Last November (just in time for Christmas!), Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry published a book called Fed Up, in which he essentially argues that the social safety net is unconstitutional, along with lots of consumer protections that are unpopular with corporate polluters and opportunists, but tend to be, like the social safety net, pretty popular with voters.
Whooooooooooooooooooooops! Perry's communications director, Ray Sullivan, now says that Fed Up "is not meant to reflect the governor's current views." HA HA excellent comeback! Very well thought out by a professional communications director, obviously.
Ian at ThinkProgress points out: "Fed Up is not some 20-year-old graduate school thesis that Perry wrote before he served in elected office. It is a substantial, nationally published manifesto that Perry was proudly signing at book tours just a few months ago. Indeed, as recently as last Monday, Perry was on the campaign trail citing Fed Up for the unusual proposition that 'I don't think the federal government has a role in your children's education.' After just a few days of embarrassing press, however, Perry now expects the country to believe that his entire book was not intended to be a factual statement."
Great candidate. Terrific campaign. Way to go.