Asked by The New York Times' John Harwood why it's a "good idea" to "provide a huge tax cut to wealthy people," as would occur under the tax plan outlined today, Rick Perry rebuffed Harwood's suggestion that it might be a bad thing to give more to "those at the top."

"It is hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of dollars for them," Harwood said, according to the edited transcript of their exchange.

"But I don't care about that," Perry replied. "What I care about is them having the dollars to invest in their companies."