Cut, Balance and Grow strikes a major blow against the Washington-knows-best mindset. It takes money from spendthrift bureaucrats and returns it to families. It puts fewer job-killing regulations on employers and more restrictions on politicians. It gives more freedom to Americans to control their own destiny. And just as importantly, the Cut, Balance and Grow plan paves the way for the job creation, balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility we need to get America working again.Rick Perry • Discussing his new plan for taxes, “Cut, Balance and Grow,” which has a name clearly worded to evoke the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan that House Republicans tried to push through earlier this year. Perry’s plan, in simple terms: An optional 20 percent flat tax, with benefits for lower-income people who would not necessarily benefit from such a flat tax. Don’t like it? Keep your current tax rate. Unlike Herman Cain’s 999 Plan, this might actually have a shot at getting through Congress. And would you look at that? Right on cue, Perry suddenly has an endorsement from Steve Forbes, the guy who banked his entire campaign on the flat tax — twice! Cain’s gonna have some gimmicky tax plan competition at the next debate. source (via • follow)
If Rick Perry were the nominee, I’d be voting for him. I believe every single person on the stage in that last debate would do a better job than president Obama.Mitt Romney • Claiming, during an interview over the weekend, that he would vote for Rick Perry, the man he savaged during last week’s debate. But would Rick vote for Mitt? SUSPENSE! source (via • follow)
You want somebody who’s actually created jobs, not somebody who’s just watched them be created.Mitt Romney, trading barbs with Rick Perry over employment. Romney also claimed 40% of Texas’ new jobs during Perry’s tenure went to “illegal immigrants,” which Perry called “a falsehood on its face.”
The concept that we select people based on the church or the synagogue you go to strikes me as a great departure.Mitt Romney, addressing the anti-Mormon remarks by Pastor Jeffress, who endorsed Rick Perry. Romney said he’d heard worse insults over his faith, and would’ve rathered Perry call out Jeffress for earlier comments in his endorsement that faith should be at play in the presidential selection process.
You get to ask the questions, and I get to answer how I want to.Rick Perry, flatly refusing to answer moderator Anderson Cooper’s question, even when Cooper explicitly stressed he wanted him to respond to his question rather than go after Herman Cain. On top of his aggressive interruptions of Mitt Romney, it seems clear Perry’s strategy is to come out swinging with high-energy, but frankly, we think he’s coming off as massively rude and undisciplined.
The idea that you stand before us and tell us you care about illegal immigration is, on it’s face, the height of hypocrisy.Rick Perry, in the course of a wild sequence with Mitt Romney, in which the two were practically shouting at each other over who got to speak. Perry was referring to old reports that Mitt Romney had undocumented people working on his estate, a charge Romney claims was the fault of a contracting company that he was unaware of. The real story, though? Romney and Perry went at it, with Romney showing a rare flash of rhetorical aggression (at one point placing his hand on Perry as he vehemently declared “you’re just going to keep talking?”) that probably helps him more than the attack might help Perry.
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