Perry vs. Romney: Video vs. website
October 20th, 2011
09:27 AM ET
7 years ago

Perry vs. Romney: Video vs. website

Washington (CNN) - The presidential campaigns of Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Perry launched internet jabs at each other Thursday, furthering familiar attack lines used by the two camps.

Texas Gov. Perry's team released a web video labeling Romney as a "misleading" "career politician." The minute-long spot points specifically to his comments about the health care law he passed while governor of Massachusetts and recent comments made in Tuesday's CNN presidential debate when Perry pressed him on hiring illegal immigrants in his home. Romney said he previously hired a lawn service that employed illegal aliens, unbeknownst to him.

The spot hits Romney as a "career politician," a jab Romney also made against Perry through a new website., created by Team Romney, attacks Perry for having "no experience in the real world economy" as well as his support of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants and the restructuring of entitlement programs like Social Security.

"Whether deflecting attention from his own record through personal attacks, utter fabrications, or intentional distortions, it's hard to know how much lower Perry will go," Romney Communications Director Gail Gitcho said in a statement. "We are introducing to help voters learn about the real Rick Perry and the lengths to which he will say or do anything to get elected."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. lgny

    With all the real issues in the world, who cares whether Romney is a career politician or not. This is all such stupid distraction. The real question is what leadership and solutions will each candidate provide? Who will be the best leader in the coming years?

    October 20, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. thomas

    The spot hits Romney as a "career politician," a jab Romney also made against Perry through a new website.

    The pot calling the kettle black !

    Both these guys are old world hypocrites ,
    Perry had undocumented workers at N--head ranch !
    Romney had undocumented workers cut his lawn !


    October 20, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. NVa Native

    When was the last time Parry & Romney were working in the "private sector"?
    They are both career politicians.

    October 20, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. westward

    Neither Romney or Perry have a viable plan to rebuild the middle class. Make no mistake about it – both are proposing trickle down policies that only benefit the very rich. The middle class will be disproportionately funding more breaks for the wealthy under both of them. I honestly don't see how ANY middle class people would even consider voting for either one of these guys. It would be a vote to give away more of your money.

    October 20, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  5. SecedingfromTexas

    Perry is a "career politician". He has been a tax-paid government employee most of his life, and doesn't want to stop at
    Governor. His "lawn" care, 5 year old story regarding Romney flies in the face of Texas' law that allows illegal
    immigrants to work for single family homes as lawncare workers or house cleaners. These employees are exempt
    from any punishment by the State of Texas. Wink, wink, nod, nod.

    October 20, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Whether deflecting attention from his own record through personal attacks, utter fabrications, or intentional distortions, it's hard to know how much lower Perry will go,"

    Same could be said about Romney. And has been said for the past ... what is it now ... 8 years? Well, whenever he left his governorship of Massachusetts to begin his long term Republican presidential campaign career, at any rate.

    October 20, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. smittnews

    BIGGEST FLAW that all campaigns have "ITS ALL OR NOTHING" and you must "NEVER CHANGE YOUR MIND" Here is the problem all of us at one point in our life have changed our mind. The question is WHAT made you change your mind. I am totally satisfied with Romneys answers on that. "ITS ALL OR NOTHING" this is the second flaw that labels everyone a flip-flopper, because you must stick with exactly what your party thinks without any doubts or you're a flip-flopper. People should use their brains and its OK to not agree with TARP it doesn't mean you're for it because you like parts of it. But any signs of agreement to the other side of the isle then your a TRAITOR to your party. THIS IS WHAT GOT US IN THIS MESS>as far as Im concerned anyone who can have their own opinion and not go with their party all the way is the answer and has a brain.

    October 20, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. tobie

    Ok the whole thing about the ranch is stupid cain only used it because hes black and you know what the family purchased the ranch YEARS ago! They painted over it so get over it! Rick perry is a great man. Romney has great things to debte about but look i dont want a debater as a president i want a president that will give my children a bright future. And if you bring up the unemployment rate in texas to romneys state it is only because of POPULATION and if you dont understand that then you are just blided by the things Romney says.....not the FACTS!!

    October 20, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Mittens has only been elected once, despite running a bunch of times and getting rejected. He's not a "career politician." He's a "career candidate."

    October 20, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. a in austin

    from one career politician to another....

    October 20, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    meanwhile the Obama team is looking at all of this and picking out what sound bites to use in 2012.

    October 20, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Frank A NYC

    Perry is calling Rommney a career politician? Does Perry ever think before he speaks?

    October 20, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Jo

    Both are no where NEAR good enough to be President. And these rejects are the best you could find, GOP?

    October 20, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Nothing new here

    Pots calling the kettles black. These 2 are ridiculous. They cry and whine if someone criticizes their platforms, or performance, but they sure demand their First Amendment rights in verbally attacking others. Someone please send these 2 children into "time-out". And the Republican party needs to start grooming some better candidates that this current bunch of yahoos.

    October 20, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |