By Isabel Matos
Live stream coverage OVER Schedule and Links to Speeches:
9:00 a.m. – Sen. Ted Cruz Speech (R-TX)
9:16 a.m. – Sen. Pat Toomey Speech (R-PA)
9:24 a.m. – Rep. Paul Ryan Speech (R-WI)
9:40 a.m. – Sen. Tim Scott Speech (R-SC)
10:19 a.m. – Sen. Mitch McConnell Speech (R-KY)
10:25 a.m. – John Bolton Speech (Former U.S. Ambassador)
10:38 am-Top 10 Under 40 Conservatives honoree Dan Bongino (@3:13)
11:45 a.m. – Gov. Christ Christie Speech (R-NJ)
12:00 p.m. – Gov. Bobby Jindal Speech (R-LA)
12:16 p.m. – Sen. Marco Rubio Speech (R-FL)
12:31 p.m. – Sen. Mike Lee Speech (R-UT)
2:45 p.m. – Donald Trump Speech
9:00 a.m. – Gov. Rick Perry Speech (R-TX)
9:16 a.m. – Sen. John Cornyn Speech (R-TX)
10:23 a.m. – Former Gov. Mike Huckabee Speech (R-AR)
11:15 a.m. – Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition
2:26 p.m. – Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)
2:40 p.m. – Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union
2:51 p.m. – Sen. Rand Paul Speech (R-KY)
12:45 p.m. – Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker
1:12 p.m. – Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation
5:23 p.m. – Straw poll
5:45 pm. – Closing Remarks by The Honorable Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union Potomac Ball
5:52 p.m. Chris Cox, Executive Director, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action
6:00 p.m. The Honorable Sarah Palin Speech, former Governor of Alaska Potomac Ballroom
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Texas Governor Rick Perry, second from right, chatted with John and Brittany Force at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. Perry, who was attending his first drag race, was a guest of AAA Chairman of the Board Tom McKernan, second from left. (Gary Nastase photo)
Left to Right: John Force, wife Laurie, Robert Hight, Governor Perry, Brittany Force, Courtney Force (Gary Nastase photo)
By Phil Burgess, Editor, National DRAGSTER
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was an honored guest Saturday at the 28th annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex at the invite of good friends Tom McKernan, the chairman of the board of AAA, and Texas Motorplex owner Billy Meyer. Perry met with drivers in the pits and staging lanes and stood on the starting line during Funny Car qualifying to watch Robert Hight’s AAA of Texas Mustang. It was the governor’s first trip to an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national event.
“I’ve been asked a half-dozen times to come out before but always had a conflict, but I’m glad it worked out that we could be here today,” Perry said. “It was great to see the grandstands full of happy Texans. We’re sorry about that rain yesterday, but we really needed it.”
Although it was the governor’s first trip to a big-league drag race, he’s no stranger to drag racing – invoking the name of legendary “Big Daddy” Don Garlits in his heyday – or to fast cars. As a youngster growing up in Texas in the 1960s, he and his friends would devour Hot Rod magazines on the newsstand at the local drugstore and dream of owning a hot rod of their own.
“We’d go in there and look at the magazines, and it would have been like my mom looking at the Sears catalog dreaming of what we’d like to have,” Perry said with a nostalgic grin. “My dream car was anywhere between a ’69 and a ’72 Chevelle SS with a 396.”
He has also been the guest at the Formula 1 event at the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin and at NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway, so he has other experiences to compare to NHRA Drag Racing, although it appears that there’s no contest in the governor’s eyes.
“I’ve been on the deck of the USS Reagan when an F-18 launched, but I’ve never done anything like this that assaulted all of my senses,” he said. “The feel, the sight, the smell are really something. Someone can tell you about what it’s like to be at a drag race, but it’s hard to describe. I’m going to go home to my wife and try to explain how intense this was, and I know I’m going to do a really poor job.
“I like that the sport also is highly technical. I was in the pits and the drivers and teams are all very friendly. I went into the AAA technology van, and it’s science, technology, engineering, and math. The Army has its recruiting efforts here, too, so it’s clear that the NHRA does a good job of reaching out to the community to help kids understand that there’s a great future in this business. Not only is it a lot of fun, but there are some good-paying jobs.”
The governor cites a favorable economic climate for the expansion of business and racing in his state, and it’s clear that he’s passionate about that and keeping it that way.
“The great thing about having so many nice venues in our state is that fans get to experience a wide variety of motorsports. They’re all different, but I’m sure there are some NASCAR and Formula 1 fans here today, too, and over the last 12 years we’ve really been focused on keeping taxes reasonable, a regulatory climate that’s fair and reasonable, and a legal system that doesn’t allow for over-suing, and we continue to appropriately fund accountable schools so that you have a skilled workforce, and the businesses come and they expand because of our business climate.”
No trip to an NHRA event would be complete without meeting NHRA legend John Force, especially because the John Force Racing teams count AAA among their sponsors.
“What a character, and what a great family man and champion,” said Perry. “His daughters are just wonderful, and so is Robert Hight. They’re great folks.”
Left to Right: 15 Time NHRA Funny Car World Champ John Force; NHRA President Tom Compton; Governor Perry; 2012 NHRA Rookie of the Year, Funny Car driver Courtney Force; Top Fuel driver Brittany Force; AAA Chairman of the Board Tom McKernan; John Force Racing President, Former Funny Car World Champion,and reigning U. S. Nationals Champion, Robert Hight (Gary Nastase photos)
***Final eliminations ESPN2 at 8:30 PM [Eastern] 7:30 [Central]
Robert Hight, the reigning U.S. Nationals Champion, and winner of the most recent race in Charlotte, is the number one qualifier in Funny Car, for Sunday’s final eliminations. Hight set a new track record for the class running a 4.052 second pass at 311.85 mph. This is Hight’s second number one of the season, and the 45th of his career. He will being going for his third event win in a row on Sunday.
Courtney Force put her Ford Mustang Funny Car into the field at number 5, with a 4.115 second pass at 309.13 mph, she will face her dad, John Force in the first round. John drove his Mustang to a 4.174 at 297.94 mph to qualify number 12. Courtney has a winning record against John. Both are in the fight for the 2013 NHRA Mello-Yello Funny Car World Championship, along with teammate Robert Hight.
Only two of the normal four qualifying rounds were held, due to Friday’s persistent, but much needed rain. Should make for an interesting race day Sunday.
A side note, Governor Perry looking rather spiffy in those glasses.
By Gary P Jackson
As you have likely heard by now, the Obama regime has invited a group affiliated with the United Nations to “observe” the November elections. These “observers” will be deployed in locations including Richmond (VA), Harrisburg (PA), Raleigh (NC), Austin (TX), Des Moines (Iowa), St. Paul, (Minn.), Topeka (KS), and Tallahassee (FL).
Christian Adams wrote a strong piece exposing who these “observers” are:
PJ Tatler has obtained the document detailing the places across the United States where United Nations election observers will be deployed. The document identifies the stateside targets, particular officials as well as their country of origin. To see it, click here.
For example, Aida Alzhanova of Kazakhstan will be monitoring in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Phoenix, Arizona. Elchin Musayvev from Azerbaijan will be monitoring in Concord, New Hampshire.
Kazakhstan has been criticized for a weak human rights record and a government that tightly controls speech, assembly and the free exercise of religion. Azerbaijan is worse. The government there has violently cracked down on peaceful protests and the “atmosphere for journalists is hostile. . . . The government tightened restrictions on religious groups. . . . Torture and ill-treatment in police custody continue with impunity.”
This is not setting well with the American people. We are a sovereign nation, the United Nations has no right to be here as “observers” That they seem to be targeting Republican voters to “observe” smacks of voter intimidation, which is a civil rights violation. Not that the Obama regime would care, as they showed when they vacated the felony convictions of two Black Panther thugs convicted of civil rights violations after showing up armed at a Pennsylvania polling location in 2008.
These U.N. “observers” are affiliated with a group with close ties to ACORN, which has been the subject of numerous FBI investigations stemming from massive voter fraud, conducted by the democrat group. President Barack Obama was once employed by ACORN.
Don’t mess with Texas
Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued a stern warning to these people, including the threat of criminal prosecution should they enter a polling place or come within 100 feet of one.
The Attorney General’s press release: [emphasis mine]
Attorney General Abbott Tells International Election Observers to Abide by Texas Election Laws
Texas AG says Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has no jurisdiction over Texas elections
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today advised the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe — a United Nations partner — that groups and individuals from outside the United States do not have jurisdiction to interfere with Texas elections.
The Attorney General’s letter comes after the international group — comprised of 56 members including EU nations and other countries such as Albania, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Russian Federation, Slovenia and Turkey — announced they would be sending election observers to sites throughout the United States, including Texas, on Election Day.
Text of the letter:
October 23, 2012
Ambassador Daan Everts
Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
UI. Miodowa 10
Dear Ambassador Everts:
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will reportedly dispatch election observers to the State of Texas to monitor the November 2012 general election. While it remains unclear exactly what your monitoring is intended to achieve, or precisely what tactics you will use to achieve the proposed monitoring, OSCE has stated publicly that it will visit polling stations on Election Day as part of its monitoring plan.
