Governor of Texas Rick Perry and former Massachusettes governor Mitt Romney dueled over social security and job creation during the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, California.
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“Michael Dukakis created jobs three times faster than you did, Mitt,” Perry jabbed, referring to Romney’s Democratic predecessor as governor of Massachusetts.
“As a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessors created jobs at a faster rate than you did,” Romney fired back at Perry, the newcomer who has become the front-runner in the race.
The race has become more heated with a struggling economy and 9.1 percent unemployment under current president Barack Obama partnered with sinking popularity in the polls.
Perry seemed at ease on the stage, touting a record of accomplishments as Governor of Texas.
“We created 1 million jobs in the state of Texas at the same time the United States lost 2 million,” he said, adding that the issue for the nation this election season is “who on this stage can get America working. Because we know for a fact that the resident of the White House cannot.”
Perry also called social security a “Ponzi scheme” saying that young workers will never receive their benefits under the program, calling it a “monstrous lie.”
The former Massachusetts governor added, “Our nominee has to be someone who isn’t committed to abolishing Social Security.”
But Perry was unrepentant — “You cannot keep the status quo in place and call it anything other than a Ponzi scheme,” he said.