Chad’s Morning Brief: Rick Perry Goes on the Offensive, Yet Few Notice and Donald Trump Talks About China and the Stock Market
Here are some of the issues that will be discussed on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show.
Perry Attacks, Few Care
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is still running for President even though the campaign is struggling on the money front. According to Bloomberg, Perry is attempting to climb out of the cellar by attacking other Republicans, but even his attacks aren't getting the attention he needs
In an impassioned speech, Perry said that while he won't "trade freedom for federal money,'' other governors have accepted Medicaid expansion under President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul to bring federal dollars back to their states despite the national debt. Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio have accepted the expansion, but Perry's most obvious target was Kasich.
"The idea that Washington has this federal pot of Ohio Medicaid money that would have gone to some other state is just nonsense,'' Perry said. "That money doesn’t come from an endless vault of money in Washington. It is borrowed from bankers in China and children in Cleveland and Columbus.''
Perry also made an apparent jab at Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker when he said it should trouble voters when a candidate "says he's pro-life but runs television ads saying abortion is a decision between a woman and her doctor.'' Walker aired such an ad during his re-election campaign last year.
The Texas governor said to be wary when candidates "rail against Common Core on the campaign trail but supported it in the capital,'' an apparent reference to the change in position by Christie and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in the face of strong conservative opposition.
Perry said while he's the only candidate with experience defending the U.S. border from illegal immigration, other candidates "want to talk a good game on border security and offer simplistic solutions like, 'Let's build a wall.'''
Perry, who was edged out by Kasich for the 10th and final spot in the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland, reportedly stopped paying some of his campaign staff earlier this month because of a lack of funds. The former Texas governor stood at just 1 percent in a recent CNN poll of likely Republican Iowa caucus participants, prompting questions about whether he'll make it to the Feb. 1 voting in the Hawkeye State.
Perry might be bringing up legitimate arguments, but no one seems to care. At this point the Perry campaign seems to be running on fumes. Can Perry become relevant again? It's possible, and I hope that will be the case. However, it's hard to see how Perry can come back even this far out from the election.
Trump Talks China
According to POLITICO, Donald Trump took advantage of a news cycle that was dominated by the up and down stock market.
As stock markets around the world plummeted Monday morning, Donald Trump saw an opportunity, batting out a series of social media posts making his case as the man to fix the global economy.
“As I have long stated, we are so tied in with China and Asia that their markets are now taking the U.S. market down. Get smart U.S.A.,” the real estate mogul and GOP presidential candidate tweeted. “Markets are crashing — all caused by poor planning and allowing China and Asia to dictate the agenda. This could get very messy! VoteTrump.”
In a short video he posted on his Instagram account, he said: “I’ve been telling everybody for a long time: China is taking our jobs, they’re taking our money, be careful, they’ll bring us down. You have to know what you’re doing. We have nobody that has a clue.”
Trump, who has presented few specific policy proposals besides his immigration plan, didn’t detail how he would fix the economy, but he did retweet some supporters who believed he could.
Republican voters like tough talk when it comes to China. Trump was smart to jump on the story of the day.
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