July 14th, 2014
10:13 AM ET
1 month ago

Perry vs. Paul: Round two

(CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is firing back at Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, in an escalation of a war of words between two potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders over U.S. foreign policy and the country's role in the bloody outbreak of fighting in Iraq.

"There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly," Paul wrote in an op-ed that appeared Monday in Politico, taking aim at the much talked about eye-wear Perry's been sporting since last year.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iraq • Rand Paul • Rick Perry
Perry to Texas reps: Don't approve Obama's border proposal
July 13th, 2014
02:53 PM ET
1 month ago

Perry to Texas reps: Don't approve Obama's border proposal

Washington (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he won’t encourage his state’s congressional delegation to approve President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to mitigate the border crisis.

“The President doesn't have to have this big amount of money,” Perry told Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume. “He could pick up the phone today, call the (Defense Department) and direct them to have the 1,000 National Guard troops on the border.”

After meeting with Perry last week in Texas, Obama said he had asked the Texas governor to use his influence to urge the Texas congressional delegation to support the emergency funding request.

Obama requested the money to deal with a growing number of undocumented children and youths arriving in the U.S. illegally and overwhelming federal facilities. While many have been released to family pending deportation hearings, others have been detained by authorities amid a growing backlog of pending cases.

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
In the Perry versus Paul feud, McCain avoids picking sides
July 13th, 2014
12:47 PM ET
1 month ago

In the Perry versus Paul feud, McCain avoids picking sides

Washington (CNN) – In the Republican-versus-Republican foreign policy feud between Rick Perry and Rand Paul, whose side does John McCain pick?  The Arizona senator is not interested in stepping into the political crossfire. But that does not mean he won't offer a lecture.

"Sen. Paul is part of a wing of the party that's been there ever since, prior to World War 1, in our Republican Party. And that is a withdrawal to fortress America," McCain told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday. "I do believe that the things we're seeing in the world today - in greater turmoil than any time in my lifetime - is a direct result of an absence of American leadership.

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Filed under: 2016 • John McCain • Rand Paul • Rick Perry • State of the Union
July 12th, 2014
02:04 PM ET
1 month ago

Perry: Paul 'isolationist policies' are 'curiously blind,' 'wrong'

(CNN) – "Curiously blind" and "wrong."

Is Rick Perry previewing harsh political attacks against Rand Paul should the two potential 2016 presidential candidates square off in a debate over foreign policy?

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Filed under: 2016 • Foreign Policy • Rand Paul • Rick Perry
July 8th, 2014
08:20 AM ET
1 month ago

Obama invites Perry to meeting on border crisis

Washington (CNN) - The political sparring over the border crisis intensified Tuesday as the White House released a letter accepting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's invitation to President Barack Obama for a meeting on the issue during his trip to Texas Wednesday.

The letter from White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was in response to Perry's letter to the President, released Monday evening, that turned down an offer to greet Obama on the tarmac when he arrives in Austin, with the suggestion of a more “substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue.”

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Filed under: Immigration • President Obama • Rick Perry
Rick Perry's busy summer schedule
July 1st, 2014
09:55 AM ET
2 months ago

Rick Perry's busy summer schedule

(CNN) - Rick Perry's headed back to South Carolina Tuesday and Wednesday.

It's the third trip by the longtime Republican governor of Texas to the Palmetto State in the past year. Perry, who launched a failed campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, is not running for re-election this year and instead is considering another bid for the White House in 2016.

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Filed under: 2016 • Iowa • New Hampshire • Rick Perry • South Carolina
June 20th, 2014
09:53 AM ET
2 months ago

Texas governor: I stepped in it

(CNN) – Gov. Rick Perry admitted he fumbled the ball when he recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

"I stepped right in it," the Texas Republican said Thursday at an event sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, which also aired on C-SPAN.

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Filed under: 2016 • Rick Perry • Texas
June 18th, 2014
08:13 PM ET
2 months ago

Perry sticks by alcoholism and homosexuality comparison

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood by his recent comments comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

Appearing on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday, Perry was asked by co-host Stephanie Cutter whether he believes homosexuality is a disease.

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Filed under: 2016 • Gay rights • Rick Perry
June 18th, 2014
07:55 PM ET
2 months ago

Perry weighs in on U.S. options in Iraq

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry left the door open to possible U.S. airstrikes against Iraq.

"The bottom line on this one is they need to leave this to the commanders in the field," Perry said on CNN's "Crossfire" on Wednesday.

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Filed under: Crossfire • Iraq • Rick Perry
Jindal: Legal action 'on the table' to combat EPA rules
June 16th, 2014
05:00 PM ET
2 months ago

Jindal: Legal action 'on the table' to combat EPA rules

(CNN) – Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday that a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency is "on the table" in efforts to counter the Obama administration's proposed restrictions on carbon emission from power plants.

The Louisiana Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate said Washington is waging a "war on coal," calling the EPA rules part of a "radical ideology" in President Barack Obama's energy policy.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Energy • Environmental policy • EPA • Rick Perry
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