The Democratic National Committee's big target is Perry's economic record, which he is using as his main selling point. He says that over the past two years, Texas has created 40 percent of all the new jobs in the United States, which is an impressive credential, given how many Americans are worried about the soaring unemployment rate. [Read: Labor Shoots Holes in Perry's Texas Miracle.]
But, in an indication of how seriously the party takes Perry as a threat, the DNC is trying to frame that record in a very negative way. In a stream of E-mails to reporters and in various media interviews, Democratic officials have released the following bill of particulars against Perry, who has vaulted into the lead as the front runner for the Republican nomination:
Democratic strategists say this is only the beginning of the party's attack on Perry's economic stewardship.
In addition, the Democratic party in Perry's home state is doing its part to define him in a negative way. As Dave Montgomery reports in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "A website sponsored by the Texas Democratic Party invites viewers to 'meet the real Rick Perry' by examining such categories as 'top 10 failures' and 'leadership scandals.' And President Barack Obama's Texas campaign director is seeking personal testimonials from Texans to help expose the governor's 'actual record' to American voters." [Read: Can Rick Perry Claim a Texas 'Jobs Miracle'?]
Hector Nieto, Texas director of Obama for America, said in E-mail to the president's Texas supporters, "It's up to us to make sure he doesn't get to run away from the truth." See Dave Montgomery's post here.