Perry hammers Romney over pink slip remark
January 9th, 2012
12:54 PM ET
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Perry hammers Romney over pink slip remark

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry ripped into Mitt Romney on Monday after the former Massachusetts governor told voters in New Hampshire that he knows what it's like to worry about getting a pink slip.

Perry, campaigning in South Carolina, cast Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider with a long record of hurting workers.

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"I had to shake my head yesterday when one of the wealthiest men I suppose has ever run for the presidency of the United States, the son of a multimillionaire, Mitt Romney, he said 'I know what it's like to worry about whether you're going to get fired. There were a couple times when I worried about whether I was going to get a pink slip.' He actually said this," the Texas governor said at a campaign stop in Anderson.

"I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips, whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital with all the jobs that they killed, I'm sure he was worried that he'd run out of pink slips," he continued.

Perry brought Bain Capital's takeover efforts home to South Carolina, saying that Bain "looted" a photo company in nearby Gaffney and a steel company further downstate in Georgetown.

"There is nothing wrong with being successful and making money," Perry continued. "There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that is indefensible. If you're a victim of Bain Capital's downsizing, it's the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain because he caused it."

The Romney campaign fired back, accusing Perry of sounding like a Democrat by "running against the private sector."

Romney was not the only target of Perry's sharp rhetoric on Monday.

At a luncheon with business leaders in Greenville, Perry attacked the Obama administration for suing to block a controversial immigration law recently enacted here, and he chided the National Labor Relations Board for intervening in the construction of a controversial Boeing Dreamliner facility in Charleston.

"South Carolina, you are in a state of war with the federal government," Perry said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • South Carolina
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  1. Susan

    Right on, Rick! It is so refreshing to here someone tell the truth about Mitt Romney. He is a multi-million who has no clue as to what is like to struggle to pay bills and worry about being fired. No more country club Republicans in the White House! We need a voice for the people and that voice is Rick Perry!!

    January 9, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Gurgi wrote:

    Huntsman/Rice or Santorum/Rice, both have a nice ring and would landslide over the "man who would be king," Obama.
    Picture this. Rice/Christie. Can you imagine that? Rice/Christies in every TV and radio ad. [ Gollum Gollum ]

    January 9, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. strikelightning

    poor mitt. how on earth does he get by on a mere 26 million a year? millionaires should be banned from running for public office because they'll NEVER have the american peoples best interest at heart. i haven't heard a single pertinent issue be properly addressed. talk about creating jobs, so what? what good will that do when any jobs created will be taken by illegal immigrants who BROKE THE LAW TO GET HERE and should be labeled criminals as a result. smoke and mirrors and the most believable liar wins.

    January 9, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Gurgi

    @mr. moderate, Obama has done enough to instigate class warfare, he doesn't need any further help doing it. And of course his running roughshod over the constitution doesn't help his case any.

    January 9, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. TeaPartyPatriot

    The current crop of Republicans are just more of the same. Washington insiders and K street politicians, these are the people who got our nation into this current mess. We need a different type of candidate, one who isn't from Washington, to come in and clean-up the corruption in Washington. We need someone who values the Constitution and stands up for the principles of the Tea Party – limited government. The only person in the race that fits this bill is Governor Perry. Perry is a true conservative who will make government less intrusive in our lives. Perry also has a stellar record on job creation and is a staunch fiscal conservative. Perry is our BEST choice to turn our nation around!!!!

    January 9, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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