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Perry: I shouldn’t have called people heartless for opposing in-state tuition for illegals
Hotair ^ | 09/28/2011 | Allahpundit

Posted on 09/28/2011 3:40:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Via Newsmax, skip to 5:25 for evidence that his wife was right when she told Iowans this morning that he’ll be better prepared for the next debate. He’s smoother this time, emphasizing that it’s a highly bipartisan position in Texas and notably avoiding any insinuations about how evil those wingnuts in his base are. (Also: No rambling about saving a pretzel for the gas jets.) He might also note at the next debate that he’s hardly alone among prominent Republicans in backing the idea:

In 2001, Perry signed the first state law in the country that allowed the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates. Former Florida state Rep. Juan Zapata said the Texas law was “the model” for legislation that he repeatedly—but unsuccessfully—pushed in his state. Two of his key allies then are now among the GOP’s most sought-after stars: [Jeb] Bush, the subject of perpetual draft movements to run for president, and his fellow Floridian, Sen. Marco Rubio, a sure bet for the GOP’s vice presidential shortlist in 2012.

“I think that is a fair policy,” Bush said in an e-mail to National Journal on Tuesday, adding that the students who benefit from the tuition breaks find themselves in the United States through “no fault of their own.”…

Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles, was the co-sponsor of such a bill in 2003 and 2004, before he became speaker of the Florida state House. Bush, whose wife was born and raised in Mexico and who speaks fluent Spanish, also championed the legislation…

“In times of cutbacks, it would not be as high a priority as it would be in times of abundance,” [Bush] said. In the email, he also insisted he would have required “many years” residency in state for students to be eligible for the tuition breaks. The Texas law, as well the Florida proposals, had a three-year residency requirement.

Rubio was asked about in-state tuition for illegals in Florida a few weeks ago and argued that the bill he sponsored as a state legislator was narrow in scope, requiring a certain GPA to qualify for lower tuition rates. Okay, but in-state tuition for illegals in Texas ended up being pretty narrow too, applicable to just one percent of the state’s college students. If the defense is, “well, it might be bad policy but it doesn’t affect many people,” that ain’t much of a defense. Ace is worked up, meanwhile, that part of Perry’s damage control here is that he cares too darn much, but that’s no obstacle to primary success. Remember back during the 2006 immigration debate when McCain started throwing around analogies involving people riding in the “back of the bus”? He was “passionate” too, in the most demagogic way. He waltzed to the nomination.

Two clips for you here, the first of Perry’s chat with Newsmax and the second of Christie — who has his own troubles on immigration — taking a shot at tuition breaks for illegals last night.

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; illegals; instatetuition; rickperry

1 posted on 09/28/2011 3:40:14 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

My advice to “His Rickness” for the next debate:

Go out wearing only a loincloth and a cowboy hat.

WINNER!!!


2 posted on 09/28/2011 3:42:15 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (If not Perry, it's Romney. And if it's Romney, it's Obama.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's a make or break issue. Not that it's a major source of waste, fraud and abuse but because it necessarily sets the needs of local illegal aliens above the rights of Americans living in the same country.

We are one country, or we are not. Patriotism is still a virtue or it is not.

3 posted on 09/28/2011 3:43:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: GOPsterinMA

Give the guy a break and let him put on his boots first.


4 posted on 09/28/2011 3:44:15 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If it’s Obama or an open border RINO, I might punch a chad with reluctance.

But that’s it. They don’t get a dime, or a sticker on my car or yard.


5 posted on 09/28/2011 3:44:55 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

After this election, I’m not sure Perry is going to be able to be re-elected to Gov of Texas


6 posted on 09/28/2011 3:46:18 PM PDT by cowtowney
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To: SeekAndFind

Too late Ricardo.


7 posted on 09/28/2011 3:46:21 PM PDT by Falcon28
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To: 353FMG

Ok, fine! :)


8 posted on 09/28/2011 3:46:52 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (If not Perry, it's Romney. And if it's Romney, it's Obama.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t know who is begging Jeb Bush to be drafted, it certainly isn’t me.

As far as I am concerned Jeb Bush is anathema.

I have no use for him at all.


9 posted on 09/28/2011 3:48:21 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: muawiyah

Catering to illegal aliens sends a terrible message to young people: break ours laws and you are entitled to special perks. It they would not get welfare, admission to schools, jobs, promise of citizenship, etc., many would not bother to come here and would leave.


10 posted on 09/28/2011 3:51:37 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t Perro Mexican for dog?


11 posted on 09/28/2011 3:55:09 PM PDT by anton
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To: SeekAndFind

We in Texas know what he is like - a politician first and foremost.

Better than Romney, but not conservative enough.

Almst anything(Obama excluded) is better than someone who supports illegals invading our country and me having to pay them to be here.


12 posted on 09/28/2011 3:55:09 PM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot.)
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To: Venturer

“As far as I am concerned Jeb Bush is anathema.

I have no use for him at all.”

We have had two too many Bushes already - Jebv may be the best of the lot, but too bad - no more Bushes.

Something wrong with them, like the Kennedys


13 posted on 09/28/2011 3:57:36 PM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This guy is insane. I got into it with one person the other day who was saying “Well what should we do, deport 12 million illegals? That’s crazy”

My answer is HELL YES! kick them ALL the F OUT! How many people pass through airports everyday? That’s every DAY not YEAR.

Don’t know?

The answer is 2 million.

People with liberal mentalities always mention illegal numbers as if they are huge when they aren’t.

12 million could EASILY be deported in less than a year, yet we do not do it because of these fear factor statistics liberals always spew out.

Put it this way; Would you deport 12 million murderers and rapists? Yes? Well how do you know illegals aren’t THAT? Trust?

Ask these women if trust worked for them.........

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrienne_Shelly

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mia_Zapata


14 posted on 09/28/2011 3:58:35 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My challenge to all the faithful at FR. Let's call Jim DeMint in mass and urge him to run in 2012!!!!!

His DC number is (202) 224-6121. I have made my call.... how about you?


15 posted on 09/28/2011 3:58:53 PM PDT by catfish1957 (A politican with a heart usually means they have one hand in our pocketbooks!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

You are right, Gov. Perry.

Now you should just STFU, go back to Austin and do the job that you promised that you would do. That’s what we are paying you for.

We’re NOT paying you to be the White Male version of Sheila Jackass-Lee. Got it?


16 posted on 09/28/2011 4:20:21 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Venturer

Don’t look now, but it is the plan of the Establishment to draft another Bush into office! wE DON’T NEED NO MORE STINKN’ BUSHS!


17 posted on 09/28/2011 4:28:01 PM PDT by Paperdoll (Herman Cain for President in 2012!)
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To: Venturer
Bush.... just another shrub....

....and a weedy one at that!

18 posted on 09/28/2011 4:59:07 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: SeekAndFind

He was out of touch with the country like Romney, Bush and Rove. We can’t afford any more citizens of the world. We need an American concerned about the American people, American business, and American foreign policy for a change.

Political correctness will be the death of this society.


19 posted on 09/28/2011 6:17:23 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
12 million would self deport if we just made it harder to get:
social security numbers, jobs, food stamps, government assistance, drivers licenses, free health care, housing, schooling, bank accounts, credit cards...all the things the rest of us have to jump thru hoops to get, while illegals seem to just fake it and get whatever they want.
20 posted on 09/28/2011 7:44:23 PM PDT by lula ("The TRUTH has no agenda" Glenn Beck)
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To: lula
all the things the rest of us have to jump thru hoops to get, while illegals seem to just fake it and get whatever they want.

Only in America...what a country! (/S)

21 posted on 09/28/2011 7:49:54 PM PDT by Niteflyr ("The number one goal in life is to parent yourself" Carl Jung)
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To: SeekAndFind
In-State Tuition Debate Isn't About In-State Tuition (It's about AMNESTY)
22 posted on 09/29/2011 6:57:23 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Bush called us "vigilantes." Perry calls us "heartless.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Hmmmm...look at all the responses here. Looks like Hispandering Perry is losing his charm. LOL


23 posted on 09/29/2011 7:00:38 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears (Bush called us "vigilantes." Perry calls us "heartless.")
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