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On immigration, Rick Perry strays from tea party script



TAMPA — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry had the tea party crowd on his side at Monday night's debate, only to get booed when he espoused moderate-sounding positions on immigration.

Now the Texas governor is a target of some immigration hard-liners for voicing opposition to a border fence and defending a bill he signed that could help some illegal immigrants receive in-state tuition.

"If you're working toward your college degree, and if you are working and pursuing citizenship in the state of Texas, you pay in-state tuition there," Perry explained at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

"And the bottom line is, it doesn't make any difference what the sound of your last name is. That is the American way."

Cue the boos.

(story here)

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:24pm]


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