Perry's White House claim disconnected from reality
By W. Gardner Selby
Published on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 10:34 a.m.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who seems to relish bashing Washington, suggested a complete lack of outreach by President Barack Obama and the White House in a Fox News Channel interview aired July 13.
Speaking to anchor Neil Cavuto, Perry said: "We don"t get a lot of calls from this White House." Asked about his relations with the Democrat"s administration, the Republican governor said: "I have, frankly, never had a call from them."
Perry"s remarks came after Cavuto asked the governor about federal plans to push afresh for a moratorium on the drilling of deep-water oil wells. According to a transcript posted online by Fox News, Cavuto said: "Did they consult on this? Did they consult you on this, sir, did anyone ..."
Perry: "They don't..."
Cavuto: "...run this, ‘Hey, we ought to give Rick Perry a call on this?""
Perry: "We don't get a lot of calls from this White House."
Cavuto: "Really? How would you describe your relations with the Obama administration?"
Perry: "You know, I have, frankly, never had a call from them. So they may have checked in at some staff levels that I'm not aware of."
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