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Perry doesn't back down from his Bain criticism


LEXINGTON, SC -- Despite an onslaught of criticism from conservative commentators who have rushed to Mitt Romney's defense, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not backing down on his attacks on Bain Capital's "get-rich-quick" schemes.

"The idea that you come in and destroy people's lives, the idea that you come in just to make a quick profit tear these companies apart," Perry told an audience of about 50 at Lizard's Thicket restaurant outside Columbia. "I understand restructuring, I understand these kind of things. But the idea that we can't criticize someone with these get-rich-quick schemes is not appropriate in my perspective."

Commentators from Rush Limbaugh to Sean Hannity have ripped into Perry and Newt Gingrich for their slams of Bain Capital's restructuring plans, calling the attacks "anti-capitalist" and comparing them to the language of Occupy Wall Street.

But Perry repeated his newly-minted phrase "vulture capitalism" three times at his first event of five campaign events today -- the day after Romney thundered to victory in the New Hampshire primary.

The Texas governor, who did not even muster 1% of the vote in last night's Granite State contest, tweaked the early nominating races in his appeal to South Carolinians.

"Who's South Carolina going to put forward? Iowa is a fine state. New Hampshire is an, uh, interesting place," he said to giggles from the crowd.

"But the fact of the matter is they winnow the field down. South Carolina is who picks presidents."