Anita Perry, campaigning Friday for her husband Rick in South Carolina, blamed President Obama for her son’s current unemployment.
“My son lost his job because of this administration,” she said, according to CNN.
Perry sought to sympathize with an unemployed voter by telling son Griffin’s story.
“My son had to resign his job because of federal regulations that Washington has put on us,” she said. “He resigned his job two weeks ago because he can’t go out and campaign with his father because of SEC regulations.”
Griffin Perry previously worked at an investment banking firm.
The Perry family has stepped into a more active role on the Texas governor’s presidential campaign in the past week, with wife Anita and son Griffin both making speeches and giving interviews on his behalf.
Both Perrys have sought to defend their candidate, who took a dive in the polls following debate performances that were widely criticized as lackluster.
Griffin Perry weighed in Tuesday on a controversial endorsement by Baptist Pastor Robert Jeffress, who called fellow GOP contender Mitt Romney a member of a “cult” due to his Mormon faith.
Perry distanced his father’s campaign from Jeffress.
“You can’t control what people who endorse you say,” Perry said, according to CNN. “Mitt Romney has said that Jesus Christ is his savior. That makes him a Christian.”
Anita Perry also quickly stepped into a controversy when she brought up her husband’s faith as a motive for some of the criticism.
“We are being brutalized by our opponents and by our party. So much of that is, I think they look at him because of his faith,” Perry said Thursday in South Carolina.
“Family members generally take these campaigns harder than anyone else,” Rick Perry told ABC on Friday.