Perry focuses on Obama
September 3rd, 2011
08:13 PM ET
9 years ago

Perry focuses on Obama

Chichester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry focused blame for the economic slump squarely on President Barack Obama in a pair of speeches Saturday, as his stump speech continues to take shape.

Reading from notes, the folksy leader launched a blistering assault on the president for failing to turn around the country's fiscal struggles, and offered his record in Texas as his recipe for success.

"It's time for a change," he told a group of largely undecided Republican voters in Manchester, New Hampshire. "And I'm not talking about the rhetoric of change, I'm talking about a record of change."

Perry said he had created jobs in Texas, while the president had expanded the role of the federal government without creating long-term jobs, and had taken the country in the wrong direction, he said.

He also had some advice for the president as he prepares to announce a jobs plan next week.

"If the president wants to make a good jobs speech, he needs to stand up in front of the American people and say we're going to repeal 'Obamacare,' " Perry told an audience in Chichester, to thunderous applause.

Perry - who pledged to do away with Obama's health care plan on his first day in office - did appear to take a veiled swipe at GOP competitor Mitt Romney.

"As we consider the economic misery that's spread across this country by the Obama administration, we don't need a nominee who's going to blur the differences between themselves and President Obama," Perry said. "We're going to have a nominee who draws a clear contrast."

The former Massachusetts governor's health care plan was used as a model for the national plan, a fact Perry has sought to underline in recent appearances.

At the house party in Chichester, Perry spoke emotionally about service members fighting in foreign wars. He said the country should spend more money caring for its veterans. On the subject of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Perry said there should be a "national conversation" over the next year before the election, but said he did not favor setting timetables for withdrawal.

Perry was asked at each crowded event about preventing illegal immigration, and said it was the federal government's responsibility to aid in border protection by sending National Guard troops.

Gerald Easson, of Farmington, said he was impressed by the governor's candor.

"Talk is cheap. I'm going by facts. What they've accomplished, what they can do," he said. "Everything he's tackled, he's accomplished it."

State Rep. Al Baldasaro, who has yet to endorse a candidate, had a similar response.

"He looks you in the eye and he tells you how it is," Baldasaro said. "He's not looking over my shoulder. He's talking to me when I ask him a question."

Baldasaro said he asked for more information about Perry's record on caring for veterans in Texas to help him make a decision about supporting the governor.

Members of the media were kept a few feet away from Perry by his security detail at both events, and the governor did not take questions from the press.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. CNN watcher

    Perry's record is trash. And he's against building a border fence. Let's see how that goes with the teabaggers.

    September 3, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Poor Rick... The other 49 states realize that another stupid Republican from Texas is the last thing this country needs or wants!

    September 3, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    did he in the meantime thank the president for all that stimulus money he used to try to balance his budget down here in the great red state of Texas? Did he stress that we in Texas now have a 8.4% unemployment rate, just slightly lower than the national average? Did he stress the lack of healthcare and the high poverty rate in our state not only with minorities but across the spectrum? Maybe our poverty and crime rate would not be so high if we had more kids graduating from high school, but aww shucks ol' Perry cut education and teachers down here so our graduation rate is amongst the lowest in the nation. But I'm sure he can blame Obama for all that as well. Perry's house of cards will slowly start falling one by one..the more he talks the more people will find this out. Meanwhile come on down here to Texas and get one of these low paying, minimum wage jobs our "guvnor" has helped create while we are having his mansion in Austin redone. If you do I hope you have your own health insurance.

    September 3, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. Ray

    Dismantle Social security and Medicare Vote Perry 2012

    September 3, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Freeman

    Republicans quick, what is the difference between reading from a teleprompter and reading a speech written on paper?

    September 3, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  6. gar

    Sick Rick and his supporters are delusional.

    September 3, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  7. Indy

    When you have nothing to offer, you put others down and dress yourself up to undress others. Perry talks out of three sides of his mouth when he says Obama expanded Government but Perry was the first in line to take that money, and he publicy whined that he wanted more for Texas.Perry says that he will do away with Obama on the first day he is President, does he think he is running for dictator ? It is not even possible for him to do away with Obama care as President and that is one big fat juicy flat out rhetoric lie, which of course he is going to change when he is President. This is the same old bumper sticker politics that the entire line up of GOP hopefuls continue to pass off as solutions.

    September 3, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Name king

    When bush came out with first tarp he gave the money to the corporations, the corporations pocketed the money because we were losing even more jobs per month. When they were asked why they went hiring folks, Their explanation was that people didn't have any money to buy their goods. These repugs ideology of supply side economics is voodoo. No share holders in their right mind will allow CEO to expand without potential customers to buy their goods. Business only reason to exist to get money from their consumers and to cut as much waste of money as possible. If they can do the job with ten people why hire 20, the boss would have lost his job in a minuite. Demand side is what drives this economy, not taxes since 35 percent of big companies pay 0 taxes. It's not because of regulations, because if people are willing to spend money businesses will sell their mama to get some of their money. Further more I don't like the idea of inhaling metal, and drinking poison to make some rich corporate polluters feels cozy, health care is already too high. My phone company is constantly trying to get me to buy new products from them, I get annoyed sometimes and ask them how many customers do they actually have, and ask them why don't they fighting against the war the repugs have on consumer confidence, if every single day they are hunting consumers.

