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Bachmann Hits Perry on Immigration, Social Security

Sunday, 11 Sep 2011 03:20 PM

By Newsmax Wires

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has taken the wind out of fellow candidate Michele Bachmann’s sails ever since he entered the race Aug. 13. Now the Minnesota congresswoman is ready to go back at the Texas governor during a candidates debate in Tampa, Fla., Monday, The Washington Examiner reports.

Bachmann is poised to attack Perry over his comments that Social Security is a “monstrous lie” and a “Ponzi scheme.”

A Bachmann adviser told The Examiner: "Bernie Madoff deals with Ponzi schemes, not the grandparents of America. Clearly she feels differently about the value of Social Security than Gov. Perry does. She believes Social Security needs to be saved, that it's an important safety net for Americans who have paid into it all their lives."

Perry’s view is “clearly not something that's going to sit well with the people of Florida and Iowa and South Carolina and many of the early states, where there is a large population of seniors who rely heavily on Social Security.” the adviser said. “For [Perry] to scare them is wrong."

And Bachmann isn't stopping there. Keep Conservatives United, a Super PAC supporting her is set to start a radio ad attacking Perry for his immigration stance. The ad is scheduled to air during conservative talk radio shows in South Carolina starting Tuesday, The Hill reports.

The ad portrays Bachmann as tough on illegal immigration whileblasting Perry for failing to curb it during his stint as Texas governor.

"Michele Bachmann believes employers should be required to check the legal status of people they hire with E-Verify," the ad says. "Perry doesn't, so illegals take jobs."

Perry's immigration record worries some conservatives. He signed a bill in 2001 allowing children of undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition, but has been critical of federal government efforts to secure the border and of the federal Dream Act. And, if he is to secure Texas in his bid for the White House, Hispanic voters will be a critical group to hold.

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