(CNN) – Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's set to announce his presidential bid Saturday, laid out his stance on one of the country's top concerns: job creation.
"This country's begging for someone to lay out a vision of hope–real hope–and get America back working again," Perry said in an interview Thursday with New Hampshire television station WMUR.
Washington (CNN) – Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn said former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin better get to work in Iowa if she wants to run for president.
"This isn't the type of process where you can give speeches to thousands, or you can be behind 30-second ads or even Facebook posts," Strawn said in an interview on CNN's "John King, USA" Thursday. "You need to be on the ground, letting Iowans look you in the eye and kick the tires."
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - While Texas Gov. Rick Perry prepares to declare his candidacy this weekend, behind the scenes his supporters are already planning an aggressive campaign schedule in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
CNN has learned that in addition to attending a house party in Greenland Saturday, Perry will return to the state to tour a local manufacturing company in Nashua on August 17.
Hampstead, New Hampshire (CNN) – Ann Romney, wife of the Republican presidential candidate, missed seeing her husband argue with hecklers in Iowa Thursday–but more importantly, an Iowa State Fair delicacy.
"I'm really sorry I didn't get a chance to be there today to eat deep fried butter," she joked to a crowd at the Beantowne Coffee House about the cholesterol-laden delicacy making headlines at the Iowa State Fair.
(CNN) – Rick Perry, the longest serving governor of Texas, has consistently won re-election due to his popularity among fiscal and social conservatives. Perry's announcement Saturday is expected to shake up the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
- March 4, 1950: Born in Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene.
- 1972: Graduates from Texas A & M University and joins the U.S. Air Force.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Is Rick Perry the new white knight of the right?
With Republicans expressing general dissatisfaction over the field of presidential candidates so far, Perry's expected entry to the race is considered an effort to galvanize the divided political right behind a contender who can appeal to tea party and Christian conservatives as well as pro-business moderates.
(CNN) - Declaring himself frustrated with political fighting in Congress, President Barack Obama on Thursday blamed some of the nation's continuing economic troubles on government inaction and urged Americans to tell their elected representatives in Washington to pass bills that will create jobs.
In an energetic speech to workers at a Holland, Michigan, hybrid car battery plant helped by government stimulus funds, Obama said the U.S. economy and American workers are capable of being the best in the world, but were being held back by political stalemate in Congress.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce that he is running for president on Saturday in South Carolina, a Republican familiar with the plans told CNN.
Previous reports had indicated that Perry would use a speech at the conservative RedState Gathering in Charleston to make his intentions clear, but would stop short of officially announcing a presidential bid.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann isn't just the GOP frontrunner in Iowa. She's also the most Googled candidate in the leadoff caucus state.
With the eyes of the Republican political universe turning to Ames for this weekend's Iowa Straw Poll, searches for Bachmann in the state have surged since Sunday, according to a breakdown of state data on Google Insights for Search, which analyzes search trends on the site.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - On Thursday, Mitt Romney faced the joys and political perils of a frontrunner in the Republican presidential race: at times feeling his supporters' political crush - but also fending off catcalls and heckles by critics.
The spontaneous drama at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines took several bizarre turns.