• Perry makes appeal to Georgia Republicans

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga.,None - Gov. Rick Perry addressed Republican voters in Cobb County on Friday morning.

    Perry was a speaker at the second annual Georgia Legislative Briefing at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Channel 2’s Lori Geary attended the event, sponsored by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.

    Perry discussed tort, environmental reforms and his record of job creation in Texas. He took several shots at President Barack Obama for healthcare reform and overregulation in private business.

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    Perry never mentioned Mitt Romney, his stiffest competition, by name, but targeted his healthcare plan in Massachusetts.

    “As Republican voters decide who's going to be best suited for this country and to take it in a new direction by stopping a spending spree and scraping of Obamacare, I'm confident that we're going to nominate a candidate with conservative principles, not one who's healthcare policy paved the way for Obamacare,” Perry said.

    The Romney camp is firing back, putting out several news releases and a video telling Georgia Republican leaders not to support Perry's plan to offer in-state tuition for illegal immigrants.

    Several attendees told Geary they agreed with Perry’s message, but many said his speech was lackluster.

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