1. Smooth Move

    Rick Perry Loses Big SC Endorsement

    WEST DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 3: Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry prepares to speak with voters attending the West Des Moines Precinct 1 and 2 GOP Caucus held at the Seven Flags Event Center January 3, 2012 in West Des Moines, Iowa. After months of campaigning by candidates, Iowan voters throughout the state prepare to participate in the first caucus of the 2012 presidential election. (Photo by Jonathan Gibby/Getty Images)

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    Rick Perry’s fighting words have come back to hurt him. Barry Wynn, an investment-fund executive from South Carolina and a top GOP donor, announced Thursday that he was revoking his support for the Texas governor and moving over to the Mitt Romney camp. He was simply turned off by Perry’s attacks on Romney’s time at Bain Capital. “I’ve been fighting for this cause most of my life,” said Wynn. “It’s like fingernails on the chalkboard. It just kind of irritated you to hear those kinds of attacks.” A Perry adviser shrugged off the loss, saying, “It won’t have any impact.” The snub seems to have inspired the Texan to lay off the Bain attacks as he pushes for support in South Carolina, at least until he's really pressed. Following a meeting with voters at a Blythewood, S.C., diner, Perry resisted knocking Romney, but once a Fox News reporter asked him why he would want to be to the left of Romney on capitalism, Perry caved and replied, "The idea that you've got private-equity companies that come in and take companies apart so they can make profits and have people lose their jobs—that's not what the Republican Party's about."

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