Perry News Conference Disrupted; TN Demos Critique Him

Lifted from the News-Sentinel:
As an impromptu Knoxville press conference was winding down, two unidentified men with video cameras made disruptive statements about the constitution and told Texas Gov. Rick Perry to stay out of Tennessee.
Perry responded that he’ll be back plenty of times.
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Perry shelled out a minimum of $1,000 per person to have breakfast this morning with the party frontrunner for the 2012 election at a campaign fundraiser at Fox Den Country Club in West Knoxville.
Perry, 61, arrived in a two-vehicle motorcade at Fox Den Country Club, 12284 N. Fox Den Drive, at 8:45 a.m. for the breakfast.
The event was closed to the media.
But in a 10-minute press conference, outdoors by the clubhouse, Perry focused on jobs.
He was asked to name his No. 1 priority.
“Jobs, how to get America working again,” Perry said. “If we talk about anything other than that, that’s a diversion.
“Until we have the economy growing, nothing else really matters.”
About 150 people attended the fundraiser, according to campaign manager Robert Black.
During a whirlwind tour today, Perry will attend a luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., then head to Wheeling, W.Va., then Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Tennessee Democratic Chairman Chip Forrester has targeted Perry in an attack news release. It’s available below.

News release from Tennessee Democatic Party:
NASHVILLE – With Rick Perry stopping in Tennessee for fundraisers in Memphis and Knoxville this week, Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester released the following statement:
“Rick Perry won’t be shy today about applauding his own record in Texas. But what he won’t tell you is the truth about what his administration has meant for middle-class Texans. When it comes to delivering for middle-class families, this cowboy is all hat and no cattle.
“When he talks about the Texas economy, just remember that growth has been driven by factors beyond his control – like rising oil prices and increased federal military spending. He’s borrowed at a faster rate than the federal government, relied on the Recovery Act to cover budget shortfalls, and public sector growth has far outpaced the private sector in Texas – an interesting dynamic for a man who likes to tout the power of private businesses to create jobs.
“The fact is that under his leadership, Texas is tied for the highest percentage of minimum-wage jobs in the country and while he has been governor, Texas dropped from 30th to 47th in median household income. Middle-class families under Governor Perry are working just as hard to provide for their families, but for less money than when he took office. While Rick Perry tries to garnish his conservative credentials and pander to the tea party, middle-class families in his own state are hurting – that’s not leadership, and it’s not what Tennessee families need to get them through these tough economic times.
“Tennesseans need answers to problems facing our country, not another politician following the lead of John Boehner and the Tea Party-Republicans in Congress and taking notes from do-nothing Republicans like Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. President Obama has a plan to create jobs in America now and to get Tennessee working again. Until Republicans like Mitt Romney and Rick Perry ditch the Tea Party and put forth a plan that will help put middle-class Tennesseans back to work like the president, they should hold off on excessive self-congratulation.”

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