Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Rick Perry on Cain’s 999 plan: No-no-no

In a pre-debate interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Perry took a pretty bold shot at up-comer Herman Cain and his suddenly ubiqituous 9-9-9 tax reform plan, suggesting that he’ll train his fire on the guy who stole his mojo.

“When Americans look at 9-9-9, and they really understand what it’s going to do to their pocketbooks, then I don’t think Herman Cain will be the nominee,” Perry said, according to the Journal.

Video of the interview is here:

Conscious of his local audience and the sad shape of the Nevada economy, Perry said Cain’s tax plan has the “potential to drive up home prices by 9 percent in Nevada.”

“When it has the potential to increase a gallon of milk by 9 percent, a loaf of bread by 9 percent, they are going to say hey wait a minute, as they should,” Perry said. “Because allowing the federal government to have a new form of taxation and leaving the old forms in devastating, and Americans will figure that out.

“It’s a catchy phrase, but Americans are not going to buy it. You think about the states that don’t have sales tax, he’s fixing to give ‘em one.”

Perry also said that he plans to reveal his own approach to taxes in the next week or so, which could set up another awkward debate moment in which he criticizes someone else’s plan, yet doesn’t have one of his own. His excuse for a similar lack of candor in the last debate was that he is still learning the ropes as a candidate.

What’s clear, is that Perry has some attack lines ready for Cain tonight over 9-9-9, and could also find an opening over the immigration issue as the two candidates differ substantially on the hot-button issue.

Perryopposes building a fence and could hit Cain over the astronomical cost and timeline of building it as a way of showing Cain up on the issue. Meanwhile, Cain now says he was serious about building an electrified fence to catch illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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