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Rick Perry announced his entrance into the 2012 Republican field in South Carolina, attacking President Obama’s economic policies and pledging to run for president on the anti-tax, anti-regulation agenda that has marked his time as Texas’ longest-serving governor.

Perry won an unprecedented third four-year term in 2010, but it isn’t his record-setting reign that has him sounding like the leader of his own republic. Perry, a southern Democrat-turned-Republican, ignited a furor when he told an anti-tax “Tea Party” crowd in April 2009 that the federal government “has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state” and suggested that Texas may consider seceding from the rest of the country.

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Judge excuses indicted Perry from next court date

Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry was excused from his next court appearance because of a previously planned state economic mission to Europe, but the judge on Friday denied the Republican’s request for blanket permission to skip all other pretrial hearings.


Correction: Perry Indicted story

In a story Sept. 23 about Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment, The Associated Press misspelled the special prosecutor’s last name on first reference. He is Michael McCrum, not Michael Crum.


Perry asks to miss court date, cites overseas trip

(Eric Gay, File / Associated Press)

Attorneys for indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked Monday that the Republican be allowed to skip his next court appearance because he’ll be out the country — and that he not be forced to attend subsequent pretrial hearings where no evidence is presented.


Citing Joan Rivers, Texas’ Perry backs clinic law

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday invoked comedian Joan Rivers’ death at a surgical clinic while defending a law he signed that would close the majority of abortion facilities in the nation’s second-most populous state.

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Law school dean to the Supreme Court: This love affair is over

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)

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Perry criticizes Obama's 'no strategy' on Islamic State

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate, says Obama has failed with his response to the Islamic State.


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