Texas Gov. Rick Perry told Florida conservatives what they wanted to hear on Friday, as the front-runner tried to reassert himself in the battle for the Republican nomination.
The day after Perry had a less than stellar performance at the Fox News/Google GOP presidential debate in Orlando, Fla., he returned to familiar ground, tossing conservatives the kind of red meat on which they feasted.
Perry attacked his leading rival, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Obama administration, government regulation, taxes and even $16 muffins as he preached to what should be a core group supporting his presidential bid. He even got in a dig against former President Bill Clinton.
Warning conservatives to look “not at who is the slickest candidate and smoothest debater,” Perry disparaged Obama as someone who “can sure talk a good game.” He then went to bring in Clinton who was so verbally slick he could “sell ice cubes to Eskimos and the next day be against ice cubes,” Perry said.
If citing Clinton was bringing out an old target for the conservative audience, Perry also had a moment of positive reinforcement, quoting former President Ronald Reagan: “We need bold colors, not pale pastels.”