Skip to comments.At fair, Rick Perry fires first shots at Mitt Romney
Posted on 08/15/2011 8:40:39 PM PDT by DRey
DES MOINES Rick Perry, on his first day of extended Iowa campaigning, foreshadowed his coming assault Monday against Mitt Romney and swiped back at the former Massachusetts governor and venture capitalists suggestion that others in the GOP race dont understand the economy.
In back-to-back answers, Perry nodded at the difference between his economic record as Texas governor and Romneys in Massachusetts and then drew a cultural contrast between his background as an Air Force pilot and family farmer and his opponents high finance pedigree.
Its being able to work with your legislature to get the right tax and regulatory and legal system in place and we done that in Texas, Perry said of how he created jobs in his decade-long tenure as governor.
Talking to reporters as he made his way through the state fair here, the Texas governor was even more direct when asked about private business experience something Romney said sets him apart from the Republican field.
Taking a populist shot at his multi-millionaire rival, Perry cited Romneys former employer by name and contrasted that experience with his time helping run his familys cotton farm.
I was in the private sector for thirteen years after I left the Air Force, he said. You know, I wasnt on Wall Street, I wasnt working at Bain Capital, but the principles of the free market they work whether youre in a farm field in Iowa or whether youre on Wall Street.
Hours earlier, Romney, on the trail in Litchfield, N.H., had taken a not-so-subtle jab at Perry.
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Told of Romneys boast about knowing of the real economy, Perry shot back: Im thinking Texas is the real economy.
Ah, what fun. Watching two RINO bozos who voted against Reagan attack each other.
It IS fun! I LOVE being on a winning team again!
Those bozos aren’t on my team. I’m not a liberal RINO.
OK. We know you are a Palinbot.
If the only thing that happens with Perry is that he takes out Romney, I’ll be happy. Romney needs to go away.
He is our next president, regardless of the Palinista smear campaign. Perry 2012!
Well, he’ll take him out. And then he’ll take Obama out. That’s two things that are going to happen.
Job one is eliminating the number one rino Romney. I think that Palin is waiting for the current field to beat each other up before she gets in. Staying out also reduces the negative publicity from the Leftist media.
“He is our next president, regardless of the Palinista smear campaign. Perry 2012!”
You got that right! And I don’t think Sarah would approve of the way her supporters are acting, anyway.
Perry will be our guy. There’s no getting around it. So that’s all folks.
Palin supporter. Y’know, an actual Conservative. But, hey, you’re free to support Al Gore’s former TX campaign manager. But just don’t call yourself Conservative. Just sayin’...
Blew him a kiss, and now this, very funny stuff.
I think he has some of that Reagan humor, quick and sharp as a razor blade.
Yours. I’m voting for Palin. I already had Gore misrepresenting me for eons. I ain’t voting for the guy who was his campaign manager.
Too bad he voted against Reagan... twice.
He IS sharp. But when did he BLOW ROMNEY A KISS?! LOL!!!!
The damage has been done and your post admits as much ... Palin’s negatives are too high and she is totally unelectable .
No matter what happens , Palin’s negatives will remain the same and Palin knows it, which is why she will not run .
Thanks for clarifying. Just so you are clear:
Listen to this well.
Perry will NEVER be my guy.
You get him nominated, and you get him elected without me.
That quick Reagan humor, like voting for Democrats in the 80s? Really?
Gotta admit that is pretty funny. Real quick too.
I hear ya. Rick Perry proved he was a political opportunist when he became the only Republican governor to endorse pro-abortion Rudy Giuliani for president. Bear in mind, that at the time of Perry's endorsement of Giuliani there was a mass culling of Rudy supporters here at FreeRepublic. Logic dictates that Perry himself would not have been welcome here. Either his supporters have a very short memory or they just dont care how liberal the man is. Conservatives should and do.
Hear this...no one cares if fans of other candidates (mostly coming from Palin fans) want to stomp their feet, hold their breath and cry their lungs out. If your special candidate is so perfect let them win the nomination. If they can’t then I would guess they can’t win the general either.
Wow. THAT’s embarrassing.
Yeah, he’s real good at firing shots at liberals.
If he isn’t busy spouting their lying talking points as he endorses them for president.
B-I-N-G-O. If I want another open borders phony, we can keep that jug-eared jackass already sitting in the White House. BTW, Zero, Perry, Hillary and Slick Willard all share a singular trait in common. Not a one of them ever voted for Reagan.
They’ve been ZOT’ted by JimRob. Did I mention JimRob doesn’t like open borders RINOs ?
I like Giuliani. Wouldn’t like his supreme court nominations, probably, but I like Giuliani.
Rove... *shudders* The fella who always wanted liberal RINO establishment asshats to populate Congress.
