Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) dismissed Internet rumors that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) had tried to intimidate him during a commercial break at the Republican presidential debate Wednesday night, saying no “cross words” were exchanged between the two.
A Reuters picture snapped during the break showed Perry walking up to Paul’s lectern, grasping Paul’s arm, and pointing his finger in the congressman’s face.
But at a campaign event Thursday, Paul laughed about the exchange.
Paul said everyone — “my kids included” — had been writing to him to find out what had happened when the men spoke.
“Truth is, I wish it were a much more interesting story,” Paul said. “I don’t even recall the moment that was occurring and I don’t remember exactly what he said and we didn’t have any cross words.”
During the debate, Paul and Perry openly bickered, a surprise to political analysts who had never seen Paul so aggressively attack another candidate — nor seen a GOP front-runner engage his attacker back in such a manner. Paul criticized Perry’s job-creation record in Texas, and highlighted Perry’s support of Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonDems unveil infrastructure plan, reach out to Trump Sanders: Trump ignored millions by moving forward with pipelines The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE’s attempt at universal healthcare legislation in 1994.
Perry responded by saying that Paul had quit the Republican Party in 1988 over a feud with then-President Ronald Reagan. Although Paul was an early supporter of Reagan, he was highly critical of Republican deficit spending in the 1980s.
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