    September 3, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. skarphace

    If Republicans really want the Presidency in 2012 they will kick these Teavalgelists to the curb and nominate somebody us undecided moderates can vote for over Obama. We are looking for a choice in 2012. This means a moderate like Romney or a strong Independent-like Republican such as Paul. And of the two, Paul has a better chance of beating Obama in my opinion. I would very much like to see a Paul vs Obama debate.

    September 3, 2011 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Dee

    Perry needs to focus on cleaning up his past and present history in Texas because Bachman and Palin will bring it out don't count on Mitt Romney he dosen't want to step on his feet.

    Denograting the President will not get him elected because the Democrats are working behind the scenes I welcome a debate with the President and Perry (Bush #2).

    September 3, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. @CameraFraudAz

    Rick Perry was Al Gore's campaign manager, that should push any conservative away.

    September 3, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Actually secessionist, should we call your plan" "perrycare"? You brought forth an idea to do the same in your state and you wanted to include Mexico.
    Do these idiots realize that there is plenty of film to let everyone know that now they say this but months and years ago they thougth completely different?
    I hear that your wife is now sticking around and holding off on that divorce. Too much crotch time for others?

    September 3, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  13. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    sighing, when will the media put out the facts on this guy so he can disappear from the scene?

    September 3, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. Mike from MN

    It is not called *job creation* if all you do is bribe and steal jobs from other states.

    It is not called *job creation* the biggest industries in your state are OIL and MILITARY companies who benefit directly from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    It is not called *job creation* if the jobs being created are for low paying jobs for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

    Perry has no *job creation* record.

    September 3, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  15. Tired of the nonsense

    Typical GOP nonsense.

    Bush committed the crime, but they blame Obama?


    September 3, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. Squigman

    everyone has to focus on something. I really doubt the focus is on the president, than on whats wanted by Perry.

    September 3, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. The Elephant in The Room

    One guy, a Perry supporter, said, "Talk is cheap, I`m going with facts".

    The fact is Rick Perry had mismanaged Texas into a $26B budget deficit; a HUGE shortfall. Do we want him to multiply that stellar job by a factor of 50 on a National level?

    I don`t.

    September 3, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Texas: First is everything bad and last in everything good.

    Thanks, Parry – heckuva job!

    September 3, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    During May 2009, $22 million was allocated to the restoration the Texas Governor's Mansion, $11 million of which came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. An additional $3.4 million has been raised through private fund raising.

    I repeat: $11 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Sound familiar, anyone?

    That's the formal name of the STIMULUS BILL.

    Parry took $22 million in Stimulus money to renovate the Governor's mansion ... Funny, because on March 13, 2009, Gov. Parry wrote a commentary entitled, "Stimulus bill puts unfair burden on employers." Parry's big complaint was the Stimulus bill's stipulations regarding extending unemployment benefits for laid-off workers.

    Parry didn't want to take the money because it would help unemployed people; that is, until he needed the cash to fix his house.

    September 3, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Elaine

    Although the unemployment numbers in Texas are better than the national average, they are still very high.Mr. Perry's mediocre fortunes are mainly due to 2 factors that he has benefitted from, and not caused1 The natural resource of oil, and its industry , which almost nothing else rivals and, and which, if most states were as fortunate; they would probably be faring somewhat better too, and 2_ government installations.Most of the jobs that Rick Perry has created are low-paying or minimum- wage jobs. These facts don't make for a glowing report, and none of them qualify him to right the ship of the U.S. economy.Another factor in Texas' fortunes is that Mr. Perry used Stimulus funds from the Obama Stimulus package-the very same stimulus package that he rails against to this day( and swears that he himself would never institute)-to help Texas out of its economic woes.When you add it all up, it says that there's more glitter than gold here.

    September 3, 2011 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Namryan NC

    This man is scary!

    September 3, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Sebastian

    Hey Perry,

    Which way did employment move in your state? In fact, I'd like to see your trends over the past 3 years and through the next 12 months. I'm willing to bet they won't be going in a favorable direction since you've used up all that Federal stimulus money.

    That's one of those "facts" that will not refelect well on you as we scrutinize it. You brought it on yourself though by calling yourself the Job Creating Governor.

    September 3, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. Clwyd

    Let's focus on his book! The Congress should be able to overrule the Supreme Court? Senators should be appointed by governors? Social Security is a socialist plot? Where does the republican party get these nuts? Oh, he's from Texas! Now we understand! Stupid is forever voters!

    September 3, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  24. J.V.hodgson

    There are a lot of people disagreeing ( and agreeing) with his version of achievements in Texas be it about balanced budget or employment data ( on this latter KTH AC 360 was inconclusive and a bit biased frankly) It sounds to me like a politifact .com review is needed... for me some of his claims get into the Pants On Fire category.
    He like all his current presidential candidate hopefuls either in his case assumes naively whats good for Texas is good for the nation ( no way is that valid) or have no alternate plan /solutions that work only to criticise everything Obama does.
    His message does not resonate on the national level, as CNN seems to perceive or believe, irrespective of current polling which is actually almost meaningless.

    September 4, 2011 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  25. d

    Of course he did not take questions from the press...they may have asked about stem cell and korean bio tech firm in tx. among many many other shady deals he has made...i feel bad for texas!

    September 4, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
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