Rick Perry, This Was Your Year

Part one of a timeline chronicling Governor Rick Perry's path to the White House: from promoting his book to his presidential campaign announcement.
Thu December 29, 2011 10:08 pm
Alice Keeney | Associated Press

A look back through the last year to see how Rick Perry the governor became Rick Perry the Republican presidential candidate.

December, 2010

…at his election-night victory celebration [Governor Perry] was selling advance copies of his new book,Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, the tour for which started immediately and serves as his first volley in a now-inevitable national campaign.

Paul Burka, “Let There Be Right,”  Texas Monthly 

February 8, 2011

I believe this will someday be regarded as the Texas century, as our resolve, discipline and commitment to one another carry us to brighter days and blaze a path for other states and even for our federal government to follow.

Governor Rick Perry, State of the State address.

February 8, 2011

The governor clearly enjoys talking about the economy, other states, the federal government, and other things he has little control over. Maybe in his next job …

Democratic senator Kirk Watson, of Austin, responding to the State of the State address.

May 19, 2011

The Dallas Morning News says Perry’s “non-campaign for the White House continues to pick up steam” with Rush Limbaugh, among others, dreaming of a Perry candidacy. “And the Republican elites do not like Rick Perry,” Limbaugh effused, while also celebrating Perry’s hair. “You are not going to be elected president unless you’ve got at least a ten inch part in your hair, preferably 14-inch.”

May 19, 2011

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