EASTON, Md, September 8, 2011 — We have all heard of strong-arm tactics, and during the commercial break at Wednesday night’s GOP Presidential debate at the Reagan Library, Texas Governor Rick Perry was observed doing just that to Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas).
A camera caught the action, but no mikes were on, so this is a perfect example of where actions speak louder than words.
First Perry confronts Paul across the podium of Ambassador Jon Huntsman. Then they stand nose to nose as Perry harangues Paul. Next he shakes his finger in Paul’s face as he grabs his arm. Then he makes one last gesture, perhaps one of giving up in the face of Ron Paul’s stoic, tight-lipped response.
So what ticked off the Governor, making him storm over to Paul during the commercial and confront him?
Probably Congressman Paul’s political ad, “Restore America Now,” that had just recently run, taking a swipe at Perry, had gotten under Perry’s thin skin. (See below)
It had to rankle that Paul was calling Rick Perry, who headed Al Gore’s 1988 Presidential campaign in Texas, Gore’s Texas cheerleader. Actually, that little dig about being a cheerleader (sounds so feminine, doesn’t it?) is a bit misleading. Perry had been a yell leader for Texas A&M Aggies, something much more masculine.
And then when they were on stage debating, Ron Paul had gone after Perry passionately, challenging his conservative credentials.
So by the time the commercial break rolled around, Perry had to be seething, and it boiled over, propelling him across the stage to confront Paul head on.
No matter whom you favor for President, after watching the dynamics of the moment, the choice is clear: If you had your druthers and had to vote for one, whom would you vote for President?
The Texas hot head or the cool guy under fire?
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