Romney camp labels Perry a 'desperate candidate'
October 10th, 2011
11:41 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney camp labels Perry a 'desperate candidate'

(CNN) - Team Mitt Romney responded Monday to a new web video from rival Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry that targeted Romney over the health care law he passed while governor of Massachusetts.

A statement from Romney's campaign said the video is indicative of "Perry's problem with the truth" and an effort to help his failing White House bid.

"Rick Perry is a desperate candidate who will say and do anything to prop up his sinking campaign," Gail Gitcho, Romney's communications director, said in a statement. "In trying to deflect attention from his liberal in-state tuition policy for illegal immigrants, he has restored to repeated dishonesty, distortions and fabrications about Mitt Romney."

Perry's campaign released a one minute web video Monday morning that compared "Obamacare" to "Romneycare," saying Romney has "flip flopped" on the use of a health care mandate. A senior Perry adviser told CNN there are no plans to air the video on television.

Romney signed the Massachusetts law in 2006 that included an insurance mandate requiring residents to have health insurance, much like the provision in the current national law. Comparisons over health care have followed Romney throughout his second bid for the White House.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    The man has shark eyes - cold and unfeeling, devoid of any humanity.

    October 10, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. ST

    I really laugh when I hear Romney saying: "I will repeal Obamacare the first day in office". Why can't he convince Mass. first, to repeal theirs and once he is successful there, he can say what he is saying now.

    October 10, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Jilli

    Wow, that's pretty big talk coming from a candidate that can't seem to garner more than 25% approval.

    October 10, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  4. beevee

    Rick Perry is only good for Texas. I am not seeing him as a national leader with his acdemic qualifications and how did while he was a student at a Texas university. We need better qualified guys than him.

    October 10, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Ed

    no texan is ever desperate. especially one who runs one of the largest states in the country. which is no easy task.
    Perry is way more qualified to be president than Romney.

    October 10, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Jeff in TX

    Careful out there! Perry will amass large sums. He will plan to go the distance. He will take just about any means available to win the nomination. I am no fan of his, but as a Texan, I have seen his machine in motion. Expect dirt, viciousness, debasement of his competitors. It will be lively and entertaining and likely to Obama's advantage after all.

    October 10, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Rick Perry is a desperate candidate who will say and do anything to prop up his sinking campaign," Gail Gitcho, Romney's communications director, said in a statement."

    The same could be said for candidate Mitt Romney as well. For all Mitt's recent pandering, he's coming across as equal a loser as is Perry.

    October 10, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Ed wrote:
    no texan is ever desperate. especially one who runs one of the largest states in the country. which is no easy task.
    Perry is way more qualified to be president than Romney.
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    President of what, though. The Divided States of America? Gov. Perry has some major lies and distortions of his own to account for; i.e. like lamenting about getting *no federal aid* for Texas wild fires this past spring, when in fact the federal government had been picking up 75% of the tab from the word go.

    October 10, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Paul1st

    Romney needs to have a campaign worker whisper in Romney's ear every day, "Remember McCain in South Carolina in 2000". This should keep Romney vigilant on what to expect out of the Perry campaign.

    October 10, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Not really. Romney doesn't admit the truth. His numbers stay the same. Perry's fluctuate based on the ATTACKS he receives. He is attacked and then his numbers go to Cain, etc. Not because the attacks actually have merit, but because the Tea Party in FL, is wielding too much power in the campaign.

    Just think about......we have already had 2 debates in FL, and now another is planned......by CNN. Why? Because CNN knows, that they can use the Tea Party to create controversy, in FL, and CNN intends to do just that. They are totally pro-Democrats. that means they are reporting to influence the people, with deception, and dishonesty, and they are using the Tea Party in FL, to try and make the GOP overall, look like a bad choice. It is a totally deliberate effort.

    October 10, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  11. NVa Native

    Of course he's desperate – after the destruction and failures that were/are the Bush/Cheney GOP regime legacy – and the American public knows and remembers this – every GOPer is desperate.
    Romney has been running for POTUS for over eight years so he's just better at denial than the rest of the GOPers.

    October 10, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. drumstring

    I think we all need to know Romney's religious beliefs , as well as any other candidate as our beliefs define our behavior. would you vote in a Muslim terrorist?

    October 10, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    ..... Why? Because CNN knows, that they can use the Tea Party to create controversy, in FL, and CNN intends to do just that. They are totally pro-Democrats. that means they are reporting to influence the people, with deception, and dishonesty, and they are using the Tea Party in FL, to try and make the GOP overall, look like a bad choice. It is a totally deliberate effort.
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    Riiight. You don't think it has anything to do with the fact that the Florida Grand Old Tea Party has been making an overtly shameless effort to hijack the primary process by boosting their own self importance, do you? Or is all of it just curious coincidence?

    You are saying that CNN is determining where to conduct debates, and whose name to put on it as sponsor. Seems more likely that it is the other way around.

    October 10, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. Pat

    Wonder why Romney is attacking the person (ad hominem) instead of defending his own horrible track record of supporting taking lives of defenseless elderly and babies, Forcing elderly to pay for Socialist Romneycare and denying the right to self-defense with gun bans?

    Romney sounds like a desperate man with no defense.

    October 10, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Anthony

    Romney's problem is that he would never convince Republican voters that individual mandate is OK at the state level but unconstitutional at the federal level (so that Massachusetts can enact a health care plan with the mandate, but the federal government cannot), argument about the Commerce Clause notwithstanding. For one thing, not everyone goes to law school and understands the federalism argument made by opponents of Obama's health care plan. What is more, Republicans have worked hard to convince voters that Obama's plan is "socialist medicine." So why would it be OK for Massachusetts to enact the original version of "socialist medicine"?

    October 10, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. marcia

    Perry is just a glorified used car salesman!!!!

    October 10, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. coy4one

    First, as a Texan, you will find Perry being more and more desperate and saying all sorts of "truth-stretching" statements. He is known for saying whatever he wants to guarantee his election. Then once elected, he will hit you with all the bad news. Like his last election for governor when he bragged in TV commercials that Texas was doing so well and built a big surplus of funds....then after elected, he announced that the State is broke and then he accepts the stimulus money from the federal government. In my opinion, he's been a lousy governor!!

    October 10, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Teabug

    2 things Mitt can't run from: his healthcare plan and his religion. They will come back into play and cost him the GOP nomination.

    October 10, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. coy4one

    Oh, and by the way, I believe that it is every American's right to have affordable health insurance. Those who argue that this is available now need to understand that unless an employer provides insurance, it is NOT affordable to those who are in service industries such as landscaping, restaurants, students who do not have parents to rely on, and many companies that pay on performance or commissions. Most servers in small restaurants only are paid in tips. Their $2.10 per hour goes to pay taxes. I read recently where less than 9% of servers who rely on tips, can afford insurance, and even less, about 6% have restaurant employers who provide insurance for their servers. This is why there should be a mandatory coverage available.

    October 10, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. naksuthin

    Mitt Romney is everything to everyone
    In 1994, Romney ran for the United States Senate as a “William Weld moderate” because that is what he believed it took to get elected in Massachusetts. On nearly every issue he was boldly to the left of the Republican mainstream. He labeled Newt Gingrich's “Contract With America” too partisan, opposed capital-gains-tax cuts, vowed to encourage banks to give home loans to poor families, and, as The Washington Post put it, “stressed his support for universal health insurance and abortion rights.”

    At a debate with Kennedy in Boston, the paper noted, Romney “was more outspoken than Kennedy in arguing that the Boy Scouts should not exclude homosexual youths.”

    How can Republican's even trust a man who has never taken a stand on any issue that he hasn't changed when the poltical winds were blowing in the opposite direction?

    My only guess is that 25% of Republicans really don't care what a man really believes...only what he SAYS he believes.

    October 10, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |