FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
It's hard not to compare Rick Perry to the last Republican governor from Texas who made it all the way to the White House: George W. Bush.
Both men are conservative and religious... and neither is what you would call a scholar.
But as Texan author James Moore writes on CNN.com, "If Perry and bush had been born in the same family, W would have become known as "the smart one."
That's saying a lot.
Bush went to Yale - Perry to Texas A&M. He got Cs and Ds at a place Paul Begala calls "this cute remedial school we have in Texas."
Oh yeah, and both were cheerleaders at school. How weird is that? Very.
Both were in the service... Bush in the Air National Guard and Perry in the Air Force.
When Bush got out of the guard under a cloud of suspicion that he failed to fulfill his entire obligation, he went on to fail in the Texas oil business before becoming a multi-millionaire off the Texas Rangers.
Perry headed straight from the military to the family cotton farm and stayed there for seven years before entering Congress. Since being elected to that job, he hasn't made a dime in the private sector. His checks have all come from the government.
By the way, neither one of these men are cowboys, but they like to pretend... like little boys who put on cowboy hats and boots and stomp around like they're on the set of the TV show "Bonanza."
Differences? As Governor, Bush was known for reaching across the aisle, whereas Perry was the opposite.
Also, Bush pushed ideas and policies he didn't necessarily believe in but were politically expedient... Perry on the other hand believes what he's selling and has been described as looking on compromise "as a kind of terminal cancer."
Lastly - seems like there's not much love lost between the Bush and Perry camps - The Daily Beast reports that Karl Rove and his operatives appear to have launched a campaign to derail Perry's bid for the White House.
Here’s my question to you: How would you compare Rick Perry to George W. Bush?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Karen in Naples, Florida:
Howdy Jack, From a former Texan. I was telling my hubby last night that Perry is exactly like Bush, sounds like him, bobs his head like him, same ideas, same feigned religious fanaticism. All that "jobs" BS, I've been paying $4 a gallon for the last year, so naturally, the oil state should be doing good. Don't get me started on the problems with Texas. People should be VERY afraid of this man.
Marcia in West Virginia:
Brother from another mother, clone, just as goofy, swagger the same (and it doesn't help), neither is representative of Texas, liars... I could go on and on.
Ricky has executed more than 230 inmates and Bush whacked about 150. Ricky is clearly in a league by himself.
Debra on Facebook:
With Bush as president, I had one foot in Canada. If Perry wins, there goes the other foot.
Bud in Reston, Virginia:
They are both from Texas and the best thing to come out of the State of Texas is INTERSTATE 10.
Dumb and Dumber!
Mark in Voorhees, New Jersey:
Perry is apparently a Dominionist Taliban Christian, and Bush kept his religion on the down-low most of the time, except when it was politically expedient. Perry seems to not be as smart, and Bush was no Mensa member. Perry has no scintilla of self-control, and Bush could at least do what Rove told him. And based on his statements thus far, Perry is an even bigger liar, if possible.
M. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida:
Rick W. Perry and Bush are part of a sleeper cell planted by the notorious Comedy Central Team.