This is the ad that touched off the skirmish.
And, in response, the Perry released this photo of a page from the Libertarian Party News related to Ron Paul’s then-emerging run for the Presidency as the Libertarian nominee in 1988:
The Farenkopf letter (of precisely the same era as his Gore period) is certainly fair game, but I wonder if the Perry campaign really thought this one through? The letter reveals Ron Paul as a life-long Republican fed up with the Party’s failure to lower the size of government. It reads like a Tea Party declaration. Everyone (who follows at all) already knows he left the Party briefly to run as a Libertarian, but came back to wage the war for the principles Reagan stood for inside the party.
What people may not know is that the Rick Perry of the same era was openly promoting raising taxes and raising spending as, not a Libertarian, but a Democrat and continued to do so after becoming a Republican as he has done (moderately) in Texas as governor. Perry’s counterattack on the Paul ad, itself demonstrates a difference between them advantageous to Paul, even though I disagree with some of Paul’s assertions about the Reagan administration.