July 14th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
1 year ago

Illinois governor jabs Perry’s ‘favorite subject’

(CNN) – Roommates can be the worst.

Take it from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who on Sunday relayed his experience bunking with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.

“There’s quite a difference between Rick Perry and I,” Quinn, a Democrat, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.”

“We both went to Iraq and Afghanistan four years ago,” he continued. “I was his roommate. For seven days I heard him talk about his favorite subject: Rick Perry.”

The jab came as the two governors sparred over which state is better for businesses and jobs creation. Appearing ahead of Quinn, Perry, a Republican, argued the competition among states to attract industry went beyond the governors themselves.

“The fact is it’s not about him and it’s not about me,” Perry said. “It’s about the business climate in our respective states. And competition is good. I would suggest to you that when the Chicago Bulls come to San Antonio, they’re not poaching jobs, or poaching wins, they’re about competing. And sometimes we win, and sometimes we lose.”

Perry has spent the past year aggressively courting firms in other states, touting Texas’ business-friendly regulations and corporate tax structure.

“We have put a very, very competitive system in place. It’s how we compete with each other,” he said on CNN. “It’s how America will be stronger, when these 50 states compete with each other and be laboratories of innovation.”

But while Texas may appear to some business owners as an ideal place to set up shop, Quinn on Sunday challenged the Lone Star State’s commitment to workers’ quality of life.

“Texas has one of the worst poverty rates in the country,” Quinn said, noting his own state’s higher-than-average minimum wage. “They also have a situation of industrial accidents that are just unacceptable. We believe in worker safety laws.”


Filed under: Illinois • Rick Perry • Texas
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  1. HenryMiller

    “Texas has one of the worst poverty rates in the country,” Quinn said, noting his own state’s higher-than-average minimum wage. “They also have a situation of industrial accidents that are just unacceptable. We believe in worker safety laws.”

    No one is forced to stay in Texas. Anyone who thinks their poverty can be ameliorated by moving elsewhere is free to do so. Similarly, people who don't like the working conditions in Texas can leave.

    This is all part of the "laboratories of democracy" concept that the Left is so eager to crush. Let people vote with their feet. Personally, I favour the Texas model—except for their outrageous dismissal of the rights of women—over the Illinois model, but people are all entitled to their own opinions.

    July 14, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Evergreen

    Perry's selling point: we produce low wage workers and dont care how businesses operate.

    July 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Christopher Miller

    I'm sure the people of IL would care about what Gov. Quinn says if they weren't all grieving over the numerous murders occurring daily in Chicago. I take the back..NO ONE cares about what Pat Quinn says.

    July 14, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. king

    Perry wants to steel businesses from Illinois huh. well perry did you look in your state and see all the poor folks, uneducated and none health insurance having folks that your state has, especially a state that produces more oil than any other states by far, you would have to be a total moran for a governor in your situation to mess up a treasure trove that you have down there in texas not even Bush couldn't mess that up. bottom line is Illinois doesn't have the rich natural resources that Texas has, so they have to invest more in their spenders, not corporations, and thats why Illinois has a smaller poverty population than Texas. yes Texas might have more businesses than Illinois, but the question is does the money stays in Texas or does it goes somewhere else, because if it did Texas shouldn't have one of the poorest population in our union. i guest poor folks doesn't count as human beings in Texas, I guest Romney premiss that corporations were human beings are correct.

    July 14, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    “Texas has one of the worst poverty rates in the country,” Quinn said, noting his own state’s higher-than-average minimum wage. “They also have a situation of industrial accidents that are just unacceptable."

    Yeah, but what the heck does Parry care about that? He's totally on the GOP bandwagon of eliminating the American Middle Class and turning our nation into one owned and controlled by the top 1%, with religious police keeping the masses in line.

    July 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Ah, Rick Perry is at it again. "Hi, Business Owners. C'mon down here and set up shop. Don't worry that we have the highest dropout rate in the country, and people cain't fill out applications. And don't worry that we ain't got no fire departments.. Just think of how low your taxes will be – and you can hire all the illegal Mexicans you want because we don't allow INS to inspect our businesses."

    July 14, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. anonoymous

    Now this what i like both parties trying to create jobs for their state.

    July 14, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. rs

    If the GOP continues to lose elections, stop number 1 on their tour of "What's Wrong with Today's GOP" will have to be Perry- He bombed out of the election after forgetting what parts of the government he hated, and now taking medical care away from reproductive age women in Texas- and turning them into second-class citizens behind the uterus. They say they stand for "freedom" and "rights", the obvious question is for who?

    July 14, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Hooper

    Pictured in this article: A grinning creep, wanting to expand his power to your personal lives.

    July 14, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Lone Star State’s commitment to workers’ quality of life ?

    Five days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant leveled a wide swath of this town, Gov. Rick Perry tried to woo Illinois business officials by trumpeting his state’s low taxes and limited regulations. Asked about the disaster, Mr. Perry responded that more government intervention and increased spending on safety inspections would not have prevented what has become one of the nation’s worst industrial accidents in decades.

    July 14, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. just me

    I live in Texas, and it's a great place to be. Of course you need to be healthy, wealthy, and white ...

    July 14, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. it must be said

    ThinkAgain - “Texas has one of the worst poverty rates in the country,” Quinn said,
    -–

    Does Quinn and Illinois have millions of illegals flooding into Illinois from Canada? Nope. So a completely bogus statement for the low intelligence Democrat voter to listen to.

    July 14, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. enuff

    And as long as CNN continues to give Perry and Palin 15 minutes of fame EVERY single day, the only topic they will discuss is themselves.

    July 14, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. scarf

    If Perry were Prime Minister of India, his advocacy of companies moving their jobs from their current location to India would be referred to as "outsourcing." But, because he wants them to move to Texas, the GOP calls it "job creation." Bottom line: NO jobs are created; they're just moved. Texas is to the rest of the United States what India is to the rest of the world.

    July 14, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |