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Rick Perry’s camp defends 1993 HillaryCare praise
The Daily Caller ^ | 08/30/2011 | Alexis Levinson and Caroline May

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 Obama’s health care reform initiative, and of Mitt Romney’s 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 Obama’s 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 nation’s health care system are most commendable.”

“I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nation’s farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers, and other members of rural communities,” Perry continued, noting his administration’s 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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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: healthcare; hillarycare; hillaryclinton; massholian; obamacare; palinbots; perrycare; perrytards; rickperry; rinofreeamerica; texas; texican
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To: rjeffries
I like Palin, but she can’t win.

You are right, she cannot win until she announces she's running. Then we'll see if you are right.

51 posted on 08/30/2011 11:59:44 AM PDT by frogjerk (Today is already the tomorrow which the bad economist yesterday urged us to ignore. - HAZLITT)
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To: frogjerk

Add this in with his votes for Carter and Mondale and being Al Gore's state chair in the election on 88 , there are some freepers drinking some serious koolaid


52 posted on 08/30/2011 12:05:24 PM PDT by RED SOUTH (Follow me on twitter @redsouth72)
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To: martosko

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.


53 posted on 08/30/2011 12:05:52 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Jess79

>>> Isn’t it funny how those who won’t support Sarah because she “can’t 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.


54 posted on 08/30/2011 12:06:40 PM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: Jess79
Like so many other situations where others have saved Perry from himself, I am left to wonder how in the hell he thought this effort would turn out well...
55 posted on 08/30/2011 12:07:15 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: rjeffries; DrewsMum; Jess79

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).


56 posted on 08/30/2011 12:08:22 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: martosko

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!


57 posted on 08/30/2011 12:10:09 PM PDT by carjic (I've always been taught to respect my elders.... but it's getting harder to find any!)
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To: martosko

Perry supporter: blah, blah, blah Hillarycare, blah, blah, blah, Acorn, blah, blah, blah, immigration, blah, blah, blah Gardasil....


58 posted on 08/30/2011 12:10:34 PM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: palinsupporter1

He was still in that transition period from Democrat to Republican?


59 posted on 08/30/2011 12:10:43 PM PDT by Dudoight
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To: LearnsFromMistakes
Governor Palin seems to compartmentalize pretty well. That is why after she kneecaps Perry this weekend, she will be able to say

Rick, this was business. It wasn't personal...

60 posted on 08/30/2011 12:10:43 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: palinsupporter1
How are Perry fanatics going to defend this?

By noting that he will repeal Obamacare when elected.


61 posted on 08/30/2011 12:11:33 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan ("Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts." Richard Feynman father of Quantum Physics)
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To: rjeffries
The same way Palin fanatics defend her from cutting and running from office?

Apples and oranges...

62 posted on 08/30/2011 12:11:53 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

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.


63 posted on 08/30/2011 12:12:57 PM PDT by rjeffries
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To: Artemis Webb

“It’s going to be hard for Sarah Palin to execute anything if she can’t win any of the primaries.”

It’s going to be hard for Perry to win the nomination if stuff like this keeps comming out.


64 posted on 08/30/2011 12:13:16 PM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
I am a Palin supporter, and frankly, putting aside the consideration of the merits of the arguments given justifiying her decision to resign, it just isn’t that big of a deal to me. I don’t think it’s really a big deal to many who are primarily concerned with stands on the issues and ability to execute.

Well said.

65 posted on 08/30/2011 12:13:51 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: sargon

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.

It’s pathetic.


66 posted on 08/30/2011 12:14:29 PM PDT by rjeffries
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To: palinsupporter1

The Perry fanatics will do the same as with his support of amnesty and global warming, spin and lie.


67 posted on 08/30/2011 12:23:47 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: rjeffries
These criticisms aren't particularly coming from Palin supporters; they are coming from conservatives in general.

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.

68 posted on 08/30/2011 12:25:22 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: sargon

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.


69 posted on 08/30/2011 12:27:31 PM PDT by rjeffries
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA
Could you point out to me where in the story it mentions palin, are where the poster mentioned her. I do believe the obsession is in your corner.
70 posted on 08/30/2011 12:28:13 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: org.whodat

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.


71 posted on 08/30/2011 12:32:48 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Maxine Waters tells Tea Party to "go to hell" - no thanks, I have no desire to move to your district)
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To: rjeffries
Was Perry being sued by liberals every other day like Palin was while she was governor? I, like Sarah and anyone else with a brain, would've left office as well in order to not go broke by having to pay an attorney to defend against the flood of bogus law suits. Apparently Perry is the establishment politician he portends not to be and this country has had too many of those already. Admittadly though, he's got to be better than Obozo.
72 posted on 08/30/2011 12:40:28 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

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.


73 posted on 08/30/2011 12:40:48 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: LearnsFromMistakes; gov_bean_ counter

“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).”

Yes Gov. Palin follows Reagan’s 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.


74 posted on 08/30/2011 12:50:53 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: "You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: rjeffries
Why does Palin zealots committ the same B.S. attacks against Perry that were committed against 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).

75 posted on 08/30/2011 12:53:39 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: rjeffries
I'll try to look a little deeper and see if many of these attacks against Perry are rubbish.

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...

76 posted on 08/30/2011 12:54:17 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: Clyde5445; LearnsFromMistakes; gov_bean_ counter

“Reagan’s 11th commandment i.e. not going personal.”

Should proof read more. :)


77 posted on 08/30/2011 12:55:00 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: "You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

The article of this thread has been blown up to be rubbish! Do you care? Do the Palinstinians care? No.


78 posted on 08/30/2011 1:01:47 PM PDT by rjeffries
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To: rjeffries
I take Sarah Palin at her word that Rick Perry is a strong conservative. That’s good enough for me to support him for President.

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."

79 posted on 08/30/2011 1:03:38 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: Prokopton

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.


80 posted on 08/30/2011 1:14:48 PM PDT by rjeffries
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To: Kleon

—Bachmann has never praised anything about Hillary.—

Doesn’t sound very diplomatic. :->


81 posted on 08/30/2011 1:18:22 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: palinsupporter1

—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.”


82 posted on 08/30/2011 1:18:30 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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Perry was Agricultural Commissioner at the time. He was looking out for his constituency.


83 posted on 08/30/2011 1:33:56 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: McGruff

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.


84 posted on 08/30/2011 1:36:27 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: rjeffries
She owes Perry nothing, yet he made enough of an impression on her to have her endorse him anyway.

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.

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.

85 posted on 08/30/2011 1:38:11 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: RED SOUTH
Add this in with his votes for Carter and Mondale and being Al Gore's state chair in the election on 88 , there are some freepers drinking some serious koolaid

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.

86 posted on 08/30/2011 1:40:57 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: CA Conservative; 11th Commandment

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.


87 posted on 08/30/2011 1:53:03 PM PDT by A Texan (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: palinsupporter1

He didn’t praise Hillarycare. Read the article.


88 posted on 08/30/2011 2:07:57 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: comebacknewt

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.


89 posted on 08/30/2011 2:11:54 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: martosko

I do have to admit that I didn’t read the whole article, because since it isn’t really NEWS, my company blocks it.


90 posted on 08/30/2011 2:14:15 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CA Conservative

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.


91 posted on 08/30/2011 2:16:42 PM PDT by RED SOUTH (Follow me on twitter @redsouth72)
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To: drypowder

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.


92 posted on 08/30/2011 2:22:57 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: drypowder

IN the previous post, I meant “anti-perry freepers”, not “anti-palin freepers”. Sorry about the typo.


93 posted on 08/30/2011 2:23:36 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Another very astute observation.


94 posted on 08/30/2011 2:24:16 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: RED SOUTH
Perry is on record of being against Reagan and supported Carter in 76 and 80

Please provide sources...

95 posted on 08/30/2011 2:48:26 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: RED SOUTH
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.

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."

Houston Chronicle, "Rivals Perry, White share passion for leading Texas", 10/17/2010

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...

96 posted on 08/30/2011 2:55:55 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: palinsupporter1
What's to defend?

He praised Hilary for being willing to take on one of the biggest problems facing America both back then and now . . . Oh yeah, and he had the temerity to ask that she consider the plight of the ranchers, agricultural workers and rural communities and their difficulty in obtaining good medical care.

Oh the horror. /rolleyes

How startling. I'm sooo shocked, the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture praising Hilary for her "efforts in trying to reform the nation’s health care system” and daring to ask her to see what can be done to expand coverage availability to the rural population, ranchers, and agricultural workers. Really??? What a nightmare! /sarc

This is a non-story. Everyone in America knew then and knows now that our health care system is on a one-way trip to hell if something isn't done to slow the rapid growth in costs. Note, he didn't praise what she came up with, he praised her efforts.

Just another sad attempt to smear Perry over nothing.
97 posted on 08/30/2011 3:33:19 PM PDT by Sudetenland (There can be no freedom without God--What man gives, man can take away.)
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To: palinsupporter1

“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.

There. LOL.


98 posted on 08/30/2011 3:40:12 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: EternalVigilance

“Rest assurred, they’ll defend it.

Shoot, they’ll even defend “La Raza.” “

Hell, one guy is now defending Sharia.


99 posted on 08/30/2011 3:41:26 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Sudetenland

All of these Perry haters are going to end up with obama just as sure as I’m typing here.


100 posted on 08/30/2011 3:46:25 PM PDT by jersey117
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