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Perry Stood Firm in 'Get Perry' Debate

Two salient facts about the September 7 Republican presidential debate.

*Texas governor Rick Perry is said not to be a strong debater.

*The debate should have called the ‘Get Perry’ Debate because of the focus on Perry by the three liberal moderators, Brian Williams of NBC, John Harris of Politico and Jose Diaz-Balart, a hispanic commentator from MSNBC who asked questions about immigration as if immigration is a hispanic issue and not an American issue.

Yet Perry did very well. And this is what frightens the left. This is why they are targeting him. Because he is confident in what he says and is not afraid to make bold statements such as finally broaching the subject that Social Security indeed is a Ponzi scheme. Which is how he will beat Obama.

The questions directed at Perry all had an accusatory nature like: “Governor why are so many people in Texas uninsured?” Yet you would never hear a liberal commentator asking “President Obama why are so many Americans unemployed?”

Perry is the guy to take out Obama. Because the Democrats want a weakling like Mitt Romney who will never challenge Obama and who will throw the election to Obama like McCain did. Because they know that Obama is in huge trouble and that a fearless challenger like Perry will topple him.

And don’t forget that the media said that Democrat Jimmy Carter was a shoo-in for re-election just five months before Ronald Reagan drubbed him in November 1980.

Here are some of the Get Perry questions with a Perry response and a Nikitas3.com comment after each response.

WILLIAMS: Governor Perry…  You have touted your state’s low taxes, the lack of regulation, tough tort reform as the recipe for job growth in the Lone Star State, but Texas ranks last among those who have completed high school, there are only eight other states with more living in poverty, no other state has more working at or below the minimum wage. So is that the kind of answer all Americans are looking for? PERRY: Actually, what Americans are looking for is someone who can get this country working again. And we put the model in place in the state of Texas. When you look at what we have done over the last decade, we created 1 million jobs in the state of Texas. At the same time, America lost 2.5 million. So I will suggest to you that Americans are focused on the right issue, and that is, who on this stage can get America working? Because we know for a fact the resident of the White House cannot. Nikitas3.com comment: Notice Williams never mentioned who controls the schools in Texas – the Democrat teacher unions. Or the role that Obama has played in making people poor all across America, including Texas.

WILLIAMS: Governor Perry, you clearly don’t like the Massachusetts plan as an example for other states, but Massachusetts has nearly universal health insurance. It’s first in the country. In Texas, about a quarter of the people don’t have health insurance. That’s 50 out of 50, dead last. Sir, it’s pretty hard to defend dead last. PERRY: Well, I’ll tell you what the people in the state of Texas don’t want: They don’t want a health care plan like what Governor Romney put in place in Massachusetts. What they would like to see is the federal government get out of their business. For Medicaid, for instance — as a matter of fact, I bet Mitt and Jon would both agree — and I know Newt would, as well — Medicaid needs to be block-granted back to the states so that we can use the innovation in the states, come up with the best ways to deliver health care.  My wife is a nurse. And I’ll promise you, we understand that if we can get the federal government out of our business in the states when it comes to health care, we’ll come up with ways to deliver more health care to more people cheaper than what the federal government is mandating today with their strings attached, here’s how you do it, one-size-fits-all effort out of Washington, D.C.  That’s got to stop. And I’ll promise you: On day one, as the president of the United States, that executive order will be signed and Obamacare will be wiped out as much as it can be. Nikitas3.com comment: Notice how the elites can never explain why so many Americans are moving into Texas and out of  ultra-liberal states. So health insurance is something the elites must harp on to keep the focus off of Obama and the dire state of the economy in America and in places like Illinois, where Obama comes from.

HARRIS: Governor, quick follow-up. Why are so many people in Texas uninsured? PERRY: Well, bottom line is that we would not have that many people uninsured in the state of Texas if you didn’t have the federal government. We’ve had requests in for years at the Health and Human Services agencies to have that type of flexibility where we could have menus, where we could have co-pays, and the federal government refuses to give us that flexibility. We know for a fact that, given that freedom, the states can do a better job of delivering health care. And you’ll see substantially more people not just in Texas, but all across the country have access to better health care. Nikitas3.com comment: Notice that nobody asked Perry to expound upon his dramatic reforms of the medical tort system in Texas, which has led to a flood of doctors moving into Texas or returning to Texas.

HARRIS: Governor Perry, you said you wrote the book Fed Up to start a conversation. Congratulations. It’s certainly done that in recent weeks. In the book, you call Social Security the best example of a program that “violently tossed aside any respect for states’ rights.” We understand your position that it’s got funding problems now. I’d like you to explain your view that Social Security was wrong right from the beginning.  PERRY: Well, I think any of us that want to go back and change 70 years of what’s been going on in this country is probably going to have a difficult time. And rather than spending a lot of time talking about what those folks were doing back in the ’30s and the ’40s, it’s a nice intellectual conversation, but the fact is we have got to be focused on how we’re going to change this program. And people who are on Social Security today, men and women who are receiving those benefits today, are individuals at my age that are in line pretty quick to get them, they don’t need to worry about anything. But I think the Republican candidates are talking about ways to transition this program, and it is a monstrous lie.  It is a Ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years old today, you’re paying into a program that’s going to be there. Anybody that’s for the status quo with Social Security today is involved with a monstrous lie to our kids, and it’s not right. We’re about fixing things. You can either have reasons or you can have results. And the American people expect us to put results in place.  You cannot keep the status quo in place and not call it anything other than a Ponzi scheme. It is. That is what it is. Americans know that, and regardless of what anyone says, oh, it’s not — and that’s provocative language — maybe it’s time to have some provocative language in this country and say things like, let’s get America working again and do whatever it takes to make that happen. Nikitas3.com comment: Perry now has boldly introduced the subject that Democrats fear most – that Social Security is unsustainable. And Perry will win the White House on this issue because a majority of Americans want this problem addressed. Obama will simply keep driving the car over the cliff.

DIAZ BALART: And, Governor, I’d like to ask you, border state governor, what specifically, in your mind, would make the border secure?  PERRY: Well, the first thing you need to do is have boots on the ground. We’ve had a request in to this administration since June — or January of 2009 for 1,000 border patrol agents or National Guard troops, and working towards 3,000 border patrol. That’s just on the Texas border.  There’s another 50 percent more for the entire Mexican border. So you can secure the border, but it requires a commitment of the federal government of putting those boots on the ground, the aviation assets in the air.  We think predator drones could be flown, that real-time information coming down to the local and the state and the federal law enforcement. And you can secure the border. And at that particular point in time, then you can have an intellectually appropriate discussion about immigration reform.  For the President of the United States to go to El Paso, Texas, and say that the border is safer than it’s ever been, either he has some of the poorest intel of a president in the history of this country, or he was an abject liar to the American people. It is not safe on that border. Nikitas3.com comment: This is what the Democrat left is terrified of – that somebody actually will seal the border and that Americans will see that it is easily done. Most Americans want the border sealed. Perry will win many votes on this issue alone.

WILLIAMS: Governor Perry, you missed this at the last debate. At the previous debate, everyone on stage raised their hand to say they would — I want to get this exactly right — not have accepted a debt deal that included $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. We’ve been anxious to get you on the record now that you have jumped into this. Would you take that deal?  PERRY: I join my fellow participants here. What we should have been looking at is a way to get the spending under control and capping it, cutting it, and getting a balanced budget amendment. When you get a balanced budget amendment in Washington, D.C., you will finally start getting the snake’s head cut off. I mean, the fact of the matter is, until you get a balanced budget amendment — I don’t care whether Democrats or Republicans are going to be in control in Washington, D.C. — balanced budget amendment, and then the American people can go to sleep at night with a little more comfort that they’re going to wake up and not be broke in the morning. Nikitas3.com comment: Productive Americans – excluding tens of millions of Democrat freeloaders and welfare cheaters – want this budget tamed. This issue will win for Perry.

HARRIS: Governor Perry… you do have a difference of opinion about climate change. Just recently in New Hampshire, you said that weekly and even daily scientists are coming forward to question the idea that human activity is behind climate change. Which scientists have you found most credible on this subject? PERRY: Well, I do agree that there is — the science is — is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at — at — at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet, to me, is just — is nonsense. I mean, it — I mean — and I tell somebody, I said, just because you have a group of scientists that have stood up and said here is the fact, Galileo got outvoted for a spell.  But the fact is, to put America’s economic future in jeopardy, asking us to cut back in areas that would have monstrous economic impact on this country is not good economics and I will suggest to you is not necessarily good science. Find out what the science truly is before you start putting the American economy in jeopardy.  HARRIS: Just to follow up quickly. Tell us how you’ve done that.  Are there specific — specific scientists or specific theories that you’ve found especially compelling, as you… PERRY: Let me tell you what I find compelling, is what we’ve done in the state of Texas, using our ability to regulate our clean air. We cleaned up our air in the state of Texas, more than any other state in the nation during the decade. Nitrous oxide levels, down by 57 percent. Ozone levels down by 27 percent.  That’s the way you need to do it, not by some scientist somewhere saying, “Here is what we think is happening out there.” The fact of the matter is, the science is not settled on whether or not the climate change is being impacted by man to the point where we’re going to put America’s economics in jeopardy. Nikitas3.com comment: Perry should throw this nonsense back in their media faces every time and call for the construction of hundreds of nuclear power plants to generate energy efficiently and to put dirty coal-burning plants out of commission. He should continue to stand firm against the hoax of ‘global warming’ because increasing majorities of Americans no longer believe it either.

WILLIAMS: Governor Perry, a question about Texas. Your state has executed 234 death row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times. Have you… (APPLAUSE)  Have you struggled to sleep at night with the idea that any one of those might have been innocent?  PERRY: No, sir. I’ve never struggled with that at all. The state of Texas has a very thoughtful, a very clear process in place of which — when someone commits the most heinous of crimes against our citizens, they get a fair hearing, they go through an appellate process, they go up to the Supreme Court of the United States, if that’s required.  But in the state of Texas, if you come into our state and you kill one of our children, you kill a police officer, you’re involved with another crime and you kill one of our citizens, you will face the ultimate justice in the state of Texas, and that is, you will be executed.  WILLIAMS: What do you make of… (APPLAUSE)  What do you make of that dynamic that just happened here, the mention of the execution of 234 people drew applause?  PERRY: I think Americans understand justice. I think Americans are clearly, in the vast majority of — of cases, supportive of capital punishment. When you have committed heinous crimes against our citizens — and it’s a state-by-state issue, but in the state of Texas, our citizens have made that decision, and they made it clear, and they don’t want you to commit those crimes against our citizens. And if you do, you will face the ultimate justice. Nikitas3.com comment: Perry understands that most Americans do not believe in the media soft-on-crime template, that they indeed are fed up with crime and lax treatment of criminals. That is how he will win the White House. By going against the media who are in low repute among Americans.

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