I'm comfortable that the rhetoric I have used was both descriptive and spot on. Calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme has been used for years. I don't think people should be surprised that terminology would be used. No one gets confused about the point I was making, that we have a system that is now broken...
If you want to call it a Ponzi scheme, if you want to say it's a criminal enterprise, if you just want to say it's broken -they all get to the same point. We need, as a country, to have an adult conversation.
It's not clear if he charmed his interviewers, Richard Stengel and Mark Halperin, but he definitely won over Time's photographer, Platon, who had a rather intimate moment with the Lone Star state governor:
“I want your soul,” he told Perry. “Give it to me.”
Ever the politician, Perry pushed back: “Well, you can’t have that.”
Platon responded, “You don’t realize it. But I’ve already got it.”