In April, you reportedly met with a group of organizations that have filed lawsuits challenging election integrity laws enacted by the Texas Legislature. One of those organizations, Project Vote, is closely affiliated with ACORN, which collapsed in disgrace after its role in a widespread voter-registration fraud scheme was uncovered. In September, a federal appeals court rejected Project Vote’s challenge to the State’s voter-registration regulations and allowed Texas to continue enforcing laws that were enacted to protect the integrity of the voter-registration process.
According to a letter that Project Vote and other organizations sent to you, OSCE has identified Voter ID laws as a barrier to the right to vote. That letter urged OSCE to monitor states that have taken steps to protect ballot integrity by enacting Voter ID laws. The OSCE may be entitled to its opinions about Voter ID laws, but your opinion is legally irrelevant in the United States, where the Supreme Court has already determined that Voter ID laws are constitutional.
If OSCE members want to learn more about our election processes so they can improve their own democratic systems, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the measures Texas has implemented to protect the integrity of elections. However, groups and individuals from outside the United States are not allowed to influence or interfere with the election process in Texas. This State has robust election laws that were carefully crafted to protect the integrity of our election system. All persons—including persons connected with OSCE—are required to comply with these laws.
Elections and election observation are regulated by state law. The Texas Election Code governs anyone who participates in Texas elections—including representatives of the OSCE. The OSCE’s representatives are not authorized by Texas law to enter a polling place. It may be a criminal offense for OSCE’s representatives to maintain a presence within 100 feet of a polling place’s entrance. Failure to comply with these requirements could subject the OSCE’s representatives to criminal prosecution for violating state law.
Attorney General of Texas
Governor Perry also weighed in with a strong declaration:
No UN monitors/inspectors will be part of any TX election process; I commend @TXsecofstate for swift action to clarify issue.—
Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) October 23, 2012
The United States is a sovereign nation, and Texas a sovereign state. Under the United States Constitution, the states are in charge of elections. My interpretation of this is that the federal government has no authority to invite these inspectors in.
This is nothing more than an attempt by democrats to create controversy surrounding the elections, and unrest when Obama is defeated.
In 2000 our nation proved we can handle our voting procedures just fine. That election was a fiasco, and Al Gore, with the aid of the democrat controlled Florida Supreme Court attempted to steal victory from George W Bush. That attempt was stopped. If America can handle that, it can handle pretty much anything.
Like the United States, Texas has it’s own legacy of hard won Liberty and Freedom, through revolution. We don’t take kindly to those who attempt to infringe on those Liberties and Freedoms.
Eric Holder’s DOJ is suing Texas over it’s common sense Voter I.D. law. Claims Texas Governor has no right to assert Executive Privilege.
By Gary P Jackson
With President Barack Obama claiming “executive privilege” over thousands of documents that would prove him and his Attorney General Eric Holder complicit in mass murder, it’s interesting to look at what the same Attorney General, who was just held in both civil and criminal contempt of Congress, had to say about Texas Governor Rick Perry back in April and May.
Hans von Spakovsky at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government notes:
As if the DOJ stonewalling of Congress is not bad enough, however, Eric Holder apparently does not believe that executive privilege is either “fundamental,” as he put it, or even legitimate to the operation of state governments. His Justice Department is in litigation with the Lone Star State over its new voter ID law. After the Justice Department objected to this common-sense election reform on the erroneous claim that it is discriminatory and violates Section 5 of the Voting Rights Acts, Texas filed suit in federal district court in the District of Columbia.
Trial is set to begin on July 9. The parties have been waging a discovery battle as the Justice Department has sought to take the depositions of state officials and to obtain voluminous amounts of privileged documents.
In fact, the Justice Department filed motions in April and May to compel Texas to produce those documents. In one motion filed on April 25, DOJ argued that there was no “deliberative process privilege over documents in the possession, custody, or control of the Office of the Governor.” The Texas governor has a potentially stronger claim of privilege than even the one asserted by President Obama, because Obama is shielding DOJ documents and agency deliberations that do not involve his own White House communications and his own personal decisions. In other words, the very type of stronger executive privilege that would protect presidential communications is, according to Eric Holder, non-existent when it comes to the chief executive of Texas.
In that same motion, Holder asserts that there is no privilege protecting “communications between a legislator and a state agency, as well as to purely internal documents produced by a state agency after communications with a legislator.” Yet in the Fast and Furious investigation, Holder has asserted that executive privilege covers his department’s communications and “purely internal documents.” Compare DOJ’s claim in the Texas case to the statement of White House spokesman Eric Schultz who said that the “Courts have routinely considered deliberative process privilege claims and affirmed the right of the executive branch to invoke the privilege even when White House documents are not involved.”
