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From Christie to Wall Street, All Eyes on New York

Monday, October 03, 2011

We've seen the kind of trouble Rick Perry has gotten into for the very acceptable position he takes in Texas on immigration: It is almost disqualifying for him in these primaries, and I think Chris Christie could face a very similar process.

— USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Perry Criticized Over Offensively Named Hunting Ground

Monday, October 03, 2011

Over the weekend, a front-page article in The Washington Post criticized Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry, whose family's hunting lodge was formerly known by a racially charged epithet. Other GOP candidates have already been vocal in criticizing Perry. Herman Cain told Fox News on Sunday, "I think it shows a lack of sensitivity."

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Opinion: Why Does Everyone Hate Mitt Romney?

Friday, September 30, 2011

It's clear that they want "anyone but Romney." Poor Romney, the guy who is good enough, smart enough, and gosh darnit people just don't like him. Why?

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: How Chris Christie Shakes up the 2012 Field? He Doesn't

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I don’t want to be a party pooper, but Chris Christie will not go down smoothly with Iowa’s Tea Party infused Republican base. He'll very likely need to skip Iowa - it’s too late to start a caucus campaign anyway - and concentrate on New Hampshire.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Process is Political: Like All These New Campaign Ads? Thank Justice Alito

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The biggest change to campaign finance law in America: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. More redistricting maps look to be heading to court, which opens up questions about which judges should decide the questions — and if they have time to do it before the next election. And while Christie basks in national spotlight, Romney and Perry try to dial back fundraising expectations before filing deadline. 

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Politics This Week: Questions About Christie and the Government Shutdown Showdown

Monday, September 26, 2011

It just underscores how dissatisfied Republicans are with their field as it stands...I see this every four years it seems—the party that's trying to take back the White House is unhappy with their candidates—but this time it's really striking.

— New York Times national correspondent Jackie Calmes on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Poll: NYers Split on Re-Electing Obama, Still Prefer President to Republicans

Monday, September 26, 2011

In a new Siena Research Institute poll, 47 percent of registered voters in the state would re-elect Obama, and 47 percent would prefer to vote for 'someone else'. When that challenger is Rick Perry or Mitt Romney, however, the President has a double-digit lead.

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The Empire

Turner rallies with GOP Prez hopeful Perry in Manhattan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Anna Sale / WNYC

It's a Free Country's Anna Sale caught up with the newest New York congressman earlier today. Congressman Bob Turner was stumping with GOP presidential hopefully Rick Perry, who's in town doing some fundraising. Both Perry and Turner took the Obama administration to task over (what else?) Israel, as the UN gears up for the issue of Palestinian statehood:

The vote on Palestinian statehood is scheduled for Friday at the United Nations. It comes a week after Republican Bob Turner won a special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s vacant seat in New York’s heavily Jewish and heavily Democratic Ninth Congressional district. Rep. Turner stood with Perry, who called the new Congressman “a leading voice” on the Israeli Palestinian issue.

Rep. Turner picked up on that, explicitly warning that his victory in New York shows President Obama’s position on Israel will make him vulnerable at the polls.

“The message that the voters sent is that this administration has been vacillating and at times even hostile to Israel, and it is not accepted and it is not acceptable,” Bob Turner said. “And if it continues there will be a very high price to pay.”

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In Shadow of the UN Debate, Perry's NYC Message Focuses on Israel

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry took time out of his first major fundraising swing in New York City to blame the Obama administration’s “policy of appeasement” for encouraging Palestinians to seek statehood recognition in a United Nations vote this week.

“We would not be here today at the precipice of such a dangerous move if the Obama policy in the Middle East wasn’t naïve, arrogant, misguided and dangerous,” Perry said, standing in front of assembled local Jewish leaders and American and Israeli flags.

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The Process is Political: Rick Perry Comes to Wall Street

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes to Wall Street to raise campaign cash. Republicans in Pennsylvania want to divide up the state's electoral votes by Congressional district, while Republicans in Nebraska want to return to the winner-take-all approach. And Maine voters debate a people's veto of a new same-day registration law. 

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Opinion: The GOP's Civil War in NH, and What it Means for Rick Perry

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Texas Tea Party has been warning Tea Partiers in other states that Perry is not the real thing.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Opinion: Watching the GOP Debate—A Visit to The Twilight Zone

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The rival candidates and audience turned on Rick Perry, the frontrunner with deep Tea Party support, for his claim that if you're a young person in this country, regardless of your last name, you should have the chance to contribute to society rather than be a drag on it. He was booed.

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The Takeaway

Is Social Security a 'Ponzi Scheme'?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry branded Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" and "a monstrous lie" during last week's Republican debate in California. Traditionally, Social Security is usually a topic candidates shy away from, out of fear of losing the support of elderly voters. Perry's fellow candidates used his statements as ammunition against him during last night's Tea Party-sponsored debate.

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Republicans Face Off in Tea Party Debate

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The GOP presidential candidates faced off last night before an audience of 1,000 Tea Party activists in Tampa, Florida. Gov. Rick Perry, who has surged to the front of the race since entering last month, faced heavy scrutiny from his seven challengers over his record as governor of Texas, including a state order to vaccinate girls against HPV and college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants. Mitt Romney, the other front runner, criticized Perry over his past assertion that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme."

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What Romney's Pawlenty Endorsement Means

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tim Pawlenty's endorsement of Mitt Romney makes no sense—unless you're Tim Pawlenty. 

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Recapping the GOP Debate with Reihan Salam

Thursday, September 08, 2011

We wrote this book because neither of us want to be on duty when the American dream goes dark.

Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's "The Agenda," on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Opinion: In Reagan Debate, Romney Must Fend off Also-Rans and Contend with Perry

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The presumptive front-runner thought he could just keep his gait steady and eyes steely and it would all be his. But debates are where is center-right two-step looks the most awkward.

-Justin Krebs, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Process is Political: Texas Redistricting Challenge Ensnares Perry

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Latino voting rights groups and Congressional reps worried about losing their seats have sued Gov. Rick Perry and the state of Texas, challenging new district maps drawn up by the legislature. GOP contenders are coming to California to debate, and raise wads of cash, and NYC is trying to regulate 'independent spending.' All this and more in our daily look at the details that can change everything.

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Opinion: The One Way the GOP can Take Advantage of Anti-Incumbency Fever

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Obama will not face an in-party challenge for the Democratic nomination, but unless things turn around pronto, he limps towards November like Jimmy Carter.

-Steffen Schmidt, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Setting the Week: Palin, Perry, and the Prospect of Austerity

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Not having Perry on the stage will probably hurt everybody else. There will not be that target to shoot for. It's not necessarily about whether Perry is going to go on attack, but whether anyone else will go on attack against Perry. Mitt Romney is in the Pawlenty position right now.

David Dayen, writer at Firedoglake.com, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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