Perry Seeks Cuomo Debate Post-’Ooops’

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

It sounds like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking to get past his “sorry, oops” moment in a Republican presidential debate that helped tank his 2012  campaign, and he’s looking for New York Gov.  Andrew Cuomo to help him out.

Perry, in New York City today to convince businesses to move to Texas, said he’d like to have a “thoughtful conversation, debate” over the economic policies of the two states with Cuomo.

“It’d be a thoughtful, constructive conversation for the country to watch,” Perry said in an interview on an Albany radio station.

Perry says lower taxes and less regulation are driving businesses, and people, to Texas while they’re fleeing New York, where taxes are higher. He credits Cuomo with cutting taxes, though said the Democrat’s efforts haven’t been enough.

“I go to fish where the fish are, that’s one of the things my grandfather taught me,” Perry said of his reason for coming to New York to meet with business owners. “New York has been a target-rich environment, and it will continue to be a target rich environment.”

Perry, who isn’t seeking another term as governor, said he’ll make a decision on running for president in 2015. His 2012 effort fell apart after he couldn’t recall the name of one of three federal agencies that he believes should be shut down.

“Sorry, oops,” he told the moderator when he couldn’t name it.Cuomo faces re-election in November and has been discussed as a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

Cuomo, facing re-election in November, has been discussed as a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.

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