From THE IOWA INDEPENDENT:
Thursday, Dallas Morning News editor Bruce Tomaso asked, in a rhetorical sort of way, just what to make of the photos of Gov. Rick Perry getting in U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s face at this week’s GOP presidential debate.
The photo, taken during a commercial break and circulated by Reuters, shows Perry with one hand clutched on Paul’s wrist, and the other up in a reprimanding wag.
The Guardian ran a three-part series of photos from the moment, including a Godfather-like hand gesture and glare that Perry followed with after former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman stepped in to, possibly, break up the scrum.
As the Guardian pointed out, Paul rarely played the attack dog in his past campaigns, but his run of ads criticizing Perry’s record has thrown him right into a fight with the coyote scourge.
But Paul’s supporters have never needed much help to get fired up, and the photos of Perry trying to boss their man around are already circulating in emails — and requests for money — from Paul campaign backers.
“If you’ve seen the photos of Rick Perry after yesterday’s debate, it sure looks like he’s ready for a fight,” reads one email from Paul’s campaign. “Well, if that’s what Rick Perry wants, let’s give him one.”
The email goes on to ask for contributions to keep airing the Paul campaign’s ad saying Perry was Al Gore’s “cheerleader in Texas,” and that Paul was one of Ronald Reagan’s few early supporters.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner told The Washington Times Thursday that the photos simply show a “cordial conversation” between the two.
On Ron Paul forums and sites, though, Paul backers weren’t buying it.
From THE TEXAS TRIBUNE:
Could the “Texas-size rivalry” revealed in the debate, when the two traded charges and counter charges, have become more heated during a commercial break? Even Paul’s supporters were worried that Perry had “assaulted” his elder fellow Texan.
Today Paul responded, revealing what really happened to a group of campaign supporters in California.
The truth, Paul said, is, “I don’t even recall the moment and I don’t remember exactly what he said. But we didn’t have any cross words.”
At least not during the break. He noted “the most challenging words” were said on stage during the debate.
You can see the photos here. If they weren’t arguing, what was Governor Little Ricky Goodhair doing? Asking Crazy Ron to dance? Taking his pulse? Maybe they were duking it out over who gets to take Botox Batshit Bachmann home.