Skip to comments.Republican front-runners Mitt Romney, Rick Perry come from different worlds
Posted on 09/18/2011 1:55:44 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
......One was born into a privileged family in a tony Michigan suburb; the other, onto a flat expanse of West Texas dirt with no indoor plumbing. One spent his youth tooling around his fathers car factory; the other, selling Bibles door-to-door so he could afford to buy a car. One excelled at Harvard University, simultaneously earning law and business degrees and swiftly climbing the corporate ladder; the other, his hope of becoming a veterinarian dashed when he flunked organic chemistry at Texas A&M University, joined the Air Force. [Perry graduated from A&M]
Where Mitt Romney is obedient and cautious, Rick Perry is bombastic and spontaneous. If they had attended the same high school, they probably would have hung out at opposite ends of the hallway. Their relationship today is said to be frosty, if there is one at all.
In every single possible way, they come from different worlds, said Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, who advised Romney in his 2008 race but is neutral this time. You can see the playbook pretty clearly here: its populist against patrician; its rural Texas steel against unflappable Romney coolness; conservative versus center-right establishment; Texas strength versus Romneys imperturbability; Perrys simplicity versus Romneys flexibility.
.... Romney is campaigning as a steady, capable grown-up who can fix anything that needs fixing; Perry, as a passionate, principled leader who can channel the ire of a frustrated electorate.
The twin forces within the Republican Party are neatly manifested in the two candidates. Romney represents both the partys upper-crust establishment and the state Massachusetts that for so long has been the GOPs boogeyman. Perry represents the angry grassroots that are giving the party new energy and he personifies the state Texas that for a generation has been the GOPs soul.........
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Pop some corn.
And yet...they are still both just establishment good ole boy politicians.
Both are fascists for RomneyCARE/PerryCARE.
Both support open borders (but claim otherwise).
At least the RINO Perry is eligible.
RINO Rick praising HillaryCare (1993):
RINO Rick praising la raza:
RINO Rick praising Pelosi:
Romney and Perry are very different, indeed.
And they would be very different in how they would run the country.
I think Perry is the one with common sense and “laser-focus” on solving the problems.
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A RINO is a RINO, be they from Texas or the NE.
It’s an interesting read.
Two sides of the same coin.
Of course you leave off the context.
Bush wanted TARP passed because there was a genuine belief that Wall Street would implode without it. The Dems didn’t want to pass it so it wouldn’t help Bush.
“First we’ll go back to October 1, 2008. That morning, Governor Perry released a letter, co-signed by Democratic Governor Joe Manchin, urging D.C. lawmakers “to leave partisanship at the door” and “pass an economic recovery package.”
The Perry-Manchin letter came three days after TARP failed to pass the House by a vote of 228-205. Moments after the vote, an exasperated House Minority Leader John Boehner spoke to reporters. He blamed the failed vote on Speaker Nancy Pelosi highly partisan speech, delivered just before the roll call. Boehner said the speech “poisoned [the Republican] conference” and “caused a number of members that we thought we could get, to go south.”
The Bush Administration and the media predicted financial ruin if the House Republicans and Democrats failed to work out their issues with the bill.
Three days later, The Senate scheduled a vote on TARP. That morning, riding to the bi-partisan rescue, came Perry and Manchin. “There is a time for partisanship and there is a time for getting things done,” lectured the two governors.
Media outlets, including the Associated Press, hailed the letter as a bi-partisan endorsement of TARP. The Fort Worth Star Telegram, in Perry’s back yard, even ran the headline, “Perry joins with Democrat to push for bailout.”
Perry has since denied he wanted the bailout to pass, but it’s not difficult to see why media and politicians alike saw the Perry-Manchin letter as pro-TARP. The governors stressed bi-partisanship just days after partisan fighting derailed the first vote in the House, the letter was sent on the day of the Senate vote, and most obvious was the fact that Congress was not meaningfully considering any other proposals.”
And yet...they are still both just establishment good ole boy politicians.
I’ve posted fly paper.
BULL! Conservative Texan Perry versus liberal establisment Romney is more like it.
Over the last 23 years the GOP has given us Bush, Bush, Dole, Bush, Bush, McCain and now Romney as the establishment standard bearers. Not a conservative in the bunch.
I don't know any major candidate running for potus on the GOP side over the two decades who has a better executive conservative governing record then Perry. More importantly Perry isn't afraid to take on Obama and the Democrat leftwing. Choose Romney and Obama wins!
Romney would be a train-wreck and Perry would be a place holder at a time when we need action. Both will send us off the cliff slower than Obama but sure as hell anyway.
I don’t think you can go around calling anyone who has ever done anything you disagree with a Rino. I don’t believe either one of the guys is a Rino and remember, even Reagan was once a Democrat. People do change and evolve their views. I do think, however, that we’ve already had a simplistic president from Texas and the country is not ready for another.
All you have to do is read the date, the letter head and the contents of the letter to laugh about the “exposure” of this awful offense of the Agriculture Commissioner from Texas.
Poor Palin pups have nowhere else to go.
Speaking of dogs, there’s a real nice comment about Perry and dogs in the article.
Pretty ironic coming from someone who calls himself "RKBA Democrat". Perry is a card carrying (and gun carrying) member of the NRA, with a great pro-gun record. Myth signed an "Assault Weapons" ban in MA, and supports reinstating the Federal version.
Treasury: 99% of TARP investments paid back
TARP was passed to avert a potential catastrophy.
The Obama stimulus and other Obama spending is what created the huge debt.
Then Perry got into $$$Texa$ politic$-----and hi$ money worrie$ vani$hed.
