Perry: “I haven’t backed off anything in my book” (AUDIO)

Texas Governor Rick Perry held a brief news conference this evening in Des Moines.  Earlier today in Ottumwa he was asked about Social Security, and he repeated that it was a “Ponzi scheme” and a “monstrous lie” to younger generations who are contributing into the system.

During the news conference, Perry said this at the six-and-a-half minute mark:  “I haven’t backed off anything in my book, so read the book again and get it right, so next question.”

Pressed at the 9:50 mark on the issue of Medicare, Perry responded: “I never said it was unconstitutional. Look, I look at Medicare just like I look at Social Security. They’re programs that aren’t working and we ought to have a national conversation about it. You know, those that have said I said they’re unconstitutional, have ’em read the book. That’s not what I said.”

Here’s some background on the backing off issue.

The first question during the news conference was about ethanol and Perry repeated what he’d told the corn growers earlier today.

AUDIO: Perry’s news conference 12 min

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. Ask Perry WHY he caved to the feds, why the people of Texas, and the state reps wanted to ban TSA gropes! Yet Perry used procedural measures to block the people’s will, as soon as Obama and the Feds threatened him. This was a weak response from a man who is “Fed Up.” He could have been the Republican shoe-in if he only stood his ground for the people of Texas!

    Rick Perry is a political hack, who doesn’t have the stomach to stand up to DC. The sooner that is exposed, the better.


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