Move over, President Obama; Texas Gov. Rick Perry was the main target of Monday’s GOP presidential debate. The other candidates repeatedly pressed Perry about his views on Social Security and his support for vaccinating schoolgirls and allowing children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition. The candidates also challenged how much Perry is responsible for Texas’ economic growth. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, complained that his taxes had gone up while Perry had been governor and that a significant share of the job growth in Texas had been government jobs. He then joked, “I don’t want to offend the governor because he might raise my taxes or something.”
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