Perry is focus of attention, attacks at Florida debate
September 22nd, 2011
11:05 PM ET
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Perry is focus of attention, attacks at Florida debate

Orlando (CNN) - The perils of being the Republican frontrunner came into sharp focus for Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday at a debate in Florida, with his rivals aggressively seeking to poke holes in his record and dislodge him from the top of the polls.

Perry repeatedly found himself on his heels as his foes pressed him on issues including Social Security, immigration, border security and his 2007 executive order mandating that middle-school girls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted HPV virus that can cause cervical cancer.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Republicans
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  1. gt

    the bottom 6 need to move on ....perry, romney or huntsman to to battle it out... you loose newt...see yea

    September 22, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Carlos

    Orlando suddenly got a whopping 96% more dumb with these people in the city limits... and there's already a heaping helping of it there (and in Fla in general). That much dumb in one place can't be good...

    September 22, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    Another night to "miss" out on for me.

    The way I see it – this is going to be the same kind of turmoil the democrats experienced between Obama and Hillary in 2008. The party will tear themselves to pieces (one can only hope) over Perry (south/TP) and Romney (north and independent voters). Despite what some have stated about the west and Mormons – CA will NEVER vote for Romney. Period. We don't like him out here. In the end – Perry will get the ticket (and republicans unhappy with that decision will sit out the election) therefore making Obama a two term president so to the republican party and on behalf of my friends, relatives, co-workers and myself – thank you, thank you.

    September 22, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. DumbasRocks [R]s

    All aboard the monkey wagon!!! Come see the Teatard simians throw their excrement at each other, and bare their teeth and bottoms at each other in order to establish their place in this pack of driveling idiots.

    No wonder these yahoos don't believe in evolution. They didn't participate in it....and niether did their slack-jawed, drooling supporters!

    September 22, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Ed Texas

    I hope the GOP field goes after Rick Perry and his strong beliefs that Social Security is a "Ponzi Sceme." What's his plan to replace Social Security? I don't think he has one other than pawning it off on big business while destroying the federal government. What has Perry done in Texas to address poverty. Texas has one of the worst poverty rates in the country, 18.4% below poverty, while the lowest, Mississippi has 22.7%. Perry seems quick to critize our President with tired, old GOP/Tea Bagger rethoric, but offers no solutions to our current problems. Perry would make a bad President, much worse than his clone, G Dubya Bush.

    September 22, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Look at them all lined up facing the flag with their hands over their heart pledging their allegiance to destroy our country.

    September 22, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I see that someone FINALLY made a campaign contribution to Cain....and he promptly used it to buy himself a new tie.

    September 22, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |