Shaheen 1, Perry 0

During Gov. Rick Perry’s "colorful" speech to the Cornerstone Action Dinner last month, he attacked New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen over a bill she sponsored to promote energy efficiency.

"Instead of relieving the economic burden … you have your counterpart in the United States Senate who is working on a bill that would make things worse for home builders." Perry said to great applause at the Cornerstone Action Dinner, October 28, 2011 in Manchester, N.H.

"Under her scheme, federal bureaucrats could take over the local building code enforcement in your city if so-called green mandates are not complied with quickly enough," Perry said. "It is just simply bureaucratic overkill."

Perry was referring to the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011, a bill Shaheen introduced with Republican co-sponsor Sen. Rob Portman. The bill proposes numerous changes to national energy policies and practices with the goal of increasing the use of energy efficiency technologies and fostering job creation.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning researchers at Politifact reviewed the details of the proposed legislation. Would it potentially allow the federal government to take over local building code enforcement as Perry alleged? In a word, no.

Under Shaheen’s energy legislation, states would be required to report whether they plan to meet the model building codes. Those states that agree to the standards and accept federal dollars would be subject to a certification process to ensure they meet the regulations. But there is nothing in the bill that requires states to take part, nor are there any penalties for non-compliance. The bill is voluntary, not mandatory. We rate Perry’s claim False.

Rick Perry & Frank Guinta on Obama’s Citizenship

Is Gov. Rick Perry trying to win Rep. Frank Guinta’s endorsement by raising the birther issue?

New comments by Rick Perry in Parade magazine have revived the issue of whether the Texas governor believes that President Obama was born in the United States.

In the interview, Mr. Perry was asked if Mr. Obama was born in the United States, and he replied, “I have no reason to think otherwise.” When pressed, he said, “Well, I don’t have a definitive answer.”

Rep. Frank Guinta:

Perry: “I Haven’t Figured Out Why N.H. Is So Important”

Speaking to the Houston Rotary Club in 1992, Rick Perry expressed his displeasure that the New Hampshire primary plays such an outsize role in the presidential selection process.

“I haven’t figured out New Hampshire yet. New Hampshire is so small up there, there were 55,000 people voted in New Hampshire in one side of this thing. … But Denton County’s got more votes than that that will vote in the primary up there. So I haven’t figured out why that’s so important.”


More than once, Dean Barker has castigated the New Hampshire Union Leader for building up Rick Perry in preparation for endorsing him in the New Hampshire presidential primary.

The New Hampshire Business Review provides more evidence, pointing out that a Politico column originally titled, “Is Rick Perry dumb?” was retitled when it ran on page A2 of the Union Leader. The Union Leader title? “It’s no accident: Perry ‘not just lucky, he’s good.’”

In One Chart: Social Security Is Not a Ponzi Scheme

Campaigning in Iowa, Gov. Rick Perry again called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.”

“It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they’re working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie,” Mr. Perry told the crowd . He added during a later stop in Des Moines, “I haven’t backed off anything in my book. So read the book again and get it right.”

Nick Baumann explains some of the differences and similarities between Social Security and a Ponzi scheme in a Venn Diagram:

Welcome to New Hampshire, Gov. Perry

In Portsmouth this morning, Rick Perry got his first taste of retail politicking, New Hampshire style. Here’s how one of his home state newspapers, the Dallas News, covered it:

Gov. Rick Perry hit a buzz saw of protest and pushback Thursday morning in this liberal corner of New Hampshire.

Hecklers drowned him out as he popped into a bakery to greet voters. They hardly had to bother; nearly everyone Perry interacted with came armed with a pointed question about his views on climate change and the large number of uninsured Texans.

Whether it was masochism, a lapse in planning, or optimism that he could charm a bunch of Democrats into converting wasn’t clear. Maybe his aides wanted to give Perry a dose of humility after days of national attention.

The crowd hammered Perry over his positions on evolution, health care and climate change, but it was Social Security and Medicare — which Perry has called an unconstitutional Ponzi scheme — that generated the most heat.

Inside the café, Gail Mitchell and a companion grilled him: “You said Social Security was unconstitutional.”

“Social Security’s going to be there for those folks,” Perry answered his inquisitors, making reference to the elderly.

“But you said Social Security is unconstitutional,” Mitchell repeated.

“I don’t think I — I’m sorry, you must have,” Perry said before stopping himself.

Instead of elaborating, Perry stuffed a generous piece of popover in his mouth. (Perry called them “pop ups.”)

“I’ve got a big mouthful,” Perry said.

Magellan NH Primary Poll: Romney 36%, Perry 18%

In the first survey of likely primary voters since Gov. Rick Perry entered the race, Mitt Romney maintains an 18-point lead over his nearest competitor in the New Hampshire presidential primary.

36% of those surveyed by Magellan Strategies say if the election were held today, they would vote for Romney. Rick Perry (18%), Ron Paul (14%) and Michele Bachmann (10%) trail.

                         8/11    6/11    1/11
Mitt Romney ............. 36%     42%     39%
Rick Perry .............. 18%  
Ron Paul ................ 14%     10%      7%
Michele Bachmann ........ 10%     10% 
Herman Cain .............  3%      4%
Other ...................  3%              4%
Jon Huntsman ............  3%      3%
Newt Gingrich ...........  2%      3%      8%
Rick Santorum ...........  1%      2%      3%
Undecided ............... 10%      8%      8%

Romney has also maintained his high favorabilty rating (66% favorable / 24% unfavorable). Of all the remaining candidates, only Rick Perry (51% / 27%), Michele Bachmann (49% / 39%) and Herman Cain (36% / 34%) have net positive favorability ratings.

The survey results are based on an autodial survey of 613 likely Republican primary voters and undeclared voters likely to vote in the 2012 Republican Presidential primary. The interviews were conducted August 15-16, 2011. This survey has a margin of error of +/‐ 3.96% at the 95 percent confidence interval.

Topline results and crosstabs below the fold.

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Quote of the Day: Disgust for the Federal Government

"His obvious disgust for the federal government makes him attractive to the tea party-aligned voters here."

— Andrew Hemingway, New Hampshire Republican Liberty Caucus, on the appeal of Gov. Rick Perry

Rick Perry: Texting While Driving a Natural Right

If Texas Gov. Rick Perry throws his hat in the ring for the GOP presidential nomination, I’m guessing he’ll be the favored candidate of New Hampshire’s Tea Party/Free State crowd. He just vetoed a bill that would have banned texting while driving.

"Texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible. I support measures that make our roads safer for everyone, but House Bill 242 is a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults."

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