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Perry: GOP nominee must differ sharply from Obama

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Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets members of the crowd during a rally Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in San Diego. Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets members of the crowd during a rally Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry says after his first presidential debate that he is the Republican contender who can draw the sharpest contrast with President Barack Obama.

Perry told hundreds of people at a San Diego airport hangar Wednesday night that each of the Republicans challengers would do a better job than Obama. But he said voters should avoid any candidate who blurs their differences with the president. He didn't mention any names.

Perry was interrupted several times during his 10-minute speech, including when he said he was "tired of liberals." He calls Obama a big spending president at a time of high unemployment.

Perry campaigned in San Diego after debating his GOP rivals at the Ronald Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. He's slated to address supporters in Orange County on Thursday.

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SAN DIEGO (AP/News 8)— Texas Gov. Rick Perry says after his first presidential debate that he is the Republican contender who can draw the sharpest contrast with President Barack Obama.

Perry told hundreds of people at a San Diego airport hangar Wednesday night that each of the Republicans challengers would do a better job than Obama. But he said voters should avoid any candidate who blurs their differences with the president. He didn't mention any names.

"It's time for a change," Perry told a boisterous crowd of hundreds of supporters at Wednesday night's rally, which was emceed by KFMB760 radio host Mike Slater. "And I am talking about not the rhetoric of change, I am talking about the record of change."

Perry was interrupted several times during his 10-minute speech, including when he said he was "tired of liberals." He calls Obama a big spending president at a time of high unemployment.

"We can't afford four more years of the high unemployment that we got, the failed stimulus, the record debt, the loss of our credit, we can't afford that," Perry said.

He also criticized President Obama's planned speech on jobs creation, scheduled for Thursday.

"It's going to be promises, it's going to be platitudes," he said. "But the fact of the matter is, they can not cover up the abysmal record on job creation and the loss of jobs in this country."

Perry campaigned in San Diego after debating his GOP rivals at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. He's slated to address supporters in Orange County on Thursday, after attending a fundraiser in La Jolla earlier in the day.

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