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Perry Takes on Trump

Publius · Jul. 17, 2015

Rick Perry needs to make the cut for the GOP presidential debates. One thing he’s doing is going after Donald Trump — on immigration, where Perry’s pretty strong. He issued a statement blasting the blowhard billionaire. Given that three-fourths of country views Trump as not a serious candidate, this is a smart play.

“Donald Trump continues to demonstrate his fundamental misunderstanding of border security. Make no mistake — border security is a federal responsibility, but when I met with President Obama last year and it became clear he would not act, I told him if he would not secure the border, Texas would. Rather than thanking Texas for stepping into a gap it shouldn’t have to fill, Mr. Trump has made clear that he believes the states should fend for themselves on border security. Not only is this wrong, it perpetuates the same failed policies that have left our southern border porous and vulnerable.

I have a message for my fellow Republicans and the independents who will be voting in the primary process: what Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism — a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.

America doesn’t need another president who pays lip service when issues of national security are at stake. America doesn’t need another president who will pass the buck on border security. We need a president who will finally act to secure the border after decades of failed leadership in Washington, D.C. And Mr. Trump has done nothing to prove that he is the president America needs.”

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