ANDERSON, S.C. - Texas Gov. Rick Perry picked up the attacks on Mitt Romney this morning, trying to capitalize off the former Bain Capital executive's comment that he once feared getting a pink slip.
"Now I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips - whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital with all the jobs that they killed, I'm sure he was worried that he'd run out of pink slips," Perry told the crowd at Mama Penn's restaurant.
Perry laid into Romney for heading a company which Perry alleged eliminated hundreds of South Carolina jobs.
"There is something inherently wrong when getting rich off failure and sticking it to someone else is how you do your business and I happen to think that's indefensible," said Perry. "If you're a victim of Bain Capital's downsizing, it's the ultimate insult for Mitt Romney to come to South Carolina and tell you he feels your pain, because he caused it."
Perry cited two South Carolina companies impacted by Bain Capital's downsizing. Holson Burnes, a company controlled by Bain Capital in Gafney, shut down a photo album plant, causing 150 workers to lose their jobs after Bain Capital charged them $20 million in management fees. Perry also cited GS Industries in Georgetown, S.C., which Bain Capital merged with a company in Kansas City, resulting in the dismissal of 700 steelworkers in the two cities and the payment of $65 million in management fees.
Perry, who is looking to South Carolina to reboot his struggling campaign, also continued the attacks on Rick Santorum for voting to raise the debt ceiling eight times and supporting a number of earmarks.
But it wasn't all negative attacks Perry lobbed at his opponents. The Texas governor heaped a little praise on Ron Paul when asked if he'd be a suitable chairman of the Federal Reserve, saying Paul would be the "ideal person to head up the Fed and put a little fear in their hearts."