Romney web ad stings Perry on immigration
September 30th, 2011
09:44 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney web ad stings Perry on immigration

(CNN) – When is a good thing a bad thing?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is using political praise for Texas. Gov. Rick Perry against him in a new web video released Friday as the two frontrunners for the 2012 GOP nomination continue their back-and-forth.

If it seems difficult to turn positive words negative, in this case, consider the source-and the motive.

Perry has been peppered with stinging criticism on the campaign trail for his stance on immigration as he defends providing in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants. And this week he walked back earlier comments in which he called those who didn't agree with his policy heartless.

Romney's new web video-out on the last fundraising day of the third quarter-takes Perry's words in defense of his policy and couples it with praise of the longest-serving Texas governor given by none other than Mexico's former President Vincente Fox.

A 2003 clip of Fox saying, "I want to publicly recognize Gov. Perry and the state of Texas for having taken that step forward when you decided to give access to Mexican migrants to universities in Texas," is followed by a clip of Perry chiding fellow Republicans who disagree with allowing access to education for children of immigrants who have been brought to America "by no fault of their own"– "I don't think you have a heart," Perry says, in the clip from a recent presidential debate .

The ad also splices in photos of those who do agree with Perry's policy: President Barack Obama, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Perry's campaign communications director Ray Sullivan hit back at the attack Friday.

"It's a false and outrageous attack from a serially inconsistent candidate and architect of government-mandated health care," Sullivan asserted.

"Governor Perry is one of America's leaders in securing the border, committing hundreds of millions of state dollars, dispatching the Texas Rangers, and aggressively fighting border crime.

And he outlined Perry's plans for border security.

"As President, Rick Perry will put the federal troops on the ground, strategic fencing in place, and surveillance in the air to secure the border," Sullivan said.

Filed under: 2012 • Immigration • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Madchadley

    To those who believe a wall along the entire border is the solution, that is nothing but a patch to the problem and would cost billions of dollars to build. That certainly isn't fiscally responsible. To solve this issue you have to go to the core of the problem, and that is companies that hire illegal workers. Punish companies from hiring illegal workers, prevent jobs going to illegals, and they will no longer have the incentive to cross the border to begin with if there is no job for them to have. Yes, we may pay a little more for our produce/products, but isn't that much better than billions on a patch?

    September 30, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Tony

    I am guessing that Perry will respond by posting a video of Obama praising Romney's health care program (after all, Obama got the idea for his health care program from Romney).

    September 30, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. bb

    What obsolete, old school jerks BOTH these candidates are. That the best you can do, GOP? It's no where good enough.

    September 30, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Perry is pretty much done after these debate performances. He's had three debates, and got a strike each time. The last one was a called third strike as he was caught looking unable to defend the plate.

    Each debate performance has been worse than the previous outing. Instead of being better prepared, he seemed even less prepared, or should I say ready and able.

    September 30, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Romney is not genuine with his attacks. they are simply political attacks, designed to keep Perry down, after the FL Tea Party turned nasty on Perry.

    September 30, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. dxlh

    I saw the ad on Hannity, and saw Perry's advisor say, "That's awful close to crossing the line, and it's fundamentally wrong." And yet . . . he didn't say anything in the ad wasn't ACCURATE. How could he? It's all just a series of quotes. There's Rick Perry's quote, Vincente Fox's quote . . . there's nothing the Romney camp is inserting. There's nothing fundamentally wrong in the ad, and I don't see how it crosses any lines. Perry and his poor advisor are caught red handed with no good response to make.

    September 30, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. Mitt Who ?

    Romney is a joke. This guy still believes Global Warming is caused by CO2. This is not a leader that we need or want.

    September 30, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Mitt Who ?

    Mit has a really bad argument here. There is no question that the illegals are here. However, the state and local law enforcement can't deport them because the Feds won't allow them to enforce immigration law, If I'm a govener, then I better do something about them or they will just put a bigger strain on taxpayer resources in the future.huh?

    September 30, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. James

    Rick Perry has a horrible conservative record. He's not prepared to beat Obama and has more baggage the Romney, Cain, and Gingrich combined!

    September 30, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Robert

    Somehow, the fact his wife was out there yelling "No, it's not like that" to help turn this fire down tells me one key thing: It's like that. Sorry, Gov., but if you can't make the fence, you can't sit behind the one at the W.H.

    September 30, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. yuri

    Furor over fickle-minded behaviors of the GOP candidates seems colossally cacophanous, but humerous. Let the battle rage on.

    September 30, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. texan

    Perry better wrap up the Repub nomination quick before the the truth comes out about the REAL economy he "created" in Texas. Most jobs CREATED were at or below minimum wage and largely part time, only. -– Jobs LOST were 10`s of thousands, largely much higher paying professional career jobs. ( ie. teachers, administrators,etc.)........... Hurry, hurry, Ricky Boy, before the WHOLE truth comes out.

    September 30, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. A Repulbican

    You're on the defense, go on the offense with adds about Romney that hit hard. I think you need a new campaign maanger that knows how to attack. Romney is kicking Perry's but in the media!

    September 30, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. liberal texanist

    Perry is toast. I'll be glad to see him lose his first campaign for higher office.

    September 30, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Mark

    "It's a false and outrageous attack from a serially inconsistent candidate..."

    Really? Point to ONE thing in the ad that's false. It's 100% true! Perry's running from his own record. At least Romney stands up for what he did in MA and admits it's not perfect and he'd like to see changes made to it. Perry said in his book that states should laboratories of experimentation within themselves so solutions can be found without risking the welfare of every state in the Nation. That's what Romney did. It was a state experiment designed for MA only. It's worked well in certain ways and not so well in other ways. But it's a state plan. If the state wants to change it, keep it, or scrap it, they can. That's the beauty of it. But turning back to the ad, there is not one false thing in Romney's latest ad. It's well documented what Perry did to give illegal immigrants benefits that citizens do not get.

    September 30, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. w l jones

    Since the two candidate agree on most thing just maybe they could go out on the limb and recomend Thinksgiven revisit history and name president John Hanson since he proclaim that date, as John hanson day. Bless.

    September 30, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |