The spin on the Perry-Romney crossfire
October 18th, 2011
10:49 PM ET
11 years ago

The spin on the Perry-Romney crossfire

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - So who won the war of words between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over illegal immigration, jobs and health care?

It depends on whom you ask.

Top advisers from both campaigns made their case post-debate in the Spin Room.

"I think Rick Perry had a strategy coming into this debate to kill Mitt, and he ended up killing himself. I say that based that on the audience reaction," said top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom.

"I think what they saw in Rick Perry was very desperate candidate, someone who revived a candidacy that is sinking beneath the waves. So he came armed with negative attacks and personal cheap shots that were booed by the audience at every turn," added Fehrnstorm.

But Ray Sullivan, Perry's communications director, said the Texas governor wasn't too aggressive in his attacks against Romney, adding that "I think the governor spoke from the heart."

"These debates are set up to be lively. This was a lively one. The governor is passionate about his record and passionate about calling folks every now and then on their records," added Sullivan.

Asked if Perry was presidential in his approach at the debate, Sullivan said "I think he was Rick Perry in his approach and that's a good thing for us."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Nothing new here

    The GOP has come down to pandering to neocons and religiious extremists. The party that once stood for personal freedoms and limited government doesn't exist – and even voting in one of these candidates to the office of POTUS will NOT bring freedoms!! Not when this party wants to continue endless wars and endless pandering to the rich and well-connected.

    October 19, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Andy Botwin

    Who won that debate? Barrack Obama.

    October 19, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Pdxphil

    Reagan was an actor pretending to be a nut job because it got votes. These guys are a bunch of nut jobs pretending to be Reagan because it gets votes.

    October 19, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. realitybites

    And falling in the polls due to his lack of charm, tact, and well ...intelligence The Texas Turd Flinger shook his finger and cried fowl! The audacity of a conservative to bash illegals and then hire them for cheap labor to make a buck! Disgusting, I wonder how many conservative Texas contractors shook in their boots when Sir Richard Perry triumphantly exclaimed his disdian for them and their under-the-table practices? Why it's an outrage!!! There should be more done to look into this atrocitiy and we should start w/ Ricks Texas campaign doaners especially the delopment companies. Oh he has a point about Romney too. By the way illegal immigration is at an all time low in the US since Obama has come into office according to a new report. That is except in Texas where employment is supposedly on the rise according to Rick Perry. Either more illegals are leaving Texas and leaving more jobs for Texans to take or... wait unemployment is taking a dive in Texas since GW Bush's Tarp $ Rick begged for is running out. Should have taken Obama up on his offer, now you look like an...well you are already one of those so, we'll just leave it at that.

    October 19, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. rahul

    I think its evident that the debate last night (and all the debates prior) have shown that the Republican party can't field a candidate that isn't willing to stoop to the lowest common denominator. As an independent, I can't say that any of these loons look that much better than Obama. The only thing swaying me to vote for Obama again is that he's (somewhat) not socially conservative. Fiscally, I dont think any of these candidates could do better than how the President is doing now.

    October 19, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Jim The Independent: Obama failed? How? Becasue he couldn't correct the MESS that Bush and his [R] lemmings built in to the system for 8 long years? Please, you need to grab a piece of reality and hold on tightly.

    As is typical for you drama queens, you give no specifics, either against Obama or for your supposed usurper. So I guess you are operating on "feelings" alone. And then you are hypocritical enough to call me a Kool-aide drinker?!!!!

    Son, go look in the mirror, and behold what is wrong with America.

    October 19, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Jim the independent:
    I am looking at President Obama's approval rating. I see his approval rating beating out every single one of the clowns you had up on that stage if the election were held today. Put a Rethug nam against Obama and the polls show Obama winning.

    October 19, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. yurim pelham

    Newt knows the most and is most articulate. Paul very clear about the disastrous wars that we lost. Perry is an angry loser. Cain is a joke. Romney willm be our next president. And what isw his best quality?? He was able to work "across the aisle". That is what we desperately need.

    October 19, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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