Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, right. (Photo: CNN)
ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was in the middle of a political showdown Wednesday night as he debated Texas Gov. Rick Perry on a hodge-podge of political issues on CNN's Crossfire. This follows Perry's recent ad campaign directed at Maryland, trying to urge business owners to leave their home state, and head to Texas.
Perry attacked O'Malley's policies in the ad, saying that Maryland is not a business-friendly state.
"Come to Texas," he said in the political ad. "We're wide open to business."
This has become the unofficial slogan of Perry's campaign, who has released similar commercials in countless other states across the country. In Maryland, he spent $500 million on the TV and radio campaign, aimed at bringing businesses to Texas.
"When you grow tired of Maryland taxes squeezing every dime out of your business," the ad continued. "Think Texas."
During the debate the two talked many issues including Obamacare, taxes, and of course jobs.
"Martin's state lost 4,700 jobs in July," Perry said. "That's the fact. You lost 4,700 jobs in July. Texas created 18,200."
O'Malley shot back.
"We have the number one median income in the country," he said. "You have the 25th median income. Your state is tied for last place with Mississippi for people who are minimum or less than minimum wage jobs."
In downtown Salisbury, Rob Mulford, who owns the Market Street Inn, said he believed Perry made some good points in his campaign ad.
"It's not a matter of if I shut my doors," he said. "It's just a matter of when."
He said that the high taxes in Maryland were creating a headache for his business. Despite all of these economic concerns, he said it was unlikely he will pack up and move to Texas. He said that he might consider closer alternatives though, in order to escape the Maryland government.
"If I could close my doors tomorrow and be in North Carolina or Delaware, I would have my doors closed at midnight tonight to get out of Maryland," Mulford said.
Others though like Galo Paguay, the owner of Cafe Milano, said it is going to have to take more than taxes to make him leave his beloved Eastern Shore.
"I'm kind of used to this life," he said. "So I'm not going to change it."
O'Malley did shoot back to the campaign ad. He called Perry's efforts a "tired, old public relations gimmick," and he urged people to consider Maryland's high education rankings, as well as its affordable college rates.