The Obama administration is refuting that claim, calling it a 'tall tale.' Below is the text of an email that was sent to Obama supporters.
- "Rick Perry is on the presidential campaign trail touting his record of giving a leg up to corporate special interests as some kind of "Texas miracle" that has created jobs.
In Texas, of course, we know this so-called "miracle" is a tall tale. For most middle-class families, it feels like we're working harder and harder under Gov. Perry, but falling further behind. We have the highest percentage of hourly workers earning minimum wage or less -- and our median household income has fallen to 47th in the nation.
So while the media continues its honeymoon with Rick Perry, those of us who have actually experienced his failed policies firsthand have a personal responsibility to make sure the rest of the country knows the truth about his record.
Let's send a signal by giving Gov. Perry a special welcome to the presidential race. Join fellow Texans in making a $5 donation to the Obama campaign today.
We've seen this movie before. A Republican governor from Texas decides to run for president on a record of "results."
If we don't stop him, we'll see an ending that's all too familiar: corporations make huge profits while good jobs get shipped overseas, and middle-class families are left hoping for a miracle that never comes.
It's up to us to introduce folks around the country to the Rick Perry we know in Texas: the man who supports the Tea Party plan to end Medicare as we know it, who would cut K-12 education spending and important investments in research and jobs, and who's so far out of the mainstream on climate change that he actually believes the globe is cooling.
Perry's going to try to outrun the truth in this race for president -- so those of us who know who he is and what he stands for need to make sure it catches up to him as fast as it can.
We can't stand by while Rick Perry tries to do to America what he's done to Texas -- help by donating $5 or more to President Obama's campaign today: