(CNN) – The Democratic response to Rick Perry’s presidential announcement came fast and furious Saturday in statements that didn’t mince words about the longest-serving Texas governor.
President Barack Obama’s campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt released a statement after Perry’s run became official.
“Governor Perry’s economic policies are a carbon copy of the economic policies of Washington Republicans,” LaBolt said.
“He pledged to support the “cut, cap, and balance” plan that would preserve subsidies for oil and gas companies and tax cuts for the wealthiest while ending Medicare as we know it, eroding Social Security, eliminating hundreds of thousands of jobs and erasing investments in education.”
Calling Perry’s record in Texas a “tall tale,” LaBolt accused him of “allowing special interests to write their own rules” and slashing funding for “programs that would create opportunity for middle-class families.”
And the Texas Democratic Party echoed those sentiments in a written release, claiming that “Perry demanded a budget that will lay off tens of thousands of teachers and cost Texas hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
The state party launched a website to illustrate their beef with Perry.
“As much as we want to rid Texas of Perry, we don’t want to inflict his anti-education, anti-job policies on the entire nation, either. So today we launched MeetRickPerry.com,” the statement read.
For LaBolt, Perry’s candidacy represents nothing new.
“In a Republican field that has already pledged allegiance to the Tea Party … Governor Perry offers more of the same,” he said.