Perry comes under fire at the CNN/Tea Party debate
September 12th, 2011
10:32 PM ET
9 years ago

Perry comes under fire at the CNN/Tea Party debate

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - With Texas Gov. Rick Perry threatening to cement his standing atop the national polls, his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination aggressively sought to undermine his conservative credentials on Monday during the first-ever CNN/Tea Party debate in Florida.

Perry repeatedly found himself in the crosshairs, as the field of candidates took turns attacking his positions on illegal immigration, Social Security, and his controversial 2007 push to vaccinate Texas schoolgirls against human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer.

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  1. Indy

    Perry and Romney were brought to task on quite a few points and once again they all lacked clear answers on how they would provide soultions that could be measured.Bachman was hilarious with her "Obama stole funds" and gave them to Obamacare. She was also hilarious that the economy is easy to fix, this coming from the one that has no clue on how gas prices are set and who sets the pricing. She also accused Rick Perry of accepting personal money from Merck. she is so damm funny !! We have to thank God that she could never be elected. Very few specifics were offered other than from Ron Paul who always has great and clear answers.

    September 12, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  2. Legalize America

    Looks to me like CNN is playing around with a presidental election posting there view and ideals on people in this country. CNN is a nothing but a terrorist organization working for a terrorist group called THE UNITED STATES CORP.

    September 12, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. YouIdiot!

    What? No mention of the $10,000.00 per month mansion he is currently residing at taxpayer expense?

    How about listing all of the donors/lobbyists and the amount given to each candidate?

    How about listing what they are worth?

    How about listing what each stands for/or not in a news story? Some people do not watch debates because they don't want to, are working, too busy, etc... and it is easier to read it online. As opposed to going to every website and spending time searching for this information themselves?

    September 12, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  4. Legalize America

    Be an American and vote RON PAUL 2012. A vote for ROn Paul is a vote for The United States of America, a vote for anyone else is a vote for THE UNITED STATES CORP. This criminal organiuzation should be STOPPED from the criminal actions it has taken against the citizens of our lost great country. BUSH/OBAMA are nothing more then murdering scumbags, and you can include USAG Holder, CIA, FBI, ATF and many other terrorist organizations,....associated with THE UNITED STATES CORP.

    September 12, 2011 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |

    Why is Rick Perry's ugly mug being shown again? Ron Paul is the clear front runner, we need to have his stories put out. This is getting ridiculous. Even on they are showing his face when a few days ago online polls showed Ron Paul at 58% vs all the other candidates.

    September 12, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Steve

    Considering the effort CNN went through to fabricate excuses to keep Gary Johnson out of debates – now stooping so low as to quit listing him in its polls since he's performed better than CNN approves of – I can't say I consider its coverage of any debates very reliable.

    September 12, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  7. Denis Lacey

    Grass roots? You avoided Newt tonight...Shameful. Plus you are missing a true American story were u as a News Organization could change the media landscape and educate the people about Bills not just speeches. Your viewer are smarter than you think. We multi task and watch several news casts. When Newt talks we learn something, some call him the come back Kid. He is the only one that has balenced a federal budget, reach across the isle so effectively that President Clinton said in a State of the Union Speech "the Era of Big Government is Over" Cnn it is right in front of you, the story, the issues, the solutions... Newt has several websites, etc the explain it in writing not just speeches. Why don't u do your homework and focus on substance instead of speeches?

    September 12, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. YouIdiot!

    Forget about Poker!

    Perry struck out!

    Strike 1: in state tuition for illegals (that is so fair to law abiding citizens, no?)
    Strike 2: social security (flip flopped on what he wrote in his book and tried to back pedal in his op-ed)
    Strike 3: Executive order for young girls to get HPV vaccine (by passes the legislature; isn't this what dictators do? at least gave the parents option of opting out, how thoughtful; let's not forget the Merck lobbyist money trail; willing to give the money back?)

    You're OUT!

    Maybe next debate he can explain why texas has more minimum paying jobs, created less jobs than bush and richards less uninsured people, and ranks low on education. Not to mention the current budget deficit. Looks like he strikes out again and again, and again,...

    Unfortunately, he will get the GOP nomination.

    GO Paul!

    September 12, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. Paula

    Un-Presidential...Not one of them provided any worthwhile solutions on how they would help create jobs. None of them are worthy of any office. The Presidency is not an option andquite laughable. All they seem to do well is lie. !!!!. They get better with that in each debate. Talk about the De- Nile (don't even know I'm lying!)! Forget about 2012!!!

    September 12, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  10. Lisa Majors

    All the canidates are sounding like RON PAUL because HE IS THE MAN – THE REAL FRONT RUNNER – A MAN OF MORALS, HONESTY, INTREGRITY, & COMMON SENSE!! STOP PUSHING PERRY on us! It's sickening! RON PAUL is the right man to get our country back on track! Corporate media has gone out of their way to prop up their favorite! We are NOT STUPID! Be real journalist. Be unbiased! Bring the information – save your own opinions! RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL RON PAUL......

    September 12, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  11. Paula

    Un-Presidential...Not one of them provided any worthwhile solutions on how they would help create jobs. None of them are worthy of any office. Their Presidency is not an option and is quite laughable. All they seem to do well is lie and disort facts. !!!!. They get better with the falsehoods in each debate. Forget about 2012!!!

    September 12, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  12. carol b

    Who cares about a shot. Get it or don't get it. Bachman did herself no favors tonight with her attack on Perry. It was silly. If you have the opportunity to get a shot for free or not get it if you don't want it .... no harm no foul.

    September 12, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  13. malabar

    Gingrich has the brains. Romney has the charm. Perry has the guts and the nomination 🙂

    September 12, 2011 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Ron Paul is the only constiitutionally-principled candidate here, he is dominating the polls and the debates when they actually let him speak, and is the only republican who can beat Obama. America can see that Perry is George W. Bush all over again, and Romney's flip-flopping has devastated his chances at the presidency thru the republican party... maybe Romney should go to the democrat party, where he'd have more in common.

    -= Ron Paul 2012 =-

    September 13, 2011 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. AlaskaPalin

    Good show. On the answers, am sure that newt will beat barrack obama in any debate. Cnn and the teaparty did themselves proud. Great questions. Perry got more pounding than barrack. Riveting. Draw all. Teaparty without the costumes is an all american movement. Good call cnn. Great job wolf.

    September 13, 2011 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  16. FM

    This was the last time to watch these so called contenders. What were they thinking to agree and go and preach to the choir? It was the big shame on some of the stuff they said and the choir applauded them. Independents take notes and use your wisdom to judge as you don't belong to either party.

    September 13, 2011 07:13 am at 7:13 am |