As Gov. Rick Perry is getting more attention in anticipation of his presidential run, the media is naturally turning its magnifying glass on his record as governor in Texas and, in particular, his decision to both rail against and accept stimulus money from the federal government.
On his show tonight, Anderson Cooper focused on Perry’s economic bona fides; specifically, his record on job creation and balancing the state budget. Regarding the governor’s claim that Texas created more jobs than any other state, and that more than half the jobs created in the last year were from Texas, Cooper confirmed this was an accurate statement. However, he pointed that many of those jobs were minimum wage jobs, and that a portion of Texas’ labor force is most likely made up of illegal immigrants.