Perry takes sides in Ohio union fight after Romney dodges issue
October 25th, 2011
04:41 PM ET
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Perry takes sides in Ohio union fight after Romney dodges issue

Cincinnati, Ohio (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry took sides Tuesday in the ongoing battle over organized labor in Ohio, coming down forcefully on the side of Republicans who want to drastically limit the collective bargaining ability of public sector unions.

The Republican presidential contender made a point of weighing in on the issue after his rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, visited Ohio and left questions about his position on an upcoming ballot measure that would overturn the anti-union legislation.

Hoping to drive down long-term budget deficits, Ohio Republicans led by Gov. John Kasich passed a bill last spring that sharply curtails the bargaining rights of public employee unions and forces union members to pay more into their pensions.

But the legislation, known as Senate Bill 5, is broadly unpopular in the perennial swing state and faces certain doom in referendum on Election Day, Nov. 8.

"As a true conservative, I stand with Gov. Kasich in promoting S.B.5 for fiscal responsibility and job creation in Ohio," Perry said in a statement to CNN. "Gov. Kasich and the Republican leadership of Ohio are to be commended for their efforts."

Added Perry, "My record as a pro-jobs governor is clear and you don't have to wonder where I stand."

Earlier in the day, Romney visited a Cincinnati-area phone bank run by the state Republican Party and rallied volunteers who have been urging Ohioans to vote yes on Issue 2, a ballot measure that would ratify S.B.5.

But Romney would not say specifically if he supports S.B.5, which Ohio voters oppose by a 57-32 margin, according to a Quinnipiac poll out Tuesday

Instead, he issued only generic support for GOP efforts to control spending in Columbus.

"I am not speaking about the particular ballot issues," Romney said, after being pressed by reporters. "Those are up to the people of Ohio. But I certainly support the efforts of the governor to reign in the scale of government. I am not terribly familiar with the two ballot initiatives. But I am certainly supportive of the Republican Party's efforts here."

Romney's vague statement quickly circulated around the web, chafing some conservatives who rallied behind Republican efforts in Wisconsin and Ohio earlier this year to limit union power.

Filed under: 2012 • John Kasich • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Rick Perry
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. blade3colorado

    I can't stand either of these imbeciles . . . One is a flip flopper and has NO convictions or principles and the other guy is a radical right wing(nut).

    October 25, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Bobby Ray

    This explains why half of all jobs in Texas are at minimum wage.

    October 25, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. John

    It should be up to the American People them self If the want a Union or Not. Not any Republican or democrats. It the American People Right to choose , no one else. Rick Perry got no business being a Gov. let along President. The man has Love affair with his GUN. I think he a nut case.

    October 25, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    At some point you have to feel sorry for the Perry donors. But, hey. Odds are they can probably afford it.

    October 25, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. Jo Jo

    These breed of republicans are the coldest, heartless and rudest cretins I've ever encountered. First, you have Romney's plan to solve the housing crises, "let the bombs loose their homes and allow investors to swarm in and buy up all property and rent it to the peons." Second, Bachmann’s' healthcare plan, "if you are unfortunately born without a silver spoon in your mouth and can't afford to pay your own medical bills without the help of government, you are considered a charity case and should wait for some kind-hearted fat cat to have mercy on you and toss a couple of bucks your way." Third, Cain Р9-9-9 plan which changed to 9-0-9. Cain is making up things as he goes alone. Next it will be called 4-0-9 plan because it is catchy. Last, but not least, Perry. Perry can't seem to come up with a cohesive idea of his own so what does he do? He runs to "the Donald" for advice. "The Donald" tells him to reach back into the cesspool and stir up the birthers. This would be comical if they were not vying for the most powerful position in the country. Now, it's just sad.

    October 25, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    well Texas IS a right to work state and unions down here are not looked upon very of the reasons the wages here are much lower. I am not suprised at Perry with this stance.

    October 25, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. rs

    Dear Mr. Perry-

    In case no one told you, labor unions are legal. Not only that, they protect the rights and interests of the working classes. Something you and you "Tea Party Patriots" refuse to do-

    You, my friend, are an imbecile.


