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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Photo: AP) Texas Gov. Rick Perry (Photo: AP)  

Perry responds to Republican critics, snipes at Romney

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Texas Gov. Rick Perry responded Thursday to Republican critics who have dismissed him as an unreliable loose-cannon candidate whose “Wild West approach” will cause his campaign against President Obama “to blow up.”

Defending himself on the Laura Ingraham radio show, Perry pointed to his unprecedented three terms as Texas governor and his record of job creation, and explained his political style.

“I speak plainly,” Perry told Ingraham’s audience. “I call it like I see it. Look, I am not an establishment figure. Never have been, and frankly I don’t want to be. I dislike Washington. I think it’s a seedy place. But our country is in trouble and I don’t have the privilege to sit on the sidelines and watch our country be destroyed economically by a president who has been conducting an experiment on the American economy for the last two and a half years.”

“My wife told it like it was when she looked me in the eye and said, listen, ‘you have to do your duty.” And that’s what I’m doing,” he added, referencing his wife Anita Perry’s role in finally convincing him to run. (RELATED: Past nemesis Hutchison says she would support ‘nominee’ Perry)

Perry also had some harsh words for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, calling the healthcare law Romney implemented in 2006 a “huge problem” for one of his chief GOP rivals.

“I think Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts health care plan that he passed is a huge problem for him,” Perry said, explaining that he supports a free-market health care system. Perry labeled “ObamaCare” a “debacle,” noting that it was modeled in part on Romney’s plan.

At the end of the interview Ingraham pressed Perry to make a campaign pledge to never vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, as President Obama currently is.

“I’m not even sure I know where it is,” Perry joked.

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  • Anonymous

    I really like the subtle strategy that’s been adopted to depict Perry as down-home man of the people.

    “I speak plainly.”

    “I’m not an establishment candidate.”

    “My wife looked me in the eye and tole me, ‘By God, Honey, it’s your gal-danged DUTY to go do some presidenting, and straighten this here country out!’ ”

    “Well, shucks, I don’t even know where that durned ol’ Martha’s Vinyard is at!”

    Subtle. This stuff is subtle. Helen Keller might completely miss it. 

  • Humorless

    Speak plainly, Governor…and tell your Nativist voters why you signed the TX DREAM Act and oppose building the Border Fence?

  • Anonymous

    Perry’s “job creation” is a farce; He grew the size of government bureaucracy by more than 10% during his time in office.  We don’t want or need more government employees.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bluto-Brutus/100002843976134 Bluto Brutus

    A true Jefferson Davis succeed from the union patriot. He should stay in dixie land, look-a-way, look- a-way…

    • Anonymous

      You don’t seem to have studied geography, but then you’re probably not in middle school yet either.  FYI, Texas is not in Dixie.

  • SpaciousSkies

    Thankfully Obama’s War on America will end after the 2012 election.

  • SpaciousSkies

    Too bad we can’t vote tomorrow.  Rick Perry would be the President of the United States.

    • Anonymous

      Fortunately the nation has time to realize how horrid Perry would be in the oval office; He would be a fourth consecutive term for George W. Bush.

      • SpaciousSkies

        If only we could return to the 5.9% unemployment rate that existed when President Bush left office…

  • doncicciofitipaldi

    BOOYAKA PERRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO IT, REGRESSIVES………..

    • SpaciousSkies

      What’s wrong Donny?  Why are you afraid of paying less than $2 a gallon for gasoline?

      If you want to pay $6 a gallon for gas, vote for Obama in 2012.

    • SpaciousSkies

      If you like double digit unemployment, vote Obama in 2012.

  • doncicciofitipaldi

    RICK PERRY SUX. PURE AND SIMPLE.