Orlando (CNN) - After emerging bruised from Thursday night's Republican presidential debate in Orlando, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is stepping up his attacks against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, casting his chief GOP rival as "slick" and inauthentic.
"What Americans are looking for isn't the slickest candidate," Perry told Republican activists Saturday. "They are looking for an authentic principled leader. You've seen what happens when our country chooses leaders who emphasize words over deeds."
Perry was speaking at a breakfast, organized by his campaign, for delegates to the Presidency 5 Forum in Orlando, a convention of Florida Republicans that culminates with a presidential straw poll Saturday afternoon.
Although he did not mention his opponent by name, Romney was unmistakably in his sights.
"America doesn't need more slick promises," Perry said to applause. "We need a principled leader who will stand on his conservative values."
The Texan is the only major candidate actively courting the roughly 3,500 activists participating in the Presidency 5 straw poll.
Perry called Florida "the state that picks presidents," a remark that might irk Republican activists in Iowa and New Hampshire who firmly guard their leadoff positions in the presidential nominating process.
Perry recalled how he watched the 2000 Florida recount with anxiety when he was lieutenant governor of Texas, wondering if then-Gov. George W. Bush would pull out a victory and head to the White House.
Bush's win thrust Perry into the governor's mansion.
"And here we are, 11 years later, and I got all my hopes on Florida again," he said.
He implicitly chided Romney and other candidates who "spurned" the straw poll, calling their move "a big mistake."
Straw poll results are expected around 6 p.m., at which point Perry will be long gone.
Both he and Romney are slated to address the Mackinac Island GOP conference in Michigan in the evening.
Yes Rick Perry is "authentic".......he lied authentically!!!
Santorum is pretty slick, the politician is too.
I can honestly say that Perry is not slick.
'authentic principled leader' That was what they said we were getting with Bush, look where that got us!
I just LOVE watching the GOPers duke it out. It is almost comical! Perry is really worthless and finally .... finally even the 'powers that be in the GOP' are starting to see him for what he really is! The truth will prevail, Mr Perry. Pack your bags! If Romney is slick ... you are SLIME.
Perry should stop the name calling and talk issues. If we the people don't ask for that, we'll be dooped into voting and not knowing what they are about. Think, people think. Don't let them get away with cursing each other and not debating the isues.
But Christie knows this will be a bad year for the Repubs in a tee-bagger world.
Perry called Washington, D.C., a "seedy place". Well, no wonder he wants to go there, he is he seediest person currently running for prez!
Authentic and Principled? Well, I guess that leaves Ricky boy out. He came out of the box as the pre-packaged Tea Party favorite (beating out the totally unelectable Michelle Bachmann, and the divisive Sarah Palin), and he has the stones to accuse another candidate of being "slick"?
Rick, go back to Texas and sign another execution warrant. The rest of the country really doesn't want you polluting our air with your rantings anymore.
The only slick candidate in the race is Rick Perry himself. He a greasy, slick con man. Happily, he will never be President of the United States.
Perry must be shocked because his "Texas antics" which plays well to that ignorant state, doesn't play outside their borders. He is a silly, spoiled "hack"...and slick is his middle name. I wanted him to stick around so it would him vs Obama at a debate...that would be rich to watch....but sadly, it will most likely be Romney, but that other hack, Bachmann would have been fun too....did anyone catch her "witchlike" cackle during one of the recent debates...not only is she scary looking, but sounds like Phyllis Diller too. Our president has to have some sense of decorum and none of the GOP do.
"You've seen what happens when our country chooses leaders who emphasize words over deeds."
At least Perry acknowledges Obama's articulateness. The word "emphasize" is ridiculous. What deeds can be done in the face of a group of people whose SOLE agenda is to oppose? Then there are Perry's out-and-out lies about the solvency of social security, the unspoken lies about who pays and who SHOULD be contributing. And what is the unabashed proposal to legally empower his specific religion in the US?-probably the tried and true ensarement of the desperate in need of miracle.
Just what this country needs. Another poor student Texas governor male cheerleader. This dolt makes Dubya look smart.
HEY RICK PERRY! The heat is only turned up on you a little bit at this point, and you're already cracking. Do yourself a favor and bow out before you embarrass yourself more than you already have.
Spin, spin, spin. Perry blew it big time and he knows it. The more voters are exposed to this idiot the more hilarious his run for president will be.
Everytime Perry opens his mouth at debates or speeches, the crowds totally turn off.
Cain won the Florida Straw Poll because all the Old People Vote without researching candidates.
Cain is running out of cash he got from Corporations and Lobbying Firms, not citizens.
Perry is faiding fast, he will soon be one of the Bottom Tier.
Bachman is already in fourth and Fox News has blocked reporting on her.
That leaves Romney and Ron Paul.
The Country will not elect a Morman and that was proved in the last election.
And once he has to start dipping in to his own Millions for cash, he will soon bail.
That leaves Ron Paul as the not only current front runner.
But it makes him the Republican Nominee.
Ron Paul 2012
I guess the people coaching Perry realized he's not near as smart as Sarah Palin so they dropped Perry's comebacks at Romney down to a single word.
"Can you remember the word "Slick"?"
"Can" -no. "Uh-remember" NO! "SSS" YesYes..."SSSS...WORD." NO-NO-NO-A THOUSAND TIMES NO!
"no?" Forget it-tape the word to his sleeve.