COMMENTARY | According to the New York Observer, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is traveling to New York on one of his business and jobs rustling raids, challenged that state’s governor Andrew Cuomo to “a thoughtful conversation, a debate.”
The debate would be on economic policies, jobs, and the different ways that states like Texas and New York approach those questions. Perry noted that despite the recent establishment of no tax zones for businesses, companies and the jobs and wealth they generate are still flowing out of New York for states like Texas.
Perry did have some kinder words for the thinking behind the tax free zones as well as Cuomo’s warm support for charter schools. He was somewhat scathing about New York’s opposition to hydraulic fracking, noting that next door Pennsylvania permits the practice. His comparison between the two states was pointed. “It’s like East Berlin and West Berlin used to be during the cold war.”
While it is unknown what Cuomo who, like Perry, is mentioned as a possible candidate for president of the United States thinks of a debate between the two governors, the reaction of Danny Kanner, a spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association, was more than a little snarky. He provided a link to a video of Perry’s infamous “oops” moment during a presidential debate and suggested that the Texas governor should avoid having debates with anyone.
Perry has blamed his poor debate performance on insomnia brought on by a back injury with which he was dealing at the time. That being the case, he is likely to perform better in public, as he has in governor’s races before the infamous “oops” incident.
Perry, who has been governor of Texas since 2001 when then Governor George W. Bush was sworn in as president, is retiring at the end of his current term.