Texas governor Rick Perry, who is embarking on a hard push to recapture the buzz that surrounded him when he first entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination, is doubling down on the "birther" issue and also deeming his rival Mitt Romney a "fat cat."
In an interview with John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times on Tuesday, Perry was
Perry responded, "'It's a good issue to keep alive."
"It's fun to poke him a little bit and say 'Hey, let's see your grades and your birth certificate,'" he added. "I don't have a clue about where the president -- and what this birth certificate says. But it's also a great distraction. I'm not distracted by it."
Perry also went after the man seen by political insiders as his chief rival for the nomination, Mitt Romney. (Though
Now, and he told Harwood that if Romney revives the attack, "He ought to look in the mirror. I consider him to be a fat cat."
Asked about a boon for wealthy taxpayers under his plan, Perry replied, "I don't care about that."
"What I care about is them having the dollars to invest in their companies, to go out and maybe start a business because they got the confidence again 'cause they actually get to keep more of what they work for," he said. "Those that want to get into the class warfare and talk about, oh my goodness, there are going to be some folks here who make more money out of this, or have access to more money, I'll let them do that."
Perry's attack on Romney comes as the Texas governor tries to recover after a series of poor debate performances helped reduce his standing to just 6 percent support in the latest CBS News poll.
Perry, the only candidate who can compete with Romney in terms of fundraising, is