"Does Gov. Perry deserve any credit for all those jobs created in Texas?" asked CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer to Romney. "Go ahead and tell him how much credit he deserves."
Romney responded, "Well, look, I think Gov. Perry would agree with me, that if you're dealt four aces, that doesn't necessarily mean you're a good poker player … Texas is a great state, and I'll tell you if you think the country is like Texas, going swimmingly well, then somebody who has done that is just terrific, but if you think the country needs a turnaround, then that's what I do."
"Well, I was going to say, Mitt, you were doing pretty good until you got to talking poker," said Perry.
Perry then rebutted Romney's remarks, by touting his jobs record in Texas and slamming President Obama's economic policy. He highlighted tort reform for helping the Texas economy.
Ron Paul got in on the debate when Blitzer asked if Perry deserved all the credit.
"Not quite," said Paul.
Paul attacked Perry's record, saying taxes and debt have risen in his home state of Texas under Perry's tenure.