DOJ also argued that there is no legislative privilege shielding communications between and by state legislators similar to the “Speech or Debate Clause” that protects congressional representatives under the Constitution. DOJ tried to convince the court that even if there was such a privilege, it should “yield to the important federal interest in enforcing the Voting Rights Act” and should be “abrogated” because of the supposedly “extraordinary procedural irregularities associated” with the passage of the voter ID law.
The other interesting fact in this litigation that again shows up the Holder Justice Department, as well as the White House, is that Texas produced a detailed privilege log that describes the documents the state is withholding, as is required in any dispute over privileged documents. Justice argued in its motion to compel that “the privilege log [produced by Texas] is insufficient to determine the propriety of the assertion of privilege over some documents.”
Yet the Obama administration has produced no such privilege log or list whatsoever of the documents it claims are shielded from disclosure. The whole purpose of such a log is to make sure each document has been thoroughly reviewed by the party claiming the privilege so that no broad, sweeping claim is made without an individual review. And as Justice argues in the Texas case, it gives that other party the ability to contest the attachment of the privilege to specific documents that the party does not believe should be shielded. But the Holder Justice Department and the White House have not complied with this requirement.
Read more here.
We have a lawless President and a lawless Attorney General, who runs a lawless Department of Justice.
In Obama’s America the Rule of Law does not apply to him, or any of his henchmen and cronies. It’s completely out of control and never ending.
Obama and Holder use the Justice Department to attack those who oppose their radical agenda, shield their friends [and themselves], and generally oppress the will of the American people.
We must not only defeat Obama, and every single democrat running for every single office in the land, we must demand criminal indictments, and convictions, for Obama, Holder, and everyone else involved in the criminal enterprise known as the Obama regime.
Obama and Holder facilitated the mass murder of hundreds of Mexicans and the capital murder of border agent Brian Terry. [and possibly other federal agents]
Justice will be denied until these people are held accountable.
By Gary P Jackson
Texas Governor Rick Perry had strong reaction to today’s Supreme Court Ruling.
Sadly, Perry used what was a great interview to shill for David Dewhurst, thus ruining what was an otherwise great interview.
Video courtesy SarahNet.
Am I the only one who looks at David Dewhurst and sees this guy?
All you need is the cartoon thought bubble above Dewhurst’s head saying “I’m not a [crook]liar” to make it complete.
By Gary P Jackson
Politics is war. Texas politics usually go thermonuclear before it’s over, but David Dewhurst, who doesn’t have much of a story to tell, and certainly doesn’t give voters a compelling reason to vote for him, just continues to lie about Ted Cruz, even after being repeatedly called on it.
In his latest campaign e-mail, Dewhurst not only doubles down on the already refuted lies about Ted Cruz, he embraces Rick Perry’s “outsiders” comment, disrespecting those who endorse Ted Cruz as “Washington insiders.”
Here’s the disgusting text from the mailer:
The TEXAS Convention
The Texas GOP Convention began today in Ft. Worth. I look forward to seeing thousands of Texas conservatives rally our collective support to end President Obama’s war on Texas.
It is vital we send a conservative with business experience to the U.S. Senate to implement the Texas success model, cut spending, and balance the budget
Governor Rick Perry made it clear that the Washington insiders would be wise to visit Texas and learn a thing or two about the model for success that we have created.
But Washington politicians and pro-amnesty special interest groups have no business choosing our next Senator.
Texans can make their own decisions.
Washington has already eroded our liberties and Texas values too much. We don’t need them telling us how to vote.
This is where, once again, we remind readers that one of those “Washington insiders” Dewhurst is referring to is Governor Sarah Palin, who has visited Texas often, and someone his co-hort, Rick Perry needed to come to Texas in 2010 to bail his sorry behind out in the gubernatorial primary!
It’s sickening to hear Dewhurst slander Governor Palin, Senator Jim DeMint, and Mark Levin as “pro-amnesy,” especially since it’s David Dewhurst who is in the pockets of pro-illegal pro-amnesty businessmen like Bob Perry [a major home builder, no relation to Governor Perry] and mega-grocer Charles Butt.
It was David Dewhurst who killed legislation that would have banned sanctuary cities in Texas, and it is David Dewhurst who opposes common sense solutions such as eVerify. Dewhurst also supports a guest worker program, but has no solutions for America’s overwhelming problem with illegal aliens.
Politics isn’t hopscotch, but this is unacceptable.
Dewhurst is a craven liar who will do and say anything to gain more power. We already have enough of his kind in Washington.
The Cruz campaign has put together several videos calling out Dewhurst on all of his lies. Instead of being a stand up guy, Dewhurst just continues to lie.
I’m sick of the Republican Establishment and these greasy characters who represent them.
Texans have a chance to send a principled Conservative, with an outstanding record of fighting for Liberty and Freedom, to Washington. A Conservative who has stood up to Obama, stood up to the United Nations, and stood up to the World Court, and prevailed.
Ted Cruz has successfully argued for our freedoms in front of the Supreme Court. He’s a real Reagan Conservative who doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk.
Texas, and America, needs Ted Cruz!
Check out Ted Cruz on the issues and request an early voting ballot here:
By Gary P Jackson
Rick Perry was shouted down by angry Conservatives at the Texas Republican convention today. According to reports, things were going OK for the Governor until he started shilling for David Dewhurst, one of the least like politicians in the state, among Conservatives.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry was shouted down by members of his own party Thursday for his enthusiastic support of Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst in the contentious race to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Perry was greeted warmly by the audience at the state Republican convention, drawing laughs and applause at one-liners making fun of his short-lived presidential campaign. But the mood darkened as if at the flip of a switch when Perry restated his endorsement of Dewhurst, who is opposed by Ted Cruz, the former state solicitor general.
Cruz, a favorite of the tea party, libertarians, and social conservatives, forced a runoff with Dewhurst in last month’s Republican primary.
“We need more strong, conservative Texans in Washington, including my friend and colleague David Dewhurst,” Perry said in the middle of his speech. What followed is a matter of dispute, but neither was a good omen for Dewhurst or his political patron.
Thousands of Cruz supporters responded with boos or a long chants of “Cruuuuzz,” lasting for over 10 seconds as Perry tried to continue with his remarks. But as soon as the chants stopped, they loved Perry again, particularly as he closed his remarks with a long section about serving God.
Asked about the response after his speech while fleeing a flock of reporters, Perry replied, “I thought they said Dew.”
Yeah you stick with that Governor.
As you know, we support Ted Cruz, and have a real case of the red ass after Perry trash talked Sarah Palin, who saved his candidacy in 2010, and other supporters of Cruz as “Washington outsiders.”
2014 is going to be a very interesting election year indeed.
Are You Kidding Me! Perry Whines About “Outsiders” Endorsing Cruz Yet HE Endorses Hegseth in Minnesota
By Gary P Jackson
It’s bad enough that Rick Perry is whining about Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint and, well, every big time Conservative in the nation backing Ted Cruz, especially since one of those he’s crying about, Sarah Palin, was called in to save his butt the last time he ran for Governor. This however is just too much.
Though Perry doesn’t want “outsiders” interfering with his buddy David Dewhurt’s campaign, and supporting Ted Cruz, he has no problem being an “outsider” and “interfering” in Minnesota politics:
Texas governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry has endorsed Pete Hegseth in the fight for the Minnesota Republican U.S. Senate endorsement.
In a video released by the campaign, Perry called Hegseth “exactly the kind of patriot we need” and praised his conservative credentials and his work with veterans support organizations.
“He won’t be afraid to walk into hostile territory to take on President Obama and Sen. Amy Klobuchar,” Perry said..
No doubt Pete Hegseth is a good man, and deserving of all of our support. But talk about hypocrisy!
The more I think about it, the more I think Perry and Dewhurst know it’s the end of the line. Perry’s outburst, attacking Sarah, Jim DeMint, and others is nothing more than a hissy fit.
The wind is at Ted Cruz’s back, and rightly so. For the first time, in a long time, Texas has a chance to send a true Reagan Conservative to Washington. Someone who has a long record of fighting for what is right.
Rick Perry, David Dewhurst, and their cronies, can cry all they want. Conservative have a real winner in Ted Cruz, and we can’t wait to celebrate his victory in the run-off!
By Gary P Jackson
Back in 2010, Governor Rick Perry was in trouble here in Texas. He was running for re-election and faced stiff competition from not only a Tea Party challenger [whose campaign would later implode after she was exposed as a 9/11 truther] but Washington insider Kay Baily Hutchison as well.
What did Perry do? He called in the closer, Sarah Palin:
Gov. Rick Perry will be joined by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a rally in support of his re-election campaign on Sunday, Feb. 7 in the Houston area.
“I look forward to standing with Sarah to promote our shared conservative values of limited government, low taxes and individual freedom,” said Gov. Perry. “Gov. Palin is a true conservative leader whose priorities and message resonate with Texans, and I am honored to have her in Texas supporting my campaign.”
Gov. Palin will campaign with Gov. Perry to highlight the positive momentum Texas is experiencing through conservative leadership that has cut taxes, created jobs, strengthened education and secured our border.
Visit http://rickperry.org/sarah to sign up now!
On Super Bowl Sunday in Cypress, Texas [Houston] Sarah spoke to a packed house:
Perry was overjoyed! And of course, he won re-election, thanks, in no small part, to Sarah’s endorsement.
Old Slick Rick is singing a different tune today though. According to the Houston Chronicle he’s not happy that “outsiders” are supporting Conservative star Ted Cruz over the Establishment™ candidate David Dewhurst.
It should be noted that Perry’s runnin’ buddy, Dewhurst, has been endorsed by Mike Huckabee, also an “outsider.” Dewhurst has been bragging about the endorsement [No, seriously, he has] and Huckabee has cut TV commercials for him.
Perry: We don’t need outsiders’ views on Senate race (Are you listening, Sarah Palin?)
Gov. Rick Perry is once again slamming “out-of-state interest groups” backing former solicitor general Ted Cruz in his runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst –this time tweaking Sarah Palin, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Rick Santorum by suggesting their states could learn a lot from Texas, but Texas doesn’t need their advice on choosing its next U.S. senator.
Perry, standing staunchly behind Dewhurst, brushed off the question about whether his own tea party credibility may be damaged by his opposition to Cruz, who has been endorsed by national conservative and tea party groups and figures (including Palin, DeMint and Santorum) in the runoff for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.
“There’s a whole lot of people who don’t intimately and expertly know how Texas operates that have come in and endorsed in this race, and with all due respect – I respect each one of those individuals, but they don’t know anything about how Texas works,” said Perry after a hurricane preparedness tour at the Austin airport. “And if they did, they would be endorsing David Dewhurst.”
Without naming Palin, DeMint or Santorum, Perry called them to mind by naming their states: “I appreciate everybody paying attention to Texas – as well they should, they could learn some things on how to run South Carolina and Pennsylvania and Alaska.
“Come to Texas and learn how to do it right, but don’t come down here and tell us who needs to be our next United States senator, thank you very much. We’ll decide that without your outside, Washington, D.C.-oriented help,” Perry said.
Cruz spokesman James Bernsen said his candidate has overwhelming support among Texas grassroots conservatives, “most of whom Dewhurst has not even bothered to meet with.” And, he said, Cruz has “exponentially more Texas donors than David Dewhurst, including more donors from the Houston area than Dewhurst has in the entire state of Texas.”
UPDATE: Some people have written to note that Dewhurst is trumpeting his own out-of-state endorsement from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, so Perry’s outrage may be a bit selective.
Perry’s comments came the day after former ESPN football analyst Craig James (who came in a distant fourth in the U.S. Senate GOP primary) endorsed Dewhurst, earning a “Congratulations to Lt. Gov. Dewhurst” from Bernsen.
His comments also came as Cruz pressed Dewhurst to debate, saying he’s accepted a proposal for a series of five debates to be hosted by the Grassroots Texans Network.
Dewhurst has repeatedly indicated his willingness to take Cruz up on a challenge for multiple debates before the July 31 runoff. His campaign said it’s looking at this invitation, which was signed by Ken Emanuelson.
Emanuelson, as highlighted on the anti-Dewhurst “Dewbious” site, was quoted in January as saying, “David Dewhurst may be Texas grassroots enemy No. 1 right now.”
Selective outrage indeed!
Look, there’s no question that Rick Perry hasn’t screwed Texas up too bad. Texas is a great state and we have policies in place that make the state business friendly. Perry has taken advantage of this, and has gone to liberal states like California and poached businesses in a big way. All of those newly minted Texans are keeping our state rolling, but it’s laughable that he thinks he could teach Sarah Palin anything about running a state!
For those who don’t know the difference, Texas, like many southern states, has a relatively weak Governor. The Lt Governor has as much if not more actual power. On the other hand, when Alaskans wrote their state’s constitution, they wanted a strong executive. Someone they could look at and know “the buck stops here.” So, Alaska’s Governor is a true CEO, one of the two most powerful state executives in the country. Sarah used her position to bring about sweeping ethics reforms well as massive fiscal reform.
When it looked like Sarah was going to run for president, our Whitney Pitcher compared the fiscal records of all of the Governors who were running. While Sarah’s record was the best, Rick Perry’s record on fiscal matters was downright horrific in comparison.
Sarah took office as Governor at the end of 2006. Her first budget was fiscal year 2008, written in 2007:
During the fiscal years for which Sarah Palin exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Alaska (FY08 through FY10)
• Debt outstanding increased 12.7%, or 4.2% per year
• Per capita debt outstanding increased 7.4%, or 2.5% per year
• Total liabilities decreased 34.6%, or 11.5% per year
• Total liabilities per capita decreased 37.7%, or 12.6% per year
During the fiscal years for which Rick Perry exercised budgetary authority as Governor of Texas (FY02 through FY10)
• Debt outstanding increased 184.2%, or 20.5% per year
• Per capita debt outstanding increased 140.4%, or 15.6% per year
• Total liabilities increased 60.6%, or 6.7% per year
• Total liabilities per capita increased 35.8%, or 4.0% per year
Outstanding debt grew a whopping 184.2% or 20.5% PER YEAR on Perry’s watch! [as of FY2010]
Yeah, I’m sure he can teach Sarah Palin a whole bunch of things.
Look, I know it’s all just politics, but you’d think Perry would remember who helped him stay in office, and have a tad more respect. People across the nation are backing Ted Cruz because they want a real Reagan Conservative in Washington, not another Establishment™ hack.
Texans know David Dewhurst’s record, and understand the mediocrity he brought to Austin has no business in D.C. We need someone who will fight for Texas and fight for America. Someone who will defend Liberty and Freedom with his last breath. We need Ted Cruz.
This Texan is glad Conservatives across the nation are supporting Ted Cruz against the Republican Establishment’s machine!
Rick Perry on Gingrich: If You Cheat On Your Wife, You’ll Cheat On Anybody: Why Newt Will Screw Us Over
By Gary P Jackson
I find this bit from Perry a bit ironic since the first thing he did as he was dropping out of the race was to endorse serial adulterer Newt Gingrich:
Rick is right though, and Newt Gingrich is the perfect example of this. We all know that Newt claims to be a Conservative, but has a record going back to the 1970s of standing with the far left when the chips are down.
From voting to establish Jimmy Carter’s Department of Education, which has destroyed the education system in this country, to trying to bring back the so-called “Fairness Doctrine”, after Ronald Reagan ended it, Newt Gingrich has a long record of cheating on the Conservative principles that he claims to stand so strongly with.
After being thrown out of his Speaker’s position by his fellow Republicans, Newt has consistently stood with the biggest socialists of our time.
Of course, lets not forget that as Speaker, Newt teamed up Nancy Pelosi to pass Anti-Second Amendment, un-American gun grabbing legislation.
Newt, a true believer in global warming:
Rep. Newt Gingrich (R-GA) co-sponsors the ambitious Global Warming Prevention Act (H.R. 1078), which finds that “the Earth’s atmosphere is being changed at an unprecedented rate by pollutants resulting from human activities, inefficient and wasteful fossil fuel use, and the effects of rapid population growth in many regions,” that “global warming imperils human health and well-being” and calls for policies “to reduce world emissions of carbon dioxide by at least 20 percent from 1988 levels by 2000.” The legislation recognizes that global warming is a “major threat to political stability, international security, and economic prosperity.” [H.R. 1078, 6/15/1989]
Of course we ALL remember this deal:
Nothing like a “true Conservative canoodling with Nancy Pelosi while shilling for Al Gore’s hoax. Why he’s just like Ronald Reagan…. not!
Oh, and here’s Newt with another Conservative stalwart, John Kerry talking about “green conservatism.” Here Newt scolds Conservatives for not getting in line with the socialists and supporting the hoax. A hoax that was cooked up to line a lot of people’s pockets and steal even more Liberty and Freedom from all of us.
Notice that Newt says a lot of words but concedes the left will pass cap and trade. Something that would destroy the economy forever, and take away huge chunks of your Liberty and Freedom.
And yet some people think Newt has the guts to actually fight the socialists.
Now I’m sure Gingrich apologists will claim that he has changed and like every position Newt flip flops over and over on, they will forgive him and say he’s “learned his lesson” or just scream ”But Mitt Romney is Satan!” or something equally stupid.
Fact is, Newt is very much a global warming believer. He has a new book coming out in 2013 that is being ghostwritten by Terry Maple. Environmental Entrepreneurs was to have a chapter in it about global warming written by radical leftist Katharine Hayhoe.
As Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin.com points out, after it became known this book shilling for the global warming hoaxers was coming out, Newt bailed on the author.
Newt’s fellow travelers in the socialist movement, and the author were none too happy about this either!
Gingrich and his co-author Terry Maple never told Hayhoe — a professor at Texas Tech University, mother, and evangelical Christian — that her chapter would be junked. Hayhoe was dismayed by the “ungracious” way she found out that her work was being discarded.
“Nice to hear that Gingrich is tossing my #climate chapter in the trash,” Hayhoe tweeted in response to the news. “100+ unpaid hours I could’ve spent playing w my baby.”
So not only does Gingrich pal around with socialists, he’s also an insensitive jerk who can’t even be trusted to honor the deals he makes. His wives know this all too well, don’t they.
Oh, and don’t forget, in 2009 Newt again teamed up with his couch mate Nancy Pelosi, to try and pass the “energy tax” President Obama [Democrat-Socialist] wanted.
Newt has been paid hundred of thousands of dollars by Big Ethanol to push that boondoggle down America’s throat too.
In 2009 Newt also teamed up with race hustler Al Sharpton and Education Secretary Arnie Duncan [Communist-Chicago] to push Obama’s education plan.
And don’t even get me started on Newt’s love for GOVERNMENT MANDATED health care insurance. Newt has teamed up with good buddy Hillary Clinton to shill for that, and has taken $37 million from Big Pharma and Big Insurance for his trouble. I assure you that bunch doesn’t pay out that kind of money for “history lessons!”
For more reading about Newt’s Big Government mandates check out:
And of course:
Do you REALLY think Newt is going to do anything about ObamaCare? If you listen to what he’s been proposing for years, you’ll come to understand it’s basically RomneyCare, except for the entire country, something even Mitt Romney understands is wrong.
I’ve been around a long time, and I have yet to find an instance where Newt Gingrich has stood with Conservatives and backed them up the way he has his socialist friends.
Let’s never forget Newt called the Tea Party “militant” not that long ago. This of course allowed the socialists over at the Daily Kos to gin up even more hate for every day Americans.
By the way, showing how out of touch Newt really is, he called the Tea Party the militant wing of the Republican Party.
Most of us are independent, and there is also a significant amount of angry democrats in the Tea Party as well. Newt doesn’t know this because he’s never been part of the Tea Party movement. He’s a Big Government Statist and a Washington insider. The sort we are trying to run out of politics forever. Tea Party people aren’t his sort.
Newt is not, and never has been a Conservative. He’s more of a Manchurian Candidate, a life long democrat, who has infiltrated the Republican Party.
Again, I have never seen Newt stand with Conservatives the way he has with the socialists. He’s been too busy helping further their agenda for that. It’s not a stretch to say that Newt has done more to advance socialism in this country than many democrats.
Where was Newt when the Tea Party was formed? He was lobbying Congress to stop legislators from stopping Freddie Mac. That’s where. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are two of the biggest reasons our economy collapsed, and Newt was on the wrong side of that fight.
When has Newt ever went out and campaigned for Tea Party patriots? Spoke at Tea Party events?
Where was Newt in 2010 when Conservatives fought to take back Congress?
Newt was busy supporting far left Margaret Sanger Award winning De De Scozzafava, who was to the left of the democrat, over real Conservative Doug Hoffman. That’s where.
Hoffman was endorsed by Sarah Palin and once she endorsed, absolutely every Conservative worth talking about followed.
Newt kept saying De De was “conservative enough for him.” Newt didn’t even know De De wasn’t chosen by New Yorkers. She was the result of a backroom deal. But Newt kept talking about supporting the “will of the people.” Putz!
Oh, and how did De De “thank” Newt for his support? Once she realized she was going to be destroyed at the polls, she dropped out and endorsed the democrat!
That Newt sure can pick em!
Newt has no problem lying to Conservatives and conning them at every turn, because he’s had so much practice doing the same thing with his wives. Newt has been carrying on, with multiple affairs, and multiple wives. He went for years cheating on wives number one and two, without getting caught. That was great practice for what he’s doing now in the political arena.
Newt is a Big Government “progressive”. He has a lot more in common with Barack Obama and the rest of the socialists, than he does Conservatives and the American people at large.
Just as Newt cheated on his wives, Newt has spent decades cheating on Conservatives. Sadly, just like his wives, Newt has been able to con Conservatives into taking him back.
It hasn’t been that long ago, that Newt was universally despised by Conservatives for the exact reasons I have highlighted. When the chips are down, Newt ALWAYS stands with the socialists. For some reason, conservatives are allowing Newt’s pretty words to erase the horrific memories of Newt’s actions.
People need to wake up to the harsh reality that is Newt Gingrich. Newt would be like granting Obama his second term. Newt has never met a problem that he couldn’t think up a Big Government [and expensive] “solution” for.
Newt must be stopped. As president he would be our worst nightmare.