Video: Paul portrays Perry as “Al Gore’s Texas Cheerleader”

posted at 1:25 pm on September 6, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Yell leader, people. Rick Perry was a yell leader – and, supposedly, that actually says something positive about his political skills. Honestly, I’m not sure what people hope to achieve with these banal repetitions that Perry was a cheerleader. The only thing I can think of is that detractors hope to insinuate the man’s effeminate — but, really, who’s going to go for that? In the below ad, the term “cheerleader” is used in a different context, but the connection is what it is.

And, yes, we all know Rick Perry was, once upon a time, a Democrat. But that won’t stop his competitors from touting that fact ’til the cows come home (or, for that matter, from touting his cowboy-ism, too — although, mercifully, this ad doesn’t repeat that meme). The latest ad from the Ron Paul campaign:

But, now, after that utterly biased and unfair introduction, please allow me to say I’m impressed with the ad as an ad (far better than that atrocious Bachmann-PAC ad) — all the right touches, aesthetically speaking, from the introductory images of Reagan to the sudden shift from black-and-white to color to the subtle repetition of “The One,” the theme from an earlier Ron Paul ad. Expect to see it frequently, too: It’s backed by a six-figure ad buy, according to Politico’s Morning Score. Gotta admire the pluck. Ron Paul is not giving up.


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Wait…I thought the Paulnuts hated Reagan.

Fezzik on September 6, 2011 at 1:28 PM

303 views. Nuff said.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I’m more interested in Perry’s opposition to TERM LIMITS, and his embrace of Open Borders, and BI-National insurance.

Perry is okay with Gore because politics is all just a game with Progressive Cons.

Thanks Ron Paul for going after him. To bad you’re the choice of Anti-Semites.

ANYBODY BUT OBAMA(or Huntsman, or Romney, or Newt, or Ron Paul)

PappyD61 on September 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM

decent ad, but don’t think it will get much traction with that occuring 20 years ago…

but hey, i could be wrong…

cmsinaz on September 6, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Well it was interesting that Perry voted for Carter over Reagan in 1980 other than that is just dopy Ron Paul again.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Past associations, is that the argument Paul wants to make? Because I know of some publications that were done by Paul’s good friends and published by businesses close to him that supposedly he knew nothing of that a commercial could be made about.

Zaggs on September 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Coming from the fellow who looks like a professional lemon sucker, it only riles up the nutsroot base of Paul.

Kermit on September 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Ron Paul supported Reagan who was once a Democrat but we shouldn’t support Perry who was once a Democrat. I must have missed something.

Rose on September 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

hmmm.. good ad. Let’s see how Perry holds up.

faraway on September 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Ron Paul on Ronald Reagan during the 1980′s

“I want to totally disassociate myself from the policies that have given us unprecedented deficits, massive monetary inflation, indiscriminate military spending, an irrational and unconstitutional foreign policy, zooming foreign aid, the exaltation of international banking, and the attack on our personal liberties and privacy,”

- Ron Paul on Ronald Reagan

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Gotta admire the pluck. Ron Paul is not giving up.

All

The Way

To Tampa!!

JohnGalt23 on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Paul portrays Perry as “Al Gore’s Texas Cheerleader”

Well, he was.

Speaking of cheerleading, I think Rick Perry would make an awesome cheerleader for the conservative movement, maybe even a kingmaker of sorts. However, I do not see him as presidential and fear he is unelectable.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I love how Paul is blasting Perry for being a former Democrat while showing pictures of him standing next to the former Democrat Ronald Reagan.

mizflame98 on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Like the ad, but I think Perry put this to bed with a great quote:

“I certainly got religion. I think he went to hell.”

Ted Torgerson on September 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Ron Paul had enough of a problem with Ronald Reagan that he left the GOP in 1987 out of disgust and then joined the Libertarian Party which had Russell Means as a leader. Ron Paul was thus willing to be a member of a party which had as one of its leaders a man who led an armed insurrection against the US government, but was not willing to be a member of a party with Ronald Reagan in it.

An interesting part of the Ron Paul phenomenon is how the story keeps changing. We have a candidate who supposedly always stands on principle and who supposedly is the most honest man in Washington, except that he continually shifts the narrative and tries to obscure his past statements and actions. Ron Paul’s use/misuse of the Reagan legacy is but a small part of this phenomenon. There are many other examples.

and this Liar and Hypocrite attacks a Conservative Democrat who switched parties and became a Conservative Republican?

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry joked Wednesday that former Vice President Al Gore has “gone to hell” because of his advocacy for climate change policy.

Speaking to a builders group in Dallas, Perry — once a Democrat — was asked about his past relationship with Gore.

“Did you get religion? Did he get religion?” a man in the crowd asked. “What has happened since then?”

I certainly got religion,” Perry responded. “I think he’s gone to hell,” reports the Dallas Morning News.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Well it was interesting that Perry voted for Carter over Reagan in 1980 other than that is just dopy Ron Paul again.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

I wonder if Perry voted for Mondale in ’84.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Well it was interesting that Perry voted for Carter over Reagan in 1980 other than that is just dopy Ron Paul again.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Why? He was a Dem…and he voted for the Dem. Nothing terribly interesting about that.

And the ad makes a strategic error in mentioning Reagan, since he too was a Dem once upon a time. If I’m Perry, that’s my response each and every time to this particular criticism.

changer1701 on September 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

303 views. Nuff said.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Exactly what part of “six-figure ad buy” isn’t registering?

JohnGalt23 on September 6, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Okay… I messed that formatting up, lol.

Fallon on September 6, 2011 at 1:36 PM

mizflame98 on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

excellent point

cmsinaz on September 6, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Appears to tarnish Perry more than it Polishes Paul, although I’m sure he wanted to do both.

SKYFOX on September 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM

“You know who else was a cheerleader. George W. BOOOOOOOSSSSHHHH!” -BHO

El_Terrible on September 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Read this months National Review cover story on Paul and his cult, its a must read. You need a subscription, however Paultards are having a cow and posted the full thing here:

3rd post down

http://www.ronpaulforums.com/showthread.php?313205-National-Review-cover-story-Ron-Paul-s-last-crusade/page3

Kevin Williamson did a masterful job

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I missed it by that much.

Fallon on September 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 1:29 PM

You have no idea how the “view” counter works obviously.

thphilli on September 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Well it was interesting that Perry voted for Carter over Reagan in 1980 other than that is just dopy Ron Paul again.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:31 PM

A good one like you s/b glad he “got religion”. R. Reagan would congratulate him for seeing the light, when his good parents are still Democrats.

Perry has fleas, see immigration and others, but this one is insufferably stupid on our side.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Ed Meese, Reagan’s attorney general has had to fly to Texas in the Past and let it be known that Reagan did not support Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a dishonest hack, who hated Reagan

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Ron Paul on Ronald Reagan during the 1980′s

I want to totally disassociate myself from the policies that have given us unprecedented deficits, massive monetary inflation, indiscriminate military spending, an irrational and unconstitutional foreign policy, zooming foreign aid, the exaltation of international banking, and the attack on our personal liberties and privacy,”

- Ron Paul on Ronald Reagan
jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Paul is just KOO KOO for Cocoa Puffs.

PappyD61 on September 6, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Well I guess we dont have to wonder who the “Rival” camp is anymore

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Rick Perry’s first television commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGUBm0XQbqA

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Ron Paul supported Reagan who was once a Democrat but we shouldn’t support Perry who was once a Democrat. I must have missed something.

Rose on September 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Dear Rose, you didn’t miss a thing. You just witness the insanity on the Right reaching the levels of insanity on the Left, sadly.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM

In 1980 I wasnt a GOPer I was an independant. Yet the very first vote I ever checked on a ballot was for Ronald Reagan.

Like I said isnt a big deal just interesting.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Well I guess we dont have to wonder who the “Rival” camp is anymore

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Oh, I think that’s fair to say…

JohnGalt23 on September 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Notice that Gore couldn’t even win his own state in 2000–the state that he served as US Senator for two terms. Did Tennessee change, or did Gore change?

RBMN on September 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Fourteen more months of listening to Republicans trash their fellow Republicans, with the MSM falling over backwards to report every dagger thrown.

Meanwhile the Donkeycrats have nary a word to utter about their leader, while he drags his party down further into the mud.

I’m so sick of this routine, one that I have been watching for many decades.

fogw on September 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Isn’t Ron Paul that semi-senile 90 year old dude in the race?

lorien1973 on September 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

YELL LEADER DOESN’T EQUATE TO CHEERLEADER. It’s a big deal to be a yell leader at A&M and only the top guys earn the few spots. In the words of our illustrious Biden, being a yell leader is a big effing deal.

txag92 on September 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

None of this is news to Texans. Rick Perry is not a small government advocate. He’s a political opportunist.

I live in Texas and although I voted for Perry over the absolutely horrible and corrupt Democrats, I will not support Perry in the GOP primary.

halfastro on September 6, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Like I said isnt a big deal just interesting.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:43 PM

But yet you keep bringing it up.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Terrible Ad. It is a cheap attack that won’t stick, there is plenty else of actual substance to go after Perry on but this is just a waste.

Daemonocracy on September 6, 2011 at 1:49 PM

fogw on September 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Every GOP candidate goes through this. Its not a unique thing.

I think its a true test of a candidate that can withstand the firestorm unleashed at them.

Its Perry’s chance to shine I hope he takes it.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I love how Paul is blasting Perry for being a former Democrat while showing pictures of him standing next to the former Democrat Ronald Reagan.

mizflame98 on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Ronald Reagan switched parties in 1960 when he supported Richard Nixon for the presidency. Reagan felt he couldn’t support Jack Kennedy because he considered Kennedy to be too liberal, yet Rick Perry not only supported Al Gore, but served as his state director.

There’s a big difference between the Democratic Party of Reagan in the 1950s and the Democratic Party of Perry in the late 1980s.

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

But yet you keep bringing it up.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I was asked by another poster in the thread about my thoughts on it. So it was to respond to them.

Knuck I have half a dozen anti Perry stories I could stick up here and run with. I have no desire to do that.

Its not unfair to have questions about any candidate. I dont question anyone else judgement about any other candidate. Heck I pick on Romney and Paul more than any other candidates on here. I find it unfortunate that others are demanding that Perry get a free pass on here after they spend lots of time trashing other candidates.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Well, probably better it comes out now instead of later.

Anyway, was Ron Paul ALWAYS with Reagan?

MeatHeadinCA on September 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Why do we even talk about Ron Paul? he will never get above 15% in any primary.

Ron Paul is the right’s version of Ralph Nader. Nothing more, nothing less. I certainly agree with some of Paul’s positions, but he is a self-aggrandizing loon who is just as dishonest as any other politician, and sleazier than many based upon his past associations with neo-nazis.

Monkeytoe on September 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Gore ran as a Conservative back then for reference, Pro-Life and a Defense Hawk.

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Reagan never supported Paul in a Primary, and if he supported him in a general it means nothing. Reagan campaigned for the Party nominee, including multiple Liberal Republicans all over the country.

Paul hated Reagan, has we’ve shown above, reciting every leftist hit job you can think of.

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:56 PM

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:50 PM

What gets reported is Republicans trashing Republicans. The MSM has a field day with this. They treat the same banter among Democrats with kid gloves, thus the perception is skewed. The majority of the voting public is stupid and swayed by what they hear in the media. That is what we are fighting now, not well-informed voters, but head-nodding zombies.

fogw on September 6, 2011 at 1:57 PM

txag92 on September 6, 2011 at 1:47 PM

A&M yell leader? Is that for bowling, curling or lacrosse?/

SKYFOX on September 6, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Ronald Reagan switched parties in 1960 when he supported Richard Nixon for the presidency. Reagan felt he couldn’t support Jack Kennedy because he considered Kennedy to be too liberal, yet Rick Perry not only supported Al Gore, but served as his state director.

There’s a big difference between the Democratic Party of Reagan in the 1950s and the Democratic Party of Perry in the late 1980s.

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

And there’s a big difference between the Al Gore of the late 80s and the Al Gore of today.

Those who try to use this criticism against Perry always seem to ignore that. The Al Gore of the late 80s could pretty much be considered a Blue Dog. I distinctly remember that a lot of people were disappointed in Al Gore in 1992 for hitching his wagon to Clinton, because they felt he was selling out his principles to hitch himself to the more ideologically liberal Clinton. Fast forward a couple decades, and Clinton’s the one who looks more moderate than Gore, but the point is, that wasn’t always the case.

Vyce on September 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM

This should put RP over the top…/

d1carter on September 6, 2011 at 2:02 PM

There’s a big difference between the Democratic Party of Reagan in the 1950s and the Democratic Party of Perry in the late 1980s.

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

A) not necessarily so for the Texas Democratass and much of the south. It wasn’t until the 1990s that the last vestiges of the “regional party” that had existed for 100s of years whereby you had liberal republicans in the norhteast and conservative democrats in the South gave way to the more ideologically rigid parties of today. (I would also point out that party identification is almost tribal to a large degree – with children following their parents and hanging on to a party that they don’t even agree with – which is why we still have the weird disconnect of very conservative people in the south still being staunch democrats even though they disagree with everything the democrats stand for and blacks being staunch democrats even though blacks typically poll with conservatives on almost all social issues).

B) there is still a big difference between sourthern dems and northern/western dems. Most (local and state) southern dems are mmore conservative than most NY local and state republicans.

C) there is also a huge difference between the democrat party of Perry in the 80s and the democrat party of today. For instance, I would posit that most of the democratic Senators from the South who retired between 1984 – 1990 would not be comfortable in today’s democrat party (and probably couldn’t win a primary in todays Democratic party).

D) even more so, there is a huge difference between the 1988 Al Gore and today’s Al Gore.

I just don’t see this as an issue for Perry. What he has done as governor and his policy positions are much more important, and we need to wait and see more of those.

Monkeytoe on September 6, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Gore ran as a Conservative back then for reference, Pro-Life and a Defense Hawk.

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

So he was for cutting taxes and spending? I don’t think so…

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:04 PM

303 views. Nuff said.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 1:29 PM

And 743 likes … The YouTube view counter always gets stuck when a video starts getting a lot of views.

PoliTech on September 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

more electable than a quitter….

chasdal on September 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM

wow.. didn’t know that Perry was a cheerleader as well.. that makes 7,421 similarities with GWB

gatorboy on September 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Ron Paul and his supporters are so confused. The idea of Paul invoking the name of Reagan is about as hypocritical as it gets, as Paul was an opponent of Reagan. Yet the Paulbots trot out one quote, of a positive statement that Reagan made about Paul, to try and claim they were aligned with one another? Pathetic.

I have also seen Paultards ripping into the Tea Party, while at the same time they claim that Ron Paul is “the godfather” of it. Whatever is politically expedient, they will latch onto, just like the liberal Democrats.

I agree also that Paul is entering very dangerous territory here in talking about “past associations.”

JannyMae on September 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM

There’s a big difference between the Democratic Party of Reagan in the 1950s and the Democratic Party of Perry in the late 1980s.

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

And there’s a big difference between Gore back then and Gore now.

mizflame98 on September 6, 2011 at 2:08 PM

And there’s a big difference between the Al Gore of the late 80s and the Al Gore of today.

Vyce on September 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Perhaps there is some difference, but there really isn’t all that much difference between the Democratic Party of the late 1980s and the Democratic Party of today. The Democratic Party basically evolved into a far-left party during the 1960s. After all, George McGovern was the 1972 nominee.

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 2:09 PM

So he was for cutting taxes and spending? I don’t think so…

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:04 PM

that would be 3 term Gov. Perry.

Paul on the other hand is a Porker and a Liar

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Gore ran as a Conservative back then for reference, Pro-Life and a Defense Hawk.

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:54 PM

So he was for cutting taxes and spending? I don’t think so…

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:04 PM

jp is obsessed with Ron Paul. Ron Paul could attack Stalin and jp would find a way to make sure Stalin was more conservative than Ron Paul.

MeatHeadinCA on September 6, 2011 at 2:10 PM

more electable than a quitter….

chasdal on September 6, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I’m assuming you’re talking about Perry being more electable than a quitter; yet, the irony, is that Perry would have to quit if he were elected.

MeatHeadinCA on September 6, 2011 at 2:12 PM

“I want to totally disassociate myself from the policies that have given us unprecedented deficits, massive monetary inflation, indiscriminate military spending, an irrational and unconstitutional foreign policy, zooming foreign aid, the exaltation of international banking, and the attack on our personal liberties and privacy,”

- Ron Paul on Ronald Reagan

jp on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Heh. Very nice!

a capella on September 6, 2011 at 2:13 PM

“You know who else was a cheerleader. George W. BOOOOOOOSSSSHHHH!” -BHO

El_Terrible on September 6, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Exactly. I see this as a backhanded way of tying Perry to Dubya.

The Texas Cheerleader angle may endear Paul to his base, but it won’t do anything to pull him out of the single digits.

UltimateBob on September 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

There’s a big difference between the Democratic Party of Reagan in the 1950s and the Democratic Party of Perry in the late 1980s.

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Which is perhaps why Perry switched from a Democrat to a Republican in the late 1980′s?

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

The Texas Cheerleader angle may endear Paul to his base, but it won’t do anything to pull him out of the single digits.

UltimateBob on September 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Are you joking? He’ll probably lose support from the Anarcho-capitalists for being chummy with Reagan. I see this maybe only eroding at Paul’s base.

MeatHeadinCA on September 6, 2011 at 2:20 PM

“Congressman? Stormfront is on the ‘Past Associations’ line for you. Are you still taking their calls?”

