“My daughter’s getting married in October, and I figured if I did the show, I’d at least not embarrass her when we did the father-daughter dance.”
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will join the cast of “Dancing with the Stars”, according to Entertainment Tonight.
The cast will also include rapper Vanilla Ice, football star Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and Olympian Ryan Lochte.
“Good guy, he said the worst things about me and I always liked him. This politics is a dirty business, I’ve never seen people pivot like politicians.”
— Donald Trump, quoted by The Hill, on finally being endorsed by Rick Perry.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), who once called Donald Trump “a cancer on conservatism,” told CNN that he would be willing to serve as the presumptive Republican nominee’s vice president.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told CNN that he will support Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and will do everything he can do to help him get elected.
Said Perry: “He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them. He wasn’t my first choice, wasn’t my second choice, but he is the people’s choice.”
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) may have stumped for Ted Cruz for president, “but there’s no record he voted in this year’s Republican primary in Texas,” the Texas Tribune reports.
“Perry’s failure to vote in this year’s Texas primary could lead to more speculation that he is interested in running as an independent candidate for president.”
“There are two key requirements in Texas for someone to run as an independent candidate for president. First, a candidate would have had to abstain from voting in one of the state’s primaries because doing so would declare themselves as either a Democrat or Republican. Second, a candidate would need to gather 79,939 signatures by May 9 from Texans who had also not voted in either of the primaries that year.”
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is endorsing Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary, Politico reports.
“Perry, who also sought the GOP nomination before dropping out in September, said he now sees the race as one that is between Cruz, a fellow Texan, and Donald Trump.”
Rick Perry “blamed his criminal indictment and exclusion from the Republican debate mainstage for his failed presidential bid in his first interview since suspending his presidential campaign on Friday,” the Texas Tribune reports.
Said Perry: “The indictment by the Travis County district attorney’s office, this drunk DA that had used this office, we think, for political purposes… it had a real corrosive effect on our ability to raise money. The political opponents, they did their damage,” he later added of his legal problems.”
Rick Perry “is calling it quits on his 2016 White House bid,” ABC News reports.
Said Perry: “We have a tremendous field – the best in a generation – so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands, and as long as we listen to the grassroots, the cause of conservatism will be too. That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States.”
He added that he has “no regrets” about his run.
Rick Perry has shuttered his South Carolina campaign headquarters, CNN reports.
“This comes almost a month after the Perry campaign announced that it would no longer be paying staff across the country.”
Rick Perry flatly denied Donald Trump’s assertion that he was bowing out of the Republican race, oddly remarking that “a broken clock is right once a day,” Politico reports.
Said Perry: “The bottom line is I’m still here, I’m still working, and we need to be talking about solutions and not just rhetoric out there.”
Rick Perry’s campaign organization in New Hampshire has dissolved, WMUR reports.
Veteran strategist Michael Dennehy said that “while he still considers himself a strong supporter of the Republican presidential candidate, he no longer considers himself an advisor to the campaign. He said he has not been paid by the campaign since June and has not heard from Perry or anyone from Perry’s national campaign for the past month.”
Rick Perry’s campaign continues to retrench, the New York Times reports.
“The Republican from Texas has whittled his staff in Iowa to one paid operative amid continuing fund-raising struggles… Mr. Perry led in the polls for a stretch during his first presidential bid four years ago. He spent significant time boning up on foreign policy and getting himself in physical shape for the grinds of the campaign trail.”
Rick Perry “is poised to reorganize his already under-funded and under-manned staff in Iowa — a development that some of his top aides concede may be the beginning of the end,” Politico reports.
“The Iowa chairman for Rick Perry’s faltering Republican presidential bid says he is no longer part of the campaign as Perry seeks to keep his longshot effort alive on limited funds,” the AP reports.
Politico: “Forty percent of early-state Republicans and nearly half of early-state Democrats believe Rick Perry will be the first candidate to drop out of the presidential race.”
Donald Trump told Breitbart that attacks against him by Rick Perry and Sen. Lindsey Graham backfired and caused their poll numbers to fall, knocking them out of the first GOP presidential debate.
Said Trump: “And I find that really interesting, and I find it a great honor that that would happen, because in all fairness Lindsey Graham and Perry were really hitting me hard, and they went down in the polls. I am greatly honored by that.”