Mitt Romney just went all Kenny Rogers on Rick Perry at the CNN/Tea Party debate, continuing to challenge Rick Perry’s jobs record while Perry has been governor of Texas.
“If you’ve got four aces, that doesn’t necessarily make you a great poker player,” Romney said.
Romney’s remark came in response to a question about how each of the eight candidates would improve the economy. He said that Perry had operated under favorable conditions in Texas, including the absence of a state income tax, plentiful oil and gas reserves, and a GOP Legislature.
The former Massachusetts governor initially resisted criticizing Perry on jobs, but was egged on by moderator Wolf Blitzer. Perry helpfully put his hand on Romney's arm as Blitzer pressed him.
But Perry was less amused after Romney’s answer. “You were doing pretty good until you got to talking poker,” he deadpanned.