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Which is perhaps why Perry switched from a Democrat to a Republican in the late 1980′s?

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Or, it could have been because of political expenience – seeing that the GOP was winning the state-wide offices in Texas. That’s why most career politicians change parties. Reagan switched parties six years before he sought elected office.

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 2:24 PM

experience = expedience

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 2:24 PM

that would be 3 term Gov. Perry.

Paul on the other hand is a Porker and a Liar

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Perry has never cut spending as governor:

2001: $38.8 billion
2002: $43.4 billion
2003: $45.2 billion
2004: $46.3 billion
2005: $48.2 billion
2006: $52.7 billion
2007: $57.8 billion
2008: $65.6 billion
2009: $72.9 billion
2010: $80.2 billion

And what’s this I hear about some Margins Tax thing?

It’s hard to believe but the Texas Gross Receipts (Margins) Tax on business proposed by a Republican, Governor Perry, and passed by a GOP dominated legislature in 2006 was further complicated in 2007. This was the largest tax increase in Texas history, which requires business to pay up to 10% of its gross income to the state while large corporations were given loopholes. Of course, what really irks conservatives is a business would have to pay taxes whether it made a profit or not. In that way, it is worse than a corporate income tax. You need a profit to pay that one!

Also…

Prior To Perry’s 2006 Tax Hike, The Largest Texas Tax Increase Was $5.7 Billion In The 1988-89 Biennium, Which Perry Voted For

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:26 PM

What is funny is that if Reagan was around today, the Tea Party would primary the hell out of him. As gov of California he increased spending 177%. As president he brought the debt to record highs and spent like crazy. As gov of California he raised taxes and as president he raised taxes too, even though conservatives only seem to remember the tax cut. As gov of California he signed the most liberal abortion rights bill in the country at the time. He granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

I mean seriously, you guys would have been going NUTS if Reagan was a politician today. RINO wouldn’t even begin to cover it. He would be treated MUCH worse than Huntsman is today. Maybe the reason that we will never see another Reagan is because conservatives today have a WARPED view of what Reagan conservatism was. He was a moderate by todays standards, probably to the left of Huntsman.

thphilli on September 6, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Or, it could have been because of political expenience – seeing that the GOP was winning the state-wide offices in Texas. That’s why most career politicians change parties. Reagan switched parties six years before he sought elected office.

bw222 on September 6, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Or…a spaceship landed and an alien told him to switch.

Or…maybe he had more in line with where the Republican Party was going as opposed to the Democrats? Don’t people change for good reasons too?

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:30 PM

People do. Politicians don’t.

thphilli on September 6, 2011 at 2:31 PM

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:26 PM

And Perry did all of that in a vacuum, right?

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:33 PM

And Perry did all of that in a vacuum, right?

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Obviously not, but jp’s claim that Perry was a tax-cutter and a spending-cutter was factually incorrect.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Knuck I have half a dozen anti Perry stories I could stick up here and run with. I have no desire to do that.

William Amos on September 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Post away. The Palinista who posts the most negative stories about Rick Perry wins.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 2:34 PM

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:26 PM

in real terms, not static terms, he has

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

And Perry did all of that in a vacuum, right?

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Of course! How dare you compare Texas to Alaska. They’re like twin states or something.

Marcus on September 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

“Congressman? Stormfront is on the ‘Past Associations’ line for you. Are you still taking their calls?”

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:22 PM

thats the problem, he knows the MSM and the GOP candidates won’t dignify him with a response. So he doesnt’ care and continues to lie and spout off unchallenged.

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:36 PM

thphilli on September 6, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Isn’t Herr Doktor a politician?

Isn’t he the same guy who went from Republican to Independent back to Republican?

Why did he do that?

Because he is a man of principle or an opportunist politician? He switched three times – why?

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Ron Paul invoking Reagan is a little strange.

ButterflyDragon on September 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM

That won’t fly though. He has too long of a record showing him as the anti-algore.

jeffn21 on September 6, 2011 at 2:37 PM

in real terms, not static terms, he has

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Again, that is factually incorrect.

Expenditures were $38.8 billion for Fiscal Year 2001 and $80.2 billion for Fiscal Year 2010. That is an increase of 106.5%. Over the same period, population growth totaled 18.2% and inflation totaled 18.7%. 106.5%, less 18.7%, less 18.2%, equals 69.6%.

