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San Diego Mayor on Perry business recruitment: We won't sacrifice lifestyle for short-term profits


(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry is hitting the road to drum up business. But he isn't on a tour of the Lone Star State.

Instead, Perry set off for California on Sunday, where he will spend four days trying to convince business leaders to move their operations from southern and central California to Texas. He began his pitch earlier this month with a radio ad which has run on Golden State airwaves from Los Angeles to Sacramento.

"Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible," he says in the ad. "This is Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and I have a message for California businesses: Come check out Texas."

Perry touts Texas’ tax policy, limited regulations on business and a legal system that includes tort restrictions. A website for the effort notes his state's recovery from the recession, job growth, low unemployment rate and low price for natural gas.

This morning on "Starting Point," San Diego Mayor Bob Filner weighs in on Perry's plan to lure companies from California to Texas.

READ MORE: Perry to visit California, recruit business for Texas

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