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Rick Perry Calls Obama A Socialist During 2012 Republican Debate In New Hampshire

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry doubled down on his claim that President Barack Obama is a socialist during Sunday morning's GOP debate in New Hampshire.

"I make a very proud statement and a fact that we have a president that's a socialist," he said, in response to a question about whether he agrees with a 2011 editorial by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that said Obama should not be attacked as having un-American values.

The moderator asked if Perry agrees with that statement.

"I don't think that our founding fathers wanted America to be a socialist country," Perry continued. "So I disagree with that premise that somehow or another President Obama reflects our founding fathers. He doesn't. He talks about having a more powerful, more centralized, more consuming and costly federal government."

Perry said as governor he pushed for a stronger embrace of 10th Amendment, which says some powers should be left to the states rather than the federal government. "The states will considerably do a better job than Washington D.C. as led by this president," he said.

This was not the first time Perry has attacked Obama as a socialist. Perry ran a 30-second ad in November called "Lazy," featuring a clip of the president saying, "We've been a little bit lazy I think over the last couple of decades."

That statement is "pathetic," Perry said in the ad. "Obama's socialist policies are bankrupting America. We must stop him now."

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