Perry hits back at Obama over jobs
August 17th, 2011
09:39 AM ET
3 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
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Dreamer96

    Texas has the most minimum wage jobs without any benefits, health care, 401K's, anything,in the country,,,,how is this good?

    August 17, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Bebe

    Rick Perry is fooling people into thinking that he will get them back to working in their former high salary white collar professional jobs, or their high paying hourly manufacturing jobs with major medical benefits and retirement plans.
    LIES, LIES, LIES.

    Action speaks louder than words. The consequences of Rick Perry's actions has resulted in our state being labeled as the "minimum wage capital of America" and ranking number one in lack of healthcare insurance. And, don't even think about a retirement plan. If one lives past the working age and is no longer able to work, as for as Rick Perry is concerned they can stand on a corner with a cup in their hands. Rick Perry has created a state of "working welfare".

    Some may argue that a piece of job is better than no job at all. But why sell yourself short?

    August 17, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. maikl

    You Obama's lover, tell what if any Obama did good for USA. Nothing, nada. You now it, but try to close your eyes on it. Beside kva-kva-kva and many vacation, what else. He is the worse president ever. I vote for Obama in 2008, but will correct in 2012.

    August 17, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Jack V

    Judging by the anti-Obama comments; it appears that the Perry supporters want a loud mouth to boss them around.

    August 17, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Boytjie

    So when the economy was in good shape under Clinton, the Right has said he was lucky, that he happened to be in the right place at the right time.

    But now we can't say that about Perry now?

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

    Actions DO speak louder than words. And Perry's actions have created a state with the highest amount of minimum wage jobs with no health benefits, while slashing education funding for K-12 by $4 billion, all while giving millions to corproations to relocate to Texas to continue adding crappy low wage jobs that only boost the bonuses of the CEOs.

    Perry may think his outspoken tough Cowboy talk may work in Texas, but to most of the rest of the country he will look like a fool – 100 times worse than Bush.

    After all, as Perry said, the only difference between him and Bush is that Bush went to Yale while he went to Texas A&M, and Bush was an idiot, so it doesn't say a whole lot about Perry.

    August 17, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Mr. President, America's crisis is not bad luck, it's bad policies from Washington, D.C."

    Correct....Republican policies of tax cuts for the wealthy, militarism, deregulation and negligent oversight/enforcement instituted between 2000-2008....not to mention Wall Street policies of bleeding the middle-class as much as humanly possible to gild prospectuses, proliferating societally worthless derivatives and hedge funds for gambling games, defrauding investors and taking exorbitant risks because they know they can hold the economy hostage for a bailout.

    August 17, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Sniffit

    Here's how to understand how Parry and GOP policies in TX have helped create jobs:

    TX = China, India, Indonesia, etc., but right here smack dab in the middle of the rest of the states and sucking the jobs out of them.

    If you don't understand and are not outraged that the GOP's wet dream is turning America into a banana republic full of third-world labor to exploit, then you're not paying attention.

    August 17, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. ART

    Nothing more than a thug in a suit, this man is uncouth and just not presidential material Obama forever

    August 17, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Dave

    Perry needs to mention that the undemployment numbers in Texas are the result of each person having to work 3 jobs just to survive. This poor, dishonest, fool is simply baiting the Bear and ignoring the lynch mob of Texans behind him looking to string him up. NO MORE IDIOTS FROM TEXAS!!

    August 17, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  11. Leroy

    Read my lips: NO NEW TEXANS !!!

    August 17, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Don't believe the hype

    The "40% of jobs created in America from 2009 to present" that Rick Perry brags about creating are all low-end, low-wage paying jobs without benefits. His "know how" to get America back to working again has turned the great state of Texas into the great state of welfare for work. Yes, you can come down here to Texas and find a job if you don't mind working at Mister Car wash vacuuming cheerios out the backseat of a mini van or at the drive thru at Jack In The Box handing burgers out the window. And, then there is always the option of cleaning public toilets at the mall.

    These are the kind of "miracle" jobs that Perry takes credit for creating.

    August 17, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. patsj

    I want to move to Texas so I can get a below-minimum wage job too!

    August 17, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. TwM

    What do we expect? We elected a President with absolutely no experience in the real world. His prior leading experience was as a Community Organizer. So all the experience he had was in spending money. No wonder we are in this sad state. Perry, well at least he has experience running things. I am still not sold on him nor any of the Republican Candidates. All i know is we need to hope for some serious change next election. This guy is a failure.

    August 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Jaywing

    So, the guy who ruined the long-term economy in Texas and who is deluded enough to believe that God wants him to run for President thinks that he knows how to fix America? Really? What are you going to do Rickky? Pray jobs into being? Pray our sinking economy away? Or just say 'No' to any truely constructive idea like the other teabagging crowd you hang with? Sorry Rickky, you are a sham, a liar and a bigot. America has no use for you. Now here's a campaign idea. "Parry for President - Just Say NO!"

    August 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Anna

    He is a arrogrant, rude, has no class and is not presidential. He has no clue what he is talking about, he just runs his mouth.

    August 17, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. Heidi

    His is Bush all over again. How far does he think arrogrance will get him.

    August 17, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. HS

    Hmmm, but Texas has the highest percentage of jobs at minimum wage. Also, Texas' current unemployment rate (8.2%) is higher than New York's (8.0%) and higher than Massachusetts'. (7.6%) And Massachusetts has universal health care, while Texas has the highest percentage of workers with no health insurance. And this is supposed to be a model for the US? Lots of low paying jobs, but not enough to cover the population, and no health care coverage?

    August 17, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. In order for 15 MILLION to find a job, only ONE must LOSE his.... Fire Obama in 2012

    He is a arrogrant, rude, has no class and is not presidential. He has no clue what he is talking about, he just runs his mouth.
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    That is NO WAY to speak about our President!!!

    August 17, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. retrostar1000

    The man is a complete phony. He will be going home in 2012

    August 17, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. TXJim

    Looks like many people know the truth about Governor Goodhair...

    August 17, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    By his own criteria, Perry should not be doing anything. What his deliberate policy of inaction has resulted in is making TX the min-wage capital of the country, and he used stim money to balance his budget until it ran out. He then gutted the state budget to pay for his accounting mistakes, and has decimated the biggest area of job growth in the state, the public sector. Do you really want this clown running things, when he has done more long-term damage to business in TX by destroying education and infrastructure? Good schools and reasonable taxes are the key to attracting and keeping business long term: if people don't have money to spend, the economy suffers, and business suffers as well. Watch TX closely over the next year to see how fast their economy tanks.

    August 17, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. vet in texas

    The sad part of all of these candidates running for the nomination, CAN NOT win their state in the general election, except for Huntsman and Paul, and those 2 have no chance.

    August 17, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  24. Mr. Moderate

    Well, Mr. Perry, as you speak about smaller government, I noticed that a key part of growing jobs in your state was increasing government employment at twice the rate of private sector employment. Maybe you can tell us about that action.

    Also, am I the only one who noticed that most key economic indicators have slowed since the Republicans took over Congress?

    August 17, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. Zil Zerimar

    Dear God,

    Please save us from this man Rick Perry. He might accused every american a traitor. I wonder when he say that Mr. Bernanke is a traitor, he is thinking of himself. It's either you put up or you shut up!!!

    August 17, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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