Rick Perry challenges Andrew Cuomo to debate
April 22nd, 2014
02:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Rick Perry challenges Andrew Cuomo to debate

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who openly competes with other governors by trying to lure businesses to the Lone Star State, is now taking his strategy one step further.

He's challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to a debate on economic policy. Perry's office said he issued the challenge on Albany's Talk 1300 news radio.

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Both are considered potential presidential candidates, though Perry, a Republican, has been much more active in building his national profile.

Perry is in the Empire State until Thursday, meeting with business leaders and touting the economy in Texas compared to that of New York.

His office points to a report by the Tax Foundation, which rates New York as the state with the worst business tax climate. New Jersey is also tied for last place. The report cites New York's individual income tax, which ranges from 4% to 8.82%, as one of its biggest problems.

Americans for Economic Freedom, a group created last year by political operatives close to Perry, is running a 30-second television ad in New York appealing to business owners during Perry's visit.

"If you're tired of New York, there's an option: Texas," he says in the spot.

However, on March 31, Cuomo signed into law a new state budget that reduces the corporate income tax rate from 7.1% to 6.5%, and includes other reforms.

The Tax Foundation applauded the corporate tax overhaul, saying the changes "are impressive and will greatly reduce complexities and burdens in New York's corporate tax structure.

It's not the first time Perry has gone after New York businesses. The governor, who's not running for re-election next year, has also launched campaigns in California, Illinois, Connecticut, and Missouri.

While it's not uncommon for governors to court out-of-state businesses, it's typical for them to do so under the radar, not out in the open like Perry. His efforts further fuel speculation that he's considering another run for president.

CNN reached out to Cuomo's office for a response.

Danny Kanner, communications director for the Democratic Governors Association, mocked Perry's invite by referencing the governor's disastrous debate performance from 2011, in which he forgot the third of three federal agencies he would cut.

"A little free advice for Rick Perry: the fewer debates with anyone, the better. Oops!" he said in an email, linking to a clip of the moment when Perry struggled to remember the agency's name.

CNN’s Steve Brusk contributed to this report.

Filed under: Andrew Cuomo • New York • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Tom l

    I just hope that Rick Perry keeps it down to 2 bulletpoints per comment.

    April 22, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. just asking

    However, on March 31, Cuomo signed into law a new state budget that reduces the corporate income tax rate from 7.1% to 6.5%, and includes other reforms.

    wow... ny is also running endless commercials trying to get businesses to move there and pay no taxes for 10 years. 100 years!! and now this? sounds like new york is catering to all those evil greedy businesses. you know, the ones that create jobs and i don't mean shovel ready road paving jobs that obama is talking about.

    April 22, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    --does Rick Perry underestimate Andrew Cuomo? Listen, Cuomo has the same caliber as Obama. I like Cuomo. He is the best governor, his corporate overhaul in Tax, bring businesses into NY.

    April 22, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Claude

    Rick Perry is a well known idiot who can't debate anybody. If you want a liberal vs. conservative debate on foreign policy, the conservative needs to be someone who can remember facts.

    April 22, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. rs

    Perry- three words: "exploding manure plants"

    April 22, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. CATX

    Please oh please do not let either run for President! Two whackos from opposite sides of the spectrum...

    April 22, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Bill

    Cuomo would chew this twit up and spit him out in a debate. Perry is an intellectually challenged clown. And I am being gracious. Oops.

    April 22, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Any business relocating from NY to TX would have to convince their staff to move to a state that leads the country in reasons not to live there. Horrible schools, horrible weather, and no reliable pool of workers in TX that could even begin to meet the standards of training and willingness to work that NY provides.

    April 22, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Governor Cuomo I was always told never engage in a war of wits with an unarmed person.....😳

    April 22, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  10. rs

    Tom l

    I just hope that Rick Perry keeps it down to 2 bulletpoints per comment.

    April 22, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. Winston Smith

    Perry, challenges Cuomo? Perry's in the red already and the debate hasn't started. He's be well advised to set down and shut up.

    April 22, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Swedge70

    I don't know much about Cuomo. Is he dumb as a fence post? If so, Perry might have a shot. Might.

    April 22, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    even if he could out-debate Cuomo (which he couldn't), who in their right mind wants to move to THAT third world country???

    April 22, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    @just asking, perhaps if you removed your head from your rear-facing orifice long enough, you would realize that having a balance between labor and business is in everyone's interest. You know Labor, the people that actually make the stuff for the business community, don't you? Or do you still believe in the elves who make the shoes at night for the cobbler? By the way, the GOP in NY has reduced itself to being irrelevant because of the type of nonsense you spout on a daily basis. Lifelong Republicans are bailing on the party because of the worthless ideology spouted by the whackjob chorus.

    April 22, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Jeff--Tacoma

    You have to give it to him, he's got brass hangers to challenge anyone to a debate...I had something else I was going to say but forgot...OOPS.

    April 22, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Pander Bear

    I don't know, this could be a close debate. After all, Ricky now wears his super smarty pants glasses to make him appear less stupid. As long as the debate didn't require him to speak, it might be close.

    April 22, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. CryBabies

    Enough with Perry's senior moment during the debates. How many states have you visited President Obama? It works both ways Libs.

    April 22, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. sonny chapman

    They hate for our Freedom.

    April 22, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. CB FL

    This would not be fair for Andrew to have a debate with a unarmed man.

    April 22, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. al

    Poor Andrew is chicken fodder!!!!!!

    April 22, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. al

    The man from Texas will destroy the boy from the taxation state!!!

    April 22, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    The problem with Texas is the republican leadership for two decades has made the state a toxic dump. If you don't mind drinking lousy water, they do give tax breaks to big corps.

    April 22, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. PaulCat

    Rick Perry is not important !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But he's trying !!!!!!!!!!

    April 22, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Publicity stunt. How wonderfully mature. And when Cuomo says "no thanks, I have better things to be doing than debating the dimmest bulb on the tree," Cowboy Fonzie will run around pretending that Cuomo is running scared and thereby admitting that conservative economic policies are correct. Lame. Cowboy Fonzie is a walking, leatherfaced cartoon.

    April 22, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Gov. KABOOM needs to investigate that explosion and get the presidential ambitions out of his head.

    April 22, 2014 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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