Perry: Romney offended Texans
September 15th, 2011
11:29 PM ET
7 years ago

Perry: Romney offended Texans

Jefferson, Iowa (CNN) – On Thursday, Rick Perry tried to trump Mitt Romney’s “four aces” poker slams against him by doubling down with criticism of the former Massachusetts governor.

First, the Texas governor said Romney offended some Texans after comments he made at Monday’s CNN Tea Party Debate.

Second, Perry not only repeated his harsh slams against the Massachusetts health care law passed during Romney’s tenure, but also said “RomneyCare” is costing Iowans and all Americans.

In the debate, Romney likened Perry’s success at job creation to a poker player dealt a lucky hand of “four aces.” For example, Romney said Perry benefited from a state with no income tax, a wealth of oil and a Legislature controlled by Republicans.

Speaking at Thursday's fundraiser for Iowa’s Greene County Republican Party, Perry used the poker analogy, then went all-in.

“As a son of tenant farmers, I can tell you: I wasn’t born with four aces in my hand,” Perry said.

Later, he upped the anti-Romney ante.

“There’ve been some people who’ve said, ‘Well gosh yeah, you know, Texas, y’all got all that oil and gas and you’ve got this and you’ve got that and what have you,’” Perry said.

Then, reminding the crowd of Romney’s “four aces” remarks, the governor said: “There’s some folks back in Texas who were a little offended by that. We worked hard in Texas. We put good, hard, practical principles into play.”

He did not stop there.

While he reiterated his repeated lashing of President Obama’s health care law, Perry again tied it to the health care law passed during Romney’s term as governor.

“One of my opponents in the Republican primary, while he was the governor of Massachusetts – their job creation in that state was 47th in the nation, while he was sitting as the governor of the state,” Perry said. “Government mandated, government run health care. It’s part of what he put in place as the governor of Massachusetts.”

“The job creation in Massachusetts, and that legacy of health care in Massachusetts, even makes it worse today. There was a Beacon Hill Institute study that came out and shows that Gov. Romney’s misguided health mandates slowed the income growth and cost Massachusetts 18,000 jobs. If it cost Massachusetts 18,000 jobs, think about what ‘Obamacare’ is going to do to this country. ‘Romneycare’ has driven private insurance costs up by $4.3 billion in Massachusetts.”

As if to underscore his point, Perry said the impact of the Massachusetts health care law was even broader.

Because “Romneycare” increased Massachusetts private insurance costs, Perry said, “It’s cost taxpayers in Iowa, and across this country, nearly $4 billion in Medicaid and Medicare costs. This isn’t just about the state of Massachusetts and the cost to them directly. It’s also costing you.”

Ryan Williams, a spokesman for Romney’s campaign, responded in a statement.

"Gov. Perry was clearly rattled by his poor debate performance in Tampa,” Williams said.

“As a result, he is trying desperately to distract people from the very serious questions that were raised about his record in favor of higher taxes, his support of tuition breaks for illegal immigrants, his attacks on Social Security as an unconstitutional program and his controversial executive order forcing young girls to receive the HPV vaccine.”

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. krissmith777

    So I guess it's offensive for Romney to point out that Perry had a Republican legislature, and so Perry could get more stuff done while Romney had a Democratic legislature?

    That's NOT offensive, Ricky! That's a fact!

    September 15, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  2. Sam Barber

    Dear Rick:
    as a Texan, I can tell you: it's YOU who offend Texans every day with your mismanagement and cronyism and bad environmental record!

    September 16, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  3. Joe, San Diego

    Republicans are so caught up in making Obama a one term president no one knows what they actually stand for yet they are moved by the Tea Party(where was the Tea Party during 2 terms of Bush) gullible Americans that listen to a made up Tea Party
    If you gave Bush 2 terms give Obama 2 terms to clean up the mess Bush created.

    September 16, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  4. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Both of these guys twist the truth.

    September 16, 2011 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  5. Texan

    Perry can't be bought for $5k, you really have to come up with a cool million for him to do the pay for play game.

    September 16, 2011 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  6. Elaine

    I think that they both have problems, but Romney did have a point when he said that Rick Perry's good fortunes were mainly not of his own making.The economy in his state has been built around the the very valuable natural resources of the oil and gas industries like few others; and ironically for Perry, who rails against the federal government, government installations The jobs that he touts that he has created are minimum wage or low-paying The facts speak for themselves.That isn't a stellar record, and I don't see Perry's point about Texans being offended.

    September 16, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  7. Michael

    I am from Texas and Rick Perry offends me!

    September 16, 2011 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  8. The Unsub

    Perry is unelectable!

