October 6th, 2010
02:15 PM ET
12 years ago

White likens Perry to a school child

Houston, Texas (CNN) - Bill White, the Democratic nominee for governor in Texas, compared Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday to an immature school child who refuses to take responsibility for his actions.

White, the former mayor of Houston, made the comments to reporters after a tour of YES! Prep North Forest, a publicly funded charter school on the city's north side where White's son is a first-year teacher.

White accused Perry, a Republican, of trying to turn the race into a referendum on President Obama because he hopes "that people will forget he's been governor for nine and a half years."

Perry, who leads White by anywhere from 5 to 14 points depending on the poll, assumed the governorship in 2000 when then-Gov. George W. Bush became president and is now seeking an unprecedented third full term in Austin.

White said Perry has expanded the state debt, failed to secure the federal resources necessary to secure the Texas-Mexico border and left the Texas' public schools in a ruinous state.

"In schools like this, one of the things that teachers teach, and parents must teach their children, is acceptance of individual responsibility," White said. "One of the things that classroom teachers confront, and that they teach young people to do, is don't always blame somebody else - 'I forgot my book, or so-and-so didn't give me the assignment' - but to accept personal responsibility for those things that you are supposed to be responsible for."

"I have yet to hear Rick Perry in nine and a half years claim any responsibility for the many, many management shortcomings and lack of results that he's brought," White added. "He blames others."

Perry's campaign responded to the attack.

"Considering Bill White's campaign has been stuck in neutral for the past several months, it's not surprising all he can do is attack with false information," Mark Miner, spokesman for the Rick Perry campaign said. "Because of Governor Perry's leadership, Texas continues to create jobs and have a strong economy. Supporting tax increases and President Obama's policies, like Bill White does, will move Texas in the wrong direction."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Edwin

    You won't hear Perry respond to this. He doesn't want people to consider his many shortcomings - he just hopes to ride the GOP wave to an undeserved re-election.

    October 6, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Joe

    I agree. For all the talk about Barack Obama, you'd think this is 2012 (or since it's coming from the GOP and they are generally looking backwards ... 2008). Perry has been governor since 2000, and what does he have to show for it (aside from a dead coyote)? Bill White is a smart, fiscally-conservative, social moderate. White is no Barack Obama (anybody who has heard Bill speak would agree with that one).

    October 6, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    Speaking of responsibility, what does White say about his bilking of millions of dollars from investors in his failed Frontera Oil company? This company never made a single dollar but spent millions, including big bucks skimmed off the top to White – the ONLY person to make out with anything other than a total loss. Who is asking about that total scam? Certainly not the MSM!

    October 6, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. ~~ JULY ~~ ( Palin is the new Paris Hilton )

    Perry slogan ' Blame others .. it's the Texas way'

    October 6, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Anyone who is a sitting Governor while our troops are serving in a war and talks about suceding during a war as Perry did, doesn't have a right to call himself Governor. Perry is dishonorable and he has dishonored our troops.

    October 6, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. Eric

    Perry has a great new ad, which parodies the Dos Equis "Most Interesting Man in the World" ads with "Bill White, the Most Mysterious Liberal in the World."

    October 6, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. u2canfail

    Rick Perry is so much like "W". They fail at everything important, then spread more wealth to the wealthiest. (election grease)

    He is a joke, Texas. Bill White was wonderful in Houston!

    October 6, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. SuperD

    White is such a chicken. On his political adds, he makes no mention of being a Democrat. Same with his yard signs. He's does not want you to know he's a Democrat, wonder why?

    If I were a Democrat, I'd be ashamed of myself too.

    October 6, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Texas1

    Bill White will not move us in the wrong direction. Perry has yet to move us forward in his 9.5 years as Governor. Why can't people in Texas wake up? I'm a republican and I am voting for Bill White. I hope my fellow "R" are not just voting for Perry because of the R behind his name. WAKE UP GUYS!

    October 6, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Republicans is smart in the head area

    That's an insult to schoolchildren. They are way smarter than Perry.

    October 6, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. carlos

    send all the talipublicans to the kennel.......that is where they belong.

    October 6, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. Charlie in Maine

    As a teacher I cannot stand idly by while such insults are hurled about. To compare any Tea Baggin Republican, especially a Texas Republican to a school child is a grave insult to school children everywhere and I for one will not stand for it. That trash talk may be fine in Texas but not in my classroom.

    October 6, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. 27 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    failed to secure the federal resources necessary to secure the Texas-Mexico border

    A DemocRAT is saying this??!!! Obozo and his flunkies in the justice Dept. are suing states that choose to enforce the laws they refuse to! Instead of giving money states, they'd rather spend the money on protecting illegals and ensuring millions more flood into the USA. Quite amazing. I doubt Texans are dumb enough to vote for an idiot that would say something like this.

    October 6, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. j

    Time to send him back to Paint Creek, TX. We`ve had enough of him and his politics.

    October 6, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |