Perry, Romney spar over job creation, Social Security
September 8th, 2011
07:28 AM ET
7 years ago

Perry, Romney spar over job creation, Social Security

Los Angeles (CNN) - Debate newcomer Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney clashed over their job creation records, health care and Social Security at the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night.

"When I came in as governor, we were in a real free-fall," Romney said. Unemployment was 4.7% when he left office, the former GOP front-runner said.


Filed under: 2012 • GOP • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
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  1. A Kickin` Donkey

    As the "Longest serving Governor" Rick Perry should be MORE THAN capable in a debate.

    I`m anxious to see him display an ability to state a cogent position, substantiate it with facts, and persuade people to adopt his informed position. After bragging about the Texas Mployment Miracle and 10+ years in office, surely he can think on his feet and make a case for himself.

    There won`t be any grading on a curve.

    September 7, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Sorensen

    Debate??? The poor guy does not know anything about anything, except irrelevant texas politics.

    September 7, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. Diane

    If not in this debate, in the next! Please ask them when they make their proposals how do they plan to get them passed by the congress. Congress is only interested in getting re-elected, not in passing legislation that would work in turning this ecomony around. Also, why hasn't anyone proposed that those who are receiving federal aid, (welfare, unemployment) should be asked to work in community based jobs until a suitable job can be found. Those in prision should also be given duties. I do not agree with giving aid free without some sort of obligation to repay. I think those that are seriously in need of an interium finanical aid want to work and will be willing to work for their aid. Let's be a productive society and not promote free aid.

    September 7, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Romney Outsourced jobs to other countries and Perry lured jobs from other states.

    Where would Perry steal the jobs from? How many more jobs would Romney sell to the cheapest bidder?

    September 7, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. AlaskaPalin

    Sarah and perry the winning ticket. Sorry oblama its off to hawaii with you. Its good to see america returning to its conservative roots after the radicalism of the past three years. Conservatism means economic growth, jobs, no taxes, health care, energy independence, lead in science and technology, focus on education, strong on security, religious freedom, moral stability, country and family.

    September 7, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. SecedingfromTexas

    If you watched the debate, I'm wondering which of you can say, with absolute certainty, that you would be happy to
    have Rick Perry as your President. Now, you have to do this with a straight face and no snickering. I can hardly wait
    to read the blogs tomorrow.

    September 7, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. AlaskaPalin

    Adolf will have been right at home with Fakes news. Its unrelenting propaganda. Its (fair) white; blonde, aryan and balance to the extreme right diatribes (95% negative in headline form, even by not headlining when appropriate, question form or opinion form) would have made him proud as they seek to bring about the downfall of americas first black president! Taking the cynical view that whites are the majority and economic powerhouse; it took an educated stance that it will heighten any thing that will make whites look good and minorities look unsettled. So now for sure we'll have the white house white again. Sarah will win!

    September 7, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. phil


    September 7, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens flip flops on his plan to privatize social security, and now wants Americans to believe he will support it. Perry may have lost Florida, with his 'ponzi scheme' stupidity, but his stupidity will play well in the uneducated regions of the United States. Both candidates lied like hell tonight, and they made up 'facts' that they knew were not true. Remember, the republican party has never intended for their statements to be factual.

    September 7, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Elaine

    Rick Perry and Mitt Romney both have a problem with Social Security.Rick Perry refers to it as an illegal enterprise_ a Ponzi Scheme, and wants to do away with the system, as we know it.Romney wants to revamp the system also.They are both candidates of corporate America, and neither of them has proven himself to be a friend of the middle-class.Romney seems a little less scary, but at the end of the day, many of the policies would have the same end result

    September 7, 2011 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  11. Out of Texas

    Rick Perry signed an executive order mandating that twelve year old girls in Texas be vaccinated with the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. But, was not mentioned during the debate was that Perry had a financial interest in Merck, the drug company that manufactured the vaccine.

    September 7, 2011 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |

    Perry states the US-Mexico border in El Paso isn't safe....hmmm, last time I checked El Paso is in Texas, the same state Perry is the govener of. I say Perry has failed to keep his state safe. Where was your help and assistance Mr. Perry during your TWO terms as governor. First time I hear you mention El Paso. By the way it is safe, one of the safest cities in the US. You would know that if you would read and actually be a governor.

    September 8, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  13. Anonymous

    My question is why do I only see Perry and Romney when I come to this website? Where are the others? I think your time can be better spent.

    September 8, 2011 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  14. Matt

    Ron Paul 2012 ! No matter what you all do to dismiss him, WE the people will vote him in ! Bet on it !

    September 8, 2011 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  15. FM

    Watching the debate tonight, I have realised Perry can win the primaries BUT can not win the General Election even if all republicans without excluding a single person will vote.

    September 8, 2011 04:22 am at 4:22 am |
  16. diridi

    Ponzy Scheme idiot...o.k, watch out your social security.....Ryan on medicare too....o.k,

    September 8, 2011 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  17. Marie MD

    OMG!!! Twins separated at birth. One went to the NE and the other one to TX. The romneycare and the secessionist together at last!!!

    September 8, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Huntsman came through to me as the senseable one. He seemed to understand that there needs to be a more practical approach by denying the pledge on anything.

    September 8, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    After watching the great debate, I feel that the republicans should have had Alan Keyes and Donald Trump up on stage, so they then could have had a complete set of idiots.

    September 8, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |