When it comes to handling aggressive or hostile questions from the crowd, among Republican hopefuls Chris Christie stands out. It's what he's known for. But at a candidate forum in New Hampshire this week, Texas Governor Rick Perry showed some of the same no-nonsense flair when dealing with a member of the audience concerned about "crony capitalism" and corporations "buying" politicians. It is a favorite talking point of the left and their audience plants that Republicans are for sale to big money corporate interests.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Are you and other people running representing corporations or ordinary people?
GOV. PERRY: But I think, that question for me, as the governor of the state of Texas ... I am not an unknown. I have run the 13th largest economy in the world for the last 14 years. My campaign contributions are open. You can go look at them. Number one, I can't take a corporate contribution. So there's is not a corporate contribution that comes to me as a governor.
At this point, the audience member continues to push, and the host suggests that it is time to move on to another question. However, Perry continues to answer her questions.
GOV. PERRY: As the governor of the state of Texas, a corporation is not what funded mine. You go look at my, I mean my recore are open, they're there. And you look at them, corporate contributions ...
AUDIENCE MEMBER: But that's the system you rely on.
HOST: We have to move forward. Thank you for the questions.
GOV. PERRY: The system I rely on is by personal contributions from people in the state of Texas. Corporations are not what is driving this thing. Now, I do buy into your thing that corporations have an inordinate amount of influence in Washington, D.C. And we need to have people that we trust that are going to go in there and make decisions that are in the best interest of this country. I got a record of putting 1.5 million people to work in the state of Texas while the rest of the country lost 400,000 jobs. That's what we better be focused on, is getting people back to work in this country.
Here is a longer clip featuring his full answer: