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April 24, 2014 - 8:46 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in New York, hoping to lure some of that state’s businesses to Texas, and causing trouble. He challenged New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate.

ALBANY – Texas Gov. Rick Perry got his business-poaching trip to New York underway Tuesday with a Texas-sized challenge to Cuomo.

Perry, during an Albany radio appearance, challenged Cuomo to a public debate on which state – New York or Texas – had the better business climate.

“I’d be more than happy to sit down and have a thoughtful conversation, a debate with Gov. Cuomo over the issues that face us as a state and talk about the economic policies and compare New York to Texas,” Perry said.

The comparison would be very one-sided. Texas has been the nation’s economic engine over the past decade, where about 30% of the nation’s jobs have been created. Texas’ small-government model stands in sharp contrast to New York’s big-government approach. But lately New York has taken to imitating Texas, with ads running nationally, and Cuomo himself making moves like this one.

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Proposing no taxes on new businesses is fine, but New York still imposes a hefty state income tax. While Texans enjoy one of the nation’s lowest tax burdens, and the state consistently ranks at or near the top for best states in which to do business, New York consistently ranks as one of the worst states to do business, because of its high tax burden and intense regulatory environment. In fact, Chief Executive magazine ranked Texas the best state for business in 2013, while New York came in at 49th, only beating out California.

It doesn’t help New York’s anti-freedom image when even its local officials try their hand at policing the speech of companies located not even in that state, but in Texas. And no one else in New York steps up to tell said official to knock it off and just leave people alone.

Progressives like Cuomo do not even believe in leaving people alone. That’s part of their problem. They come off like equal parts gangsters and bullies, mostly because that’s what they are.

Perry may or may not be running for president in 2016 (he probably is, as he’s done as governor after this fall’s elections, and still has designs on exporting Texas’ economic and regulatory model to Washington). If he does, expect people like Cuomo to hide from his record and focus on a debate flub. They will dismiss him with glib soundbites that avoid their own failures and Texas’ simultaneous achievements. Expect establishment Republicans to sneer at him while they promote yet another uninspiring middle of the roader who has little chance of winning. Some things never change.

Rick Perry isn’t perfect — one debate flub haunts him more than Hillary Clinton’s career of cover-ups and lies will ever hurt her, and his “you don’t have a heart” comment still rankles the base, as it should — but Texas has done pretty well under his leadership. Much better than New York and California have done under the leftwing, big-government, blue state model. I would think that a Perry-Walker, Walker-Perry, or versions of Perry-Jindal, Perry-Martinez etc. ticket could do well. The GOP governors have actual records of actual, tangible accomplishments. But what do I know? I keep thinking that the national GOP might look to the Texas GOP to figure out how it’s doing better with Hispanic voters than the national GOP does, and that keeps not happening year after year.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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No! You do not want to come to Texas. Stay in New York. East Texas is a mosquito-infested pestilential swamp under constant hurricane Watch, and Springsteen doesn't put on concerts for us when we have a storm. We have to dig ourselves out and we still have half of New Orleans living here. West Texas is a 120 degree desert with headless bodies turning up all the time. And they talk slow. Unsightly windmills everywhere. And there are guns all over the place. All of your neighbors will be southern baptists proselytizing your kids. No, there are no jobs, they just made that up. Stay in New York. Don't get on the ship. It's a Cook Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Whatever he may utter, Cuomo is basically saying, "Come to New York...we'll lure you in, then tax the S*** out of you."
26 weeks ago
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Thank God. There are too many blue state people moving here already.
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RevGdright is mistaken. illegal aliens notwithstanding, Texas is filled with Godfearing, decent folk, industrious and capable. Perry is a great salesman and surrounds himself with competent advisors. He is kind and generous to all, but understands that the GOP is not going to get the hispanic vote either soon or ever. If he runs for president he will need to move to the Right or be difficult to distinguish from his demonrat opponent.
25 weeks ago
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I voted for Perry as Lt. Governor, and I voted for him as Govenor every time he ran. He's done an excellent job as an executive in managing the state of Texas.

