Thursday, September 22, 2011

Perry: Romney is "Obama-lite"

Rick Perry appeared on Fox News' "Hannity" Wednesday night to talk about the GOP presidential primary.

In a possible preview of what may happen in tonight's debate, Perry hit Mitt Romney hard, calling him "Obama-lite" and attacking him for signing the Massachusetts healthcare law.

Romney has attacked Perry in the last two debate and now Perry is showing signs he's preparing to respond in kind.

Here's the highlights from his interview with Sean Hannity:

Asked if the back-and-forth between him and Romney was personal or business, he responded: "It's business. I just think it’s important for the people of America and certainly in Republican primary, to see the clear differences that the candidates have and we need to nominate someone who will have a stark, clear difference between the Republican nominee and President Obama. And I think I am that person who can clearly delineate the differences. We don’t need to nominate Obama-lite, we don’t need to nominate someone who’s going to blur the lines between Obama and our nominee."

Perry went on to attack Romney on one of Romney's vulnerable points, saying: "You're going to have a hard time finding a difference between Romneycare and Obamacare."

He also used the phrase "Ponzi scheme" again when asked about his plans for Social Security: "The most important issue is that anyone who’s on Social Security, is approaching Social Security age and have made plans for their retirement with that Social Security in mind, it will be there for them. And for anyone to say that it’s different than that is, you know, that’s the old tactic that the Democrats used back through the years to try to scare the senior citizens, and that’s irresponsible. If anyone on that stage that’s a Republican and wants to be a Republican nominee is trying to scare our seniors with this issue that somehow or another I’m going to do away with Social Security, that’s just not appropriate, it’s irresponsible. Here’s what we know: That the program as it is set up today is not going to be viable in the future for our young people. And those kids know what a Ponzi scheme is — it’s your paying into something and it’s going to be the ones that pay in first and there’s not a payout for them when their time comes. Kids know that. Twenty-five to 36 years olds know that that program is not going to be in place. So let’s have a grown up conversation."

He noted "a lot of Republicans, including Paul Ryan, said it's broken and needs to be fixed."

-- posted by Emily Goodin