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Rick Perry casts Mitt Romney as a greedy Wall Street 'vulture'
Los Angeles Times ^ | Michael Finnegan

Posted on 01/10/2012 1:56:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Fort Mill, S.C. --— Rick Perry, the lone Republican campaigning for president Tuesday in South Carolina, likened Mitt Romney to a greedy Wall Street “vulture” who was indifferent to the plight of workers who lost their jobs in deals that enriched his investment firm.

Seeking an early edge in South Carolina’s Jan. 21 primary .. the Texas governor also ridiculed Rick Santorum’s congressional spending record.

Perry started slashing away at Romney’s record as chief executive at Bain Capital on Monday, but was more caustic Tuesday ..

"They’re vultures that are sitting out there on the tree limb, waiting for the company to get sick, and then they sweep in, they eat the carcass, they leave with that, and they leave the skeleton,” Perry told about 100 seniors here at the Sun City retirement complex.

Perry took the analogy further in comments afterward to reporters.

“We have allowed these greedy people on Wall Street to take advantage” of small firms going through tough times, he said, alluding to the money that Bain collected in deals that put 150 people out of work .. in Gaffney, S.C., and cost steelworker jobs at a plant in Georgetown, S.C.

“Instead of trying to work with them to find a way to keep the jobs and to get them back on their feet, it’s all about how much money can we make, how quick can we make it, and then get out of town and find the next carcass to feed upon.”

Perry went on to castigate the Obama administration for allegedly failing to stop “self-dealing” on Wall Street.

“You’ve got to ask yourself, when the last three chiefs of staff for this president came out of Wall Street, you don’t think there’s a little bit of inside dealing going on there?” Perry asked reporters.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: greedy; mittromney; rickperry; vulture; wallstreet

1 posted on 01/10/2012 1:56:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Pretty much nails it... did he say LIBERAL, pro-abortion, pro-gay, Greedy Vulture or just Greedy Vulture?


2 posted on 01/10/2012 1:59:10 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: NormsRevenge

Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich; “Capitalism is bad.”

When we have entered a plane of existence where Mitt Romney is the champion of capitalism for the “right,” we truly are is serious trouble.


3 posted on 01/10/2012 2:01:37 PM PST by Grunthor (At least he is better than Obama! Is NOT a rallying cry!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich; “Capitalism is bad.”

When we have entered a plane of existence where Mitt Romney is the champion of capitalism for the “right,” we truly are in serious trouble.


4 posted on 01/10/2012 2:02:06 PM PST by Grunthor (At least he is better than Obama! Is NOT a rallying cry!)
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To: NormsRevenge

So this is what passes for a republican nowadays? Blaming greedy Wall Street for having the audacity to make money.


5 posted on 01/10/2012 2:02:32 PM PST by bigdirty
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To: NormsRevenge
I support Rick Perry and gave him money. But things like this disgust me. Perry and Gingrich are revealing themselves to be populists, not conservatives. There is plenty of ammunition against Romney — the flip-flopping, Romneycare, etc. Slamming Bain is not a line of attack I agree with and it diminishes those who use it.
6 posted on 01/10/2012 2:05:18 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

What else do they have left?

It’s down to the bottom of the slop bucket now.

Obama is chuckling away.. as the GoP flails away..


7 posted on 01/10/2012 2:08:47 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Smells like desperation.. What if Perry didnt debate like he’d recently been beaten around the head?.. Answer: He’d be leading right now.


8 posted on 01/10/2012 2:14:08 PM PST by Nonstatist
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To: NormsRevenge

Rush too both Perry and Newt to task today for this anti capitalism approach and thinks it will backfire on them both.

Santorum and Paul defended Bain. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.


9 posted on 01/10/2012 2:18:09 PM PST by Allon
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To: NormsRevenge

So funny all these Newt, Perry, Santorum lovers say Mitt is not conservative. Listen to Newt, Perry, they sound left of Nancy Pelosi. SMUCKS!!!!! you newt and Perry supporters are and were.


10 posted on 01/10/2012 2:19:02 PM PST by GoMonster (GO)
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To: Grunthor

If Perry really wants to see Romney defeated ( as we all do), he should drop out of the race already and let his supporters go to Santorum rather than attack capitalism with leftist rhetoric.


11 posted on 01/10/2012 2:23:58 PM PST by CrosscutSaw
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To: CrosscutSaw

Exactly how many primaries is Santorum set up in? Maybe he should take that into consideration and be the one to drop out.


12 posted on 01/10/2012 2:28:25 PM PST by World'sGoneInsane (We Can Take OUR Country Back--Perry 2012)
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To: World'sGoneInsane

Drop out for whom? Gingrich? Too soon to settle for Gingrich.


13 posted on 01/10/2012 2:41:20 PM PST by CrosscutSaw
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To: Nonstatist
What if Perry didnt debate like he’d recently been beaten around the head?.. Answer: He’d be leading right now.

That is why I beat my head against the wall every night. When Perry first was considering getting in over the summer, I thought, here is someone I can really support. A proven record on both social and economic issues. Did he have some issues that weren't conservative? Yes, but overall he was good. And from what I had heard, he was a good campaigner who came out on top in the cutthroat world of Texas politics. Then the debates came and I watched in horror. The man who could have had it all wrapped up by now if he even gave average debate performances absolutely destroyed himself.

14 posted on 01/10/2012 2:43:38 PM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Amen, brother.

Good post.

Rombots (who seem to be infilrating FR in anticipation of Newt’s $5 million ad blast against Willard in SC this week) should explain why American taxpayers have to pay for Willard’s business incompetence and greed?

Workers were denied the severance pay and health insurance they’d been promised, and their pension benefits were cut..

What’s more, a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT insurance agency had to PONY UP $44 MILLION TO BAIL OUT the company’s underfunded pension plan.

Nevertheless, Bain profited on the deal, receiving $12 million on its $8 million initial investment and at least $4.5 million in consulting fees.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/01/bain-drip-drip-drip/


15 posted on 01/10/2012 2:54:05 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: bigdirty

Perry’s in the right place to talk about Willard Gekko.

A big steel mill located in South Carolina was closed down and the workers lost everything when Willard’s Wall Street Raiders came to town.

Hopefully Perry and Gingrich can find a couple of them and take them around with them to tell their story. This is just getting interestig.

“Allowing these companies to come in and loot the, loot people’s jobs, loot their pensions, loot their ability to take care of their families and I will suggest they’re just vultures,” Perry said during a townhall at a retirement community here. “They’re vultures that sitting out there on the tree limb waiting for the company to get sick and then they swoop in, they eat the carcass. They leave with that and they leave the skeleton.”
~ Rick Perry, Former C-130 pilot, US Regular Air Force

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/01/perry-likens-romneys-bain-capital-to-vultures/


16 posted on 01/10/2012 2:58:30 PM PST by NKP_Vet (creep.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Sorry for the duplicate thread NR. I thought I searched.


17 posted on 01/10/2012 3:11:10 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No Problemo!

It sure had a catchy title. ;-)


18 posted on 01/10/2012 3:24:12 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Grunthor
When we have entered a plane of existence where Mitt Romney is the champion of capitalism for the “right,” we truly are is serious trouble.

Unreal isn't it. Perry and Newt attacking Romney for being a successful capitalist.

Romney is awful, but the one decent thing he has going for him is his work at Bain. Hearing some of our own, supposedly conservative, candidates attack free market capitalism as if they were occupywallstreet rabble is outright disgusting.

19 posted on 01/10/2012 3:24:44 PM PST by Longbow1969
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To: NormsRevenge
Rick, Rick, puleeze - you sound like an Occupy Wall Street protester!!!
20 posted on 01/10/2012 3:27:01 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Disgusting Marxist bunk.

Steel industry suffered big in those days and the Pensions Benefity Guaranty Corporation had to bail out a TON of pension funds. No malice here.

Go after Romney for his record. Not his venture capital experience. That is how venture capital works and is supposed to work. If you don’t like it, move to China. The government dictates everything there, which you seem to like.

I am starting to get disgusted by the lefty populists on FR.


21 posted on 01/10/2012 3:31:03 PM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: NormsRevenge
FR thread: In the End, Any Desperate Politician Will Run on Resentment of the Rich
22 posted on 01/10/2012 3:46:48 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Newt says amnesty isn't amnesty.)
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To: indianrightwinger

Cherry-picking sob stories is a specialty of the left.

The other night on a Frank Luntz special, one participant slammed Bain for “shutting down companies and sending all the jobs overseas” [rough quote from aging memory]. No sooner did she finish than someone else piped up and said Bain saved her job.

I agree with your advice: focus on Romney’s record as governor.


23 posted on 01/10/2012 3:56:18 PM PST by freespirited
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To: NormsRevenge

It is incongruent that a person running to fire Washington bureaucrats complains about someone who has had to lay people off at failing businesses.


24 posted on 01/10/2012 4:07:24 PM PST by depressed in 06 ( Where is the 1984 Apple Super Bowl ad when we need it?)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Republician party has become once again the STUPID party. They are destroying any chance to beat Obama by all the stupid badmouthing. Perry is a nut. I liked the guy until this. Grigy is just as bad. Santorium should he is about those two by not sprewing stupidity. I think Free Republic will go down in flames if Romney is nominated. He is not my first choice. But, I will vote for whomever wins the REPUB nomination over Obama any day. This election is the worst stupidity by some of our Repubs I have ever seen. The MSM are loving their stupidity. This should be a slam dunk win for us but they are throwing it away.


25 posted on 01/10/2012 4:22:22 PM PST by therut
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26 posted on 01/10/2012 5:29:27 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: depressed in 06
It is incongruent that a person running to fire Washington bureaucrats complains about someone who has had to lay people off at failing businesses.

Great point. Its pandering to the undereducated blue collar guy who buys into the assinine populist message pissed out there by the Obamaites. Shame on Gingrich and Perry for patronizing it. May their prospects suffer accordingly.

27 posted on 01/11/2012 12:30:50 PM PST by Nonstatist
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