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Perry Cracks Joke About Recession; Jobless Forget to Laugh

YouTube video sure to become part of governor's race

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    AUSTIN, TX - MAY 11: Texas Governor Rick Perry waits during his introduction before addressing Austin's largest naturalization ceremony at the Delco Activity Center on May 11, 2007 in Austin, Texas. More than 1,000 area residents representing 85 countries took the Oath of Allegiance to become United States citizens. (Photo by Taylor Jones/Getty Images)

    There are 62,200 Texans who might want to talk to Gov. Rick Perry about his latest statement on the recession.

    In Houston, Perry was talking to business leaders about how Texas would lead the way in growth and be one of the first states out of the recession, when  he said, "We're in one?"

    Texas' economy is doing better than other states, but the latest unemployment stats that came out this week show that the recession had put 62,000 Texans out of work.

    You can bet Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Perry's chief GOP rival in the gubernatorial primary, will make this a campaign issue.