Perry is in... August 9th, 2011 drudgereport.com ~ “Rick Perry has confirmed today he will be running for president. Many were expecting him to announce on the day of the Ames Iowa Straw Poll, but it seems his campaign decided it'd be better for him to announce today. He asked for those excited about his campaign to write him in at the Ames Iowa Straw poll, and will be making his first appearance as a candidate in Iowa in two days.”- Wolf Blitzer, The Situation Room, August 9th, 2011 ~ Ames Iowa Straw Poll Paul-4,689 Pawlenty- 3,021 Bachmann-3,009 Perry-2,152 Cain-1,610 Santorum-1,527 Romney-541 Gingrich-381 Huntsman-72 McCotter-36 Scattering-223 Total votes:17,261 ~ “The real winner is Tim Pawlenty, who capitalized on Bachmann losing momentum to Perry and was able to win a strong second place.”- Chris Wallace, Fox News Sunday, August 14th, 2011. ~ “Actually I think the winner was Ron Paul. Because he won!”- Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, August 15th, 2011. ~ “There's no clear path to victory for Paul.”-Nate Silver, Twitter, August 15th, 2011. ~ “That was a great day for all of us. Not only did we win, but we nearly beat Pawlenty by two thousand votes. We began to talk about what to do next. We were going to continue our primary focuses, work on the ground game in caucus states and continue the moneybombs, but now there was talk of trying a bit harder, trying to get a strong presence in the debates. Commercials also had to stand out. We didn't want to do your typical, conventional ads. We wanted to stand out, make something different, maybe even a bit weird. We knew our focuses, Iowa, New Hampshire, and the caucus states. Later we would add Nevada to that list, but for now we knew to stay humble. A straw poll is only a straw poll. We'd won plenty other straw polls before and we knew it didn't equate to victory.” -Jesse Benton, All the King's Horses ~ Pawlenty not dropping out... August 14th, 2011 Drudgereport.com ~ September 12th, 2011 Republican Primary Debate: Tonight's players --* FORMER GOV. MITT ROMNEY, (R-MA.), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I love America. I'll fight for America.* ANNOUNCER: -- Mitt Romney, the early front-runner --* ROMNEY: Obamacare.* ANNOUNCER: – normally focused on the president, now turning his attention to a more immediate opponent --* GOV. RICK PERRY (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'm going to be a pro-business president, and I'm not going to make any apologies about it.* ANNOUNCER: Rick Perry, the newcomer. He got a late start, then surged to the front of the pack, with a conservative voice, folksy and brash.* Tim Pawlenty, , the friendly governor.* FORMER GOV. TIM PAWLENTY, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Charlie Sheen is winning, and in the Republican field, I'm winning ANNOUNCER: He aced an early test in Iowa, proving he's a top- tier contender, while keeping up his down to earth, friendly reputation. * The rest of the field in search of a breakthrough.* Michelle Bachmann, the firebrand now losing her momentum to Perry, in search of a way to reclaim her status as a major candidate. Jon Huntsman, the diplomat, carving a more moderate path to try to defeat his ex-boss, the president.* Ron Paul, the Libertarian, billing himself as the freedom fighter in the race.* Rick Santorum, the fighter, known for throwing hard punches from the right.* Herman Cain, the businessman who plays up his experience as a pizza executive and his inexperience in politics.* Newt Gingrich, the big thinker, once the most powerful man in the House, now looking for traction after early stumbles.* Tonight, nine candidates, one stage, one chance to take part in a groundbreaking debate. The Tea Party support and the Republican nomination, on the line right now.* ~ BLITZER: Congressman Paul, let me expand this conversation. Do you agree with Governor Perry that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme?* PAUL: Well, I agree that Social Security is broke. We spent all the money and it's on its last legs unless we do something. One bill that I had in congress never got passed was to prevent the congress from spending any of that money on the wars and all the nonsense that we do around the world, It's a shame they didn't listen, because we're in a dangerous situation now Now the other thing that I would like to see done is a transition. I think it's terrible that the Social Security system is in the -- the problems it has, but if people wouldn't have spent the money we would be OK. Now, what I would like to do is to allow all the young people to get out of Social Security and go on their own. The youth of the nation deserve better than a welfare state.