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Ron Paul And Rick Perry Spar Over 1988 Election

September 6, 2011 by  

Ron Paul And Rick Perry Spar Over 1988 Election

Ron Paul is using a history in Texas politics to take a swing at Governor Rick Perry as they both vie for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.

A new campaign ad released by Paul’s campaign committee reminds Americans that Perry backed climate-crusader Al Gore in the 1988 Presidential campaign against President Ronald Reagan.

"The establishment called him extreme and unelectable. They said he was the wrong man for the job. It’s why a young Texan named Ron Paul was one of only four congressmen to endorse Ronald Reagan’s campaign for President, believing in Reagan’s message of smaller government and lower taxes,” says the announcer. "After Reagan, Senator Al Gore ran for President, pledging to raise taxes and increase spending, pushing his liberal values. And Al Gore found a cheerleader in Texas named Rick Perry. Rick Perry helped lead Al Gore’s campaign to undo the Reagan revolution, fighting to elect Al Gore President of the United States.
Now, American must decide who to trust — Al Gore’s Texas cheerleader, or the one who stood with Reagan.”

According to CBS, the ad prompted the Perry campaign to respond by noting a letter written by Paul announcing his 1987 resignation from the Republican Party, citing its move from small government principals.

Perry’s campaign, seeking to discredit Paul, called the letter a “…broadside attack on every element of President Reagan’s record and philosophy.” It noted that Paul so disapproved of Republican policies that he left the GOP; though, the Perry campaign failed to mention that Paul’s advertisement referred only to Reagan’s first term, during which he sought to shrink government.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • John

    Perry supported a Democratic challenger over Reagan, tried forcing 12 year old girls to get an STD vaccine and thinks it’s okay to give your hard earned money (by taxing you) to subsidize college tuition for children of illegal immigrants.

    He tries to explain away the vaccine mandate saying that he meant well and that people could opt-out. Why did he not take a freedom based position by letting people opt-in instead? How about letting people decide on this issue themselves and not get taxpayer money involved?

    Subsidized college tuition for illegal immigrants? How about AMERCIANS??!!!!

    Perry might be a media darling for whatever crazy reason, but Dr. Ron Paul is 10x the candidate and is more Republican than Rick Perry will ever be.

    There’s something to be said about getting the government off our backs and letting people make their own decisions about how they run their lives. Ron Paul is a far better candidate, IMO.

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