Perry rivals struggle to target weakness
WASHINGTON — Rick Perry's Republican rivals are struggling to find a coherent, easy-to-grasp argument against the Texas governor and GOP front-runner.
Republican voters who watched last week's presidential debate and its aftermath might wonder: Should I see Perry as too conservative or too moderate?
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney depicts Perry's criticisms of Social Security as too far to the right. On immigration, however, Romney and other opponents say Perry veers too far left.
And Rep. Michele Bachmann is leading a chorus that says Perry is too lax about individual freedoms because he wanted Texas to vaccinate all schoolgirls against a sexually transmitted disease.
Perry's rivals will get more chances to probe for political soft spots this week in a series of forums in Florida and Michigan.