“Mr. Rove, Mr. Bush’s top political aide, recently said through a spokeswoman that he and Mr. Perry were longtime friends, though he said they had not spoken for at least a year. Mr. Rove and Mr. Perry have been associates since at least 1986, when they both worked on the gubernatorial campaign of Bill Clements.”
The New York Times, August 20th, 2004
HUME: Bob Perry, the Texas businessman who gave them the seed money, is a noted Republican, has been a contributor to President Bush, is someone you know. What about that connection, if there is a connection?
ROVE: Well, look, I know Bob Perry. I’ve known him for 25 years. When I moved to Texas, you can count the wealthy Republicans who are willing to write checks to support Republican candidates on the hand — on the fingers of one hand. It would be unusual if I didn’t know him, having been active for 25 years in Texas.
HUME: When’s the last time you talked to him?
ROVE: Sometime in the last year. I can’t remember exactly when. I saw him in the last year, and I remember seeing him someplace along the campaign trail and exchanging a few pleasantries.
Fox News, August 25th, 2004