, Godfather Cain and the Gang gathered in Vegas for a little Cirque du Debate and they put on the finest show on the whole strip. They were really acting up. In case you were out protesting something and missed it, we’ve compiled a list of the top four campaign building and breaking moments from last night’s event.

4. Michelle Bachmann made an impassioned plea to mother’s to “hold on” in the face of foreclosure, trying to strike an emotional chord with a key constituency.

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Dems, GOP Contenders Focus on Romney


The Democratic National Committee has launched WhichMitt.com, a site that paints the leading GOP presidential contender, Mitt Romney, as a flip-flopper.

With Romney leading in a number of polls and both Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann losing favor faster than a frog can lick flies, Romney has once again got a bulls eye painted on his back. Add to that the resurgence of the Mormon issue (at least, it’s an issue for some people), and Romney is the name on everyone’s lips.

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Good News/Bad News: Perry Captures Media’s Attention

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Barely a couple of days into his presidential election campaign and Rick Perry is already stepping in it, first for saying a decision by the Fed Chairman Ben Bernake to increase the supply of money would be “almost … treasonous” and then backtracking on his decision to mandate the HPV vaccination in Texas.

Likewise, no sooner did the media anoint him a member of the “top-tier” of Republican presidential candidates have stories begun to come in asking whether Perry is presidential enough.

Capturing/stealing the media spotlight like he did when announcing his candidacy in South Carolina has set Perry up for the close scrutiny that comes with it.

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