Perry hits back at Obama over jobs
August 17th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
7 years ago

Perry hits back at Obama over jobs

Bedford, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry chided President Obama Wednesday, saying "actions speak louder than words" during a speech notable for its sustained criticism of the president's economic policies.

Perry was responding to Obama's comment Tuesday that the Texas governor has "got to be careful" now that he's on a big stage.

"I think that everybody who runs for president probably takes a little bit of time before they start realizing that this isn't like running for governor, or running for senator, or running for Congress," Obama told CNN's Wolf Blitzer in Iowa. "You've got to be more careful with what you say."

Speaking at a salon of New Hampshire politicos at the Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford, Perry acknowledged the president's snub.

"I just want to respond back if I may," he said. "Mr. President, actions speak louder than words. My actions as governor are helping create jobs in this country. The president's actions are killing jobs in this country."

Perry also brushed aside critics who charge his oft-touted record of job creation in Texas is largely due to luck.

"There have been some over on the left that said the fact is that those 40 percent of the jobs created in America ... since June of 2009 was just luck," Perry said. "Mr. President, America's crisis is not bad luck, it's bad policies from Washington, D.C."

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • President Obama • Rick Perry
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  1. Blame Not Working

    Isn't It pathetic that after almost 3 years in office, when this Empty suit President is challenged, he has no Record to defend all he can do is attack! How's that "Hope & Change" working?

    August 17, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. doug

    From the guy who said on Univision that every American right of center is the enemy.

    From the guy who said he has a typical white grandmother.

    From the guy who said that Christians cling to their guns and religion.

    I wouldn’t worry about any of the Republican candidates ever saying anything as hateful as what Obama has said here, simply put all of them combined don’t equate to even 1/100th the hate Obama has in his far left wing heart.

    August 17, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. mgc florida

    Really, you mean the low paying benefitless jobs that are the norm in Texas now? No thanks Rick I want someone to start creating real jobs, not jobs that the oil companies created in texas paying nothing to increase their corporate profits. Oh I forgot, thats who funds your campaign, my bad!!

    August 17, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "The president's actions are killing jobs in this country."
    "Mr. President, America's crisis is not bad luck, it's bad policies from Washington, D.C."
    It has the strategy of people like Norquist to make a "liberal President govern like a conservative." In other words, we stil have the misguided fiscal policies created by conservatives who have sucessfully resisted change every step of the way with Senate filibusters.

    Perry's actions as governer speak very loudly. He balanced his state's budget with federal assistance from the Recovery Act of 2009. That money has run dry, and Texas is not prepared for it. Perry is cutting and running from his short-sighted policies, which have left a multi-billion dollar budget deficit. The massive spending cuts required to close the gap will kill as many jobs as have been created over the past 2 years. These jobs will not be minimum wage jobs, either. So, the state will face another deficit crisis because of reduced revenues. That's the long term result of the "Perry Plan".

    August 17, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. diridi

    Does this idiot have any brain? He took stimulus, with that created all Minimum Wage jobs, with No Health Insurance, wants to separate the Texas as Nation and severe from Union, Now talking, Many of the Jobs he has lured from other states have required public money and Tax subsidies, cheap labor influx is rampent in here Texas, 27 billion dollar shortfall, superhighway failed, He wants to separate Texas from Union.what a bastard this animal......This nasty Animal is talking now....ha.....

    August 17, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. GOP hates Middle Class

    Hey Slick, what's your stance on Social Security? Matter of time before your book gets dissected by the masses Capt C &D Aggie. (Hook 'em!!!!)
    PS: Have you sent President Obama a thank you note yet for covering your behind with stimulus money for you to use with our state budget? How does that jive with your stance that the gubment shouldn't help states you hypocrite?
    Git yer less than minimum wage job here daggummitt! Treason knows Slick Rick

    August 17, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. davec

    Rick Perry is one more reason to be embarrassed to be a Texan. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse than Dubya, we get Gov. Goodhair. Perry has actually done about squat to develop jobs in Texas. The conditions that have encouraged job growth here were in place before he took over: no state income tax, good climate (kinda), low wages, low cost of living. What Perry (a career politician who has spent over 20 years as a full-time state employee) has done is cut education spending by $4 Billion (with a B), cut children's medical coverage (you know what lazy lay-abouts those 6-year olds are), and balance the last 2-year budget with Federal stimulus money (he opposes the stimulus, but he took the money). He also refused Federal aid for the unemployed (which subsequently required a tax increase on employers), tried to give a Spanish company a no-bid multi-billion dollar contract to build a transportation corridor, and refused to let Texas compete for Federal education grants, as well as a plethora of other measures to reduce the quality of life here. Hopefully people will come to see him as he is: someone who postures on faux principles with no concern for most of the people of the state (outside his campaign donors).

    August 17, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Name king

    The era of Rick perry is here. Global Corporations is king, good by government I know the tea baggers will be rejoicing over that one, good by middle class, we've got to get rid of them just to compete for Bo s with china and India, good by government workers all those will be privatized, so if your not paying the police force big money they might not answer you call when you have an emergency. And those entitlement that is going to be on the stock market. I hope you guys pray that it stay stabled. And I hope you have enough money to use the high way system because corporations are in business to make money, and they wouldn't give a dam about your money problems. Hey well come to the perry era of global corporations. May be they'll start paying taxes.

    August 17, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Me

    The majority of new jobs in Texas is in government. The only jobs Perry has added are minimum wage positions. so, looks like Obama has done more for the lone star state than the Rickster.

    August 17, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Jess C.

    Why so much sleeze disquised in the holy-roller veneer on the GOP side? Please, no more good ole boys. The fact that his state has such a dismal education system and lack of healthcare for its children is, after bragging about all those great jobs speaks for itself. Nice to be one of the top polluting states too; enjoy! Guys like this make running for political office just another pissing contest, no thanks, dude.

    August 17, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. chris

    Ask the good people of Texas what they think about Perry. You will see the majority do not like him and do not think he is qualified to be President of the U.S.

    August 17, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Perry doesn't believe in the laws of the land, he believes in lynching and that's exactly what he said he'd do to Geitner. What person would talk about lynching someone, certainly not a president, those days are gone.

    August 17, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Grant

    Obama supporters cross their fingers that Republicans nominate Perry to maximize Obama's probability for re-election. When one takes a close look at where Texas has become relative to the US as a whole it is not a good picture. Some of the statistics are being reported and much more indepth analysis will soon be reported as well. Perry's view of government, entitlement programs and social programs to help citizens improve their quality of life are very extreme and mainsteam America, including Republicans, will vigorously oppose Perry. If you want to understand how radical Perry is just read his book. I believe this country want to build upon its history and make improvements as appropriate. Americans definitley do not want to turn back the clock and be the country as it existed prior to the 20th century. Perry has no chance to be elected President and the mainstream / establishment Republicans will try to get Romney nominated.

    August 17, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. A Kickin` Donkey

    Governors STEAL jobs from other states; they do not CREATE them. Whatever part Perry has played is of no application to the Employment shortfall in the United States.

    The people won`t be fooled by the "shiney thing" this time. Texas is NOT representative of the rest of the country.

    a) how many of those jobs that Perry claims to have created are tied to oil? America isn`t one big oil field. Somebody needs to tell Perry that.

    b) Wages are lower in Texas than the rest of the country – remember TX LEADS in jobs paying MINIMUM WAGE without BENEFITS. That helps the state STEAL jobs from the other 49 states. That`s not the example we want repeated across this great land.

    c.) China pays lower wages than America does. To steal jobs from them ON A COST BASIS would require we set up sweatshops on our shores. Is this what Perry is advocating?

    Look, if journalists scratch just an inch deep beneath Ricky`s braggadocio, we will all find that he is not someone that does critical thinking that can come up with original thoughts to address our issues.

    Until Americans get to compare what Mitt would do to what Perry would do to what Bachmann would do, NONE OF THEM are worthy of serious consideration.

    August 17, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. gt

    i dont think obama wants to compare his job performance on job creation to that of perry a looser..

    August 17, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. Chumlee

    Perry is a loser. The only jobs he has available for credit are low-paying ones.

    Look at the State of Texas carefully voters. Perry is all air!

    August 17, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. REG in AZ

    All the Republicans / Tea Party do is talk; constantly yapping while blocking and faulting all efforts and while catering to the few, their strong supporters, and providing nothing but rhetoric to con the majority and manipulate public opinion. In football they call that “trash mouth”, and that is what it is here ... “trash mouth” talking to disguise their neglect and their total focus on their political agenda aimed to benefit only the few, Bush-Cheney style; literally being “puppets” for Special Interests and the influential, powerful and extremely wealthy few, who “pull their strings”. If you think differently, then you have just been intimidated by “trash mouth” talking.

    August 17, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Henry

    Rick, you are now on the big stage. All this bluster sounds eerily like George W. Are we ready yet for another guy who talks big but who has no grasp on anything other than Texas. Given our stupid electorate, we will probably elect this clown. We, the dumb American, just don't learn. We think we are the cream of the crop of the world. We are now the sewer of the world.

    August 17, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. g

    republican job creation -minimum wage-no benifits all the food stamps you can carry

    August 17, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. JustMe

    Job creation in Texas has little or nothing to do with Perry as Texas has always been a big producer of jobs because of the oil industry and the ones that Perry has created are mainly low or minimum wage jobs with little or no benefits. Not exactly anything to brag about there, Ricky Boy!

    August 17, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. jim

    Rick Perry sounds identical to his good buddy, Rick Scott (Gov Florida) who is helping to back Perry. Rick Scott was fined millions of dollars for defrauding medicare and even took the 5th admendment 75 TIIMES IN COURT!!!

    August 17, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. Robert

    So if Perry believes the economic problems are a result of bad policies from Washington, is he willing to call Bush out? It is clearly documented that this great recession started on Bush's watch and a result of Washington policies that enabled greed in Big Business to run unchecked. And, if Perry is so confident that "actions speak louder than words", will he also call out Boehner and the Tea Party for stonewalling action the last two years? I voted Republican from the time I was 18 until 40 because I believed this crap the Republicans preached. But then I realized that their actions do not benefit our great country or the majority of Americans that make this country great. Their actions benefit the Rich, period! Perry is right, action do speak louder than words and that is why we have seen the largest wealth transfer in the history of this country under the Republican watch. Wake up America! The Republican logic is flawed. These same "pro business, reduce taxes, build up the military" themes have been played since Reagan. Now we are broke, have a corporate culture of irresponsibility, declining national infrastructure, out of control health care costs and declining education system. Yet when Obama paints a vision of a country that invests in these foundational pieces, the Repubs paint him as an evil socialist power grabing washington bureacrat who can not be trusted. It is the Repubs that cannot be trusted...

    August 17, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. Russ

    Well BLAME NOT WORKING, the Government isn't working because of obstructionist idiots like Perry. Pretty hard to get anything done when the goal of Repukians is get Obama out of the white house by holding up every good policy put forth. Hope it backfires on "you all" come election time. The Repubes sure don't have anything to run on. Where are all the jobs they said they'd create when they took over congress an Obama let them keep those job creating tax cuts for the rich? Where my friend?

    August 17, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Rob NM

    Where are the jobs created by the republicans? In China!

    Where are the jobs created by Mr. Perry? at Walmart as the greeting person with a minimum wage!

    August 17, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Laverne

    Well I think we are getting a pretty good picture of Mr. Perry's strategy. He is going to be another loud mouth, bully who thinks he can criticize everybody and pray away the demons liberals when it comes to himself. This man is exactly what we don't need. He is a self righteous, sefl absorbed individual who is still ticked off at President Obama because the President refused to declare Texas a state of disaster when they were having wild fires. I think we are going to see someone who will fizzle out pretty quick when the real debates start, will see him for what he really is!

    August 17, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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