Perry stands by ad, calls Obama a 'socialist'
November 18th, 2011
11:40 PM ET
7 years ago

Perry stands by ad, calls Obama a 'socialist'

(CNN) - In defending his latest television ad, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday continued his attack strategy against President Barack Obama and emphatically called him a "socialist."

"Absolutely," Perry said in an interview on Fox News. "I think Barack Obama is a socialist."

Conservative talk show host Bill O'Reilly was the latest to question the presidential candidate over the validity of his new TV ad, which claims Obama believes Americans are lazy.

The spot, broadcast in Iowa and nationwide on cable, showed a clip of Obama saying, "We've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades."

In the ad, Perry said: "Can you believe that? That's what our president thinks is wrong with America? That Americans are lazy? That's pathetic. It's time to clean house in Washington."

But critics argue that Perry took Obama's "lazy" remark out of context.

The president made the comment in response to a question last weekend about how foreign investors viewed the United States. When listening to the rest of his remarks, Obama seemed to be addressing U.S. business practices as "lazy," rather than American workers or voters.

O'Reilly on Friday questioned Perry over whether he was being misleading with the ad.

"I believe he was talking about Americans," Perry responded.

O’Reilly asked the candidate if he believed the notion that Obama simply doesn’t like America, to which Perry replied: “I think he cares for this country. I just think his policies are socialist.”

Perry added that he believes the president "truly misunderstands" the country's free enterprise system, citing a 2008 campaign moment when Obama was confronted about taxes by a voter who later became known as "Joe the Plumber."

Obama responded saying that spreading the wealth around was "good for everybody."

"When you talk about printing money and spending government money, and trying to spend it out," Perry said. "That conversation he had with Joe the Plumber - kind of redistribute the wealth - the best I can tell, that's socialism."

According to the latest CNN/ORC International Poll, Perry took 12% of support among Republicans and those leaning toward the GOP, putting him fourth place in the GOP race for the White House.

Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Kevin O.

    But Perry, he's the president and you have lips like a chimp.

    I'm not going to listen to a man who clearly has Simian features.

    November 19, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  2. micah

    I think Governor Perry has lost his message. He should be working hard on convincing Americans that he is the candidate that is well positionned to bring jobs. Obama is not a republican so focusing on him while behind in the poll doesn't help. My questiion is what can you do to get to the top and become the republican nominee. Give up sound bites, time will come for you to challenge, now learn how to challenge people on top.

    November 19, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  3. ruff

    This is pretty much the only option Perry has left – screech like a crazy monkey and fling feces about his cage. He's hoping someone will take notice.

    November 19, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  4. Aaron

    Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Michelle Bachman, Donald Trump, really? This is who y'all have put out there to take over the White House? You have qualified people such as Santorum ( oh...he sounds to Italian.. The mafia right), Mitt Romney (Oh wait...a mormon), John Huntsman (What?...another Mormon?). These are your qualified candidates but the Repuke party is so Bigoted that they eat their own. Thanks for being that way though. You should probably start planning for 2016. You've already blown 2012. 4 more years...4 more years!

    November 19, 2011 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  5. danny

    Obama is NOT a socialist because he behaves too much like a republican

    November 19, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  6. Kristen

    well heck, if Obama is a socialist, I'll vote for him!!! Silly me... here I am thinking he's just another fascist Republican in progressive clothing.

    November 19, 2011 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  7. james

    I say youre reaching, struggling, barely alive in this race.

    November 19, 2011 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  8. james

    Hi moderator

    November 19, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  9. It is sad

    Perry can't even spell the word socialist, let alone define it. He is a walking talking parrot who just repeats things he hears, and if people give him attention he just repeats it louder.

    November 19, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. Gabby

    Wow. Not only can he not speak publicly, he can't even understand the English language in correct context.

    November 19, 2011 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Parry, you allow the children of illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition in Texas. How much more "socialist" can you get?

    November 19, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  12. sarahH

    oh no... this is the first time I've ever heard of Obama being called a socialist. Whatever will we do? 😛

    November 19, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  13. taffd

    I'm sick of these fascists constantly trotting out the S word to try to scare the American public." Socialist" is just a word. Do people realize how many things are "socialist". Try highways, medicare, social security, libraries, turkey dinners on Thanksgiving for the less fortunate.The trouble is, folks associate the word with the former Soviet Union. In my younger days, I traveled to the USSR–believe me,we aren't even in the same ballpark as a nation like that. But if the far right ever gets complete control of this country, we'll be damn close.I remember how the government kept close watch and control over the populace by telling them they were being protected from foreign forces trying to destroy their way of life. Sound familiar?

    November 19, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  14. Darrell

    So, Slick Rick....what is wrong with being a Socialist?

    The reason why America is so great is that individuals can be what they want to be.

    By the way Slick Rick, sticks and stones may break his bones, but name calling will never hurt President Obama....he has been called much worst and he still survives.

    November 19, 2011 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  15. CP in Tampa, FL

    Rick Perry can be described by an old Texas saying: That cowboy is all hat and no cattle.

    November 19, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  16. Jason

    Perry has shot himself in the foot so many times that they've been reduced to stumps.

    November 19, 2011 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  17. clark1g

    if he walks like a socialist and talks like a socialist ... he is a socialist.

    November 19, 2011 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  18. DonnieH.

    And under this "Socialist" the stock market has doubled, Wall St. is reporting record profits and handing record bonuses. Oooh that darn Socialist... Make him stop. Pssst. Donald Trump said his investigators had information regarding Obama's birthplace that would blow your mind. granted a mosquito fart could blow the typical teabaggers mind but really people? Really?

    November 19, 2011 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  19. Tomis

    Perry wouldnt know a sociallist if he walked on water.

    November 19, 2011 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  20. Marry

    Perry is outdoing himself again and bouncing along the bottom-line! Either he is just plain lying not accepting facts – or…
    …he shows that he does not know what “a socialist” is…
    …he does not understand the content of information provided…
    …he "truly misunderstands" the free enterprise system…
    Because it is not done with just “taking” (as Norquist and the GOP/TP like to think) but has to include responsibility, opening participation and carrying a fair share of the cost of running a country so profitable business is possible! (Democrats promote that point of view!)
    Every time the GOP/TP candidates open their mouth, they go out of their way to explain why it is against YOUR INTEREST and a great show of ignorance to ever vote for them.

    November 19, 2011 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  21. Lincoln

    This sounds all too familiar... Really, Perry, come up with something new.

    November 19, 2011 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  22. Pete

    Sure he is a socialist. But Perry is a moron. So calling out Obama isn't going to get him any votes.. The only two Republican canidates with an IQ north of 100 are Newt and Romney. So pick your poison.

    November 19, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  23. Small world

    He is Obama is socialist . That's why Lion air singed $21 billion deal with Boeing while he was visiting Indonesia. I don't mind supporting this type of socialist who can think and has a reasonable brain. Not a man who can not remember 3 things.

    November 19, 2011 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  24. ctl

    Socialism in the US, oh say it aint so, its all so clear now that he has explained it to me, until now I hadn't noticed. So then what is his plan when elected to end all this socialism, hopefully he can remember........but then again he doesn't have to remember, the Koch Brothers will have it alll written out for him.

    November 19, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  25. James

    In related news 99% of brain dead hillbillies cannot define the word "socialism." More at 11.

    November 19, 2011 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
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