On the surface, this makes Perry appear out of touch. The problem, though, is the video leaves out the part questioning if Texas is in a recession thus putting the remarks completely out of context. As KHOU.com reported,
"Why is Texas recession-proof?” ... “Just today, I think, Michael, you said someone had put out a report that the first state coming out of the recession is going to be the state of Texas, and I said, ‘we’re in one?’
A spokesperson for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison confirmed that her campaign videotaped a speech by Gov. Rick Perry in Houston Thursday, and released [only] a section of video in which the Governor questioned whether Texas is in a recession.
The tape was unquestionably edited after “Are we in one?” to eliminate the words, “but seriously….” So the answer to the [question] “Is the Perry videotape a dirty trick?” is yes.
“Don’t take ten seconds out of a 30 minute speech and say ‘that’s what he meant,’” Patrick said. “What he was saying tied into what he said earlier-- that we created more jobs in 2008 than all other states combined, that Caterpillar moved its headquarters here and that 1,500 people a day move to Texas. He was talking about how Texas is still in relatively better shape than almost any other state.”
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