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Michele Bachmann wins Ames straw poll

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Michele Bachmann narrowly won the Iowa straw poll of Republicans on Saturday in the first big test of the 2012 presidential campaign, as Texas Governor Rick Perry formally launched a White House bid that could reshape the race. Bachmann, a representative from Minnesota, edged out Ron…

Perry: ‘I promise to make Washington inconsequential in your lives’

After weeks and months of speculation, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) made it official Saturday afternoon, announcing his bid for the Republican nomination for President. In Charleston, South Carolina, Perry focused on the usual characteristics of both his and Republican ideology, and unsurprisingly targeted President Barack Obama and the left…

Top Obama aide fires preemptive broadside at Perry

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama’s top reelection strategist charged Friday that Republican White House hopeful and Texas Governor Rick Perry had “very little to do” with his state’s economic success. “There’s a specific reason that Texas has done so well, and that’s because the oil industry has done so…

Bachmann, Pawlenty clash in heated debate

AMES, Iowa (Reuters) – Republicans Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty clashed repeatedly over their records during a presidential debate on Thursday, two days before they vie for conservative support in a straw poll that could make or break their campaigns. The fierce exchanges between the two Minnesotans highlighted a nationally…

Republican presidential candidates head to Iowa

AMES, Iowa — Extreme partisan rhetoric and market havoc have raised the stakes of two early tests in Iowa this week for the unsettled crop of Republican candidates vying to challenge US President Barack Obama. Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann is hoping to chip away at the lead of frontrunner Mitt…

TX Gov. Perry prays for America at controversial rally

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, expected to enter the Republican race for the White House within weeks, offered a prayer for America on Saturday at a controversial religious rally that put the spotlight on his Christian faith. Perry, who has made his religious beliefs a big part of…

Radio ad urges Iowans to write in Rick Perry on Ames Straw Poll

A political action committee founded by former New York Senate candidate David Malpass is running radio advertisements in Iowa urging people to write in Texas Governor Rick Perry’s name on the Ames Straw Poll ballot, according to the Des Moines Register. Politico reported that Iowa Republican leaders left Perry and…

ACLU plans ‘Family, Faith and Freedom’ event to counter Gov. Perry’s prayer rally

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas announced Wednesday they would be partnering with Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) to host an alternative to Texas Governor Rick Perry’s prayer rally in Houston. “Gov. Perry’s decision to sponsor a ‘Christians-only’ prayer rally is bad enough. That…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer event is ‘meant to convert non-Christians’: progressive group

The progressive advocacy group People For the American Way chastised Texas Governor Rick Perry on Monday for his “inappropriate” plans to host a Christian prayer summit at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Perry has proclaimed August 6 as a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation to seek God’s guidance”…

Texas Governor Rick Perry addresses L.A. anti-abortion rally

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, viewed as a potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, ventured far from his home state on Sunday to address a largely Hispanic group at an anti-abortion rally in Los Angeles. The governor’s English-language remarks to a crowd of about 5,000 came as part…

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