Full coverage: Rick Perry
Declared Aug. 13, 2011 | Withdrew Jan. 19, 2012
Perry, who succeeded George W. Bush as Texas governor, is the state's longest-serving chief executive. The outspoken conservative opposed federal stimulus spending, rejecting some funds for his state in 2009. He is a pro-business tax-cutter who has presided over a period of growth in Texas.
He is a strong fundraiser who has never lost an election and has been a darling of social conservatives and tea party activists.
Perry is married with two children.
9:18 PM PST, January 3, 2012
After a disappointing finish in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, Rick Perry is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
4:33 PM PST, November 7, 2011
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican candidate who may have the most to gain if Herman Cain tumbles in the polls, did not rush to his rival's defense Monday night during a radio interview – instead stating that scrutiny of Cain’s record was to be expected given his frontrunner status in national polls.
6:34 PM PST, December 15, 2011
Rick Perry needs a fourth-quarter comeback to win in Iowa. So at the GOP debate in Sioux City on Thursday night, he compared himself to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who has captured the attention of NFL fans by leading his team to six consecutive wins, several in last-minute fashion.
3:45 PM PST, December 8, 2011
Mitt Romney isn't the only candidate with a healthcare problem in the GOP primary.
1:40 PM PST, December 7, 2011
Rick Perry said Wednesday that U.S. assistance for Israel would increase under his administration, as he sought to ease Jewish concerns that he'd cut off foreign aid.
6:21 AM PST, December 1, 2011
He may be down in the polls but Rick Perry still has more money to spend than most of his rivals. On Thursday he went on the air in Iowa with a 30-second TV spot aimed directly at that state's potent bloc of evangelical Christian conservatives, expected to cast half the votes in next month’s caucuses.
11:36 AM PST, November 29, 2011
Texas Gov. Rick Perry campaigned in New Hampshire on Tuesday to tout his endorsement from Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., but it was the GOP presidential candidate's misstatement of the voting age that caught the attention of reporters during a speech at St. Anselm College.
8:05 AM PST, November 29, 2011
Texas Gov. Rick Perry had hoped to assuage concerns about his views on illegal immigration by winning the backing of tough-talking Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., but at his first event with Arpaio in New Hampshire on Tuesday he was confronted by a voter who said his record on in-state tuition for illegal immigrants in Texas had probably cost him her vote.
6:15 PM PST, November 22, 2011
Michele Bachmann called Rick Perry "highly naive" for saying he would cut off aid to Pakistan, part of a contentious round of questioning in tonight's GOP debate about U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
6:19 PM PST, November 9, 2011
And just like that, all of Rick Perry's past debate struggles were forgotten. But only because he had topped them all, and then some.
7:26 AM PST, November 10, 2011
It was a night to forget -- literally. But Rick Perry did his best Thursday to try to pick up the pieces after a debate flop for the ages, saying in a battery of morning show interviews that he will press forward with his presidential campaign.
1:21 PM PST, November 10, 2011
Can Rick Perry laugh his way back into contention? His campaign seems to think it can't hurt, adding a pair of comedy shows to his itinerary as part of a sudden media blitz aimed at minimizing the damage from his 53-second debate lapse.
7:21 PM PST, November 9, 2011
Rick Perry made a rare appearance in the media spin room moments after Wednesday's Republican debate, and was mobbed by reporters asking him if he could recover.
10:18 AM PDT, October 31, 2011
In a nod to his poor showing in the GOP debates, Rick Perry declares in his latest campaign advertisement that he's a "doer, not a talker."
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