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Mitt Romney Goes After "Career Politician" Rick Perry



Shots fired:
Romney, in a speech he's delivered to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) conference in San Antonio [ahem, in Texas], will stress his private sector experience as the major factor qualifying him for the presidency.

Romney also decried "career politicians," a subtle shot at Perry, who's held public office continuously since 1985.

"I am a conservative businessman. I have spent most of my life outside of politics, dealing with real problems in the real economy," Romney said. "Career politicians got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out!"

Romney's private sector résumé is emerging as one of the key ways Romney, the dethroned front-runner in the Republican presidential primary, is distinguishing himself from Perry, who's ascended to front-runner status. Two recent national polls showed the Texas governor as the leading choice of Republicans for a presidential candidate.
My emphasis.

Can you blame Romney? Perry has been ahead of Romney in nearly all recent polls, so Mitt needs to do something to get some attraction and make the needle start to head back in his direction.

Hitting Governor Perry as a "career politician" is a good start.

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