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Ron Paul says fellow Texan Rick Perry is 'very much the status quo'

June 16, 2011 |  4:27 pm

Rick Perry

Ron Paul was on Fox News on Thursday and said if voters are looking for change they shouldn't look to fellow Texan Rick Perry.

Paul told Fox's Neil Cavuto that Gov. Perry "doesn’t identify with the people who are disenchanted with the status quo."

Perry is "identified with the previous [George W. Bush] administration, and very much the status quo,” Paul, 75, said on "Your World with Neil Cavuto," a news program Perry had appeared on just Wednesday. 

When Perry spoke with Cavuto, the former Democrat who has yet to announce officially his intention to run for the GOP nomination for president, said he was "certainly giving it the appropriate thought process".

"He’s going to dilute the vote,” Paul warned. "But he’ll dilute the establishment vote. But the people who are sick and tired of what they’re getting in Washington, I don’t think he’s going to be that attractive to that group of people."

A  NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday showed that Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Herman Cain lead the pack of would-be GOP contenders, with Perry and Paul in the middle of the group. Romney got 30% of the support, Palin had 14%, Cain came in with 12%, while Perry and Paul had 8% and 7% respectively.

A Texas Lyceum statewide poll conducted a few weeks ago showed Paul ahead of Perry by a percentage point. But even in Texas, voters were not fawning over their local representatives. The Lone Star state gave Romney 16% of support from those polled, followed by Sarah Palin at 12%. Rep. Paul got 10% with Perry right behind him at 9%.


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Photo: Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets some of the Texas Sheriffs after speaking to members of the Sheriff's Assn. of Texas at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Monday, July 26, 2010, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Credit: Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT