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Perry Hits Back at Romney on Experience

Perry Hits Back at Romney on Experience

By Erin McPike - August 15, 2011


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Rick Perry responded here Monday to Mitt Romney's claims that the two-time presidential contender is better equipped than the Texan to address the nation's ailing economy by telling reporters to compare their gubernatorial records.

Asked by RealClearPolitics in Pella, Iowa, on Wednesday if he remains the best candidate for job creation with Perry in the race (given that under his watch, Texas has led the nation in job growth), Romney pointed to his 25 years of executive experience in the private sector. According to CNN, Romney doubled down on that reason again Monday in New Hampshire, telling reporters: "I think understanding how the economy works by having worked in the real economy is finally essential in the White House and I hope people recognize that."

He continued: "I respect the other people in this race but I think the only other person that has that kind of extensive private sector experience besides me in the Republican race is Herman Cain, and I respect Herman Cain but I also think it's helpful to have that government experience that I've had."

Asked when touring the Iowa State Fair what he thought of that jibe, Perry first dodged the question by blowing kisses at the cameras swarming him and saying, "Give him my love. Give him my love."

Turning more serious, Perry explained: "Running a state is different from running a business." He suggested that it presented an apples-and-oranges comparison.

"Take a look at his record when he was governor; take a look at my record when I was governor," Perry said of Romney. "That's apples to apples."

Erin McPike is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at emcpike@realclearpolitics.com. Follow her on Twitter @ErinMcPike.

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