Presidential contender Rick Perry is now backing away from his statement made at last week’s GOP Florida debate that those opposed to providing taxpayer funded in-state college tuition breaks to children of illegal aliens “did not have a heart.” It was a defining moment that caused Perry’s polling numbers to plummet. The average cost to Texas taxpayers per college recipient is approximately $100,000.
“I was probably a bit over passionate by using that word and it was inappropriate,” he now says. Perry must have been too preoccupied to note the results of the Rasmussen poll taken last month which showed 81% of Americans oppose such a move in their state.
Watch as Perry’s spokesman embarrassingly spars with the senior advisor of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney‘s campaign. Apparently Perry hasn’t clued him in to his change of heart.
Perry has held fast to his opinion that building a fence along the Mexican border is irresponsible and provides no solution to the invasion. The Texas governor declared it would be expensive, ineffective and violate the property rights of those who owned land on the border. And although he stated in Florida that he supported Arizona’s popular SB 1070, at the time of its passage Perry was actually derisive of the measure.