Rick Perry recently suspended his fresh bid for president. So did Wisconsin's Scott Walker.
But there was a time Perry was the frontrunner for his party's presidential nomination.
This reminder comes courtesy of Karl Rove, the Texas-tied consultant, who says the leader in the race for the 2012 Republican nod changed seven times between September 2011 and the end of February 2012. PunditFact found that five individual candidates, including Perry, handed the lead around.
Some suggest Rick Perry's campaign is zombified.
Our take: So long as the former governor remains among presidential hopefuls, it's worth watching for claims about job gains in Texas while he held the top elected post. Samples ahead.
See Rick Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card here (we've checked him more than 150 times).
We have fact-checked misleading claims about anchor babies, deportations, sanctuary cities and the candidates' proposals.
Folks were still cleaning up the debate podiums in Cleveland when 10 Republican candidates for president were on their way to Atlanta.
They will be in town for this weekend's RedState Gathering, a convention at the InterContinental Buckhead for conservative and party activists.
The event will be lived streamed here if you want to watch. Expected candidates and speaking times are:
Friday Aug. 7:
10:30 a.m. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
11:30 a.m. — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
1:30 p.m. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
3:30 p.m. — Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
4:30 p.m. — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
Saturday Aug. 8
9:00 a.m. — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
11:30 a.m. — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
1:30 p.m. — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
4:30 p.m. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — developer Donald Trump speaks at the event's "tailgate" at the College Football Hall of Fame
Rick Perry relies on some well worn talking points in first debate.
Flashback time: In 2011, we rated False a claim the first word spoken from the moon was "Houston."
First word? Maybe "contact light."
Read the original fact check here.
A reader didn't like our not calling border crossers "illegal aliens," also objecting to our references to "unauthorized residents."
Some word choices are a matter of Associated Press style.
Former Gov. Rick Perry, who just declared for president in an airplane hangar near Dallas, has an expansive PolitiFact record.
See Perry's full Truth-O-Meter record here.
See our Twitter rundown of the most-viewed Perry fact checks over the years. OR comment on Facebook.
Rick Perry, the former Texas governor expected to announce for president, has hammered the federal government for falling short of stopping illegal border crossings.
Meantime, Perry has misstated quite a bit about conditions on the Texas-Mexico border.
PLUS: Rick Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card.
Count on Rick Perry, expected to announce his candidacy for president on Thursday, to mention job gains in Texas on his watch.
Here's our primer on employment changes in Perry's 14-year tenure as governor.
PLUS: Rick Perry's full Truth-O-Meter report card.
Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Perry are among the speakers at Gov. Rick Scott’s economic summit in Orlando.
• Revisiting the Legislature’s budget showdown
Rick Perry, in Iowa, took note of a town's claim to being some kind of ice cream history.
We kid. But Perry's tweet got us to wondering how often we get to check claims tied to what we eat.
The Dallas Morning News advises, here, that Rick Perry plans to declare his second bid for president June 4 in Dallas.
Translation: We're about 20 days away from Texans Perry and Ted Cruz facing off for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination--plus a few others, of course.
Rick Perry as governor urged Congress to keep the Export-Import Bank alive.
Perry, no longer governor, this week declared the bank should die. That's a FULL FLOP for Perry on the PolitiFact Flip-O-Meter.
Van Taylor touted tax changes approved by the Texas Senate as the biggest tax cuts in Texas history.
They weren't, we found.
Scott Walker and Greg Abbott, both visiting the Texas-Mexico border, have something else in common.
Walker, governor of his state longer than Abbott has led Texas, has been checked more often, though.
Rick Perry, who might join Texan Ted Cruz in declaring for president, has said he's the only aspirant who's got military service under his belt.
That declaration overlooks some fellow longshots.
Remember last summer’s Pants on Fire claims about immigrants committing 3,000 murders in Texas?
A similar claim singling out Barack Obama just drew four Pinnochio's from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker which also revealed the state of Texas has reconfigured its data.
(See video of Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, making his statement at the 23:29 mark of the video posted above this story or go directly here.)
A poll shows Ted Cruz barely still the favorite of Texas Republicans considering presidential prospects--with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker close behind (within the poll's margin of error).
Poll results oft change. But Truth-O-Meter report cards just get longer. Walker has been fact-checked more than Cruz; he also has more Pants on Fire ratings. More ahead...
Source: News story, "UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring," the Texas Tribune, Feb. 23, 2015
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