In perhaps his biggest gaffe so far as a presidential candidate, Rick Perry sought to defend his support for the DREAM Act as an economic positive, and to cast opponents of the law as heartless.
The law, which Texas passed and Perry signed in 2001, allows the children of illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition for a college education. It's a bill Republican immigration hardliners hate. But in a Republican primary debate in September, Perry said it was an economic decision, one that made students tax-payers rather than tax consumers.
The backlash caught Perry's advisers off guard, and he's spent weeks backpeddling and explaining himself. The issue poses such a threat to his campaign that Perry has brought it up himself on tele-town hall meetings with Iowa voters.
But Perry has at least one fan willing to stick up for his position: Former President Bill Clinton.
In an interview with USA Today, Clinton offered a defense of Perry's position. "It makes my skin crawl when they attack Rick Perry for one of the best things he did," Clinton said.