At an event in New Hampshire Rick Perry was asked whether he supports a border fence between the US and Mexico. Perry responded that he is not in favor of a border fence. Perry replied that he does not think it’s a good idea, gave the reasons why, and then laid out what he believes is the best way to secure the border. For some reason, the AP selectively edited out that last part.
Speaking to hundreds of Granite State voters at a private reception, the Texas governor was asked whether he supported a fence along the Mexican border.
“No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.”
The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member. …
Was it too much trouble for the reporter to include the rest of the answer, so readers would be fully informed? Is that too much to ask?
“No, I don’t support a fence on the border,” he said, while referring to the long border in Texas alone. “The fact is, it’s 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real good.”
Instead, Perry said he supported “strategic fencing” and National Guard troops to prevent illegal immigration and violence from Mexican drug cartels.
The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member. And it exposed an ongoing rift with some conservative voters over Perry’s immigration record.
Even the part about an angry shout is in question, as Instapundit pointed out.
A BLOG REPORT FROM RICK PERRY’S SPEECH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE: “I attended that event, stood about 15 feet from where he delivered those remarks and never heard an ‘angry shout’. Either the AP is making it up or it wasn’t much of a shout. Perhaps they can supply the audio.”
Instapundit also reminded readers that it’s a good idea to record these events, because you never know what the media and left wing blogs may report. They’ve been known to take things out of context and repeat falsehoods.
H/T Gateway Pundit
Update: This is weird. The Other McCain linked do a different AP article that included the part about strategic fencing and National Guard troops. Did Yahoo edit that out, the same author wrote both articles.