Romney Eats Arlington BBQ, Says "Country Can Learn a Lot of Lessons From Gov. Rick Perry"

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Mitt Romney, who's polling well amongst would-be GOP presidential contenders, stopped in Arlington today to grab a bite of Rudy's barbecue -- and take a bite out of President Obama, specifically his Middle East policy speech, which Romney said "threw Israel under the bus," a sound bite making the national rounds.

Romney also talked a lot about how Obama "is like the Europeans," by which I assume he means the president likes to smoke? I don't really follow politics. Anyway. Romney said that since he's in Texas, well, he might as well cop to his affection for Governor Rick Perry, who's "doing a heck of a job" by pursuing a "pro-growth agenda" that involves "getting education to work for the kids, not just the teachers' unions." Jump for the full video captured by one attendee.


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David Smith
David Smith

"One attendee," here.  And the proper term is "Heckuva."  I would have thought another former Governor taught you guys that term! ;-) A good speech by Gov. Romney.  And a special "attaboy" to Mark Davis for blabbing this "informal," intimate event to the world on the radio Thursday morning.  This was a campaign speech, not a policy-laden speech.  High on "rah, rah, rah," light on substance.  There's a lot of time for that stuff as the campaign goes on. I'd like to point out the "Amen"s in the background on the video at one point.  There were a LOT of fellow Evangelicals in attendance Thurdsay.  This after the Romney camp announced earlier in the day that Mark DeVoss, of the DeVoss Group in Atlanta, GA, had been contracted to assist in marketing Romney to Evangelicals.  I applaud this move espeically. I've told the Romney staff that if Romney wishes to exchange his title for "President," he HAS to win Texas in the Primary; if he wants to win Texas, he HAS to poll better with Evangelicals; and if he wants to win Evangelicals, he HAS to have EVANGELICALS at the top of his campaign staff, or in the ears of top campaign staffers.  Hence my excitement at Thursday's announcement. I'd also like to point out the Governor appeared at 2 pm local time.  The President's comments on Israel went public about 3 hours before.  I was only made aware of his comments at about 1 pm when a friend in attendance mentioned the President's speech to me.  So I was just a little bit impressed that Gov. Romney would appear in public, well-informed on a topic of same-day news, and addressed the issue off-script.  A political speech?  Sure.  But it showed me the dude knows what's going on, is comfortable addressing such issues off-the-cuff, and is not afraid of going toe-to-toe with the opposition. A good event.  Other Romney supporters, look me up on fb--look forward to meeting/chatting!  

Citizen Kim
Citizen Kim

Obama "is like the Europeans?"

First they tried to cast him as an African, and that didn't work.  So now he's a European? 

ConcernedinTexas
ConcernedinTexas

Yeah those crazy europeans with their free health care and high levels of education. Who do they think they are? 

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

 The Idea that folks THINK is Upsetting to the Republicans.

Jim Bob Guthrie
Jim Bob Guthrie

Was he wearing a ten gallon hat and wearing a belt buckle too?  'Cause that's how them northeasterners think we dress down here in the Lone Star State.

scottindallas
scottindallas

It is really troubling to see Romney pander so crudely.  I guess I have too good a memory, or something to vote for these guys in the general, after they've altered their message.  I'd like to hear what Romney would say.  But, that wouldn't matter either.  There's no connection between what they say and how they govern. 

Romney, like Obama hasn't strongly advocated for anything, so we'd get more status quo.  I think you have to forcefully advocate for your position to move the debate to where you are.  Look at the national security, Israel, NRA lobbies, even abortion, all those issues are beyond reproach.  Well, you're not gonna cut into any of these sacred cows without a strong mandate.  That can't happen without likely single issue voters threatening to take 10% or more of the vote away. 

Ron Paul could/may have a greater effect on this election than either party's candidate.  Just as Perot was the lone advocate for a balanced budget and drove Bush and Clinton to also swear to work towards it.  You don't have to vote for the winner for your vote to count.  I'd argue that so long as you vote for one of the two parties, your vote is utterly lost.  It's not like you get a dividend if you vote for the winning team.  But, if you vote to the extreme of your dem/rep usual, they get a stronger vote supporting the agenda goals you support in the mandate. 

ConcernedinTexas
ConcernedinTexas

Perry says he's nor running in 2012. So expect him to announce he's running soon. 

BewareNiceHairRepublicans!
BewareNiceHairRepublicans!

"getting education to work for the kids, not just the teachers' unions"

Texas doesn't have any real teachers unions, but hey, when have facts ever stopped these guys. 

ConcernedinTexas
ConcernedinTexas

The country can learn a lot from Perry? Our students cant learn from our teachers because his tax breaks in '06 has closed down our schools in '11 

concernedintexas
concernedintexas

We're 48th in the nation in Education. I dont think there's much to learn any more in Texas. 

