Politico: “It appears increasingly unlikely that Rick Perry will get a chance to atone for his disastrous 2012 debate performance — or attack his 2016 nemesis, Donald Trump — when Republicans spar for the first time Thursday in Cleveland.”
Donald Trump “may be leading in the polls for the GOP presidential primary, but former Texas Governor Rick Perry knows how he can beat his rival candidate. Asked about Trump’s critique of his candidacy, Perry challenged Trump to a pull-up contest,” Time reports.
Said Perry: “Let’s get a pull-up bar out here and see who can do more pull-ups.”
Rick Perry (R) told CNN that if people could bring their guns to the movies, they could prevent the movie theater shootings.
Said Perry: “These concepts of gun-free zones are a bad idea. I think that you allow the citizens of this country — who have been appropriately trained, appropriately backgrounded, know how to handle and use firearms — to carry them. I believe that, with all my heart, that if you have the citizens who are well trained, and particularly in these places that are considered to be gun-free zones, that we can stop that type of activity, or stop it before there’s as many people that are impacted as what we saw in Lafayette.”
Wonk Wire: States with gun control have fewer gun deaths
“An appeals court on Friday rejected one of the criminal counts against former Gov. Rick Perry but said he must face the other one in the abuse-of-power case against him,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
“Perry was indicted by a grand jury in 2014 after being accused of abusing his veto power to try to force out the Democratic Travis County district attorney in the wake of her messy drunken-driving arrest. The former governor, who is running for the GOP nomination for president, repeatedly failed in efforts get the indictment dismissed by state Judge Bert Richardson.”
Rick Perry “is taking the gloves off in his assault on Donald Trump,” Time reports.
Said Perry: “He offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued. Let no one be mistaken – Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.”
Rick Perry is keeping up a public feud with GOP presidential rival Donald Trump, saying he was “Defending conservatism against the cancer of Trump-ism,” The Hill reports.
“I believe that scouting would be better off, if they didn’t have openly gay scoutmasters.”
— Rick Perry, in an interview with NBC News.
“Rick Perry failed on the border. He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”
— Donald Trump, on Twitter.
“I saw a very, very naive man who does not know how the world works.”
— Rick Perry, quoted by the Huffington Post, on President Obama’s announcement of a nuclear deal with Iran.
First Read: “It’s bad, bad news for Rick Perry that his campaign raised just $1.07 million in the quarter — in fact, compare that with the $17 million his 2012 campaign raked in during its first quarter. What’s striking is that poor fundraising performance from Perry comes as he’s definitely improved as a candidate.”
Rick Perry (R) characterized the shooting in Charleston as an “accident” during an interview with Newsmax, while accusing President Obama of using the massacre to push a gun control agenda.
Said Perry: “This is the MO of this administration anytime there is an accident like this.”
Texas Tribune: “The one presidential candidate who cannot make a mistake did just that Friday.”
Rick Perry suggested that psychiatric drugs could be to blame for the mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, MSNBC reports.
Said Perry: “I don’t know, but I think the facts—once we get them—there were more people than that killed in Paris. This was a crime of hate, we know that.”
But Perry continued: “It seems to me, again without having all the details about this, that these individuals have been medicated and there may be a real issue in this country from the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used.”
Rick Perry will announce today his intentions to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
But McClatchy notes “unlike the more than a dozen other Republicans who are either in the presidential race already or on the verge, he has another factor at play. Hanging over his head is an indictment in Texas on charges of abuse of power when he was governor.”
CNN: “Four years after his first presidential campaign was crushed by the weight of his debate gaffe and stump speech mishaps, the governor who spent 14 years presiding over Texas is launching his second bid for the Republican nomination on Thursday.”
“He’s ditched the signature cowboy boots and added black-rimmed glasses. He’s spent the intervening years recovering from health problems and boning up on policy. Now, Perry will ask GOP primary voters for a second chance.”
Rick Perry (R) “has chosen Dallas to officially declare his second run for the Republican presidential nomination in three weeks,” the Dallas Morning News reports.
“For months Perry has said that he would announce his decision in May or June. But his constant travel to the early contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida has left little doubt of his intentions.”
“It’s OK to question your government. I do it on a regular basis. But the military is something else. Our military is quite trustworthy. The civilian leadership, you can always question that, but not the men and women in uniform.”
— Rick Perry, quoted by the Dallas Morning News, on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) questioning of Jade Helm 15 military training exercises.
“I’m the candidate. And my views are the ones that matter.”
— Rick Perry (R), quoted by the Des Moines Register, forgetting that he’s not officially said he’s a candidate for president when asked about the views of his aides.
“I wasn’t healthy. I wasn’t prepared. This time I’m both.”
— Rick Perry, quoted by the Greenville News, on running for president again.