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.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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