Perry stands by ad, calls Obama a 'socialist'
November 18th, 2011
11:40 PM ET
6 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. Rev Mkell,

    And he sounds like a fascist for wanting to send Congress home and run the country by himself!

    November 19, 2011 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  2. John

    This joker seriously needs to get off the national stage. He's lost all credibility with everyone except his diehard loyalists in the Lone Star state.

    November 19, 2011 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  3. AJ

    Perry refuses to acknowledge the facts and continues to take quotes out of context. How anyone can trust this man to be POTUS is beyond me. How long before the GOP bring up the birther issue again?!?! Morons!

    November 19, 2011 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  4. Peggy

    I really don't think Perry, just like other Republicans, don't really understand what Socialism is.

    November 19, 2011 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  5. April Moreno

    Perry is a moron!! Keep praying for rain because God don't listen to you!!!

    November 19, 2011 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Perry is scrambling for conservative votes using "inflamatory terms". But don't worry, by next week he won't remember what he said.

    November 19, 2011 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  7. James B

    Perry is at 9 percent in the polls. Does anybody really care what he has to say? I didn't think so.

    November 19, 2011 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  8. SCAtheist

    How can somebody running for president not know the meaning of 'socialism'? Only in america.

    November 19, 2011 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  9. TheDudeAbides

    Fourth place for Perry? Not far back enough.

    November 19, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  10. Guest

    Gov. Perry's comprehension skills are as on target as his speaking skills and memory.

    November 19, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs insult our intelligence

    Out of context quotes are standard practice for the GOBP deathcult. Rove and the Kochheads have been doing this all year.

    November 19, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. fusion

    If Perry thinks Obama is a socialist, he doesn't understand socialism...which is it not all that shocking.

    November 19, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    That would be an understatement.

    November 19, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  14. Alex

    America for the most part has no idea what actual socialism looks like. This is ridiculous. Also, isn't it the republicans' belie that those without jobs are simply lazy?

    November 19, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. Santa Fean

    Replace the word "socialist" with Public. What do you get? Do we believe in public schools? Not Perry. Do we believe in public highways? Not Perry. Do we believe in public access to information? Not Perry. There is no way we can stand another know nothing Governor from the horribly polluted state of Texas. Bush was a disaster and so is Perry. Is there anything about Texas that we like?

    November 19, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  16. therealsmiley

    "I believe he was talking about Americans," Perry responded. I understand why you might think the Prresident was talking about Americans Mr. Perry......cause your elevator doesn't go all the way to the top?

    November 19, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  17. bahaha

    he doesn't even know what socialism means! i love it when people talk just hear themselves speak and don't know anything about what they're talking about......look up socialism before you accuse someone of being a socialist...sounds like a damn mccarthy commie hunt

    November 19, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  18. Isaac

    keep talking republicans.... you're making Obama's re-election all that much easier.

    November 19, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. Independent Voters

    That why Perry fallen in the polls and what are these republican candidates running on they bashing the president.
    Tell me what are your plan to improve the economy and stop the name calling.

    November 19, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. Jennifer

    Perry has no idea what a socialist really is...

    November 19, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. WiredweirdinSF

    He made that quite clear during the 2008 campaign, the problem is the liberal mainstream media in this country did not report it or what the ramifications would be, so prodded by the corrupt union bosses and George Soros and supported by the left leaning mainstream media, the corrupt unions were able to steal the presidency for the most inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president we have ever had and he creates this huge financial mess to benefit his corrupt union boss masters and all of the dope smokers that voted for him.

    November 19, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. just jenn

    when all else fails call the president a socialist...

    November 19, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. Blossom89

    This from someone whose ideology is to the Right of Mussolini. Sheesh!

    November 19, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Jon

    Perry's getting desperate.

    November 19, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. PETE

    Govanor Perry ,is a lot closer to the truth than Bill Oreilly . President Obama is also a Muslim,he ,so much as to tell it in His Book Audacity Ofhope. He plain comes out and says push come to shove he stands with muslims
    Some one over atOreillyneeds to wake up,
    quit smellling the Roses .

    November 19, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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