October 3, 2012 |
With the first presidential debate Wednesday night, we will enter the last chapter of a campaign dominated by gaffes. A gaffe, as the fellow once said, is when a politician tells the truth. We journalists love gaffes. They are compact little newslets that save us from having to write about sprawling and difficult issues like the economy. With the first presidential debate Wednesday night, we will enter the last chapter of a presidential campaign dominated by gaffes. PHOTOS: Memorable presidential debate moments Mitt Romney has been both lifted up and tossed down by the ruthless gods of gaffery.
October 2, 2012 |
Mitt Romney and President Obama will attempt their most statesmanlike poses for Wednesday night's debate in Denver, but there is one dichotomy that could break the congenial facade: Obama likes to interrupt. Romney doesn't like to be interrupted. When he took on John McCain in the 2008 debates, then-Sen. Barack Obama showed no hesitation at jumping in when he thought his opponent had misrepresented his positions. He didn't wait for moderator Jim Lehrer to call on him or until the end of McCain's remarks.
August 29, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Oops! Conventions are about one thing: Message, message, message. The point, to use the familiar metaphor, is for everyone - from the speakers on stage to the lowliest delegate buttonholed by a reporter - to sing off the same proverbial hymnal. Here in Tampa that message is: Mitt Romney's great! President Obama's awful! On to victory, strong and true, on Nov. 6! But Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who waged a pratfall-prone campaign for the GOP nomination, may have failed to get the memo under his hotel door.
July 30, 2012 |
Sarah Palin rolled into the Lone Star State to rally for Ted Cruz, while Gov. Rick Perry has saddled up for David Dewhurst. The final days of the Texas GOP Senate primary are proving to be brutal ones, as the two Republican candidates bring on big-name surrogates and ground-game volunteers to tip the vote for Tuesday's outcome. Polls have been mixed, but Cruz, the conservative tea party favorite, appears to be gaining momentum over Dewhurst, the establishment-favored Texas lieutenant general.
July 18, 2012 |
Remember Rick Perry? He's the guy who tangled bitterly with Mitt Romney in the Republican primary, attacking him for practicing "vulture capitalism" at Bain Capital and being attacked, in turn, for what Romney characterized as "liberal" immigration policies in Texas. Perry, the Texas governor, resurfaced Tuesday as a voice in the presidential campaign when he appeared to join the chorus of (mostly Democratic) voices urging Romney to release more of his tax returns. "No matter who you are or what office you are running for, you should be as transparent as you can be with your tax returns and other aspects of your life so that people have the appropriate ability to judge your background," Perry said to CBS News Austin affiliate KEYE-TV.
July 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, joining with several other Republican governors, said Monday that he would not expand Medicaid programs, taking advantage of one element of the Supreme Court's ruling last week that upheld the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate but also allowed states to opt out of the law's Medicaid expansion. “We in Texas have no intention to implement so-called state exchanges or to expand Medicaid under Obamacare,” Perry said in a statement.
May 1, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- The brinkmanship continues as Texas battles to cut government funding to Planned Parenthood. Texas legislators passed a law last year to effectively remove Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the Texas Medicaid Women's Health Program as of today. Planned Parenthood clinics had sued the state to maintain funding and appeared to have won a victory Monday when a federal judge in Austin issued an injunction that...
April 30, 2012 |
A federal judge on Monday stopped Texas from removing Planned Parenthood clinics from a state women's health program because the organization provides abortions. In his ruling , U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in Austin cited evidence that the state rule banning Planned Parenthood from the program was unconstitutional. He imposed an injunction against enforcing the law until he can hear arguments in the case. The state immediately appealed. The rule at issue was part of a law passed last year by Texas's Republican-controlled legislature and implemented by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
March 30, 2012 |
Amid the growing outcry over so-called “pink slime” beef product, three U.S. governors are stepping up to defend the controversial meat. The trio of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, all of whose states have been affected by the backlash against the beef, joined together Thursday for a tour of a Beef Products Inc.'s operating plant in South Sioux City, Neb. The plant, one of the four responsible...