Rick Perry joins the hunt

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If you’re a political junkie, you know by now that Texas Governor Rick Perry has joined the race for the GOP Presidential nomination.  He announced on Saturday at the annual “RedState” conservative gathering right about the time the Iowa straw poll was getting underway.  In his announcement speech, he had some solid “Red Meat” lines hitting on President Obama.

He started by requesting “a silence” (must be a Texas thing – I mean thang) for the Navy SEALs who just lost their lives in Afghanistan, then talked about being born in Paint Creek, Texas – so small it doesn’t even have a zip code.  He’s married to his childhood sweetheart (seriously – he met her when he was 8), has 2 kids, graduated from Texas A&M and joined the Air Force.

He paraphrases Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and calls America the “last great hope of mankind”.

You see, as Americans we’re not defined by class, and we will never be told our place. What makes our nation exceptional is that anyone, from any background, can climb the highest of heights. As Americans, we don’t see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility. And as Americans, we realize there is no taxpayer money that wasn’t first earned by the sweat and toil of one of our citizens.

That’s why we reject this President’s unbridled fixation on taking more money out of the wallets and pocketbooks of American families and employers and giving it to a central government. “Spreading the wealth” punishes success while setting America on course to greater dependency on government. Washington’s insatiable desire to spend our children’s inheritance on failed “stimulus” plans and other misguided economic theories have given us record debt and left us with far too many unemployed.

But of course, now we’re told we are in recovery. Yeah.

He follows up with hits on Obama’s (lack of) foreign policy  and his apologizing for American actions, saying:

America’s standing in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but from the incoherent muddle that they call foreign policy. Our president has insulted our friends and he’s encouraged our enemies, thumbing his nose at traditional allies like Israel. He seeks to dictate new borders for the Middle East and the oldest democracy there, Israel, while he is an abject failure in his constitutional duty to protect our borders in the United States.

His foreign policy seems to be based on alienating our traditional allies, while basing our domestic agenda on importing those failed Western European social values. We don’t need a president who apologizes for America. We need a president who protects and projects those values.

Page one of any economic plan, he says, is to give a pink slip to the current resident in the White House (cue the applause).

More red meat soundbites come at the end of his speech – all to be expected from an announcement speech.

It is time to limit and simplify the taxes in this country. We have to quit spending money we don’t have. We need to get our fiscal house in order and restore our good credit. And we will repeal this President’s misguided, one-size-fits-all government healthcare plan immediately.

We’ll create jobs. We’ll get America working again. We’ll create jobs and we’ll build wealth, we’ll truly educate and innovate in science, and in technology, engineering and math. We’ll create the jobs and the progress needed to get America working again.

Finally, he promised this: “I’ll work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can.”

After his announcement in South Carolina, he headed to Waterloo, Iowa, where he spoke to a bevy of reporters and supporters, as did Iowa straw poll winner, Michele Bachmann. He had a team of approximately 50 campaign workers at the straw poll, handing out fliers and encouraging voters to write in his name. Over 700 of them did. He is starting with a big splash, has pulled most of Newt Gingrich’s campaign staff and is likely to get most of Pawlenty’s staff as well. However, the vetting process is just beginning. Not all conservatives are fans of Governor Perry and many American voters are just hearing about him for the first time. Watching the next few months unfold will certainly be entertaining.

And in case you’re interested, WaPo fact-checked his announcement speech. Their verdict? Two Pinnochios. Oh, and Bill Clinton thinks he’s a good-lookin’ rascal.

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5 Responses to “Rick Perry joins the hunt”

  1. rmwarnick Says:

    Another dimwit Texas governor? This one goes beyond dreaming of privatization — he thinks Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional!

  2. Daniel B. Says:

    Did anyone mention that he once was a Democrat?

  3. John English Says:

    Campaigned for Gore. Sounds just like Dubya. The Response. Why is my first instinct to not trust him?

  4. John Potter Says:

    I thought you said ‘Red Meat soundbites,’ Oh, you did.
    They seemed indentical to me as the empty campaign promises from the usual suspects of a parasitic big government neo-con Republican.

    immigration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1DqcdL6_wE&feature=share

    climate change: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61428.html

    private property rights/TTC aka NAFTA Superhighway: http://townhall.com/columnists/rachelalexander/2011/08/12/rick_perrys_nafta_superhighway_problem/page/2

    state mandated vaccines: http://www.politicolnews.com/rick-perrys-texas-mandated-vaccine-law/

    Position on TARP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q5GwADQMzw&feature=share

    I left out the crony capitalism problem with Rick Perry but the things above ought to be more than sufficient evidence to give pause and consideration to his candidacy.

    Thanks Holly,
    John

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