Perry's new ring tone mocks Romney
January 9th, 2012
03:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry's new ring tone mocks Romney

(CNN) – Ever wanted a Mitt Romney ring tone?

Well, Rick Perry is making dreams come true, and enlisting a donation, the requested amount of which takes aim at the private sector record of the former Massachusetts governor.

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The downloadable ring tone plays Romney's words "I like being able to fire people" on repeat and was offered to supporters through his website Monday.

At a campaign event earlier Monday, Romney responded to a question about health care by saying, "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me."

Romney's GOP opponents, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, quickly capitalized on the remark by enlisting donations of $22 to represent the 22% of companies Romney bought while an executive at Bain Capital that they claimed went bankrupt.

"Although the scores of employees he laid off know Romney all too well, voters are just now meeting the Real Romney – the buyout tycoon who executed takeovers, bankrupted businesses, and sent jobs overseas while killing American jobs," read a statement on Perry's website. "Will you donate $22 – the percentage of companies Romney sent into bankruptcy?"

Romney has repeatedly defended his private sector history as an example of free enterprise, where some businesses succeed and others fail. The White House contender also pushed back on his rivals for their mockery over his firing comments, saying they were proof that "free enterprise is on trial."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney deserves being mocked. He is such a liar and flip-flopper.

    January 9, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Jane

    Gee, this doesn't surprise me. And he wonders why nobody wants him near the nomination?

    January 9, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Hey Perry - better get home o Texas - your plan to disenfranchise democrats might not be working. Federal courts are looking closely at your redistricting. You MIGHT lose to the democrats this year (10 years in fact).

    Oh, you're a part-time governor. Never mind.

    January 9, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Sandy

    LOL. Not a Perry fan, but Go Perry! I'm tired of Romney getting away with his many lies! I'm glad he's finally being called out.

    January 9, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Oh honestly Perry. How juvenile. Please drop out ASAP. At this rate, you'll never get elected to ANY office again.

    January 9, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. willie floyd

    I hope we in SC are not going to have to put up with Perry until the primary is over. He's as bad or worse than any of the other clowns.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 9, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. TeaPartyPatriot

    A vote for Romney is a vote for more of the Wall Street policies that got us into the mess we are in. Make no mistake, Romney is NOT a conservative! Gingrich, Santorum and Paul are all Washington insiders – they are part of the problem too. Rick Perry is the only outsider who hasn't been tainted by Washington or K street. Perry has the executive experience and conservative principles that will get America working again!

    January 9, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. DC Observer

    Neither Perry nor Gingrich has any chance of winning the GOP nomination, and their childish antics and mudslinging is doing nothing by hurting the GOP and helping Obama. Perry is in South Carolina to simply save face and foolishly spend the $3 million he has in the bank, and he will then drop out after SC.

    Gingrich has gone back to his crybaby days of 1995 and has gone nuclear with his caustic, arrogant, and largely inaccurate rants on Romney. Newt would rather hurt the GOP and see Obama elected if he cannot get the nomination. This is what he did to President H W Bush Newt is not only a crybaby, but a destructive element in the GOP. Look for more Republicans to come out against Gingrich.

    It is no accident that Todd endorsed Gingrich (who is he – first man of alaska) - but Sarah did not. It seems at least Sarah has some political savvy,

    January 9, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. shoegazer

    Rick Perry mistakenly signs order to execute himself.-– The Simpsons episode,Sunday,January 8th. Hilarious.

    January 9, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. ddb880

    How old are these canidates? I raised 2 children that were never as immature, all of them sound like 3rd graders.

    January 9, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. politics as usual

    Does anyone smell desperation?

    January 9, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Keep it going, Governer. You've got millions to spend. Romney is that way. Go get him.

    January 9, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  13. neil

    Who among us does not love to fire people, my friends?

    January 9, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. Indy

    The picture of Perry giggling with the teen agers tells it all, it was a childish prank by Perry and what the heck he has no chance past SC so he might as well make Romney's magic underwear get all up in a knot.

    January 9, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  15. C in the South

    Not a Romney supporter by any means, but I dislike Perry even more. If I were Romney, I would put my phone on "silent" as a mock to Perry's campaign.

    January 9, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Myth Romney Million$$$ and his Super PACs Thug Could ONLY Buy him 8 extra Votes

    Go get him' Rick!!



    January 9, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. a in austin

    @TeaParty Patriot – your comment about Perry being an outsider is incorrect. His appointments are lobbyists and the ones coming out of appointments leave to be lobbyists. Perry about as inside as an outsider can get. He is so bought and paid for!

    January 9, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Brian

    Seriously!? This is a presidential candidate? What is he, some lunch bully?

    January 9, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. GI Joe

    Corporations are people, my friends.

    January 9, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. Pockaleelee

    And THIS is how these 2 men demonstrate that they want the most powerful job in the world??? Either they are both idiots, the electorate is composed of too many morons, or both.

    January 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. Innkahoots

    The first salvo of the ring tone war has just been fired. Can you say OOPS, Mr.Perry.

    January 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    I can't stand Mitt Romney KUDOS Rick!

    January 9, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. DENNA

    Ricky Boy, I am seriously sick of you. Why are you still hanging around? You don't have a prayer of bamboozling enough people into giving the you nomination. Go home. Texas needs you.

    January 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Duke One

    Expose Romney for the fraud he is ! Go get 'em Gov. Perry !!

    January 9, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Jeff in TX

    @ A in Austin – Here, here! Totally agree.

    Perry will filth this thing up like you can't imagine. He is a destructive man. And because he is well-connected and well-financed man, he is also very dangerous. Cronyism Texas-sized!

    January 9, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |