The Washington Times - October 25, 2011, 10:29PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, looking to jump-start his bid for the GOP’s presidential nomination, made a rare live appearance Tuesday on a major cable news program, Fox New’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” to pitch his new flat-tax proposal.

Mr. Perry, who unveiled the flat-tax proposal earlier in the day, covered a range of topics in the interview, including his relationship with front-runner Mitt Romney.


The Texas governor brushed aside suggestions there was real animosity between himself and Mr. Romeny, suggesting instead that he doubts his rival’s sincerity on traditional values issues, asking rhetorically: “How do you change — at the age of 50 or 60 — positions on life, positions on guns, positions on traditional marriage?”

He acknowledged to host Bill O’Reilly that he was wrong to use the word “heartless” to describe critics who have questioned a Texas law he signed that grants in-state tuition benefits to illegal immigrants.

Watch the interview here.