Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday pointed to Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent’s assertion that the United States is becoming a tougher place to do business than China.
Without citing Kent by name, Perry said:
”When a communist country has less bureaucratic red tape than America, we might just be on the wrong track.”
Perry’s Cobb County speech before the Georgia Public Policy Foundation was his first as a presidential candidate in Georgia.
The Texas governor only cited a portion of the Coke executive’s complaint. Perry did not address Washington gridlock, which – along with an antiquated tax code – was offered by Kent as a reason for business uncertainty in the U.S.
With many Mitt Romney supporters in the room, the Texas governor also took aim at his rival, the former Massachusetts governor.
“I knew when I got into this race that I would have my hands full fighting President Obama’s big government agenda. I just didn’t think it would be in the Republican primary,” Perry said.
As with Kent, Perry didn’t call out Romney by name — which you can understand, given that the GPPF is a non-partisan organization. But you have to wonder — within a stone’s throw of the corporate headquarters — why Perry was unwilling to cite one of Georgia’s largest and most storied employers by name.
He simply referred to Coke as “a major American company.”
Count that as a missed opportunity.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider