Swalwell Parries with Rick Perry

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Rep. Eric Swalwell meet Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Multiple media reports described it as “sparring” last week between the freshman Democrat and the folksy Texan who received the question while sitting side saddle. But, it was hardly that.

In fact, Swalwell’s questioning of Perry over the immigration and detention of young people attempting to cross the border from Central America fizzled to the point where the subject began quizzing the questioner into making comments that could be construed by the Fox News crowd as liberal flip-flopping.

“Do you not agree that they need to be sent back to where they’re from?” Perry began questioning Swalwell.

“I do agree on a case-by-case basis, we do not want them to come here,” Swalwell answered. But, possibly sensing a chance to corner Swalwell, Perry pressed on.

“But you agree—I want you on the record here in front of God and everybody—you agree that they need to be sent back to the country where they came from?” said Perry.

Watch the entire exchange below: