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
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  1. farsight

    could you immagine a Perry-Palin ticket? Dumb and Dumber....

    August 17, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Johnnyfi

    Anyone would be better than BHO. Perry isn't perfect, but he's got a pulse and can fog a mirror. That makes him more qualified than BHO. I'd prefer someone else, but anyone paying attention since 2009 has to know that we can't do worse than BHO.

    August 17, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. George

    When talking about raising taxes on the wealthy, Republicans say no no, they are the job creators. When opposing the president for election they say that he is the job creator. Which is it?

    August 17, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. WilliamDB

    Perry is an idiot & needs to shut up. Liberal States such as Massachusetts and Vermont have lower unemployment than Texas, and provide a lot more than so many pathetic minimum wage jobs, unlike Texas. And don't even get me started on how bad the Texas education system is in comparison, and how they cut their firefighting funding, then whined like babies when the Federal Government wouldn't bail them out with their fires.

    August 17, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. george

    If you Texans hate him so much, why do you keep voting for him!!! he is the longest serving governor in the history of Texas. Hippocrates

    August 17, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Chuck

    One thing all Republican candidates have in common, they're always on the attack which mix truth with lies to deceive people, like Satan.

    Sure, Perry created some low wage/no benefits jobs - want to work at McDonald's?

    August 17, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Tony in Maine

    Just what we need – another faux cowpoke with his twang and barnyard humor. I wonder if he's frightened of horses like the earlier one.

    I loved the photo of him climbing into a single seat jet like he's a fighter jock when he flew C-130's. Not a glamourous steed like the F-16, but better than Dubya and his barstool at the O Club.

    August 17, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. San Antonio

    Jobs in Texas? Oh! You mean the minimum wage jobs Perry stole from other states? Got it. A Governor who can't get his own state out of fiscal collapse, thinks he can do good on a national level? What a joke! Perry, get your own house in order before attemping something impossible for the Republicants and Republiteacans.

    August 17, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Tony in Maine

    @mboma – a truly significant number of the jobs dimbulb created in Texas were in the private sector. Wait'll the Tea Baggers find that out. Oh wait, they won't. Our corporate media will not embarrass a politician who's got an (R) after his name. If it comes out it'll be a one inch story, bottom left of the classified page.

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

    Ummm I know Rick Perry isn't the best choice for president but what has Obama done other then nice sounding speeches that say change over and over again with no real substance at all.

    America can't be that dumb?? Can it??

    August 17, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Larry

    Why are we tolerating a simpleton, who has professed his desire to secede from the nation, to be parading as a presidential candidate; and to have the guts to rebuke our Federal Reserve Bank Chairman for trying his very best to keep the economy afloat?

    August 17, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. mona2011

    well mr. bigmouth texas, sometimes u flexed your mouth and brain all in unison...But our president has a surprise for whoever defeats him in the presidential race... the debt ceiling deal was signed so hastingly that the republicans didn't read the small print... all i know that in 2013 the "bush tax cut bill" will have expired, and if congress tries to revitalize it again it will be considered "spending" and they would have to find more cuts to match it, which obviously be the "military".. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts will not effect the recipients, but the provider and that will be off the table, so of course the only program to cut will be the "military".. Hence, there will be when our revenues start to roll in... Mr. bigmouth Remember the Alamo. well by that time it will be

    August 17, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. MiKe

    I see a lot of people bashing Perry's Job creation and what funny is that no one has any logical argument. Low wage jobs that all the what they come up (: come on give him credit for creating jobs compare creating beggars. That's what this President Omama is creating beggar ( without Jobs that what you create) and people like you are supporting that. Shame on you!!

    August 17, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. Cricket

    Actions speak louder than words and we already know the truth! Texas oil companies and Perry are taking credit for jobs created that he had no part in. NO ONE wants to talk about all the right wing corporate bigwigs sending jobs overseas to increase their profits at Americans' expense. The job situation has been a long time coming and it started long before Obama took office.

    August 17, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. mona2011

    well mr. bigmouth texas, sometimes u flexed your mouth and brain all in unison...But our president has a surprise for whoever defeats him in the presidential race... the debt ceiling deal was signed so hastingly that the republicans didn't read the small print... all i know that in 2013 the "bush tax cut bill" will have expired, and if congress tries to revitalize it again it will be considered "spending" and they would have to find more cuts to match it, which obviously be the "military".. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts will not effect the recipients, but the provider and that will be off the table, so of course the only program to cut will be the "military".. Hence, there will be when our revenues start to roll in... Mr. bigmouth Remember the Alamo. well by that time it will be "Remember Obama', thank u "Mr. President"

    August 17, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. John

    95% of the people on this board are probably from up north and don't have clue ONE as to how Texas is run or it's people who live here. The ones who do live here and can find nothing but fault in Texas should move..we don't want or need you.

    August 17, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  17. Cody

    Wow I thought Perry might have had a chance with all the religious nuts backing him but considering 95% of these comments are from people that despise him for good reason it looks like Romney and Paul are still hanging in there.

    August 17, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. D

    Kind of amazing that I have not heard one single good thing about Rick Perry from anyone from Texas.

    Very telling.

    August 17, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. ted

    This guy will lower tax for 10% of the wealthy once again . 16% will know look like 9% 25% middle class are paying will look like this 30% . You will also see more jobs going across seas. He will give middle class stimulus checks just to make it look good. sound like someone we all know rite . BUSH NO PLEASE NO!!

    August 17, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. jennifer in Houston

    Perry is another cut and run Gov. The mud is hitting the fan here in Texas, Bail out money saved his sorry bacon last year now this year we have a balanced budget but have gutted schools, medicaide, road construction etc etc. Perry also has landed us with a load of debt but he has enriched himself nicely. The US does not need any more Texan BAD COWBOY disease. He's a bully and a jerk.

    August 17, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. DC MI

    Where are all the jobs the Democrats have created the last 3 years? All Government jobs and jobs standing in a food line. I don't care how they were created in Texas, at least they have work for the unemployeed... Obama has no record to stand on and all you liberals bashing Perry and the Republicans, list Obama's accomplishments and don't just say the Republicans are blocking everything. The Democrats had a super majority for 2 years, what did that do with it, NOTHING!! The couldn't even pass a budget and then blame the republicans for this mess. Wake up you idiots! It is the entire Washington Political establishment that cause these problems, not just half!!

    August 17, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. lloyd roberts

    What about the space program from NASA. That put trillions of federal dollars into Texas State coffers. And it was a gift from a democratic Texan president, LBJ. Texans should be thanking that democrats behind, because Johnson steered so much federal money into Texas. But since Texas under Perry hates federal money and interference, maybe they could pay all that space money program back to the rest of America. Sure would help the deficit

    August 17, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Jewgirl

    Seriously, the only thing good about Perry running for President is that it will get him out of TEXAS! The jobs that he so gloriously created are minimum wage with NO benefits, our education is ranked in the lowest in the country and please, for someone that is saying he has been “called by God” can’t even tithe on the millions that he has made as a career politician. I can’t wait to see him get into the debates and watch him squirm. The biggest surprise of all is that this country would entertain the idea of another Nit Wit from Texas as our President. And yes, I’m born and raised here…Bush took a balanced budget and created a debt that no one could erase in three years. Maybe we should bring Bill back!

    August 17, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Cricket

    To George: It's "HYPOCRITES"; Hippocrates is the father of the oath "Do No Harm" for the medical profession, so truer words were never spoken. Lots of harm done where Perry and his oil buddies are concerned.

    August 17, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Get Them and take obama too

    and what has obama done, NOTHING except destroy the American Dream and then say bad things about the about everyone except him and HIS people, well its time to move the target and line it up on obama and give him a taste of hardcore politics and put that trash out with the rest of the trash.

    August 17, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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