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Rick Perry Announces 2012 Presidential Run (Video)


As expected, anti-gay Texas Governor Rick Perry threw his hat into the presidential campaign today.

I'm not sure if it is the accent, the fact that Perry was George W. Bush's lieutenant governor or if it's simply because their religious politics are so similar, but watching Perry's announcement is like a flashback to a bygone political era.

Watch a segment from Perry's announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "is like a flashback to a bygone political era."

    Yes. Much like J. Edgar Hoover.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Aug 13, 2011 2:24:06 PM

  2. Ricky is ignorant and proud of it yet evil enough to screw most folks that support him after he gets elected.

    Posted by: ggreen | Aug 13, 2011 2:26:39 PM

  3. He'd likely want to eliminate unemployme­nt relief, social security, medicare, medicaid, the NEA, the EPA, head start, and anything else that would help anyone.

    He makes George W. Bush look like the "compassio­nate" conservati­ve he claimed to be.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Aug 13, 2011 2:27:10 PM

  4. "The change we seek will never emanate outta Washington, DC..."

    Then why does he want to go there???

    Posted by: boxerdad | Aug 13, 2011 2:38:27 PM

  5. he is running against Jefferson Davis right?

    Posted by: say what | Aug 13, 2011 3:00:53 PM

  6. Rick Perry! Is this the guy that turns things over to God when things get difficult? Then he would be make an excellent President of the United States.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 13, 2011 3:07:00 PM

  7. I caught the part of his speech on foreign policy. He seemed quite confused. Someone needs to tell him he's not running against George W Bush.

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 13, 2011 3:25:26 PM

  8. Is there any limit to the number of soul-less blowhards the state of Texas can produce?


    Posted by: Rick | Aug 13, 2011 3:29:20 PM

  9. I can ony hope he and Michelle Bachmann eat each other to pieces.

    Posted by: Utahime | Aug 13, 2011 3:33:26 PM

  10. I'm wondering how aware the GOP/Tea Party is regarding the persistent rumors (and supposedly solid evidence) about Perry's on-going, clandestine homosexual encounters with his staff, including his chef. It seems that his man-on-man exploits are an open secret in Austin, and it is widely known that he paid off his wife with an expensive bribe to stay quiet after she caught him having sex with another man.

    Posted by: Paul in Honolulu | Aug 13, 2011 3:37:13 PM

  11. @Paul in Honolulu If that little witch Kay Bailey Hutchison (the only woman in the US Senate to vote against DADT repeal) could not find the dirt on his gay exploits, then I doubt anybody could.....and believe me, she and her minions tried in the last gubernatorial campaign. It would be great if someone could, though....

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 13, 2011 3:42:17 PM

  12. Wonder if his homosexual trysts will catch up with him.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 13, 2011 4:09:51 PM

  13. @Paul in Honolulu there are no persistent rumors of Perry being gay, except for gays like yourself who seem to want to make it so. I've been in TX for 23 years, stay pretty connected to what's going on in Austin, and there's no such thing. As Rick said, the way TX politics works you would never be able to keep that secret if it were true.

    We can hate Perry's politics and agenda (and trust me, I hate a lot about Perry) but let's stop with the "he's a closeted homosexual" crap when it's not true. It only makes us look like fools.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Aug 13, 2011 4:34:33 PM

  14. He looks like a walking corpse in that photo.

    Is he still secretly dating his MALE chief-of-staff?

    Posted by: FunMe | Aug 13, 2011 4:40:03 PM

  15. Unless he has permanently silenced every one of his male sex partners, then there's little chance they'll all stay in his closet forever.

    Posted by: Ib4e | Aug 13, 2011 4:40:44 PM

  16. Seeing him running for president makes me mourn the death of Molly Ivins even more. She would have had a field day skewering him and all the other self-righteous Christianist twits. I sure don't want Governor Goodhair turning the USA into the USJ (United States of Jeebus).

    Posted by: eyechart | Aug 13, 2011 5:10:34 PM

  17. Puke puke. Gosh, what a dirty individual.

    It's sad that THIS passes as politics.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Aug 13, 2011 5:53:41 PM

  18. @RBearSAT -- Foaming-at-the-mouth homophobes anre ALWAYS closet queens.

    Just yesterday for instance:


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 13, 2011 6:20:23 PM

  19. Oh my! Just about everyone in the Republican pack is a complete loon! Here we go...let's see if the American public can be fooled again or if they learned their lesson with George W.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 13, 2011 6:39:05 PM

  20. just what this country doesn't need for president another conservative texas governor. 8 years of bush were more than enough. look what that has done the economy home mortgage 2 wars and the country so divided that it makes the pre civil war era a love feast.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 13, 2011 7:11:59 PM

  21. @RBEARSAT; Actually, there are persistent rumors about Perry. I think people are often too quick to label all homophobes closeted homos, but in Perry's case--whether legitimately or not--there have been rumors, ones that have made the mainstream press and are well-known by people other than gay people. Not sure why you're claiming otherwise.

    If they're true, it would make him a major hypocrite, of course, but everything about him is appalling, from his religious zealotry and ignorance of the separation of church and state (see his political rally disguised as an innocent prayer meeting), to his un-American secessionist idea, to his extreme social conservatism, including, obviously, gay rights.

    Not only "can" we hate Perry's politics, but any thinking, sane person should hate his politics. Unlike Michele Bachmann, who radiates craziness, he could actually fool some people. But, if he stands any chance against Romney, the Republican power structure will try to squash his campaign because he's not a viable candidate for any but the fringe right wing (i.e. much of the Republican party, but few independents).

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 13, 2011 7:12:29 PM

  22. @David nice try but you're quoted isolated incidents and trying to generalize it to a larger base. Perry is NOT gay nor does he have these "rumored" trysts with CoS or others.

    These rumors came up during some of his earlier gubernatorial runs and they were quickly deemed false by those who truly follow TX politics, even in the LGBT community.

    The only LGBT folks in TX who support them are what I would term the "gossip queens" who seem to have this weird fantasy about them.

    Now, I think we should focus on his record as several have listed. While we're happy to get rid of Gov. Goodhair here in TX I don't think I'd want to wish him onto the rest of the nation.

    You're going to hear a lot about how many jobs were created in TX. What doesn't come out is that, in the region (TX, AR, LA, OK, NM), TX is at the bottom of the pack in unemployment rate. We're almost 2 points worse than OK. That's the kind of stuff that needs to start coming out, not some false rumor on his bedroom.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Aug 13, 2011 7:12:47 PM

  23. Here comes bisexual Ricky....

    Posted by: jason | Aug 13, 2011 7:57:06 PM

  24. He's also a wife beater (and I don't mean the shirt). Mrs. Perry returned early from a trip abroad and found the Governor in bed with someone who was not "a broad". He beat the crud out of her, and his Dept. of Public Safety guards took her to Seton hospital where she was treated under the name Ms. Smith, a cash-paying patient.

    Oh and the bar in Austin where Perry has been seen more than once is Charlie's (a/k/a Uncle Charlie's), which is one block from the Capitol.

    Posted by: Olive Austin | Aug 13, 2011 8:09:44 PM

  25. He looks like another Regan-wanna-be phony politician.

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 13, 2011 9:05:49 PM

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