Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is poking fun at rival Rick Perry’s yet-to-be seen jobs plan, releasing a mock version Thursday that’s filled with some stiff criticism from pundits, hundreds of blank pages and a picture of the Texas governor wearing a grin as he points a pistol toward the smoke-filled sky.
“The headline in today’s Texas Tribune reads, ‘Perry Campaign Says Economic Specifics Can Wait,’” the Romney camp says in an email blast. “However, we happen to have obtained a copy of Gov. Perry’s economic plan.”
Billed as the first edition of “Rick Perry’s Plan to Get American Working Again,” the fake plan can be found on Mr. Romney’s website.
Aside from the blank pages, the Romney camp highlights some of the stiff criticisms that political commentators have recently showered on Mr. Perry.
In the quasi-prologue “Early Praise for Rick Perry,” they point out that the Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan wrote that in his first foray into foreign policy Mr. Perry “looked like a cheap, bass-playing buffoon,” and that Fox News political analysts Brit Hume said that Mr. Perry “really did throw up all over himself in the debate.”
Then the opening page, meanwhile, is entitled “Major Domestic Speech,” which is broken down into five bullet points that highlight some of Mr. Perry’s recent remarks.
Among them are, “Don’t spend all the money;” “Zero personal income tax is good;” and “If the plaintiffs are paid in coupons, then we think it only fair and equitable that the lawyers are paid in coupons as well.”
From there, the remainder of the 114-page document is entirely blank.
The jobs issue has dominated much of the GOP presidential race. A recent jobs report showing that the economy did not add any net jobs in August has helped drive home the point.
Mr. Perry and Mr. Romney have battled for the mantle of jobs guru, with the Texas governor contrasting his strong record on job creation in Texas against the record of the former Massachusetts governor. Mr. Romney has tried to chip away at Mr. Perry’s record of success by suggesting his rival was dealt “four aces” in Texas that included low regulation, no state income tax, a Republican-run legislature, and a booming energy sector. He’s also contrasted Texas’ high unemployment rate with his record in the Bay State.
Mr. Romney released a jobs plan last month in Las Vegas, where he called for a broad rewrite of the federal tax code, cutting regulations and argued that China is manipulating its currency and must face consequences if it does not abide by international trade rules.
Mr. Perry, meanwhile, promised in the last debate that he would eventually be offering his own jobs plan.
“Well, you’ll see a more extensive jobs plan, but the fact of the matter is you look at the state of Texas and see what we’ve done there,” Mr. Perry said.