Anon
Anon

 It's disappointing to see Romney go down this path, but maybe it's inevitable. He's one of less than a handful of Republicans that I'd consider voting for. Not if he's going to keep up with this type of crap. Schools in his home state of Mass are among the best in the nation and Texas has among the worst, but he's praising our system? Does this make any sense? 

Rt76209
Rt76209

Why is it that many people from somewere other than texas praise governor Perry, while a good chunk of those who live here (some of us of the republican bent) can't wait for him to just go away???  Does he hire, train and pay the mutual admiration society?  Do they not read?  If perry runs for anything more than dog-catcher outside the state of Texas it will be a parade of extremely well documented sketchy behavior available for the PR firm of anyone running against him. 

Scottie
Scottie

Why is the GOP all flocking to give Perry a pickle-tickle to entice him to get him in the race all of a sudden? So they can stay out of the race and keep their fat contracts with Fox News. None want to go through the rough and tumble of running, but all want to be the kingmaker.

Guest
Guest

Getting education to work for the kids and not the teachers unions that are barred by law from collectively bargaining on behalf of teachers and have effectively no impact on how the state or districts interact with children or teachers.

For all the bitching about school systems, there are several districts in this state that parents think do a good job educating their kids and, many times, families move into specific districts just so their kids can go to that district's schools. Some parents even lie about where they live so they can try to get their kids in a neighboring district's schools.

I am, admittedly, a bit biased since I am married to a teacher (though she is preparing to change careers), but I look at her suburban elementary school where students who are largely poor and many of whom are not native English speakers, and I see a great deal of success. Her school has improved test scores significantly and moved the school into an exemplary ranking after years of hard work (they weren't even recognized when she started working there five years ago).

But even with all that success, they still had to fire teachers because of budget cuts, and my wife is seeing a roughly ten percent pay cut (by losing stipends she used to get) and they're losing their incentive money. And it's expected that more teachers will have to be let go next year, too (depending on which budget finally gets adopted).

When schools are failing, trying something new is certainly warranted, but when schools are succeeding in meeting and exceeding the standards that the state has set, they still get their budgets cut and teachers who are presumably good educators are thrown out on the street with everybody else.

Success or failure gets the same results (a giant "fuck you" from a bunch of politicians with awesome hair), so why even try to succeed if success or failure makes no difference?

RS1963
RS1963

 Excellent points.

What we are experiencing in Texas is the result of electing people to the Board of Education who don't believe in public education and electing governmental officials who are anti- government. I have real sympathy for school teachers and public employees who have to put up with their "bosses" basically calling them the enemy every day. 

I'm afraid we won't see the end result of all this until 5-10 years from now, when our education system is in total shambles and the laughingstock of the country; when our air and water are totally contaminated; and when our roads are totally unusable.

But until suburban moms come their senses and realize that the Republican party in Texas has ZERO interest in what is really important to them and their families, nothing is going to change.

ConcernedinTexas
ConcernedinTexas

Very well said. I too am an educator that's calling it a day in a few weeks. Good teachers are leaving in their droves, and I consider myself one of those good teachers. I feel it's  no coincidence that we are reading more stories of young, naive teachers getting into relationships with students barely 5 years younger than them because all of the mature, experienced teachers have been burned out and frustrated to such a high level that it's just not worth affecting their health anymore. 

Bob
Bob

Romney thinks Perry is "getting education to work for the kids, not just the teachers' unions"?

By getting rid of thousands of the most experienced teachers, increasing class sizes, reducing or eliminating early childhood programs, and starving most of the school districts around the state that cannot increase their revenue to make up for Bush-recession shortfalls?

By gutting the top tier higher education systems (UT and A&M) piece by piece, regent by regent?

When the dust settles after this legislative session (or the special session(s) that will likely follow), parents, teachers, administrators, and taxpayers will be wondering what the hell our governor and his Republican super-majority Legislature have been doing since January besides presiding over the implosion of public and higher education in Texas.

And don't say that Bill White didn't warn you.

Glynn
Glynn

 OHHH MITTENS...... Trying to be cool.... With BBQ...

Robert
Robert

Limbaugh praised Rick Perry yesterday I believe. I saw Ted Nugent on Piers Morgan last night speaking well of the Governor and now Mitt Romney does the same. They all got the same GOP talking points memo I suppose from GOPAC or some similar group.

Montemalone
Montemalone

"Country Can Learn a Lot of Lessons From Gov. Rick Perry"

Yeah, what not to do, unless you're trying to shoot a coyote, or turn your state into a glow-in-the-dark trash dump. 

MattL1
MattL1

 Didn't saying that somebody is "doing a heck of a job" go out of style some years back?

Ed D.
Ed D.

The "1967 borders" idea pushed by both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton is suddenly throwing Israel under the bus? Like Romneycare, this is just another thing he was for before he was against it.

Phelps
Phelps

 The KKK just called demanding that the US pull back to the 1861 borders.

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