We can probably expect to see more of this. It will no doubt go on through the Republican convention. I mean the parade of Republican presidential wannabees now preparing to kiss up to Mitt Romney after attacking him so viciously -- and accurately -- during the seemingly interminable GOP primaries. (Which, by the way, are not officially over yet.) One of the latest to apply the chapstick and pucker up is Texas governor Rick Perry.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday affirmed his support for likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, after initially backing Newt Gingrich’s rival campaign following his own withdrawal from the race.
“Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration,” the Texas governor said in a statement. “So today I join the many conservative Republicans across the nation in endorsing Mitt Romney for President and pledge to him, my constituents, and the Republican Party than I will continue to work hard to help defeat President Obama.”
Perry praised Romney’s “vision and record of private sector success.”
His announcement came following reports that Gingrich would exit the race next week.
Gingrich is officially out as of tomorrow, and is expected to endorse Romney. It makes sense that Perry would follow Newt’s lead and endorse Romney, since he followed Newt’s lead so well in attacking Romney during the primaries.
Addressing a retiree community in South Carolina, Perry criticized Romney’s Bain Capital firm for two business deals that caused job losses in the state. He said private equity firms are “just vultures” that feed off sick companies no matter the human toll.
“I had to shake my head yesterday when one of the wealthiest men I suppose has ever run for the presidency of the United States, the son of a multimillionaire, Mitt Romney, he said ‘I know what it’s like to worry about whether you’re going to get fired. There were a couple times when I worried about whether I was going to get a pink slip.’ He actually said this,” the Texas governor said at a campaign stop in Anderson.
“I have no doubt that Mitt Romney was worried about pink slips, whether he was going to have enough of them to hand out because his company Bain Capital with all the jobs that they killed, I’m sure he was worried that he’d run out of pink slips,” he continued.
Perry brought Bain Capital’s takeover efforts home to South Carolina, saying that Bain “looted” a photo company in nearby Gaffney and a steel company further downstate in Georgetown.
"There's a real difference between venture capitalism and vulture capitalism," Perry told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity Tuesday night. "Venture capitalism we like. Vulture capitalism, no. And the fact of the matter is that he's going to have to face up to this at some time or another, and South Carolina is as good a place to draw that line in the sand as any."