MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rick
Perry says he is open to sending American troops to Mexico to
battle drug cartels.
Perry, the Texas governor, likens the situation to Colombia,
where the government accepted American military support in battling
the war on drugs.
Perry says the current violence may require similar military
He often calls for more National Guard troops to help protect
the Mexican border and stem the flow of illegal immigration. But
Saturday's comments go further. They indicate he's open to
deepening America's military involvement across the border.
Perry's comments came at a Saturday afternoon reception at the
home of New Hampshire Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide
A spokesman later clarified that Perry is open to all options in
cooperation with Mexico.