Anita Perry blames Obama for son's job loss
October 14th, 2011
11:58 AM ET
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Anita Perry blames Obama for son's job loss

Pendleton, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry's wife Anita said Friday that she could sympathize with the plight of the unemployed because her son was forced to resign his job to take a more active role on his father's presidential campaign.

Anita Perry blamed the Obama administration for her son having to resign his position.

"My son had to resign his job because of federal regulations that Washington has put on us," Mrs. Perry said while campaigning for her husband in South Carolina, after a voter shared the story of losing his job.

"He resigned his job two weeks ago because he can't go out and campaign with his father because of SEC regulations," she continued, referring to the Securities and Exchange Commission. "He has a wife... he's trying to start a business. So I can empathize."

"My son lost his job because of this administration," she said a few minutes later.

According to press reports, the Perrys' son, Griffin, worked at Deutsche Bank.

It was unclear what SEC regulations Perry was referring to, but the commission adopted a new rule last year aimed at limiting political activity on the part of investment advisors.

Mrs. Perry was speaking at a meet and greet at Dyar's diner in Pendleton, in western South Carolina, on the same morning her husband delivered the first major economic address of his campaign.

Her comments about her son came in response to a question from 45-year-old voter who said he lost a job paying over $100,000 and who now makes $12 an hour as a handyman.

Asked after the event to elaborate on comments she made a day earlier about her husband being "brutalized" by fellow conservatives over his Christian faith, Mrs. Perry said she didn't have anything to add.

"It's been a rough month," Perry said in an emotional speech to voters on Thursday. The speech was recorded by NBC News. "We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today.

The Texas governor has been sliding in national polls since mid-September, when he put in shaky performances at two GOP presidential debates and lost a closely watched straw poll in Florida that he was widely expected to win. Perry's appearance at Tuesday's GOP debate also garnered negative reviews.

The latest CNN Poll of Polls, released Thursday, shows 14% of Republican voters identifying Perry as their choice for nominee, behind former Godfathers' Pizza executive Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Those numbers reflect a sharp fall since early September, when a CNN/ORC International poll showed 30% of Republican voters picking Perry.

On Thursday, Anita Perry pointed the finger at fellow Republicans, who she said took issue with the governor's strong conservative Christian stance.

"We are being brutalized by our opponents, and our own party," Perry said. "So much of that is, I think they look at him, because of his faith."

Perry's relationship with the influential evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress has come under scrutiny in the past week. Jeffress told reporters at the Values Voter Summit in Washington he believed Mormonism was a 'cult.'

Two men running for the GOP presidential nomination are Mormons, Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Jeffress has endorsed Perry, and introduced him at the summit.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Economy • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. Save the Rich, vote GOP

    I completely agree. I didn't feel well last week, clearly Obama's fault. My car needs gas, Obama. My dog's nail got split, Obama. Its cold and rainy out, Obama.

    October 14, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. DrBob

    And this post only tells part of the story. Take a look at this from the San Antonio newspapers yesterday if you really want an eye-opener:
    In an emotional recounting of the Texas governor’s decision to run for president, Anita Perry said the Lord spoke to her before persuading her husband to run. “God was already speaking to me but he (Rick) didn’t want to hear it,” she told the sympathetic audience. “I said you may not see that burning bush, but there are people seeing that burning bush for you.” Anita Perry discussed her lifetime of church attendance and credited her late grandfather, a deacon in her Abilene-area church. “I’ve never told this to anybody before,” she said, fighting back tears and gesturing toward heaven. “My grandfather still speaks to me today.”

    October 14, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Jason B.

    So he CHOSE to leave his job...and that's Obama's fault?

    October 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Sandy

    LMAO! I can't stop laughing at this woman! LOL

    October 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Michael


    You are a perfect fit with Fox and friends. Absolutely perfect. Infact just get a boob job and some botex, you'll fit right in.

    October 14, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. dee

    Wow... not only does she not know the facts, she's completely delusional. Apparently, not everything is big in Texas. She has a pea for a brain.

    October 14, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    OMG – is she kidding?? Does she blame President Obama because I could not participate in a contest that my son's job was sponsoring?????

    This woman just flew over the Koo-koo nest along with Bachmann and Palin. The RIGHT always brags about their women and how pretty they are compared to the LEFT – But boy oh boy, beauty is only skin-deep and BRAINS are needed to see past it!!!

    On top of this CRAP, how is her son supposed to campaign and hold a job anyway??? Oh I see, campaign while on the job!!!! The PerryWinkles are LOSERS!!!

    PLEASE – 2012 cannot come quick enough – Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    October 14, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Robert

    This woman must be smoking the same stuff as bachmann! He chooses to quit his job and that's Obama's fault? I love how these wealthy elite are absolutely clueless to the situations the other 90% are dealing with every day in the US.

    October 14, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  9. a little sad

    Only a Republican would call deciding to quit a job to follow other pursuits a "job loss".

    October 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. whoa!

    she makes Bachmann and Palin look smart... just absolutely jaw-dropping stupid.... and you can't fix stupid

    October 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. The Elephant In The Room

    Herman Cain says it is your son`s own fault.

    In this case he`s right. Your idiot child should have done his due diligence on election laws before trying to play into Texas-style nepotism. The laws are NOT NEW.

    October 14, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. thomas

    @Tillie in Texas
    Anyone remember when Mitt Romney's 5 boys took time off of college & jobs to help him run last time? They claimed they couldn't enlist for the "War on Terror" (echo, echo, echo...) because they were fighting it at home by helping their dad get elected?

    Republicans say the dumbest things.


    October 14, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. peter liebisch

    never liked soap,s , except the "palin, collins, bachman, perry-show ! it would be so funny, if it wouldn't be so sad !!!!!

    October 14, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    Rudy NYC

    Mrs. Perry, thank-you. Thanks for showing America just how empty conservative complaints about excessive regulations really are. Especially in light of the fact that the Obama administration has not added any significant regulations, nor made any significant changes. Dodd-Frank does not take effect for at least another year, and ditto for the Affordable Care Act.

    October 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |

    Thank You Rudy!!!!! Now what Mrs. Perry???????????

    October 14, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Bryan

    I'm sure he can find a decent, minimum wage job in Perry's Texas.

    October 14, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. 9-9-9 plan

    I had a constipation today. It's all Obama's fault.

    October 14, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Another "victim". Its called "conflict of interest" in the world outside the Texas echo chamber you've lived in for the last few decades. I realize that TX conservatives don't understand that not everything is set up to their advantage, but this is absurd.

    October 14, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Dave Harris

    Are these people nuts? Her son resigns his job to work for his father, and it's Obama's fault? Her husband sells himself to Republicans as Jesus's right hand man and fellow "conservatives" persecute him for it? Do you get the feeling that there are some seriously loose screws here? No wonder he's losing.

    October 14, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Liesofthefoxists/fascists

    Typical GOPtee-bagger mind set – never accepts responsibility for their own actions and blames the other guy for the natural consequences resulting from their personal choices.

    October 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. Millionaire Wallstreet Banker

    I blame Obama for shrinking my 6 figure bonus to five figure. All these regulations are not good for my bank balance. I can't buy expensive cars or buy expensive villas on an exotic island. Really sad to see this country coming to this. Now the top 1% is turning into the top 10% and still getting worse. Very soon the Filthy rich class will become extinct and will be replaced by the Super Rich Class!! What a shame. Obama not good for MY economy!!

    October 14, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. vet in texas

    since we are in the "blame Obama" mode, I'd like to personally blame Obama for $3 gas in dallas, since we blamed him when it was $4, it's naturally his fault it went down!

    Since we want to blame him for low job numbers, then lets equally blame him for the pre bin laden job numbers that were 200k a month until his approval rating got to 52% then all of the sudden......they dropped.

    I received a rating on my war disability claim for injuries sustained in Iraq back when it first started and I definitely blame Obama for that.......he ordered the VA to take care of us, and the agent orange vets so he gets that too!

    How do I know all these things? Because I don't listen to gold and computer storage salesman who leave those facts out while signing a $400 million dollar contract!

    October 14, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. A Repulbican

    Wow!!! Not President and definitely not First Lady material! Just, please, just stop!

    October 14, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Kenny K

    Rick should have said no when he was been pushed into the race. Now all his freak is out.

    October 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. logic in LA

    OMG! Is this woman for real? He son QUIT his job and she empathizes with a man that lost his? She honestly sees her son's CHOICE to campaign for this man as equal to what someone forced to leave a job faces?
    Elect Perry and get Marie Antoinette as first Lady! We could get Dumbest and Too Dumb to even be called Dumb in the White House. Oh and note the son's job he quit- Investment Banker! Bet me he is working as a handy man.

    October 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. cevans, texas

    We have a lot of these IDIOTS in Texas!! Unbelievable!! If only you could buy COMMON SENSE and a BRAIN!

    October 14, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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