Friday, September 9, 2011
BREAKING: Rick Perry and Ron Paul get intense during Republican presidential debate
Rick Perry makes a finger-wagging point to Ron Paul during an ad break in the Republican presidential debate
There appears to be little love lost between the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, and the longtime Texas representative Ron Paul.
As these photos show, during an ad break in the middle of the Republican presidential debate, Perry appears to have given Paul a piece of his mind, with the Texas governor above making a forcible gesture to Paul while gripping his wrist.
Before Wednesday night's debate, Paul's campaign launched a series of attacks on Perry's political career, including a hard-hitting TV ad, and followed with some snippy comments by Paul during the debate itself.
Several photographers captured the scene on stage at the Ronald Reagan Library – and of course there's no way of knowing what was being discussed. But given Paul's recent attacks, I'm guessing it wasn't about the chances of the Texas A&M football team this season.
What's strange about of all of this is that in previous debates, Ron Paul has been content to do his own thing, extolling his brand of libertarianism and staying out of the dogfight. That included a savage attack by Rudy Guiliani in 2007. But something has changed that has drawn Paul's ire by Perry compared with the obviously more moderate Mitt Romney.
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