Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the results of the New Hampshire primary show that the race for the conservative alternative to Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney remains wide open. Perry also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night his standing in South Carolina is strong.
“A lot of people talk about what they’re going to do — I’ve done it in the state of Texas by creating a million jobs — and that is a story that really resonates here in the Palmetto State, particularly when you look at the assault that they’re under by this administration,” Perry said. “Whether it’s the Justice Department going after their voter ID law, their immigration law, and then of course, the Boeing story. And Texas being a right to work state — and us working every day to push back on this administration — those are stories that really resonate with the Palmetto State voter.”
Turning his attention to New Hampshire primary winner Mitt Romney and criticism of the front-runner’s tenure at Bain Capital, Perry — who barely registered in the Granite State vote — said “there’s a real difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism.”
“Venture capitalism we like; vulture capitalism, no — and the fact of the matter is that he’s going to have to face up to this at some time or another, and South Carolina is as good a place to draw that line in the sand as any because those people in Gaffney, South Carolina, understand what happened to that photo album company,” Perry said. “The folks in Georgetown, South Carolina, understand the jobs that were lost and that Bain Capital took $20 million and $65 million respectively from each of those deals and walked away from it.
“That’s not what we’re looking for in a president of the United States — we’re looking for someone that knows how to build jobs, create jobs,” he said. “And that’s what I’ve done in the state of Texas. So there’s no use trying to paper this over — that is a problem for Mitt, and he’s going to have to face it.”
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