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Although Paul took second place in the Iowa straw poll and “forgot” Rick Perry’s name. The Los Angeles Times posted a video clip Paul’s the campaign rally, who referred to Perry as some “other” governor who planned to gain the GOP presidential bid.
Paul: So, now we have this other governor—I can’t remember his name—who’s coming in to speak with the campaign… He realizes we’re talking about the failing government, too…. I tell ya what, he makes me look like a moderate. I have never once said Bernake committed treason.
The Hill asked Paul, So, if Ben Bernanke isn’t treasonous, what is he to the Fed-hating Paul? A counterfeiter, Paul said.
I’m not a big fan of Paul. I think that everything he stands for could ruin America. But, he’s got a good sense of humor, I tell ya what.
John Stewart, whom Paul praised at his rally, snidely quipped that he didn’t understand why the media kept repeating that Bachman, Perry, and Romeny were reported the trifecta of the GOP of presidential candidates.
Stewart: With Pawlenty dropping out, Perry dropping in, and Michelle Bachmann and Ron Paul dominating, we have ourselves a race… Really? Fair to say? You’re not forgetting anyone, say, an ideologically consistent 12-term congressman who came within less than 200 votes of winning the straw poll. Isn’t anyone giving that gentleman, a little love?
Chris Wallace [Fox]: We’ve got a top tier now of Bachman, Perry, and Romney, and you know, we haven’t mentioned, and we should…
COMMENTATOR: I think that’s fair to say…
Stewart: Thank yoooooou….
Chris Wallace [Fox]: …Rick Santorum, who did really surprisingly well, for the amount of money and resources he had.
Stewart: RICK SANTORUM??? He didn’t get half of what Ron Paul got. He lost to the guy who lost so bad [Pawlenty], he dropped out of the race. SANTORUM????
CNN: ….Let’s not count out John Huntsman, now.
Stewart: WHAT??? JOHN HUNTSMAN??? Huntsman got 69 votes. If all of John Huntsman’s supporters met at the same Ames, Iowa Quiznos, the fire marshal would say, “yeah, that’s fine, no problem, there’s still some tables in the back.” Huntsman was the only Mormon running in the straw poll and he came in second with Mormons.
The statistics bear out Stewart’s statement: and the media is still ignoring Paul.
- Representative Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)
- Representative Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)
- Governor Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)
- Senator Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)
- Herman Cain (1456, 8.62%)
- Governor Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in
- Governor Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)
- Speaker Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)
- Governor Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)
- Representative Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)
As usual, Stewart is right. It would seem most of the media forgot that Paul exists, despite his impressive showing in Iowa and close second to Bachmann’s “win.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that unlike Bush and Perry families, the Texas congressman and governor do not have a bad relationship. They have no relationship at all. The article’s author noted that the two candidates met for the first time at a debate held at the Reagan library, perhaps the most significant meeting they ever had.
Paul’s top advisor, Jesse Benton, stated, They’ve never spoken a word or shaken hands
Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the two men first met at a recent Texas congressional delegation this year in Washington. Miner said, On issues that face Texas, the governor works with the entire delegation. Perry’s spokesman told press the two hardly knew each other all that well.
Political insiders state they are cannot cite specific examples of Paul and Perry working with each other. Yet, they are clearly quite familiar and unimpressed with each other: there’s an undercurrent of outright hostility.
In one of their most significant disagreements, Perry supported a Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) project, which Paul opposed. The superhighway would have connected the United States with Canada and Mexico. Paul sent an op-ed letter to constituents, who joined the ranks of detractors who believed the project would be the first step towards a Texas-style NAFTA. Proponents believed the project would threaten the American (or, more probably, Texas) economy.
The TTC Sounds like a great idea. It’s not.
Private investors were to fund the superhighway. The 4,000-mile network of the super corridor would have the width equivalent 10 American football fields. The highway would have accommodated toll way lanes (for truck for passenger vehicles), rail (freight, commuter, and high-speed rail), and utility lines Completion of this project would allow private corporations to charge public and private concerns for utility, commodity or data transmission within the corridor, essentially turning the super highway into a toll road for water, electricity, natural gas, petroleum, fiber optic lines, and other telecommunications services.
Only two days ago, Perry attempted to defend himself as best he could regarding the failed project TTC, stating alternatives would include tax increases, ask Washington for money, or wait for the asphalt fairy to get the roads built. The Spanish company, Cintra, to which Perry and an aide had connections, would have handled the operation. Had the plan succeeded, no renovation would occur on public roads, such as I-35. Inferior roads would eventually force people to take the TTC toll roads.
Some sources note a possible connection between Perry, one of his aides, and Cintra. Some speculate connections between Perry and the exclusive counsel for Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP. Rudy Giuliani, whom Perry supported as a presidential candidate, serves as senior executive partner.
Paul knew enough about the Texas Governor to write in a 2010 article that Governor Perry is a supporter of the superhighway project, and Congress has provided small amounts of money to study the proposal. Since this money was just one item in an enormous transportation appropriations bill… most members of Congress were not aware of it.
The conservative posts on Rightspeak, called the TTC Perry’s Biggest Failure and also noted that Perry is not quick on his feet. In further comments, blog authors noted that Perry is Bush lite…Sarah Palin with a skirt…a lesser version of George W. Bush—and not in a good way. Perry? Not quick on his feet? Perhaps that’s an understatement.
Whether it’s Paul or Perry, remember Molly Ivins’ advice: The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president, please pay attention!
No wonder Paul “forgot” Perry’s name. You don’t have to support Ron Paul, but what do you think of his TTC position and covert criticism of Perry?