In response to a question from Danny Yadron of the Wall Street Journal, who asked Perry if he was suggesting that Obama didn’t love this country, Perry replied: ” I dunno, you need to ask him.”
We're out of the gates with suggesting the president doesn't really care about the country he is running. That's a familiar and safe one to go to first. But its a classic for a reason. Strong opening.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, who entered the presidential campaign on Saturday, appeared to suggest a violent response would be warranted should Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “print more money” between now and the election. Speaking just now in Iowa, Perry said, “If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion.”
The guy appointed by his predecessor is trying to help the economy grow and stop the suffering of the unemployed and Perry wants to treat him in an "ugly" manner. That's a pretty good follow up.
PERRY: I just think that new taxes are not the answer right now. If I had — I don’t know what he’s worth — $80 billion or $30 billion or whatever it is, he’s never going to spend all his money so taking money away from Warren Buffett isn’t going to affect anything. But, it’s the $250,000 folks who they’re trying to tax who’s the small businessman that’s getting devastated in this.
That's in a response to Warren Buffet saying we need to raise taxes on the rich. Notice Perry doesn't think raising taxes on Buffet would affect anything. That's a slip up. The proper Republican response to this should have been, "Tax increases kill jobs and puppies. We can't raise them on anyone ever, especially the rich." This mistake could just be him finding his bearings in a new forum. Let's see if he can regroup and finish strong.
We’re calling today on the president of the United States to put a moratorium on regulations across this country, because his regulations, his EPA regulations are killing jobs all across America.
Wow. He responds with an uppercut. No regulations across the country. That's bold. I guess he feels that with his experience governing a state bordering the Gulf of Mexico he can handle any sort of oil spill god throws at him. Let's wrap it up with this:
“We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax,” he said, “And you know the liberals out there are saying that we need to pay more.”
Back to the comfortable issue of taxes. Not the strongest finish. But a solid way to get the people going. He makes sure to not mention that most of those people who don't pay income taxes don't do so because they are old, and thus retired, or they are so poor they don't earn enough money. And he smartly leaves out the fact that Ronald Reagan signed a tax reform bill that dropped those people from income taxes. But the average Republican voter doesn't know that. They do know that liberals want more of their hard earned money. So score this one a win for Perry.
All in all I'd say Perry has had a pretty successful opening. He has assured Republican voters that he can run a state like Mitt Romeny did and he can bring the crazy like Michele Bachmann. That combination of experience and the willingness to endorse ridiculous policies should prove a tough combination to beat. My money is on the race coming down to Perry and Romney. And I think Romney is going to have his work cut out for him if he hopes to keep up with Perry in the more conservative states.