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.
Wait a minute, I thought the Teabagger policy on unemployment was "If you don't have a job, it's your own fault."
That is only for non-tea baggers. All tea baggers who don't have a job (most of them) can easily blame it on Obama not cleaning up the mess left by 12 years of Congressional neglect and a monkey-faced guy from Texas and his Lawyer shooting puppet-master.
Comon Lady what about all those amazing jobs that your husband created in Texas?? Why don't Perry Junior go find one of those?? Oh wait a sec.. those are meant to be good on paper only as they are minimum wage jobs meant for all those illegal immigrant parents whose kids are studying in Texas universities!!!
Wow! What a nut!
HEY RICK!!! Your wife is not helping you with her BIG mouth...she's helping Cain gain in the polls.
Are all the women in texas this dumb. damn this is scary when you hear ppl that say they are christan and lie at the same time lady u worship satan.
They can pick one others but if other raised question that is called "brutalized
Mrs. Perry, it is your husband's fault that your son "lost" his job. You almost said as much yourself. This "regulation" was on the books last year, and your husband announced his campaign this year. If your husband were not running for POTUS, then your son would still be working at his old job. It is your husband's fault, and yours. You encouraged Rick to run in the first place.
Call it off Rick...go back to Texas so the world won't see how bright your better-half really is.
she must have read bachmans blame obamma book
well if you ready all these comments, there nothing left to say, I guess next we will ready "this is what she ment to say and her words was taken out of conents" guess they will be getting her a speach writer from now on
You got to be kidding this lady anita is coo coo you should blame the republican senate and congressman for you son job loss. That why you husband campaign fallen apart.
""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.”"
Great – another texass teabagger who hears voices! Somebody needs to fit her for a straight jacket.
There are people who are stupid enough
to vote for this kind of garbage.
Please sterilize all republicans
we cant have them breeding anymore.
I thought Sara and Bachman were scary and stupid but now she opens her mouth.
The... buh... wha... *brain lock*
I think that statement just knocked ten points off of my IQ.
This is what half of your population thinks like, America. Be afraid.
Slick has a Pastor problem and a Spouse problem. The more she spouts off, the deeper he sinks. Keep that piehole open Anita, you are great comic fodder.
What a load of BS.....Governor Perry's son made his choice. I'm sure the Perry campaign could function quite well with out Jr's guidance. So far Mrs Perry has put her foot where the sun doesn't shine quite alot lately.
The Perry family reminds me of something I once saw written on a bathroom stall divider wall:
Here I sit
Cheeks a flexin'
To another Texan
Here we go again with more whining from her. Mr. and Mrs. Perry are a joke. They're no more ready for prime time than I am. I'd like to know who convinced them that his running for President was actually a good idea. Someone in the bubble they live in down in TX, no doubt. Good grief! No plans, no good ideas other than more tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires, corporations, and drill baby drill. And the whining, incessantly.
I suppose it is Obama;s fault that you are a moron too?
Whats up with these Tea Bag women?...why are they so...well you know...intelligent?
This has to be a joke.
Regardless of party affiliation, why do the wives say such kooky things? No one has ever said anything that has actually helped. Having said that, Obama is the worst president ever.
BAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Crazy season is starting up again, folks!
I know she meant it as a lighthearted statement, but being a Texan laid off during government cutbacks (I worked for the state), I have a hard time finding it funny or charming. Being out of work is not a joke.
When will the GOP candidates understand that?