    An American Voter

    October 25, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  8. Hal Bass

    So typical of that jellyfish Willard M. Romney not to take a firm stand. In the next remake of "The Wizard of Oz," he should play two roles: the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man.

    October 25, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    declare your position, suffer the consequences. Not that it makes any difference anyway since you are going nowhere

    October 25, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Seattle Sue

    Perry is definably not a friend of the working people.

    October 25, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. SoSad

    Bush Perry against the people of Ohio, thank you for your generous gift to the Obama Campaign! Knuckle Head!
    God told me that you were going to lose...........................

    October 25, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. chuck weidemann

    I thought Perry was a states rights man! What happened to that? Flip-flop flip flop. These guys are both doing what they do best...nothing but releasing hot air every time they open their mouths!

    October 25, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  13. smc

    In the Republican mind, corporations have the rights of people, but people can't organize to protect their rights.

    October 25, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    I thought Parry believed in freedom? Why can't people have the right to make their voices heard? What's Parry got against freedom?

    October 25, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain


    You forgot to mention that (per US Census data, as of the 2010 Census):

    50% of Americans earn less than $26,363.55 a year

    10 million Americans are working part-time (that's all the work they can find; they want but can't find full-time work.
    If you work 40 hours a week at minimum wage, you probably won't make $15,000 (depending on what state you live in and the minimum wage laws there, you won't even make that much).

    3.3% of people (1 in every 30) went all of 2010 without any work at all

    1/3 of Americans earn less than $15,000

    Contrast this to the FACT that 400 people (individuals) in the US are worth more than 150 million people combined (1/2 of the US population).


    October 25, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Tired of the nonsense

    Hitler dismantled the unions. That should tell people something, but we've got too many out there who don't know history. That's why Bush was allowed to get away with he did, even when his "laws" were reminiscent of 1930's Germany.

    October 25, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. Just Plain Tired

    Martin Niemoller said it so well -

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me.

    We've seen the GOP do some unAmerican things. We've seen the GOP do illegal things. Yet the American people who spoke out against the crimes were called "traitors" by the FOX propaganda machine and their acolytes. It's time to speak out against it, America.

    October 25, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  18. GaryB

    For any real working American (you know, us folks that actually earn our living by making things and providing services, not moving money around or managing managers, of managers of managers), voting for Perry (or just about any of the other Republicans) is like shooting yourself in the foot. His financial plans are designed to benefit the wealthiest at the expense of the rest of us. If you want to vote for him because you like his views on abortion, or his hari or whatever, fine, but if you think he will help the financial health of this country for most Americans, you're deluded.

    October 25, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. call me crazy

    Hey nancy, what's wrong with a politician that follows the polls? Aren't they elected to represent the majority and do what the majority elected them to do? John Kerry said it right that your position can change when given new information. If you choose a side and your on the other side of the majority, you should not be elected.

    October 25, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. mk1

    Another perfect example of why this man is wrong for America and why he will never get my vote.

    October 25, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. gene

    John A – you are wrong. The $12,500 standard exemption would reduce the amount of income subject to tax, it is not a credit against the tax. So the family making $50,000 would subtract $12,500 and then pay tax on $37,500. The tax at 20% would be $7,500, not zero.

    October 25, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    The rich secessionist only cares about the super rich and romneycare is waiting to understand the polls a bit better on this issue so he can take one side and the flip flop to the other side.
    BTW – that picture in another story doesn't show him standing tall and proud while the National Anthem was playing. I guess no TV cameras around to pretend he loves this country so much he wanted to split it from the rest of the US?

    October 25, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  23. Data Driven

    Perry firmly against working people? No surprise. What also doesn't surprise is that Perry or whomever the GOP sends up as the nominee will win Ohio in 2012. Depressing, but not surprising.

    October 25, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    @Sniffit – Thank you for always backing up your post with facts. I learn a lot from you!!

    Perry will be the nomination and President Obama will mop the floor with him!!

    Obama 2012!!

    October 25, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Chrisg510

    Perry just shot himself and the GOP in the foot, again. He is an idiot that has no idea what he is talking about.Just ask the majority of the people in Texas. The GOP/TP just lost Ohio.

    October 25, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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