November 17th, 2011
10:14 AM ET
11 years ago

VIDEO: Did Perry twist Obama's words?

(CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry came out with a new ad Wednesday that attacked President Barack Obama for saying the country has been "a little bit lazy over the last couple of decades."

But did Perry take Obama's words out of context? Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room," digs deeper into what the president said and how Perry's attack strategy may affect his campaign.

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  1. Keith in Austin

    Rick Perry doesn't need to "twist" Obama's words. Barry's words are already like pretzels;

    "There will be total transparency in my administration"

    "No new taxes for anyone not making over 250K per year"

    My administration will be 100 percent bipartisan"

    My Stimulous Plan will ensure that unemployment will not exceed 8 percent"

    "I will eliminate croney capitalism in Washington" ....nuff said!

    November 17, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Perry and his followers have been listening to too much of the FOX way of "taking an incomplete portion" of a statement and spinning it.

    Perry is dirty and slimy (almost as bad a Newt). The FOX watchers eat that bunch of crap up.

    November 17, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Ed DFWTX

    Being from Texas I've have seen Perry's "style" of dirty politics many times. As Gov of Texas he has taken stimulus money for a variety of projects and then criticizes President Obama's stimulus package. He continues to borrow money from The Federal Government & still criticizes the Feds for spending the money Texas is borrowing. He complains about Obams's health plan yet Texas dropped to about 40th in heath care spending. Perry has been a horrible Governor and would be far worse than George Dubya ever was as President.

    November 17, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. stevie

    Americans are tired of being insulted by obama. They know exactly what he meant. He has a pattern of doing it. He is divisive and depressing. Go Perry.

    November 17, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Of course he did. He was saying that we as American haven't done enough to get new investment here in the US to spur new jobs here in the US. We need to be constantly getting new money in and doing things that update our industry and infrastructure. Without doing that, we are going to lose our edge.

    November 17, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Bertina

    When does a politician not twist words of his opponents?

    November 17, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But did Perry take Obama's words out of context? Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN's "The Situation Room," digs deeper into what the president said and how Perry's attack strategy may affect his campaign."

    As fascinating as this is (well to Wolf Blitzer anyway) I doubt most folks could care less about Rick Perry anymore ... including his own party faithful. What is MORE fascinating, though, is why the media continues to stir up division and hate by airing these self serving, misleading campaign commercials (applied equally to both sides of the political aisle, to be sure). Apparently FTC restrictions on truth in advertising don't apply to political campaigns?

    November 17, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    even if Perry did take Obama's words out of context or even twist them, that is NOT going to make much difference to the group that he is trying to play to. This group on the right cares NOT for possible facts nor wants to hear anything positive about the president so playing the fear card will be very effective with them. FoxNews didn't get to where they are today by always being factual about the left and Democrats in general and Perry knows full well that what he's doing is sad but very effective. So much for "born again Christians" always being honest.

    November 17, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Dave

    Any sane person can see that Perry took Obama's words out of context. Unfortunately, this is to be expected from Perry. He's getting desparate and like the rest of the clowns in the GOP field, he's too dumb to come up with anything with real substance. All they can do is attack, complain, and blame.

    November 17, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Canuck

    Clearly he did, and he used the sentence to call the President pathetic. Perry is shameless.

    November 17, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Republican who supports President Obama

    Really. This is the best Perry can come up with? Really. They are trying to stick dirt to teflon on this one. We can't be so thin skinned and face some real facts. The rich not paying their fair share of taxes while sitting on pools of cash – lazy. Congress not doing anything b/c it will give our President 'a win' – LAZY. Watching Faux news and not checking the facts our for yourself – LAZY LAZY LAZY!!!!

    This country needs motivation and saying that we have been a bit complacent is quite true. End of Story.

    November 17, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. sara

    Of course he did, CNN. The entire statement is not shown. And besides, the President was addressing the need to REFOCUS on the Asia-Pacific, since for the past 12 years we've been focused on the Middle East...that's all. Perry is desperate and appears to "punch up" when he can't "punch" down.

    November 17, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. Jeff in TX

    Get ready for more of the same. This is the Secessionist in Chief talking, the one who wants to shut down government just months after having complained that TX got no disaster relief. He has a clear record of a) trashing to make GWB and Karl Rove blush, and b) flipping sides to make Mitt Romney blush. All for the payoff to his cronies. It will gut uglier very soon.

    November 17, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Polinuetral

    How idiotic can you get. Clearly Obama said, that "politicians" NOT Americans were being lazy in selling the idea of America to other countries. But of course it's all for "justified" mud slinging. After all, when it comes to republicans, facts aren't necessary, and of course their favorite buzzwords are needed, like "socialist" and "bankrupting".

    November 17, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Context? If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, it must be a duck. Oh wait. Maybe it's a Swallow.

    November 17, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Duh. When the truth won't work for you, lie.

    GOP Strategery 101: Say whatever sounds like it's most helpful to you at the time. Worry about consequences later.

    November 17, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Of course, it was taken out of context. Most politicians know that the most of the public is really pretty unsophisticated and easily manipulated, opinionwise.

    The actual context is irrelevant to those who may never seen the clip until Perry used it. First impressions are lasting impressions. The actual context is irrelevant to those who dislike the President no matter what he says or does. Perry has let "the cat" out of the bag, and it will be impossible to catch it and rectify it, but still worth the effort no matter what.

    I think the solution would be counter ad that shows the actual context of the statement, and highlighting other examples of Gov. Perry's attempts at disinformation and beguiling the public opinion. One good example of this is from earlier this year when Perry complained that the Obama administration was not providing aid to Texas for wild fires, when in fact the state was recieving millions to cover nearly 75% of the cost. Perry wanted 100% of the cost to be covered. His own party cut funds out of the federal budget.

    November 17, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  18. Duke One

    Gov. Perry did not twist President Obama's words. Like Keith said above, Obama twists his own words like a pretzel all on his own. Gov. Perry is the only one with a REAL JOBS PLAN for America. Our national debt is now $15 trillion ! It's time to send the Socialist Spender and Chief in the white house packing ! PERRY/RUBIO 2012 !!

    November 17, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. ST

    Has Perry's head cleared now, or it is still the same and he is not aware that he is twisting the President's words!

    November 17, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Sasha

    The headline would be more honest and relevant if you simply said, "Perry Twists Obama's Words in New Ad".

    November 17, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Clearly he did, and he used the sentence to call the President pathetic. Perry is shameless."

    I agree. Apparently Perry isn't comfortable enough with his own message - or himself - that he feels such a need to lie so blatantly about President Obama. Seems to be a real epidemic going around within the GOP these days. In the good old days we called it insecurity.

    November 17, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Scott


    Not a single, solitary, one of those quotes you posted, actually came out of Obama's mouth. Not even one. Do you know how to read? Or do you just listen to FOX and take it for the gospel. I mean darn... Not one correct quote in the whole bunch??? C'mon dude. I'm a President Obama supporter and I can probably come up with things with more veracity against him than that crap you regurgitated...

    November 17, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |