Perry burns rivals, heads home for wildfires
September 5th, 2011
03:57 PM ET
9 years ago

Perry burns rivals, heads home for wildfires

Conway, South Carolina (CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have canceled his appearance before Sen. Jim DeMint's presidential forum Monday, but earlier at a town hall he didn't miss the opportunity to take a swipe at his primary opponents.

"There is no one gonna be sitting on that stage who has a record of job creation that I have," Perry said, referring to the Sept. 7 debate in California, the first time the nascent presidential candidate will participate in a debate with his opponents.

"There's gonna be some that got up, that get up and say, 'Well I've created jobs,' and that's true. There's one in particular that created jobs all over the world. But while he was governor of Massachusetts, he didn't create very many jobs," he said.

Perry spoke to a town hall in Conway before cutting his trip short to return to Texas to deal with wildfires in the state.

The three-term governor has been criticized for taking credit for the jobs created in his state over his 10-year tenure as governor, but he attributed the rise to the efforts of the Texas people.

"I didn't create those jobs. Americans created those jobs," Perry said. "Texans created those jobs because we allowed them to have an environment where they weren't overtaxed, over-regulated, over-litigated, and then we got out of the way and let the private sector do what the private sector does best which is create jobs."

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  1. Raymond

    I have lived in Texas the jobs that are there are low paying ones that requires those working to have 2 or more jobs. In other words you work yourself to death for little money, no health insurance or any other benefits. Perry's job creation should be called "Right to Die" jobs. Needless to say Texas is one state loved by all of the rich and Corporations.

    September 5, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. The Lone Okie

    He needs to be in Texas doing his job. He has spent too much timde in S.C. with the secessionists. Perry should have turned down this last term as governor, three times as governor means you are either selfish or corrupt. South Carolina too small for a republic, too large for a insane asylum....

    September 5, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. maggie

    Fox News (at around 4pm) just reported that Rick Perry's plane is still on the ground in SC - even as DeMint's most favored candidate cattle call gets ready to wind down. Hmmm - so Perry takes a swipe at Romney this morning before supposedly leaving for the Texas fires - but doesn't seem to be in too much of a hurry.

    September 5, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. thomas

    It takes courage to execute an innocent man as Governor ! And Rick Perry has the Courage !

    How much federal aide dose Texas need for drought and fire relief ?
    When you cut public service funding for wildfire prevention you take a gamble , unfortunately Rick the Spin Dr , wont take the heat . He's like Bush , makes a mess , then moves on !

    Perry Remember Enron ?

    September 5, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  5. Craig

    lmao, if you truly want a real United States of America, vote Ron Paul 2012, if you want the same as we have had for 40 years or more, were as THE UNITED STATES CORP runs this country. Perry is running for THE UNITED STATES CORP, I am voting only for The United States of America, RON PAUL i 2012

    September 5, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Oy Vey Az

    What a CS excuse to schlep out of a taking his own medicine. Perry is truly a divider, not a uniter. This guy is all hat and no Cattle. I'd rather elect W again.

    September 5, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. drew

    What a tool...gonna? Really Rick? I'll bet the Aggies are cringing at your lack of command for the English language. Probably the getting out of the way of business was more of an accidental cause and effect for those campaign contributions for governor.

    September 5, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    How about renaming us the UNTIED States - if any republican gets near the whitehouse. Because it will be each state on their own, and no one able to help anyone else.


    September 5, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Jean

    This guy is a joke. All low paying jobs that no one could live on. Ron Paul, I love you.

    September 5, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. sky

    Rick scary is a joke he's running scared,Texas is still burning he just don't wanna ask any questions. Independent 4 life
    4 more years Obama 1st time voter.

    September 5, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. Barrett

    To give Perry credit, he's right about this! I'm not the biggest Rick Perry supporter, but he has done a great job getting government out of the way of business here in Texas. I was surprised that Rick Perry was at least humble enough to say that HE HIMSELF did not create the jobs here- he only helped to sustain an environment where jobs could be created. That's what we need!

    Oh, and most people are extremely swayed by skewed statistics. The jobs Rick Perry helped create are NOT mostly minimum wage jobs. The statistic is that OF WAGED JOBS, there is a high percentage of minimum wage jobs. But most of the jobs created were not waged jobs. The propagandists have taken the statistic that seems to fit their view and they've run with it. I live in Texas and, as far as I can tell, people have jobs and are able to live pretty well. People are even free to explore career paths and try new things. It's not at all as bad as people say.

    September 5, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. A

    Slinging mud at his rivals, then ducking out on the debate doesn't allow his rivals the opportunity to defend themselves, or allows Perry to be held accountable for his own record. Perry has used this strategy time and time again.

    September 5, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  13. Mark

    rick perry is a useless slime ball that has no place being Governor of Texas, let alone President of the united States! McDonald's and Jack In The Box can only employ so many people!

    September 5, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    Mr. PArry, Why did you give lucretive state jobs to your big time donors of previous campaigns?? Did you think your Pay-to-Play tactics wouldn't be noticed by the voters in the rest of the country??
    Also, I think Sarah's gonna clean your clock. She's been hinting about it. Can't wait to see the fireworks.

    September 5, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. The Lone Okie

    The fires are burning in cities and heavily populated areas. He should be on-site. He wanted to be governor.

    September 5, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |