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August 17th, 2011
09:27 PM ET

KTH: Perry vs. President Obama

Editor's note: Governor Rick Perry says he's a job creator and President Obama is a job destroyer. AC360 is keeping him honest.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Having used up most of his ( Perry's/ Texas) federal money he is now in Budget cutting mode cutting employment in education and other government areas. It is said about 170,000 jobs will go in Texas soon.
    He still has his $6bn rainy day fund but chooses to cut Jobs to balance a budget rather than choose a project to generate jobs for the next couple of years, or increase taxes on the oil companies for the time being ( Record profits) until the stimulus he chooses to develop creates a vibrant economy.
    Wherever you go Republican governors are cutting back on state employees, Union bashing as though that in its own right saves money, and trimming medicare and medicaid and also reducing corporate but not middle class taxes.
    The recent events In Ohio and Wisconsin are the tip of the Iceberg in terms of distrust and unrest ( = increasing unemployment) with especially the tea party element of the Republican party but also the clearly Bigoted nature of Republican politicians on religiously related social issues. It seems not to matter that close to 50 % do not want Bachman style gay laws or the Maintenance of DADT or outright Abortion law bans or a DOMA. Or 65% plus are Ok with increased taxes for the rich.
    I wanna know who is really "Tone deaf" If 40 % plus of people per polls think gay marriage, DADT abolition, Abortion law as is Fine and Doma is not needed. Rich tax increases the biggest tone deaf I have ever seen Perry and Palin. Get your facts right. Its you who are tone deaf . Keep it up till 2012 and i dont care who is Obama's opposite number presidental nominated candidate Republicans lose.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 21, 2011 at 2:23 am |
  2. Ashera

    The issue has always been was to destroy an American Black President: Period! When someone, no matter their colour of skin, race or ideology: the problem was they where too intelligent/educated than the masses: 'Destroy," was the main issue. And, President Obama was the and still is the target!

    August 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  3. Gabrielle

    I have lived in Texas my entire life. Perry has done nothing for the State of Texas. He has killed not only HealthCare but Education. Our elderly and youth have suffered the most. Perry is a creator of chaos and uncertainty. I guess healthcare and education is not his concern because he, his wife and children have gotten a great ride on behalf of Texas and the very bills that he signs only affect the rest of us.

    What stands out for me is that when Hurricane Ike hit he was no where to be found. He did not make himself visible. I live in Fort Bend County... They same county he lived in and left before becoming Govenor. Sure is interesting that one of the largest disasters in his state and the only person we saw or heard from was Mayor Bill White of Houston. He was not our local Mayor and was responsible for Harris County/Houston Metro area. Thank goodness for Mayor White's unwavering support and his efforts of making sure that all Houston and surrounding areas were informed and taken care of.

    Perry is not one who could lead our country. He would not be taken seriously by leaders around the World. He has not proven himself in 3 terms, 12 years here as Texas Gov. We all are entitled to choose our candidates but trust when I say Gov Perry has
    done nothing for Texas!

    August 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
  4. Stephen Mahoney

    Anderson,
    Last night while watching your show, David Guergin made a comment along the line that President Obamas' up coming jobs plan is only for show because he knows it won't pass the Congress and then he said President Obama will use it to beat the Republicans over the head with it. He stated this is

    My question to yo is this. Why don't you bring up the point that maybe it is Congress that he should be bashing rather than saying the President is doing this for show. Guergin criticizes the President if he doesn't do anything and he criticizes or minimizes the President when he does do something.
    Everyone is calling for the President to lead. If Congress won't act, then let's look at what the Congress is doing and not so much the President. Seems in Guergin terms the President is always losing and I think it is time you challenge him on this.

    August 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  5. Tina G.

    It's so easy for someone campaigning to say he's better than the one who has the job. That's what candidates do. As long as they remember that people aren't dumb or gullible. We want proof before we'll believe anything they say.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  6. Andrea Dzuris

    Thank you Anderson for keeping Perry honest.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  7. Sean Williams

    Why do you think people are migrating to Texas? To hang out and drink Margaritas? Or do you think maybe they're going to Texas because jobs are being choked out of existence in other States, and they are cropping up in Texas because business are moving operations there? Moving a business is an incredibly expensive proposition, but apparently the tax savings and environment where the government does not require businesses to employ the extra massive overhead of regulation compliance engineering technologists and lawyers is worth it? People have these funny needs, like living indoors and eating food. When they find themselves unemployed in California, and the 500 sq ft dirt hovel they paid a half million for is upside down, people will do weird stuff like move to where businesses are hiring. Crazy, huh?

    August 18, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  8. Barbara Clingwald

    Keeping them honest is ironic, it is you who lack honesty. Of course you will be against the Republican candidate. But Rick Perry knows his government did not technically create the large number of jobs created in his state. As governor he deserves credit for creating a business friendly environment that attracts business. As a Californian I have seen a number of good businesses relocate to Texas and other states. Having a consistent point of view that you promote is really propaganda, not journalism.

    August 18, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  9. Rose Adams

    It is so very easy to talk. You can imagine a guy trying to woo a girl, he promises the earth and when the ring is on the finger the poor girl crash lands to reality.
    Mr Perry just wants His TERM In OFFICE

    August 18, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  10. Jeremy Brown

    President Obama has only been in office three years. He's made progress;the boys from Wall Street & these Top CEO need to reach out to Obama. If we put former president George Bush in this same postition that president Obama is in America would blow up.

    August 18, 2011 at 12:07 am |
  11. stanley

    The GOP and the Republicans do not want President Obama to succed in anything, simply because he's a Half White/ half Black Man!! If he were a White man, he would not be faceing all the grid lock in getting Bills past tp create jobs. Americans are not stupid, most know we still life in a very racist society, it's hard for a Zebra to change his or her stripes. America needs men and women in congress to come together and create jobs and get the Country rolling again. What's is so wrong with taxeing the millionaires a little more and the Billionaires a little more, hell their making millions from the sweat of the middle class and the poor in this country. It doesn't matter what color a President is, we as so called Americans should get behind our President and tell congress to stop with the foolishness. Were a Great Country lets stand up and prove it!!

    August 18, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  12. Tabatha Neiman

    Perry must be a miracle worker if he can create jobs, cut taxes, give us better healthcare, and protect our US freedom simultainiously in 3yrs. Bring it on! LOL

    August 17, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  13. Lou Anella

    Alex C. defended Gov. Perry by saying one can't blame Govenors for trying to get some of their money back but stimulus money was borrowed money, not money that came from the states so Alex's argument won't hold water if one follows the republican line. Keep the commentators honest too!

    August 17, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  14. BettyAnn,TX

    Very interesting Rick Perry wants to run for President. It wasn't so long ago he announced that he wanted Texas to secede from the Union. Ahem, Hello Rick! Which one do you want to do?
    Also, check out his arrogance on a Texas Highway Patrol tape when he was pulled over for speeding. He is so embarrassing. Texas has not had a good govenor since Anne Richards.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm |

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