Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Rick Perry's campaign moved quickly Wednesday to correct an employee's inaccurate statement that non-United States citizens would not be allowed to attend a town hall the Texas governor held at a plant.
The event was hosted by Granite State Manufacturing, which does defense contracting work. An employee checking in members of the news media at the entrance asked each person for his identification and whether he was a citizen.
When asked what would happen if a person were not a United States citizen, the woman said she would deny them entrance.
The Perry campaign brought Granite State Manufacturing Facilities Manager Shawn O'Hagan to the press area to tell reporters that was not true.
O'Hagan said the woman had been misinformed by another employee. Non-citizens would be allowed to enter, but the company would assign an employee escort to accompany them, which is standard for defense contractors complying with NAFTA rules and applies to anyone entering the building.
Everyone who checked in said he or she was an American citizen, the employee checking in press members said.
At GOP rival Jon Huntsman's town hall at the same company earlier this year, journalists were asked not to film some areas of the factory that contained proprietary information.
A Perry aide pointed to other political events at defense contracting companies where attendees were subject to similar rules.
How did this guy get elected in Texas?
These GOP candidates spend most of their time denying allegations instead of what they are going to do on the most important issues facing Americans. Is this what we can expect should they become elected?
Now that's leadership...send this guy back to Austin.
How did career politician, Sen. Hutchinson, lose to this clueless part time life long politician?
How is this govenor perry's fault in any way? These stories are totally insane our media has lost control.
Kinda reminds of that scene from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" movie at the rally towards the end..."are there any -– in the theater tonite? Get em up against the wall. There's one in the spotlight.He don't look right to me. Get em up against the wall.."
So, we should now let non-US citizens into Defense Contractor locations? Great, Rick, great...
"Ooops! Did we say that?"
Geez! It is a new laugh every day with these guys!!
That was a defense regulation issue, clearly.
Dose anybody remember ENRON ?
Look up Perry , Bush and the fall of Enron. Perry wants to abolish the energy department so his backers can own it .
This countries economic wows started in 2002 , then add on the debt of two ten year wars.
If you want America to end up like Enron , vote Perry !
Texas ranks among the lowest in education; that may give you an answer. Also look at the electorate. People like George W. Bush and Roger Clemens are Texans.....not the brightest bulbs on the tree. .
What's the beef?? Non-citizens can't vote, and it is a DEFENSE installation, where this is standard security protocol.
As much as I dislike Perry, by law, all defense facilities, as well as of their contractors and sub-contractors have citizenship requirements. Then again, that stupidity implies that no American citizen every betrayed his/her country.
Waht a bunch of wankers this GOP line up is. I have to admit, however, it is very entertaining. It's like "Laurel and Hardy Run for President."
Well, gee, anyone can answer "yes" if they are a US citizen. How do you prove it? Walk around with your birth certificate? Why, that's ridiculous. Do you hear that GOP? Why didn't you ask the people to prove it like you did of the President and now of all the tan people in the US?
our guvnor here in Texas is in favor of allowing the kids of illegals to get in state tutiton so why in the HECK would he NOT allow a non-citizen to come to this event? The latter reason is what is sinking him in the polls not the things he does and says that seem to be uncouth. The far right doesn't mind having them not too bright but they DO mind being called "heartless" when it comes to not liking to treat kids of illegals nice.
Perry is a Republican Frankenstein monster. He has the face of Bush, the hair of Reagan, the skin oh Boehner, and the brain of Sarah Palin.
Sounds like all the liberals would allow a citizen of any country into an American company that does defense contracting work for the U.S. government.
Do you also want to do away with security clearances and allow all information to everyone?
What has happened to the Republican Party? The Party I know from days of old was not afraid to work with fellow
Congress members from the other Party for the good of all Americans. Now I just dont know I'm scared for our