Skip to comments.Rick Perry’s camp defends 1993 HillaryCare praise
Posted on 08/30/2011 11:14:19 AM PDT by martosko
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been among the most vocal critics of President Obamas health care reform initiative, and of Mitt Romneys preceding health care program in Massachusetts. But in 1993, while serving as Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Perry praised the efforts of then-first lady Hillary Clinton to reform health care, a precursor to Obamas health care reform efforts.
In a letter to Clinton, who is now U.S. Secretary of State, Perry wrote: I think your efforts in trying to reform the nations health care system are most commendable.
I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nations farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers, and other members of rural communities, Perry continued, noting his administrations focus on economic development for rural Texans. Rural populations have a high proportion of uninsured people, rising health care costs, and often experience lack of services.
Again, your efforts are worthy, Perry concluded, and I hope you will remember this constituency as the task force progresses.
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You are right, she cannot win until she announces she's running. Then we'll see if you are right.
If Perry was the Conservative he now wants to run as, he would have written Hillary telling her he hopes her proposals would keep the Federal government out of the way of Texans providing solutions in Texas for health care and health insurance needs of the citizens in their state.
>>> Isnt it funny how those who wont support Sarah because she cant win continue to clamor for her endorsement? <<<
No one was saying such a thing against her when she endorsed them. She wasn’t running for anything. She was the popular conservative of the time. Still is. She’s just not the ONLY popular conservative.
Sarah Palin seems to follow Ronald Regan’s 11th commandment - she has good things to say about a lot of Republicans (including both John McCain and Rick Perry).
I keep telling you out of staters...Perry is not as conservative as you think ge is. If he is elected as president he will govern from the middle not the right. So if you want An establishment candidate with an accent...he’s your guy!
Perry supporter: blah, blah, blah Hillarycare, blah, blah, blah, Acorn, blah, blah, blah, immigration, blah, blah, blah Gardasil....
He was still in that transition period from Democrat to Republican?
Rick, this was business. It wasn't personal...
By noting that he will repeal Obamacare when elected.
Apples and oranges...
Why does Palin zealots committ the same B.S. attacks against Perry that were committed against her? The same old “dig up old crap, take it out of context, throw it against the wall, see if it sticks” angle.
That’s what I want to know.
“Its going to be hard for Sarah Palin to execute anything if she cant win any of the primaries.”
It’s going to be hard for Perry to win the nomination if stuff like this keeps comming out.
No it isn’t. Palin supporters a throwing crap against the wall hoping it will stick. The same tactic used against her by the liberal media, they are trying to use on Perry.
The Perry fanatics will do the same as with his support of amnesty and global warming, spin and lie.
To me, Perry comes across as more compromised of conservative issues.
Many of the criticism are valid, and they have nothing to do with whether he resigned from office or not. They have to do with policy and philosophy. He just doesn't impress me at the moment. Obviously not as bad as Romney, for instance, but he needs to be more than that.
IMHO, Perry will be effectively attacked along several valid lines of criticism, from both sides of the political spectrum, both in the primary or general election seasons.
I think Sarah has more integrity, passion, leadership, and philosophical purity. Therefore, I hope she runs.
I’ll put my conservative credentials against anyone on the board. Every attack on Perry I’ve seen so far has been completely rubbish. Anti-Perry people who are just flailing away. They’ve yet to get a glove on him.
Did you notice who I posted that response to? Someone who just joined here with the name palinsupporter. I was talking to him/her, not you.
Yes, we noted you were blowing smoke, if you do not like the screen name take it up with the mod, but I would think you should have your bag packed first, because your post was more of a personal attack than anything.
“Sarah Palin seems to follow Ronald Regans 11th commandment - she has good things to say about a lot of Republicans (including both John McCain and Rick Perry).”
Yes Gov. Palin follows Reagans 11th commandment i.e. go personal BUT if I’m not mistaken nothing in Reagan’s rule say you can’t criticize the candidates record.
Gov. Palin will vet candidates just as she would expect them to do the same to her.
I remember the 'appointed dem judges' theme with Palin, then found out that she had to pick from 3 dem judges - something like that. But this 'old crap' from Perry was him being himself, choices he made, choices that no one likes. I don't quite see them as the same thing. You may have other attacks on Palin in mind, so maybe these attacks are closer to the same thing than I think they are.
As an Iowa caucus attender, I do get a (small) say in who our next candidate is. Last time around I voted for Fred, Romney won my precinct (and will again, a lot of Mormons) and Huck did well (a lot of my church friends supported Huck...I didn't get it).
I already have looked more deeply into the Gardasil issue, and, quite frankly, despite the "opt-out" clause for parents, I find Perry's policy in that case to be very heavy-handed with respect to mandating medical procedures for the individuals affected.
I'm against such authoritarian rubbish, and it does concern me in a Presidential candidate. Perry has his work cut out for him if he wants my support.
I already know Sarah's heart...
“Reagans 11th commandment i.e. not going personal.”
Should proof read more. :)
The article of this thread has been blown up to be rubbish! Do you care? Do the Palinstinians care? No.
I can't take her at her word when she supports someone as a "conservative".
Palin said the Republican Party needs new blood and new leaders, "but we also need statesmen and heroes like John McCain in there to help us get through these challenging times."
That’s a token bone to McCain for making her career for her. She’ll pay that back to McCain for the rest of his life.
She owes Perry nothing, yet he made enough of an impression on her to have her endorse him anyway.
—Bachmann has never praised anything about Hillary.—
Doesn’t sound very diplomatic. :->
—How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?—
I just read the letter. What’s to defend, exactly. I think it is a great letter! Notice it does not call out any specific thing she had proposed. It was a very politically savvy document that basically said, “I think it’s great that you (a first lady who is not on the government payroll) are spending your time seeing if you can come up with a way to improve the health care system, and please think about the farm community which I represent while you’re at it”.
You can almost seeing him say to himself, after he signed it, “And good luck with that.”
Perry was Agricultural Commissioner at the time. He was looking out for his constituency.
I think you really need to read the letter. Read every sentence and think about what it is communicating. And events contemporaneous with the letter.
And remember, Lindberg, at one point, thought Hitler was wonderful for Germany. So did a lot of prominent Americans and Europeans. AS events unfolded, they changed their opinion.
You need to take this letter in context and see not only what it is saying, but what it is NOT saying. Some of the readers here are incorrectly inferring things that are not said, nor implied.
Thats a token bone to McCain for making her career for her. Shell pay that back to McCain for the rest of his life.
So you can take Palin "at her word" as long as she does not have any debt, known or unknown, she is paying off. How come this sounds just like politics as usual? You can trust me, as long as I'm not paying off a political debt.
We know he voted for Carter in 1976 (a Southern Democrat campaigning as a Christian running against a northern liberal, Ford); we know he worked on Al Gore's Texas primary in 1988 (when he campaigned as a moderate Southern Democrat running against a northern liberal Dukakis) and that he voted for Bush41 against Dukakis. But there is no evidence that I have seen that he voted for Carter in 1980 or Mondale in 1984. Since what we know about his voting pattern (supporting the ostensibly more conservative candidate), it would seem possible, maybe even likely, that Perry was a "Reagan Democrat". If you have evidence to the contrary (evidence, not just your assumption that because he was a Democrat he must have voted Dem - if that were true, Reagan never would have won in 1980), then please present it, complete with sources. IF not, then please be honest enough to admit that you are posting your own bias, not anything factual.
Wait a minute here people, are you all letting facts get in the way of conjecture and opinion?!?! I am afraid that will not be tolerated here.
He didn’t praise Hillarycare. Read the article.
He didn’t say he thought she would come up with good ideas. He wanted to strongly insist she take into account the constituents he represented. He started with boilerplate niceties, because that’s how you start official letters from government officials to government officials.
I do have to admit that I didn’t read the whole article, because since it isn’t really NEWS, my company blocks it.
Perry was not a Reagan democrat. Perry is on record of being against Reagan and supported Carter in 76 and 80 and if he was for Gore in 88 then I am sure he was for Mondale and Dukakis too.
Perry was fortunate that in Texas, the legislation didn’t pass, with the support of the governor, a sweeping ethics reform law which ended up making the governor an easy target for frivolous complaints.
He did have ethics complaints filed against him, which were dismissed. Anti-Palin freepers have even posted here that he was “being investigated for ethics violations” without ever including the final outcome — just like anti-Palin liberals did to her.
IN the previous post, I meant “anti-perry freepers”, not “anti-palin freepers”. Sorry about the typo.
Another very astute observation.
Please provide sources...
Actually, I can provide evidence to the contrary:
"There were Hispanics in the community, but Perry said he did not meet someone who was Jewish until he was in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University and really only got to know blacks while serving as a pilot of a C-130 transport in the Air Force. The last Democrat he can remember voting for for president was Jimmy Carter in 1976.
"I'll confess, I wasn't paying much attention. I was flying," Perry said. "Jimmy Carter. Peanut farmer. Georgia. Fooled us."
So we have evidence in Perry's own words that he never voted for a Democrat for president after 1976. I assume you cease posting such nonsense after this...
“How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?”
Oh come on, he was a DEMOCRAT just 5 years prior. It takes time to figure out how you’re supposed act when you change parties.
“Rest assurred, they’ll defend it.
Shoot, they’ll even defend “La Raza.” “
Hell, one guy is now defending Sharia.
All of these Perry haters are going to end up with obama just as sure as I’m typing here.