Thursday, August 27, 2009

Perry lies about being at '76 Republican convention, if WSJ quote is accurate

Thanks to Martha Estes for pointing out the info from the Hutchison campaign.

" . . .in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Rick Perry talked about the 1976 Republican convention and Ronald Reagan. Perry said that people at the convention "were looking around and saying 'we nominated the wrong dude.'" The problem is that Rick Perry was a Democrat in 1976, he voted for Jimmy Carter that year, and he remained a Democrat until 1989. Not only would he not have voted for Reagan in 1976 had he been the nominee, but Rick Perry remained a Democrat throughout the Reagan years."

If it's not lying from Perry about "looking around" at the Republican convention and "we" nominating the wrong dude, it is at least a huge misrepresentation. Paraphrasing the old commercial, "It's not nice to fool with the Wall Street Journal."

Can he get away with this? Does it make enough people mad enough to deprive Perry of enough votes to get re-elected? We'll see.


Edward said...

Please reference the atricl in the WSJ.

He made no such allusion to being there HIMSELF... merely that the sentiment was reported.

I could say about Obama adressing the DNC in 2004, but that doesn't mean i was there to witness it firsthand!

Edward said...

READ THE ARTICLE! -you can easily find in on WSJ.

He made NO allusion to being there HIMSELF... merely that such sentiments were reported.

I could say the same about Obama at the 2004 DNC, it doesn't mean that I was there to witness it firsthand!

suzeekew said...

Here is the link to the WSJ article. It's long--hope it all comes through:

Here is the quote in question:
" I have not seen another person who invigorated the Republican base [like she did] with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan in 1976—the speech he made at the Republican Convention. People were looking around and saying, 'we nominated the wrong dude.'"

I maintain that Perry places himself there by saying "I have not seen . . ."--using the first person, and then giving what seems to be a personal remembrance: "People were looking around," then he again places himself there, saying "We nominated . . ."