I was very disappointed to see Cain disavow his strong stance against the Mohammadanism political death cult. I had him as my #2 choice after Palin. My worry with Bachmann had more to do with her not having had executive experience and the fact that we haven’t nominated a House member for President since Garfield in 1880 (and Garfield was Senator-elect by the time he was the nominee). Personally I think it’s probably time we had a strong woman President in the style of Thatcher in the UK. So many of our male Republicans lack balls.
Is this the part where I start shaking?
So I guess you are now in charge of handing out the conservative membership cards ?
He grew up in rural Texas. It comes with a thick accent. He’s smart like you wouldn’t believe. I’m sorry you dislike Texans so much. We’re actually pretty cool.
Exactly. I reminded the Captain Gardasil groupies that Perry would’ve been ZOT’ted for his support of Giuliani in ‘07/’08 had he been a FReeper. One can always allow for a mistake or disagreement with a given candidate (I supported Fred Thompson, but even he wasn’t right every time), but when they consistently take wrong stances and send up red flags — and now have their minions out lying about or rationalizing his stances and actions, that’s a bridge too far to cross. These guys are already behaving like the Slick Willard disciples, if that isn’t enough reason to dislike him.
I’m just saying don’t get on the wrong side of JimRob or you’ll ride the white lightning. ;-D
What is more embarassing is for someone to trash a good candidate in the hope and prayer that “their” dream candidate actually runs. Get a grip and come back when your Palin actually enters the race. Until then, stop trashing other candidates.
His college transcripts do not reveal a sharp mind...I also would like to not be embarrassed every time the President opens his mouth.
Ok. WE will. And, you can vote for Obama. Staying home is the same.
Conservatives support Conservative causes and candidates. When you’ve got to bend, twist, spin and lie to justify your candidate as a “Conservative”, somebody has to pull out the scissors and cut up your membership card. In other words, you guys can’t just pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining and expect me to nod my head in agreement. That’s what liberals do.
So paying sub-par prices for over 70,000 acres of private land in Texas alone, makes you think Perry understands land owner’s rights. Okay.
Cutting people’s farms in half in a line clear across the state, so they have to drive their farm equipment twenty miles to get to the other side of their property to farm it, sounds like a great idea to you. Okay.
Him wanting that to take place over 4,000 miles of Trans-Texas Corridor like territory through the rest of the United States, makes you think he understands land owner’s rights. Okay.
This was his brainchild. He envisioned massive imports coming into the U.S. from Mexico and Central and South America. Eh, who needs jobs in the U.S. Okay.
He wanted for force every single girl in Texas to submit to getting a Gardasil shot by edict from the state. You must think that’s another Conservative move. Okay.
He was supporting Al Gore, 19 years after I had started to vote. He was supporting him in 1988, as Reagan’s term was coming to an end. This doesn’t bother you. Okay.
He was an adult in 1988, had voted in 1980 and 1986. Who did he vote for? Carter and Mondale? That doesn’t bother you? Okah.
Please tell me. Why would I have to be the supporter of another candidate to object to this guy?
For the Record, right now I like Bachmann, but I’m not convinced she’s who I’ll support by mid 2012.
Why are you buying off on this guy?
What this looks like is a big movement here to cram him down our throats, despite the absolute fact this guy IS NOT one of us.
You tell me why I shouldn’t wonder who is driving this effort, and which party is directly behind it?
a non-vote for whoever the republican nominee is a vote for obama.
Real good plan.
I am sure JimRob dislikes Obama more than any other GOP candidates (declared). Anyway, why are you speaking for him?
That’s as bright as saying staying home is a vote for Perry.
What’s with you folks? Wake the hell up.
Wow, you really hate Palin, don’t you ? BTW, nobody ever said Perry wasn’t a “good” politician. He is. It’s just that he’s not a Conservative leader. You want a politician, fine. The rest of us want a leader. Not Al Gore’s campaign manager and a Rudybot who is open borders.
Just because Zero is absolutely execrable doesn’t mean our alternative is to go with someone slightly less execrable. You guys use the same arguments as the Slick Willardbots from the last time around... in 1980 you guys would’ve rather had Gerald Ford and Bush, Sr. instead of Reagan just because they were “better” than Carter.
OMG, folks get a fricken grip. Not voting for Perry is no more a vote for Obama, than not voting for Obama is a vote for Perry?
Where did you folks get your marbles?
God love ya, but come on folks.
Give me a man I can vote for. Gore’s campaign manager? Really? Didn’t vote for Reagan? Really?
Wait a minute... ... ... ... ...
No, this isn’t DemocratUnderground, the DailyKos, MoveOn.org, or Huffpoo.com.
Are you folks lost?
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