Texas Governor Rick Perry Challenges Governor Cuomo To Debate

04.23.14 | FL News Team

Texas governor Rick Perry challenged Governor Andrew Cuomo to a public debate over tax policy, while praising Cuomo's recent support of charter schools, during a radio interview with Fred Dicker on Tuesday.
Perry is in New York City to kick off a three day “fishing expedition,” to meet with business leaders in hopes of convincing them to relocate to business-friendly Texas.
In June 2013, Texas began running $1 million worth of ads on local cable stations in New York and Connecticut to try to lure Northeastern businesses to relocate to the Lone Star State. In the ads, Perry said in the closing line, “Texas is calling. Your opportunity awaits.”In response, Cuomo has recently begun running ads in Texas to lure companies to join the state’s Start Up New York program, a tax-free business incubator.On Tuesday, Perry told Dicker that Cuomo’s ads seeking to poach Texas businesses didn’t intimidate him.
“When you look at domestic migration over the course of the last, I think, decade, New York had more people leave that state than any other state,” Perry said. “They were number 50. The number one state for migration into it, was Texas. there’s a real message there. More wealth left the state of New York and California than any other two states in the nation.”
Perry, whose 2012 presidential campaign was derailed by a debate flub, demurred on the possibility that he might face Cuomo in 2016, but repeatedly said he’d be pleased to publicly debate Cuomo over the two states’ different tax and business policies.