The competition between Republican presidential frontrunners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney has been heating up over the past few days. And on Perry’s first big splash on national TV, the Texas governor took it to another level.
In an interview exclusive on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel, Perry was asked if the spike in tension between the two was personal or just business. It’s business according to Perry, but he didn’t pull any punches.
“Listen, I just think it’s important for the people of America, and certainly in a Republican primary, to see the clear differences that the candidates have,” Perry said. “We need to nominate someone who will have a stark clear difference between the Republican nominee and President Obama.”
“We don’t need to nominate Obama-lite,” Perry continued. “We don’t need to nominate someone who is going to blur the lines between President Obama and our nominee.”
Hannity asked if “Obama-lite” was a little harsh. Perry responded by contrasting the health care overhaul that Romney signed into law in Massachusetts to the president’s health care reform.
“When you take a look at what Mitt did from the standpoint of RomneyCare in Massachusetts, you’re going to have a hard time finding a difference between ObamaCare and RomneyCare,” Perry declared. “I mean that’s just the facts and there’s no way around it. The facts are the facts.”
The Massachusetts health care mandate “wasn’t the right thing for Massachusetts,” Perry said, contradicting Romney. “The Beacon Hill study that was out just this last week said it cost 18,000 jobs in Massachusetts alone. And the total cost of RomneyCare was $8 billion.”
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