Perry: 'It's Fun to Poke' Obama

He formally rolls out tax plan in South Carolina
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2011 12:07 PM CDT
Perry: Romney Is a 'Fat Cat,' Birtherism a 'Great Distraction'
Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the ISO Poly Films plant Tuesday in Gray Court, S.C.   (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

(Newser) – Rick Perry's busy day, one being perceived as his camp's attempt to recharge his flagging campaign, continues in South Carolina as he rolls out his flat tax plan. A key quote from his speech:

  • “Taxes will be cut across all income groups in America, and the net benefit will be more money in Americans’ pockets with greater investment in the private economy."

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His "Cut, Balance, and Grow" plan puts him to the right of Mitt Romney on fiscal policy, notes the Washington Post. (He wrote about the plan in the Wall Street Journal.) In an earlier interview with the New York Times, Perry said he wasn't bothered that it benefits the rich. "What I care about is them having the dollars to invest in their companies."
Other tidbits:

  • On Romney: "I consider him to be a fat cat. I consider what Mitt’s doing kind of nibbling around the edges. I consider what we’re doing bold."
  • On Obama's birth certificate: " It’s a good issue to keep alive. ... It’s fun to poke him a little bit and say, 'Hey, let’s see your grades and your birth certificate.' I don’t have a clue about where the president—and what this birth certificate says. But it’s also a great distraction. "
(Read more Rick Perry stories.)

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