* (APPLAUSE) ~ BACHMANN: I'm a mom. And I'm a mom of three children. And to have innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through an executive order is just flat out wrong. That should never be done. It's a violation of a liberty interest. And not only that, but according to sources close to my campaign, that vaccine has caused mental retardation.* Perry: That is simply not true.* Bachmann: That's what we've been told. There is science behind it an it is happening. This is a very real threat and it's in many ways similar to what we could see under Obamacare.* Perry: All I can say is that whoever told you that is a liar, which explains why they're close to your campaign.* ~ “Ron had a good debate, he was able to connect more with the audience. Perry and Bachmann exchanged barbs all night, Rick's diss of Bachmann “All I can say is that whoever told you that is a liar, which explains why they're close to your campaign.” put the first dent in his campaign. He would later apologize for the comment, but the damage was done. Pawlenty did excellently, which we were hoping for. We wanted Pawlenty and Huntsman to gain as much ground as possible, so they could act as a spoiler for Mitt Romney. We liked Mitt, he was a friend of Ron's, but we didn't like him enough to give him the nomination. Paul would come off as an anti-authoritarian figure which appealed to both the Tea Party and moderates. We began to realize these debates could be a good way to gain momentum and that the momentum could help us build up our ground game.” -Jesse Benton, All The King's Horses ~ “In shocking news today, seven women report they were drugged and raped during the Occupy Phoenix protest over the past month. The women banded together and spread their stories through social media, with their YouTube video surging through the internet. An investigation has been underway to find the offender.”-Shepard Smith, September 22nd, 2011 ~ “I knew it! Those raping, mindless college students have gone too far!”-Andrew Breitbart, allegedly on September 22nd, 2011 ~ Florida President 5 Straw Poll Cain 28% Santorum 28% Perry 14% Paul 10% Romney 9% Pawlenty 5% Huntsman 3% Bachmann 3% ~ “There were condoms all over the ground, people fucking in public...and I started to wonder why they were really here.” “All I've smelled is weed and body odor for weeks.” “The park slowly got segregated. There's an area for gay men, lesbians, African-American, veterans, college students....” “I saw a guy with a sign, “Occupy My Cock”, standing with his pants down, bothering college age girls” “Man..all these fucking kids who go home for the weekend..fuck 'em man, I clean my clothes when it rains, and they can too.” “I saw people here with bottled water and I'm like, do you want a corporation to poison you?” “Some people here are weird.” “I'm a veteran, I believed in Occupy. I showed up I my uniform, and I was spit on.” “The Dark Side of Occupy”, viral video recorded by James O'Keefe, uploaded October 10th, 2011 ~ “The video was a minor hit at first, though it would certainly come into play again after the unfortunate death of James O'Keefe in 2012, when he was one of a noticeable handful controversial political figures to pass on too soon. Occupy did however become a fairly important topic in the debates. It was later point out that many parts of the video were cherrypicked, taken out of context, heavily edited, and in some cases came from other conservatives who happened to be there, looking for the worst possible things. However, some of it was still very real, the footage of segregated camps at some of the protests and a man selling drugs were real, among other things. The Florida President 5 straw poll was a big hit to Governor Perry, now people would stop caring about him and Pawlenty as Cain and Santorum fought it out over who got to be the “conservative alternative” as the sensationalist media called it, to Romney. With Ron starting to do better than excepted in some early polls of Iowa and New Hampshire, the media decided to make a big deal about those newsletters.” -Jesse Benton, All The King's Horses ~ “Occupy Wall Street is quite simply the obvious result of our increasingly moral-less, irreligious, and liberal damaged society. We need a moral leader” -Rick Santorum during an October 13th, 2011 stop in Iowa. ~ “I have a solution to America's problems, and it's 9-9-9!”- Herman Cain during an October 14th, 2011 speech in South Carolina.