So how many political/personal slush funds does Senor Ricky have? This is what we know to date----could be many many more.
<><> Texans for Rick Perry committee is a $102 million slush fund he uses at will. Some PAC mega-donors paid in $100,000 each in order to influence Perry's official actions. Gov Perry paid for posh family trips to the Bahamas, Amsterdam, Madrid out of campaign contributions from his Texans for Rick Perry committee.
<><> Perry's "Make Us Great Again PAC" raised millions to flood Iowa, and other early voting states, with ads promoting their boy.
<><> At the time he was saying he WAS NOT running for president last year, Ricky's Super-Pac raised $55 million for a presidential race---in $2500 max per person/ $5000 max per corporate PAC contributions. Perry organizers would not say what the Perry presidential groups has raised to date.
<><> Perry bragged at the Tea Party debate that he raised $33 million for reelection that year and that he was "offended" at the inference that he could be "bought" with Gardisil mfg Merck's $5000 campaign donation.
<><> The $295 million Texas Enterprise Fund doles out millions of tax dollars to Perry supporters who then kick-backed to his campaign coffers. TESF also gave $20 million to Countrywide Mtge---the crooks at the heart of the US financial meltdown---- Ricky said the $20 million was to (cough) "create jobs."
<><> Perry raised funds for the Republican Governors' Association, and, in turn, the Perry campaign received two $500,000 checks from the RGA.
<><> His wife Anita Perry's $60,000-a-year salary at the Austin "nonprofit" "Texas Association Against Sexual Assault" comes indirectly from Gov. Perry's political donors, state contractors and companies that do business with the state or have issues before the Legislature. Of 37 major donors during Anita Perry's tenure as fundraiser, ONLY three have NO ties to the governor or state business. Anita Perry is paid from the "nonprofit" money pool that includes political contributions. TAAS also receives grants from state agencies AND the governor's office. Donating to the TAASA seems to be another way Perry dreamed up for those with an interest in state government to influence Perry. State grants to the "non-profit" could be easily laundered especially w/ Mrs P at the helm.
<><> Perry also has a pot of "inaugural committee" monies (bet that comes in handy).
<><> And do on and so forth, ad infinitum, ad nauseaum.
TARP went to IAG and Sharia.
Do you agree with it for Romney, Perry, or both?
The TP does not agree with Perry on the big-government, nanny-state Gardasil debacle.
The TP does not agree with Perry on his opposition to the border fence.
The TP does not agree with Perry on his opposition to Arizona trying to defend itself from the ILLEGAL hordes that he wants to make citizens.
The TP opposed Perry on the TTC.
The TP does not support Perrys warped view that anyone opposing instate tuition for ILLEGAL aliens does so because of the ILLEGAL aliens last names.
The TP did not agree with Obama and Pelosis stimulus bailout plan yet Perry took stimulus cash anyway.
Rick Perry is a big government, progressive neocon candidate much the same as Mitt Romney. He is a RINO and a fraud and he is anything but in line with the TP's core principles.
“I don’t know any major candidate running for potus on the GOP side over the two decades who has a better executive conservative governing record then Perry. More importantly Perry isn’t afraid to take on Obama and the Democrat leftwing. Choose Romney and Obama wins!”
Nice to see some posters who clearly get it. :)
Hard to see your post what with all the flies buzzing around the sweet story about Rick Perry.
You can can that tripe anytime you want.
“Speaking of dogs, there’s a real nice comment about Perry and dogs in the article.”
Yes, I read that. :)
Yes, I’m counting the trolls on this thread...
Too bad 90% of Republican voters are "RINOs" too. /s
We should begin immediately to IVF the next POTUS.
Take a few cells of Newt’s brain, Cain’s joie de vivre, Perry’s military background, Romney’s facial symmetry, Huntsman’s blue eyes, Santorum’s teeth, Ron Paul’s ears, Bachman’s good intentions, Palin’s pugnacity and Pawlenty’s humility.
I’d photoshop if I knew how;)
I like Perry. I cannot tolerate Romney. There is just something disingenuous about Mitt. He is too slick-ish.
"It's a feel-good story, this Romney thing.
Romney is an ascendant guy."
Sen. John Kerry (D) to Don Imus on RomneyCARE:
"I like this health care bill".
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) on RomneyCARE:
"To come up with a bipartisan plan in this polarized environment is commendable."
Maybe it’s the pictures of Rick Perry and Mitt Romney interacting with voters. They’re really telling.
Or perhaps what is written might actually make someone on the fence want to vote for Gov. Perry, so they have to troll and ball up the thread.
Sad. Sad. No candidate to return their love.
So sad. So bad. Sniff....
. Guard the Borders!! .... "Gard a sil?"
Wow I saw an interview with a lady representing the TP and she said the TP is strictly focased on fiscal issues. NOT Social issues. So which is it social or fiscal?
It is too bad that so many Republican voters accept the RINO/liberal policies of Republican candidates; it’s what beget us the first 4 years of Obama and it’s what will possibly get us another 4.
One is smeared multiple times daily on Free Republic, and also by Michelle Bachmann.
One is not smeared daily on Free Republic, and will likely be the GOP nominee in large part because of the actions of Free Republic, Michelle Bachmann, and media analyst Sarah Palin, who has a rabid base on FR that will destroy any legitimate challenger to Palin.
OK...that’s enough trolling on this thread...so I kindly ask you to stop now. You are starting to behave like Temper...
Speaking of fiscal issues, new Rasmussen poll:
44% Conservative, 40% Moderate, 11% Liberal on Fiscal Issues (Rasmussen poll of Likely Voters)
———A RINO is a RINO-——
Thus sayith the WHINO