I Am Mindful of the Sacrifice of So Many

Eleven years ago today our very foundation was shaken, as terrorists attacked and killed thousands of innocent Americans in a brazen act of unimaginable terrorism.

Today we still live with the scars of those events – the loss of loved ones who went off to work on a seemingly normal Tuesday and never came home; the subsequent initiation of hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq that have taken the lives and limbs of our best and brightest, and; a new reality of tighter security, and a better understanding of those who hate us and the acts of terrorism they are capable of perpetrating.

This September 11th, I am mindful of the sacrifice of so many. I think about firefighters and police officers who rushed into danger as others tried to flee. I think of young men and women who walked into recruiting centers and signed up for war. I think of families who are nervous every time the phone rings, or someone knocks on their door, wondering if the worst news imaginable is about to delivered.

America remains the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever known. And it is because we are blessed with men and women who know freedom is not free, and are willing to bear its full cost.

Today, I hope you will join me in thinking about and praying for the victims of 9/11, and those who have paid the price in the War on Terror. And may we resolve to never allow such violence visit American soil again.

God bless you,

Rick Perry

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Labor Day

Labor Day in the Obama era is a painful reminder that far too many Americans have no jobs at all. Twenty-three million –as many people as live in Australia – are out of work or lacking full-time jobs in President Obama’s America.

Texas shows that strong conservative leadership can change that. In the month of July, Texas added 17,800 jobs. Between July 2011 and July 2012, Texas added 222,500 nonfarm jobs. For the last 67 months, the Texas unemployment rate has consistently been at or below the national unemployment rate.

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Google Hangout featuring Governor Perry

Hangout with Governor Perry

Tonight, at 6:15 pm CDT, Governor Perry invites you to join him and several other Texas conservatives for a LIVE video conversation.

Governor Perry, the Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri and others will chat live on Google Hangout about the GOP convention, the November elections and the importance of all of this for Texas.

To watch, simply go to GOP Convention YouTube page,, or the GOP Convention Google Hangout, and view their video conversation. This is free and no registration or special accounts are required for access.

Thanks so much for your support for Governor Perry and our Republican ticket this November.

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Texas Conservatism: Common Sense for a Country in Need

Our 44th President is an amalgamation of FDR’s government expansionism and Jimmy Carter’s incompetent malaise. No one doubts Obama inherited a tough economy. He made it worse. No one disputes he inherited huge deficits. He doubled them. No one argues with the fact he took over in the midst of a difficult war. He has made our mission more aimless.

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Gov. Perry, the Texas border, and November's election

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Romney and Ryan are Right for America

Statement by Governor Perry on Texas Republican Runoff Election

"I congratulate Ted Cruz on a hard-fought victory and a well-executed campaign. Ted is a force to be reckoned with: an excellent candidate and a great conservative communicator. I call on all conservative Texans to rally behind Ted Cruz in November so we can remake the U.S. Senate in the image of Texas for the good of all Americans.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fought a valiant fight. I’m proud to call David my friend. He and I will stand shoulder to shoulder once again in the spring, fighting for Texas -- the most conservative state in America.

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Vote for Dewhurst, Smitherman and Medina on Tuesday

Tomorrow is a very important day – runoff election day. A lot of the pundits said voters would be too busy with summer trips to turn out to vote in large numbers. Of course, they said the same thing about a May primary election the day after Memorial Day.

So I ask you to prove them wrong, and do your duty by voting in tomorrow’s runoff election. There are very important statewide contests on the ballot, in addition to a number of runoffs for local office and the state legislature.

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