By Gary P Jackson
From Ben Smith:
After an appearance in Newton, Iowa today, Rick Perry denied to an unidentified woman that he’d ever supported the 2008 bank bailout known as TARP.
“No Ma’am,” he told her.
“I thought I saw a letter where you had written encouraging the support of TARP legislation,” he persisted.
“You saw wrong,” he replied flatly, as shown in this video, taken by a tracker, of this morning’s event.
And now for something completely different:
In An Interview On KSEV 700 AM, Rick Perry Touts His Letter In Support Of TARP:
Perry: As a matter of fact, I signed a letter with the Governor of West Virginia, who’s a Democrat, when September/October a year ago, when they were talking about, Oh my goodness, the economy is tanking. We’ve got to do something. We signed a letter that basically said you know don’t get all frozen up in fear, act.
I didn’t know we needed to write it out for them and say stop spending all of the money and cut the taxes. That’s the blueprint that worked. And still we got people that voted for this bailout that was in hindsight now just an absolute giveaway, didn’t help the economy at all.
In August I wrote Rick Perry Teamed Up With Democrat Governor’s Association To Pressure Congress For TARP and included text of the letters that Perry and Democrat Joe Manchin signed. Perry was acting in his official capacity as Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association. Manchin was doing the same, as the Chairman of the DGA.
This isn’t a “gaff” and Perry didn’t “misspeak” he out and out lied to the lady in the video when asked a straightforward question point blank. I’m not even sure Barack Obama could pull that off so smoothly!
What a guy!
Smith also reports Perry has tried to run away from this issue before. Read more here.
Look, Rick Perry didn’t just support TARP, he teamed up with a democrat to openly BEG Congress to pass the thing. He and his team can spin things ’til the cows come home, but the facts are the facts.
If Rick Perry would lie about something, that in the grand scheme of things, is so trivial, what else would he lie to the American people about?
This speaks to Perry’s basic character. And it doesn’t speak well at all.