Texas Governor Rick Perry (right) came under fire at a Republican debate Monday in Florida, with rival candidates including Mitt Romney (left) slamming the Tea Party favourite for his ideas on Social Security, which Perry has called a "Ponzi scheme".
REUTERS - Republican front-runner Rick Perry came under heavy fire on Social Security, jobs and his record in Texas in a heated U.S. presidential debate on Monday as rivals tried to halt the governor’s momentum.
The lively exchanges and repeated focus on Perry reinforced his growing stature as the candidate to beat in the 2012 race for the nomination to challenge President Barack Obama.
Who is Rick Perry?
Perry, a conservative Tea Party favorite, has zoomed past Romney to lead in opinion polls since entering the race last month. He frequently drew applause from the conservative crowd at the debate, which was co-sponsored by Tea Party groups that have reshaped the U.S. political scene with their focus on limited government and reduced spending.
Date created : 2011-09-13