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There's an old curse that begs, "O that mine enemy would write a book." That's a desire getting big play in the debates between Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who are both trashing my dad Ronald Reagan's so-called "11th Commandment" that Republicans must refrain from attacking each other in public.
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry easily dispatched Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to win the Republican nomination for Texas governor on Tuesday in a heated primary that highlighted the growing anti-Washington mood among voters in this year's midterm elections.
Mitt Romney said it all in last week's debate: "Rick Perry wants to abolish Social Security and Medicare." If you're over 65, think about it. Do you really want to take a chance? If you don't believe it, read Perry's book, "Fed Up".
DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid for automated telephone messages in Iowa accusing rival Rick Perry of contributing to illegal immigration.
LAREDO, Texas — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday she was being "firm" rather than testy with Gov. Rick Perry recently while he was again hammering the federal government over security along the Texas border.
Napolitano spoke with Perry late last month as Hurricane Alex threatened Texas before making landfall in Mexico. When Perry steered the call over storm readiness toward getting more National Guard troops, Perry said Napolitano became "a little testy."
"He said I was testy. I thought I was firm," Napolitano said, smiling.
The quip got laughs from an auditorium of border sheriff deputies and Border Patrol agents at Texas A&M International University, where Napolitano announced $60 million in grants to strengthen security along the southwest border. Texas will receive $17 million, more than any other state, under the program known as Operation Stonegarden.
The money is part of what Napolitano called a record amount of resources the southwest border has received since President Barack Obama took office. Napolitano reminded law enforcement officials how Border Patrol troops have doubled since 2004, and said illegal weapons seizures along the border rose 29 percent compared to the previous year.
Napolitano said she perhaps needed to provide "more information" to Perry, who has been slapping at Washington on everything from border security to education to federal spending.
"The numbers tell the tale," Napolitano said. "I would simply say look at the numbers."
Perry has maintained the numbers aren't sufficient. A day before Napolitano arrived in Texas, Perry sent a letter to Obama and Napolitano expressing his disappointment that Texas would only be given 250 National Guard troops.
Perry, who asked for 1,000 troops last year, called the number "grossly insufficient" to cover the large Texas border.
"Sending only 20 percent of these much-needed assets to Texas is unfair and inadequate," Perry wrote. "Furthermore, when you take into account the ramp-up and ramp-down times associated with a military action of this kind, this deployment would support sustained operations for only an estimated four months."
Napolitano phoned Perry, a Republican running for an unprecedented third term as governor, before Alex made landfall June 30 to ask if Texas had all the help it needed.
"I said 'yes, I have all the help I need, but I don't have all the help I need along the border of Texas,'" Perry told reporters the next day. "I said 'The idea that you would send 250 National Guard troops to a 1,200-mile border and think that is anything but an affront is beyond me.'"
Napolitano, who was a Democratic governor of Arizona before joining Obama's cabinet, said troop deployments don't tell the whole story.
"You can't just look at the National Guard alone," Napolitano said. "You have to look at the entire universe of resources that are being deployed to the border, and into Texas specifically. And those resources have never been greater."
Arizona will get the second-biggest slice of funding under Operation Stonegarden for 2010 at nearly $14 million. California will receive more than $12 million.
Jason Stanford is a Democratic political consultant and the co-author of "Adios, Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush." Jason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wouldn't have believed it, if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes: The Biggest Mouth in the West (err, I mean The Toughest Sheriff in the West) fronting for another Texas Governor, Rick Perry, who thinks that come Nov. 12, 2012, everyone who is 21 should vote for him for President. Gee, Rick, the election is Nov. 6 and the legal voting age is 18. Can anyone say, "W"?
Gilbert Perry athletic director John Wrenn has been rumored to be joining Rick Neuheisel’s staff at UCLA now that the former McClintock High and UCLA grad has the reins for the Bruins football fortunes.
The attacks by his fellow contenders - Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Rick Santorum, and Rick Perry - on Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for his successes at Bain Capital are disingenuous. The rivals are acting like Democrats. Romney's time at Bain epitomizes the type of success Republicans normally worship: financial self-improvement at the expense of the working man.
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas,, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (L-R) listen to a question from NBC Meet the Press moderator David Gregory during a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
LA MARQUE, Texas — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced her run for Texas governor Monday with a sharp blast at Gov. Rick Perry, a fellow Republican, saying he has overstayed his welcome with an administration marked by arrogance and "tragic" mistakes.
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, center, speaks while Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, left, and House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, right, listen during a news conference in Austin, Texas. Even as their states face crushing budget deficits and soaring unemployment, the Republican governors of Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi and Texas are considering turning down some of the stimulus package money.
The Arizona Republican Party is taking a low-key approach to today’s presidential primary, ceding most of the public attention to the Democrats vying for their party’s nomination.
"Banks used to be robbed by people. Now banks rob people."
"Right on, Mike McClellan. I'm glad you agree with Tea Party ideas on smaller government. Let's reduce the lavish salaries and pensions of the teachers in our state and pay them on merit instead of tenure and make charter schools the norm, rather than the rule."
“Don’t you just love it when cheaters lose? Suddenly, the Earth seems to be a little more in balance.”
AUSTIN, Texas - Two days after U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay won a fight to get a new judge in his case, prosecutors on Thursday succeeded in ousting the Republican jurist responsible for selecting the new judge.