Democrats Take Aim At Perry Before He Announces Candidacy

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – While the Republican candidates for President were squaring off at a debate Thursday night, Texas Governor Rick Perry was circling the wagons. Perry is already drawing fire for touting the Lone Star state as a leader in job creation.

President Barack Obama’s Senior Campaign Strategist criticized the Governor for taking credit where credit is not due. During Friday morning’s CBS Early Show, David Axelrod came out swinging, “He’s been the beneficiary of the boom in oil prices. Obviously a state like Texas is going to benefit from that and with increased military spending, because Texas is home to many military bases,” added Axelrod.

Perry hasn’t officially announced and Democrats are already taking aim at him. CBS 11 political analyst, John Weekly, says it bodes well for the Governor. “One of the things that Governor Perry can take as a badge of pride is that the President has already gone after him before he’s even announced.”

Weekly says by putting a target on Perry’s back, the Democrats may have already anointed him as a top contender. “It’s not a stretch to say Perry may enter the race as competitive as the front-runner.”

Darlene Ewing is Chair of the Dallas County Democratic Party and says, like it or not, Governor Perry is a force to be reckoned with. “You better respect his political skill,” admitted Ewing. “Nobody takes out Kay Bailey Hutchison like he did. She’s a very popular Senator and he took her out with a head shot.”

Democrats say if Perry goes overboard touting Texas, it may lead to his downfall. While it’s likely to play well among Texans, Perry’s critics believe too much Texas will remind the rest of the country of George W. Bush, who left office with a low approval rating.

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  1. darrell says:

    allthough im not fond of all of perry’s stances on some of the issues, looking at all the options from all parties, he may be the pick of the litter. at this point however, in a heads up with obama, i would probably take one of the telly tubies.

  2. NiteNurse says:

    Perry has been around a long time and they should be able to dig up a ton of dirt on the man. I mean look at the goofy photo CBS DFW dug up of him waving a huge gun in the air. I can’t wait for the campaign to start because the GOP looks like it’s going to rival any TV reality show! Come on GOP!!! Put a young guy like Bobby Jindal who so far looks like a dedicated hardworking intelligent thoughtful SCANDAL FREE statesman who would do the country proud as president. Or maybe he’s NOT WHITE ENOUGH FOR YA!!!

  3. vyugo99 says:

    Perry doesn’t have a stance. Perry doesn’t have a stance on an issue until his handlers tell him his stance. Rick doesn’t have an original thought in his pretty little hair sprayed head. I can’t wait until the rest of the US finds out what we here in Texas already know. Rick can’t do interviews and he does not debate. Why do you suppose he waited until AFTER the GOP debate to declare. He’ll make Sarah Palin look like a Rhodes Scholar.

  4. Rod says:

    perry likes to take credit where credit isn’t due him.Texas would be Texas,job growth and all even if we had no governor,and anyone that doesn’t believe that so called pray session he had in San Antone wasn’t politically motivated should now be enlightened.This guy has no shame.Also isn’t it nice we get to pay him while he runs all over the country tooting his own horn while saying how much he has helped the folks back home?That’s a laugh,or not.

    1. Elmer says:

      I suppose you like paying Obama to to the same thing around the country, except Obame has to lie in order to toot his own horn.

  5. Simon James says:

    The National media won’t give Perry a pass on the state’s budget, education and the economic development slush fund Perry uses to reward his corporate friends. The glare of the national spot light will not be welcome by Perry and his friends.

  6. WildTimes says:

    Hehe, I needed a really good laugh today to add to the great relief of 3.5″ of rain.
    If I have to pick between Perry & Obama, Bama wins!
    Perry’s biggest problem is his sorry track record in Texas. Perry will repeal Obama care on day 1, how he couldn’t even steal land for his Trans Tx Corridor. Cop killer, creepers Perry’s health care overhaul is going to kill a lot of the poor people and no they are not all aliens nor lazy people who never worked a day in their lives.

  7. Hemroidious says:

    Perry for President!

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