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In flier, Romney hits Perry on Social Security

Posted Sep 10, 2011 by William March

Updated Sep 10, 2011 at 03:05 PM

Mitt Romney didn’t wait long to begin his attack on Rick Perry over Social Security—his campaign is doing door-to-door distribution of a flier attacking Perry on the issue.

The flier, which a campagn spokesman said is being left at the doors of Florida GOP primary voters, portrays the GOP primary as a two-candidate race—“Two candidates. Only one will protect what’s important to you,” is the headline.

Of those two, it says, Perry is “reckless and wrong on Social Security.” The bold-face tagline: “Rick Perry: How can we trust anyone who wants to kill Social Security?”

Romney, it says, favors “entitlement reform,” but “wants to save Social Security.”

Perry has not directly advocated abolishing Social Security, although he has called it a “Ponzi scheme” and questioned whether it’s constitutional. In last week’s candidates debate at the Reagan Library debate, the two clashed on the issue, and Romney accused Perry of being “committed to abolishing Social Security. But during the debate, Perry promised emphatically that he wouldn’t do anything to affect the benefits of current retirees or those nearing retirement.

Romney isn’t paying attention to the nuances, however. In the nation’s biggest swing state, which happens to have the second-largest population of 65-plus residents, he clearly hopes to put Perry’s views into question.

Romney’s move makes it virtually certain his clash with Perry in the Reagan Library debate will be repeated Monday in the Tampa debate sponsored by CNN and the Tea Party Express.

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Por (GFWSR) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

The trouble is Mitt, Perry never stated he wanted to kil S/S or anything. He only said S/S is a Ponzi scheme, and he is correct!

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Por (LFRGary) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Mitt’s tactics are despicable. They’re the type of tactics I’d expect from a Democrat:

http://www.letfreedomringblog.com/?p=11165

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Por (True) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Perry waffled at the debate and offered no solutions to social security.  He panders for Republican voters by demonizing social security without any solutions.  Typical of a career politician.  If he gave a credible response, Mitt couldn’t attack him.  He was unprepared.  I’m sure his future answers will back away from his “principles” and sound more like a Romney position.

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Por (SunshineVoter) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

I saw this flier. It is inaccurate and misleading. Romney is behind in the polls and desperate; and he is exploiting this issue in a dishonest way. Perry is NOT planning on throwing seniors under the bus. He was talking about his concern for future generations. Few people have the guts to even touch this issue. Romney reminds me of the Democrats attacking Ryan. The flier was really a low blow.

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Por (True) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Perry was a democrat.  Why hasn’t Perry come out and said he only wants to reform social security, not abolish?  Because he is staid to say that and lose status in the tea party where they want to end all entitlement programs.

Perry claimed he wants to hand social security over to the states.  Perhaps so the states can be further bankrupted.  When asked for specifics, he had none.  It’s because his aides hadn’t told him what to say.  All he knows how to do is talk tough.  Once people call his bluff, he looks small.  Hence his fade as the debate went on.

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Por (tiernanlaw) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Ronald Reagan was a democrat before he became a Republican, what’s your point? Or didnt you know that?

Perry is not my favorite, but Romney is a liberal RINO and will never be the nominee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIeekoQfqVU&feature=player_embedded#t=0s

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Por (tiernanlaw) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Ronald Reagan was a democrat before he became a Republican, what’s your point? Or didnt you know that?

Perry is not my favorite, but Romney is a liberal RINO and will never be the nominee.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIeekoQfqVU&feature=player_embedded#t=0s

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Por (True) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Rick Perry was a democrat after Reagan was president.  So apparently he didn’t like Reagan when Reagan was relevant.

Mitt Romney is a centrist.  Anyone that thinks he is liberal is biased or uninformed.  Perry, BTW, is big government, but at the state level.  Or maybe you didn’t know that.  He wants to get rid of social security on the federal level so it can be implemented on the state level.  Goofy argument from a dim candidate.

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Por (tiernanlaw) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Perry is more liberal than Romney? Perry is the Big government RINO, and Romney is just a centrist? 
LOL, Yeah, ok - and Obama is a right winger too!

Romney is a liberal RINO, Romneycare is an abomination to anyone who cares about limited government. 

And I cant wait until this becomes an ad:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIeekoQfqVU&feature=player_embedded#t=0s

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Por (tiernanlaw) on September 11, 2011 (Suggest removal)

BTW genius, you might want to pick up a history book about southern politics - until the late 80s/early 90s, the south was still electing conservative democrats because of the anti-republicanism of the civil war era(People hated republicans because Lincoln was their founder.)

Many democrats of the 60s/70s/80s were far more conservative than Mitt Romney was as a republican governor in the 2000s.

http://mittromneyflipflops.com

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Por (True) on September 13, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Yes I am a genius.  Please stop excusing Perry for being a Democrat after the Reagan revolution. 

Everything I said was true and the debate showed it.  “Big” Local Government Perry got called out for huge deficits, wanting to grow local government, using big government to force teenage girls to get vaccinations.

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Por (True) on September 13, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Id also add that Perry backtracked on social security.  Mitt trapped him in a corner and Perry had no response.  Either he wants to defederalize social security like he said in his book (give it to the states) or he wants to back track and save social security.  At the debate he tried to play both sides and got called out. 

I’m from Texas and as I voted for him as governor of Texas, but I can’t vote for him as president.  He can’t articulate his positions well enough to beat Obama.  And if he is relying on this record, Obama will destroy it.  We need more than cowboy talk.

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Por (SunshineVoter) on September 13, 2011 (Suggest removal)

Perry didn’t backtrack. At the first debate, he said the same thing…which is that he was NOT suggesting seniors be thrown under the bus. The headlines just didn’t focus on that. Romney still looked like a Chameleon….saying whatever he thinks people want to hear in order to get votes. Romney has back-tracked so many times over the years, it will make your head spin, depending on his electorate. I don’t trust Romney on health care. He still advocates for Romney Care which has an individual MANDATE, requiring people to buy a private product. The vaccine was not a mandate….people could opt out. People in Massachusetts cannot opt out of RomneyCare which violates freedoms.

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Por (True) on September 13, 2011 (Suggest removal)

No question Romney has a credibility problem. 

But Perry is not the knight in shining armor that the Republican party is hoping for.  And you have only part of his answer.  The issue raised from his book is whether he would DEFEDERALIZE social security.  That’s what he advocated…shifting it to the state government.  He backtracked from that yesterday.  Or at least he did his best to avoid answering the question because Romney had him in a corner.

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Por (True) on September 13, 2011 (Suggest removal)

I understand if you don’t trust Romney on health care, but do you trust Perry on immigration, pay to play, use of executive authority?  He’s defending a lot of anti-conservative positions.

BTW, the individual mandate only affects about 8% of the population in Mass.  Do you think that the tax payers should be paying for 100% of the health care for those that choose not to get insurance?  Texas has a lot of those as they have the highest uninsured rate.  Is that the model you prefer?

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