He blew the debates the last time around, because he was coming off of back surgery and was on medication. And because he wasn't ready for the national stage then. It will be different this time around.

Perry-Cruz or Perry-Walker, either is a winning ticket. We need sensible, experienced leadership in Washington. And we're not going to get it from the Democratic or the establishment Republican parties.
25 weeks ago
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Cuomo isn't much of a debater, and Perry is much better than his 2012 Presidential performances would indicate. Not to mention the facts are all on Perry's side, and Cuomo knows it very well.
26 weeks ago
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Remember when Cuomo basicly said that if you didn't think like him,to get out of N.Y?
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"his “you don’t have a heart” comment still rankles the base, as it should"

It goes well beyond "rankles". "You don't have a heart" is almost as bad as Jeb "Depraved Indifference" Bush's "It's about Love" and Perry just approved of Bush to boot.

Frack him.
26 weeks ago
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No! You do not want to come to Texas. Stay in New York. East Texas is a mosquito-infested pestilential swamp under constant hurricane Watch, and Springsteen doesn't put on concerts for us when we have a storm. We have to dig ourselves out and we still have half of New Orleans living here. West Texas is a 120 degree desert with headless bodies turning up all the time. And they talk slow. Unsightly windmills everywhere. And there are guns all over the place. All of your neighbors will be southern baptists proselytizing your kids. No, there are no jobs, they just made that up. Stay in New York. Don't get on the ship. It's a Cook Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
26 weeks ago
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Yeah. Those "western movies" aren't movies. They are documentaries! There are still roving bands of Native Americans and Mexican banditos running around shooting people. And you can't get a decent Italian meal to save your life. A pizza? Really? If it doesn't have hot peppers and a corn tortilla nobody wants to know what it is. Have you ever had a pizza made with hot peppers and corn tortillas? Don't ask. Just don't.
25 weeks ago
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It seems to me foolish of Cuomo not to agree. It would get a lot of press, and while Perry would become the public avatar of Republican-style governance, Cuomo could be set up as the avatar of Democratic-style governance…which would only help by putting a dent in Hillary’s inevitability. Debates are rarely disasters, so I’m not sure how much risk there is (and Perry isn’t exactly a crackerjack debater). Cuomo is passing up the chance of making himself the face of the 21st century Democratic Party.
26 weeks ago
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Whatever he may utter, Cuomo is basically saying, "Come to New York...we'll lure you in, then tax the S*** out of you."
26 weeks ago
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Perry did not do well in debates against fellow Republicans last year. He would do well to remember this before he starts dreaming up more debates. The man doesn't suffer from an inferiority complex? Given the choice between Dallas and. New York City, I, personally, would not choose Dallas. I am just not a Texas type person.
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The Governor recognized the issue and secured coaching. His later debates were considerably improved. Since that time he seems to have taken the time to learn a great deal more about National and International affairs. He has a wholly enviable Texas success story that's happened on his watch. He has a deep bench of fellow Texans who have worked successfully with legislators and with agencies that deal with Texas issues. Given a choice of Dark Blue Maryland or LG's Tyler, I'd select Tyler in a heartbeat.
26 weeks ago
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So he shouldn't get some practice?
Texas is huge and diverse. The Mall in Houston looks like Dubai.
New York is small and monotonous. And the climate sucks.
26 weeks ago
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Thank God. There are too many blue state people moving here already.
26 weeks ago
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Tell them there are no bagels. And as far as Texas is concerned sushi is Japanese for "bait".
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I live in SoCal and am damn sick and tired of the *constant* TV commercials touting NY as a biz-friendly state. Like a move from CA to NY would do a company any good at all...

Any business with any sense would already be outta here and on I10 East towards TX.
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