    September 16, 2011 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  9. M.K.

    One would think the state of Texas would have some citizens with a little bit of common sense, but evidently that is not so, according to the folks they vote into the Governor's office.

    September 16, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  10. Andrew

    Ron Paul 2012!
    Don't waste your time with these tainted politicians

    September 16, 2011 01:32 am at 1:32 am |

    Speaker Boehner said, I quote "no tax increase from the Super Committee". The S&P downgrade the economy because brinkmanship and the lack of tax increase to offset the deficit. So, what the he11 is slouch mouth Boehner talking about. CNN go check that fool. P.S. Romney is a lair about his stance on healthcare and social security.

    September 16, 2011 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  12. bigwilliestyles

    Well, the repubs are at each other's throats. Inevitable. Now all their bs and skeletons can be aired instead of using the president as their talking point. Now, about those jobs...

    September 16, 2011 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  13. J

    Perry needs to understand that another president from Texas will end up the same way as before. I strongly believe that what stands out USA from any other country in the world is entrepreneurship and the spirit of faith in building a successful. I believe that the only qualified candidate for the Republican nominee putting any personal and irrational feelings aside is Romney. If Perry gets to be the nominee, I will be there to tell you "I TOLD YOU SO" when he looses the presidential race.

    September 16, 2011 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  14. poyman

    Well now, I live in Texas and I have talked with dozens of people here about the debate.... Not one has mentioned that they have taken any offense at all to the Poker Analogy that Romney used... I actually thought that it was pretty accurate.... Right now you don't have to be more than a 2.0 student from TAMU to run this state at the same successful levels as Governor Perry.... In fact there are probably a Million or so citizens here that could run the state better than Perry....

    Truth is, the only offending that seems to go on down here come from some of Governor Perry's buddies who like to rail on Romney's religion.

    September 16, 2011 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  15. Smitty

    Neither one created jobs for their state, neither one have ALL Americans in mind, neither one have a useful jobs bill that can even pass the senate, but we know the house will pass anything with tax cuts, but won't pass anything for tax increase/revenue, I think I'll vote for Obama cause I don't like corporations and rich ppl working me to death and they just keep getting richer!!!!!

    September 16, 2011 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  16. Marie MD

    The secessionists offends people in general. What's new about that?

    September 16, 2011 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  17. Jules

    I had no idea a state could be offended. News to Rick Perry: You can only be offended if you make up your mind to be offended.

    September 16, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  18. Jan

    These two guys are corrupt,Ceo catering, wallstreet Millionaires, "Who dont give a Damn about mainstreet!!! Teabagger Trash!! LOL

    September 16, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  19. Clwyd

    Texans need to be offended by the piece of garbage they elected as their governor. their state is also a disgrace with its peon paying jobs and total destruction of the environment for the businesses and corporations to rape the land! On a recent visit I found not one lake fit to swim in!

    September 16, 2011 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  20. Bruce

    This guy is offended by a lot of about thinned skinned!!

    September 16, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  21. RINO Bil

    Perry is the governor of Texas, he does not speak for all Texans. So his statement is patently false.

    It seems that Perry, like Michel Bachmann, needs to learn history, science, and now the nuances of political leadership.

    September 16, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Someone wanna remind Ricky boy that a large portion of what he claim is "job creation" is a result of the DoD shuffling divisions around as a result of base closures? He gets to claim all the troops and support personnel now stationed in Texas as jobs that he created when he was about as involved in this as someone who watched someone else call AAA to get his tire changed in his driveway.
    On the other hand, if he wants to claim Taco Bell, McDonald's, Target and Wal-Mart as the source of most of those jobs, he is welcome to it. After all, he needs some place to put the kids who cannot graduate High School because their reading comprehension is slightly below my 4th grade daughter's.

    September 16, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. Jt_flyer

    Just another reason why I LIKE Romney.

    September 16, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  24. The Elephant in The Room

    Perry is too immature to be President.

    He is ALWAYS trying to talk tough, just like George Bush. He`s ALWAYS "doubling-down", [If 1 war is good.2 are better would be his approach]. This is not manly, this is not strength, this is not courage.

    President Obama has shown us what quiet competence looks like. He has shown what "No-Drama" strategic efficiency yields. Can any of you see Rick Perry having managed the toppling of Moammar in such a cost-effective, efficient manner with ZERO american lives lost?

    Perry is not a big time player. Keep Festus down on the ranch.

    September 16, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  25. master_molder

    folks in Texas a little offended? yeah, we're offended that you pretend to be somethong you clearly have not been over the last ten years. with all eyes watching, soon the rest of the country will see through the lies that are Rick Perry.

    September 16, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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