Gov. Perry reacts to News 8 interview with President Obama




Posted on April 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 21 at 5:30 PM

DALLAS - Reaction from across the country poured in Tuesday regarding News 8's exclusive interview with President Barack Obama Monday at the White House.

The president talked about his deficit reduction plan, no shuttle for Texas and Republicans in the state.

One of those who voiced a reaction to the interview the day after was Gov. Rick Perry, who is a frequent critic of the president. The escalating war of words between them continues regarding federal dollars and Texas.

After a barrage of criticism for the past two years from Perry on federal spending and debt, Mr. Obama took the opportunity to offer his view of Perry's governing, and on Texas taking federal stimulus dollars.

“Gov. Perry helped balanced his budget with about $6 billion worth of federal help, which he happily took, but then started blaming the members of Congress who had offered that help," Mr. Obama said. "So, I think that there's a little inconsistency there."

Perry, in Austin at a business conference Tuesday, did sign the budget balanced with billions of stimulus money two years ago.

Told of the president's comments, Perry responded to the presidential charge of hypocrisy.

“We are a donor state," he said. "I would be happy if they send us back what we send up there. So, the idea that Texas is somehow not going to receive money back, now we don't want money that has strings attached to it.”

Perry has also accused the president of putting Texas in the "crosshairs" with policies like the health care law and EPA enforcement of greenhouse gases on Texas oil and gas businesses.

When News 8 asked Mr. Obama if he put the state in the “crosshairs,” he laughed and said, “no.”

“No, I'm not a big fan of Washington, D.C.," Perry said. "I think they have taken way too much liberty in telling the states how to run their business.”

Perry will make it his business to keep criticizing the president as Mr. Obama swings into his re-election campaign in which he says he will not write off Texas