New week, same Perry-Romney battle
September 26th, 2011
08:37 AM ET
11 years ago

New week, same Perry-Romney battle

(CNN) - It's a new week, but there's no let up in the back and forth between the presidential campaigns of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

In a web video out Monday, Perry's campaign continues to attack Romney's record on health care, while Romney's campaign, in a research document, highlight's Perry's immigration record, and tries to link Perry to President Barack Obama.

The Romney email, which is expected to be released later Monday, highlights a state law passed during Perry's first year as Texas governor that allows for in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, an issue that was a major flash point in last week's GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Florida, and that many Republican activists say was a factor in Perry being upset at a much-watched straw poll in Florida Saturday. Perry finished a distant second in the straw poll voting to former Godfather's Pizza CEO and radio talk show host Herman Cain.

"Governor Perry And President Obama Both Support In-State Tuition For Illegal Immigrants," says a heading in the Romney document.

The other heading states that "Governor Perry And President Obama Have Both Been Dismissive Of Calls For More Fencing Along The Southern Border."

The email then highlights a Perry comment from May where he said that "we're spending millions down there building this fence, and I'll guarantee you, you know, the 15-foot ladder business is going to get good on that 14-foot fence," and compares it with a comment from Obama from the same month where the president said "you know, they said we needed to triple the border patrol. Or now they're going to say we need to quadruple the border patrol. Or they'll want a higher fence. Maybe they'll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat."

The Perry video, titled "Words have Meaning," begins with Romney's comment from last Thursday's debate where he said he stands by what he wrote in his book "No Apology" about the Massachusetts health care law passed while he was governor. The video highlights the words "we can accomplish the same thing for everyone in the country," from what it says is the March 2010 hardcover version of the book. Then it highlights what it says it a paperback version of the book from February, with the line missing.

The video then uses a clip from a Romney spokesperson saying in an interview on Fox News Channel that "there are updates to books from the hard cover to the paperback editions all the time."

Romney, who's making his second bid for the White House, was the front-runner in the national polls in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination until Perry jumped into the race six weeks ago. Perry quickly supplanted Romney in the national surveys, but Perry has been getting poor reviews for his uneven performances in the past two debates.

Filed under: 2012 • Health care • Immigration • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So is this going to end up like in 1980 when Reagan and George H.W. Bush battled it out all year, then kissed and made up to become running mates?

    September 26, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  2. enough of lies

    obama distractions, look out America, obama wants power, look at the signs, the racist wants to start a war, there will be a false flag event and it will be brought to you by the obama administration, obama will do something to stay in power and rig the elections, believe it it will happen, the racist obama wants a race war, he will do a false flag event before the elections.

    September 26, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. nintex

    I've seen fourth graders bickering on the playground that make about as much sense as these two. People will start listening to Cain, who at least proposes solutions.

    September 26, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. diridi

    Perry is an idiot, who do not know any thing, I mean any darn thing. The other is Jobs exporter.....shame America. Every darn thing says, Made In China, India, Philippines, Korea. Ban, do not go to Malls, even for X-Mas gifts. I am not buying any thing. I buy only cucumbers, and veggies....that's all....of course, Milk....

    September 26, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. Louisiana Man

    These two clown offer the same old rhetoric from their dragon breath. BLAME OBAMA!! They offer no solutions to the present straits were in. A ? for Mitt-Despite your support and rallying for these two deceitful, stupid, costly wars, why didn't YOU or your FIVE-5 sons enlist in the military??? Its always OK to deploy others people's kids-isn't it??

    September 26, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. bigwilliestyles

    We can create a new term here: the 'Palin Effect', for any candidate that comes out of the gate like a ball of fire, avoids the independent press or any meaningful debate or interviews for as long as possible, then is exposed as an imbecile when forced to address the national media. 2011 casualties so far: Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and the latest casualty, Slik Rik Perry. Next up: El-Deludio, Herman Cain. I'm sure President Obama is quaking about this line-up of losers and fools.

    September 26, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. beevee

    We should put these two clowns in a boxing ring and let them puch each other out. Why do have people like this contending to lead a great nation?

    September 26, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Enough is Enough

    Perry (the brainless)feels that if he uses the dollars of taxpaying citizens (the heartless) for benefits for illegals he will get the hispanic vote. Perry subtract my vote from all the proillegal votes you get, you traitor. You connot be protaxpayer and proillegal.

    September 26, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. GI Joe

    Can you believe the folks in Texas voted for that blundering idiot MORE THAN TWICE?

    September 26, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |