Obama 2012 and Texas Dems react to Perry candidacy
August 13th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama 2012 and Texas Dems react to Perry candidacy

(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.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Vanessa

    Heard that Rick Perry wants Rubio to b his VP.. just to get the Latin/Hispanic vote.. not gonna happen!! We don't forget that Republicans are not willing to help us.. never have, never will. This Hispanic plans on making sure our voices are heard come 1212!! Obama /Biden. 4 more years!

    August 13, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Cut, cap and balance is nothing more than a cheap way to fix a problem. I would have preferred that the GOP actually understand the needs of the country and what can be done to get people off government assistance would be the smart. Just cutting social programs isn't smart; just thinking with what little ideology they have.

    August 13, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    When it begins to 'narrow down,' Perry will be SQUEEZED by the other candidates on his own side. After that, President Obama will FINISH HIM!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

    August 14, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  4. Angi kleinguenther

    How can any one support the Texan for president since his state is last in education, Health care with most people without health insurance and last in enviornment. He rejected federal money but used it to balance his budget. This year he balanced the budget by firing thousands of teachers.
    What a man for America.

    August 15, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |