Rick Perry Challenges Pelosi to a Debate

Down in the polls and seeking to rebrand himself as the straight-talker who will give Washington a licking, Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to a duel, rhetorically speaking.

Rick Perry speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Mr. Perry sent Ms. Pelosi a letter Wednesday asking for a debate on the governor’s proposal to change various parts of federal government — including a request to halve congressional salaries and make Congress a part-time operation. (Emphasis on “request,” as Congress, not the White House, sets lawmakers’ salaries.) “I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate,” Mr. Perry wrote. “It would be a tremendous service to the American public to see a public airing of these differences.” “If Monday doesn’t work,” Mr. Perry writes, “Perhaps we could find a time in Iowa over the course of the next month.” Ms. Pelosi has not commented on the Perry plan — and her office did not return a request for comment late Wednesday night. But Rep. Steny Hoyer has said the Texas governor’s plan to scale back Congress is “pandering to the tea party.” Mr. Perry seemed so appealing to conservatives when he entered the race, partly because of his willingness to throw a punch. But polls show he’s no longer in the top tier of GOP presidential hopefuls, and has a long way to go before he will be challenging Washington Democrats on anything.

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