(CNN) – The Democratic response to Rick Perry’s presidential announcement came fast and furious Saturday in statements that didn’t mince words about the longest-serving Texas governor.
President Barack Obama’s campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt released a statement after Perry’s run became official.
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry aimed Saturday to shift the focus from Iowa's straw poll to South Carolina, where he told conservative activists that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
The Texas governor made the announcement at the RedState Gathering in Charleston, one day after meeting with Alabama Republicans.
(CNN) –Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking Saturday to a conservative group meeting in South Carolina, officially launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Perry stated, "It's time to get America working again."
His late entrance came as other candidates were on the ballot Saturday at the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.
He told the crowd, "America is not broken, Washington is broken".
Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Iowa Rep. Steve King said Saturday that the ideal Ames Straw Poll candidate isn’t running.
“If you had Michele Bachmann as a candidate, and the network that Tim Pawlenty has put together over the last couple of years here, you would have a formidable combination,” the Republican told CNN after he addressed some two dozen supporters in a tent outside the straw poll venue. “But it looks like Minnesota doesn’t get along that well.”
Charleston, South Carolina - At a conservative gathering in South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley called Gov. Rick Perry a “superstar” and said his move to announce his run for president in her state, while other GOP contenders competed in the Ames Iowa straw poll, was brilliant.
“It just let’s us know that it’s game on for all the candidates and I love that,” Haley told reporters, referring to Perry’s announcement at the RedState Gathering where she spoke earlier.
(CNN)-The Democratic National Committee turned Mitt Romney’s words against himself in Des Moines Saturday, with an ad targeting the former Massachusetts governor’s stance on deficit reduction.
Pouncing on the 2012 presidential candidate’s comment that “corporations are people,” the DNC ad groups Romney with the tea party movement when it comes to methods of battling the deficit.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama railed against partisan politics Saturday during the presidential weekly address.
“There’s nothing wrong with our country,” he declared.
“There is something wrong with our politics.”
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Mitt Romney is doubling down on a remark he made this week equating big business to everyday people, hoping to use it as a differentiator between himself and President Obama on the top issue facing the nation: the ailing economy.
Romney's response that "corporations are people" to a liberal heckler during an exchange over fiscal policy at the Iowa State Fair Thursday immediately lit up the blogosphere and was shown repeatedly on cable television. Even the Democratic National Committee jumped on the comment and saw its own political gold in trying to score points against a leading contender for the GOP nomination. The DNC released a 30 second television ad on Saturday morning blasting Romney for it.
Washington (CNN) – If Rick Perry is elected President, he will be the second Texas governor in a row to do so. So it's natural that Perry will be asked the George W. Bush question time and again in the upcoming campaign: how is he different?
During Perry's run for re-election in 2006, Perry told a local PBS station in Austin it's perfectly fine to draw distinctions.
Ames, Iowa (CNN) - Call it an unofficial sign of campaign strength.
As I took the exit off I-35 earlier this morning for the Iowa State campus in Ames, the only campaign signs along the highway belonged to Ron Paul, the congressman from Texas who's making his third bid for the White House.