With President Obama in Texas today to sell his jobs bill and raise money for his campaign, Gov. Rick Perry welcomed the president to the Lone Star state with a video giving him a lesson in “Jobs 101.”
“Welcome to Texas, President Obama. While you are here, here’s a lesson on jobs,” the video reads before giving Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus plan a grade of an F.
The video then touts the “right way” to create jobs through the use of Perry’s four core principles: not spending all the money, keeping taxes low, maintaining a fair and predictable regulatory climate, and reforming the legal system to prevent frivolous lawsuits.
Boyd Richie, the chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, said Obama’s incursion into Perry’s territory in Texas shows Obama is capable of grabbing more votes than expected in the Lone Star state in 2012.
“It really shows that what’s going on that I see in the polls, that Gov. Perry wasn’t quite ready for prime time – and this guy’s for real. He’s coming into Perry’s back yard, and he’s going to do much better than people think,” Richie said. ”I think Texas is going to be competitive.”
In the opening week of his campaign, Perry criticized Obama’s previous trip to Texas, which occurred in May and included a speech in El Paso where the president touted the progress made in securing the border.
“We have strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible,” Obama said in the speech. “We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done.”
By August, however, Perry told a group of business leaders in Nashua, N.H., “Six weeks ago the president went to El Paso and said the border is safer than it’s ever been. I have no idea, maybe he was talking about the Canadian border.”