So the State’s spending grew 70% during Perry’s tenure to date, correcting for inflation AND population growth.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Paul could really be destroyed so easily after this ad, between his actual Reagan hating to the absolute hypocrisy involved…..to open the door to his own Associations.

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Of course! How dare you compare Texas to Alaska. They’re like twin states or something.

Marcus on September 6, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Huh? No one even mentioned Alaska…

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Obviously not, but jp’s claim that Perry was a tax-cutter and a spending-cutter was factually incorrect.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:34 PM

As your comment omits the fact he didn’t act in a vacuum, while perhaps not as egregious as jp’s, is still misleading, or at the very least a bit biased, isn’t it?

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Perry and Spending(as well as rest of his economic record)

http://www.clubforgrowth.org/whitepapers/?subsec=137&id=953

State spending grew from $30 billion in FY2002, the first half of the biennium budget passed under Perry, to $39.4 billion in FY2010, a 31% increase in nominal terms over the nine years. However, when looking at Texas’s spending on an annualized basis, spending increased an average of 3.9% per year, which is excellent compared to the state’s average annual population plus inflation growth rate of 4.2% over the same time period.

One reason for the slow growth of state spending was because Governor Perry made frequent use of his veto power. Another is the existence of a conservative Texas legislature. During his tenure as Governor, Perry vetoed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of spending, perhaps even a lot more. It is important to note that it is difficult to give Perry credit for a specific dollar amount of vetoes due to the complexities of the Texas budget process. Some of the Governor’s vetoes were on spending bills contingent on bills previously struck down by Perry. Other vetoes killed legislative language from budget bills which authorized spending from separate bills that never passed. Regardless, a review suggests that Perry did aggressively look to cut spending with his veto pen.

when a State has increased Population it by extension leads to more spending. In real terms, annualized he didn’t spend at the same rate as population growth.

Increased population is also a big part of the spending increases and debt that last 30 plus years on the Federal Level. the elephant in the room

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

thphilli on September 6, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Ronald Reagan was strong on fiscal issues, strong on social issues, and strong on national defense.

Where in the world do you think the term “Reagan Conservative” comes from?

kingsjester on September 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Unlike the former half-term governor of AK who is the one we’ve been waiting for.
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annoyinglittletwerp on September 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM

^ thats a net cut btw

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Post away. The Palinista who posts the most negative stories about Rick Perry wins.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Your new working definition of Palinista must be anyone who posts a comment even remotely critical of Rick Perry.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:43 PM

“Congressman? Stormfront is on the ‘Past Associations’ line for you. Are you still taking their calls?”

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:22 PM

I thought Stormfront and the Institute for historical Review(Holocaust revisionist rag) were on the ‘current associations’ line.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 6, 2011 at 2:44 PM

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

The numbers the Club for Growth uses are from budgets, not actual spending. The numbers I use are taken directly from the Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports of the State of Texas, which report actual numbers.

Also, the Club for Growth is nowhere near correct on the numbers they use. In FY 2010, Texas expenditures totaled $80.2 billion, but they say $39.4 billion, which isn’t remotely close, even for a budgeted, not actual, number.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:48 PM

jp on September 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Just to reiterate:

Expenditures were $38.8 billion for Fiscal Year 2001 and $80.2 billion for Fiscal Year 2010. That is an increase of 106.5%. Over the same period, population growth totaled 18.2% and inflation totaled 18.7%. 106.5%, less 18.7%, less 18.2%, equals 69.6%.

So the State’s spending grew 70% during Perry’s tenure to date, correcting for inflation AND population growth.

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 2:49 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on September 6, 2011 at 2:44 PM

They may very well be, hence the second sentence in my comment.

You know the America-hating Truther nutters still have his back.

catmman on September 6, 2011 at 2:50 PM

steebo77 on September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Bravo! Well played, sir!

OnlyOrange on September 6, 2011 at 2:50 PM

303 views. Nuff said.

Knucklehead on September 6, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Youtube stops at 300+/- to take stock for a while. It probably has many thousands already. No I am not a Ron Paul fan.

People, I know you have been grasping at straws for a candidate, but Perry is a massive flip flopper and former/current liberal on numerous issues. He lacks good judgement skills.

I agree with other comments that Hot Air would not vote for Reagan as well. Between signing an abortion bill, mandates forcing hospitals to care for freeloaders, retreating from Lebanon, amnesty for illegals etc. he would be run out of the primaries were it up to Hot Air. There is only one candidate running that can win this election and it is not Rick Perry.

scotash on September 6, 2011 at 2:52 PM

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