Political Theater

Perry’s latest ad hypes his ‘momentum’

December 14, 2011

A month ago, after a series of poor debate performances that culminated in his infamous “oops” gaffe, Rick Perry was on the defensive. “If we’re electing a ‘debater-in-chief,’ don’t elect me,” he told Megyn Kelly on America Live on Nov. 10.

Rick Perry promises to speak the truth in new ‘Politically Correct’ ad

December 13, 2011

Rick Perry appropriates the idea of political correctness in his latest television ad, a thirty-second video denouncing Washington as “the capital of political correctness, where double speak reigns and the truth is frowned upon.”

New Perry ad bashes Gingrich, Romney on health care mandate

December 8, 2011

A day after releasing an incendiary ad condemning gays serving in the military and “Obama’s war on religion,” the Perry campaign has put out a new campaign video, this one focused on his rivals’ stances on the individual mandate.

Rick Perry denounces “Obama’s war on religion” in new TV ad

December 7, 2011

Governor Rick Perry accuses President Obama of leading a “war on religion” in his latest ad, a thirty second spot airing in Iowa that also condemns gays serving openly the military and regulations on school prayer.

The GOP national security debate in six minutes

November 24, 2011

The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

Rick Perry says Obama is ‘privileged’ and ‘never had to really work for anything’

November 17, 2011

President Obama, Rick Perry says, is blaming the American people for his own failures, and he’s doing it because he was born into privilege and thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

Five must-see moments from the GOP foreign policy debate

November 13, 2011

The Republican presidential candidates assembled in Spartanburg, South Carolina, last night for a primary debate, the first to focus entirely on foreign policy and national security. In a dialogue that spanned assorted geopolitical challenges — including Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, America’s strategic relationship with Pakistan, and trade with China — the eight Republicans outlined the approaches they would take to diplomacy if elected head of state. Here are five of the most notable exchanges:

Perry forgets his third point at debate

November 10, 2011

Rick Perry made everyone watching the GOP debate tonight wince a little when he told the audience he would eliminate three government agencies — but could only remember what two of them were. Here’s the clip:

Perry: Wall Street and Washington “have been in bed together way too long”

November 4, 2011

Perry accused lawmakers of being too chummy with Wall Street at a town hall held yesterday in Johnston, Iowa. Asked what he would do to “to stop stupid CEOs of financial institutions from making bad decisions that cause them to fail,” Perry said there are already “plenty of regulations in place to do that.” What’s lacking, he claimed, is “a government that will actually institute the oversight.”  

Rick Perry’s Cornerstone speech

By Anthony De Rosa
November 1, 2011

Cornerstone Action’s Annual Fundraising Dinner and Awards Gala in Manchester, New Hampshire, on October 28, 2011.