It’s official. Add another podium at the next GOP debate; or perhaps just slap a new name across the front of one soon-to-be-vacated by a fellow Republican hopeful post-Ames; because Texas Governor Rick Perry is now in the race to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.
As expected, Governor Perry announced his candidacy from the Red State Conference in South Carolina. The announcement came as the rest of the field was grilling burgers and fighting for spotlight with Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in Iowa at the Ames Straw Poll. As the day, the weekend, and the greater race as a whole develop, I suppose we will see which endeavor was a better use of a candidate’s or potential candidate’s time.
Part of the speech from Fox News. More below the scroll…
My initial reaction here is one of great optimism. I’ve not yet read the entire Rick Perry biography; but I have seen the excerpts and I do like what I see. There will be plenty of time for ripping his campaign to shreds, over-analyzing his Evangelical view of religion and government, and second-guessing his record in Austin. Unless you’ve really not been paying attention around here, I rarely get all that excited about any candidate. Plagued by a nagging sense of skepticism regarding the whole lot of them, I tend to spend more time picking at the ones I like than those I loath. Needless to say, I am certain I will find many things I do not like about Governor Perry or his record. But for today, let’s just be happy that we have another legitimate candidate in the field. For today, I may have a new front-runner for my vote.
Full Speech Transcript here…
Campaign Website here…
“It is time to get America working again,” Gov. Rick Perry said. “That’s why, with the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I declare to you today my candidacy for President of the United States.”
“It is time for Americans to believe again – to believe that the promise of our future is far greater than even the best days of our past. It is time to believe again in the potential of private enterprise, set free from the shackles of an overbearing federal government. And it is time to truly restore our standing in the world and renew our faith in freedom as the best hope of peace in a world beset with strife.”
Perry underscored the urgent need for new leadership in light of the continued uncertainty and instability in the U.S. economy, continued overreach by an increasingly intrusive federal government into the lives of Americans and the rights of the states, and the misguided policies that are harming the future prosperity of our country.
“One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job,” Perry continued. “That is not a recovery, that is an economic disaster.”
Perry spoke not only of the need for new leadership to create jobs, but the need to get serious about federal spending, saying, “Mr. President, you can’t win the future by selling it off to foreign creditors.”
Last week, that failed leadership, and Barack Obama’s tax, spend and borrow agenda, led to the first ever downgrade in the credit rating of the United States.
“In reality, this is just the most recent downgrade,” Perry said. “The fact is for nearly three years, President Obama has been downgrading American jobs, downgrading our standing in the world, downgrading our financial stability, downgrading confidence, and downgrading the hope of a better future for our children.”
As president, Perry has pledged to get the federal government’s fiscal house in order, restore the country’s good credit, and repeal Obama’s misguided one-size-fits-all government-run health care plan. He also committed to holding government accountable to the taxpayers, and adhering to the fiscally responsible principles that will lead to job creation, and in turn, wealth, while educating and innovating in science, technology, engineering and math to create the jobs and progress needed to get America working again.
“I will work every day to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your lives as I can, and free our families, small businesses and states from a burdensome and costly federal government so they can create, innovate and succeed,” he continued. “With the help and courage of the American people, we will get our country working again.”