Perry to focus on jobs
August 11th, 2011
10:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry to focus on jobs

(CNN) – Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who's set to announce his presidential bid Saturday, laid out his stance on one of the country's top concerns: job creation.

"This country's begging for someone to lay out a vision of hope–real hope–and get America back working again," Perry said in an interview Thursday with New Hampshire television station WMUR.

Perry touted his 10-year record as the longest-serving governor in Texas, saying the Lone Star State has created more jobs than any other state.

He advocated for what he called "simple but very effective principles" used in Texas of keeping taxes low, maintaining a predictable regulatory climate, and holding a legal system that "doesn't allow for over-suing."

"I'll put that record up against anybody that's running, either on the Republican side or the Democratic side," Perry said.

When asked what made him different from frontrunner Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, Perry said voters should compare their time as governors.

"If you just want to look at the track record of when Mitt was the governor of Massachusetts versus my years being the governor of Texas, mine doesn't need any propping up," Perry said.

Perry has said since June he was giving serious thought to the idea of running for president.

And while he saw support among those who felt the current 2012 field lacked a strong frontrunner, critics argued Perry may remind too many voters of another Texas governor, former President George W. Bush.

When asked about their differences, Perry said Texans aren't all the same.

"Everybody in Texas gets up every day, and they put either their shoes or their boots on and go to work," Perry said. "We're not a monolithic group, for sure."

Perry did not confirm that he's running for president, but he hinted that he's gearing up for a presidential campaign.

"My hope is that in four years, people can take a look at what we've done in Washington, D.C., and they know that I've made Washington, D.C. less consequential in their lives," Perry said.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. one voice

    What, push more american jobs oversees like the Bush Administration allowed Corporations to do? Typical GOP HACK.

    August 11, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    That's one thing you can expect Obama to avoid like the plague in his 2012 campaign...any mention of jobs. Look for increases of another 3 or 4% in unemployment by the end of the year. The "J" word has not been good to Obama even though you couldn't shut him up about it 2 years ago when he was looking' for approval for his $800 billion 'stimulus' bill!

    August 11, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. Grow up already...

    Wal-mart wants this guy to be president!!! They need lots more cart collectors...

    August 11, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  4. Vigla

    Ugh, another Texan for President... Perry the Platypus should keep himself and his "D" grades in Texas. The jobs created in Texas are mostly transplants from other states. A net sum of zero. The actual natives are shut out because they don't have the educational system to build up home grown talent. They have to steal them from other states.

    Bottom line, Perry the platypus (or is it Doofenshmirtz) should stay home.

    August 11, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. one voice

    His state is close to being in the worst shape in our union and He wants to lead our Country, SCARY

    August 11, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  6. A Real Patriot

    Just another devolved, semi-literate, radical right winger from Texas.....won't we ever learn?

    August 11, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Republicans.....the country is BROKE?????

    Fired IT Workers File H-1B Lawsuit

    They just wanted to fire the Americans, and that's what happened. It wasn't a downsizing, it wasn't an outsourcing, it was bringing in foreigners onto American soil to replace American workers. That [was] the scheme and it's going on around the country.

    August 11, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is he willing to strength work safety rules and close down jobs? Or is he only focused on the profits of major corporations?

    August 11, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Rumors in Austin say Perry likes the way one of his state chefs serves up his "hot dog"!

    Be sure to give all the job 'facts" like 40% o the jobs new to the state pay at or below minimum wage, TX added 120K government jobs under "Mr. Small Government" oh yea, mention that 2 billion you cut the state education budget.

    Be sure and ask his dictate about Guardasil and that 3 day wait after the sonogram for pregnant women all from again from "Mr. Small Gubmint"

    That should go a long way in explaining Texass!

    August 11, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  10. seriously???

    His focus will be jobs? Really? I thought for sure it'd be a manned mission to Venus.

    Way to state the obvious.

    August 11, 2011 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  11. REALLY?

    and this is different from every other Republican who said I'm going to create jobs....elect me, HOW?

    August 11, 2011 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  12. pn

    Does this religious fanatic know that median household income in Texas is below hte national average or is he just too stupid to even understand what that would mean?

    August 11, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  13. Mr Green Jeans

    Just what we need, another numbskull from Texas
    isn't this the guy who makes GWB look 'smart'
    give me a break
    laughable

    August 11, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Yep. Perfect for representing the GOP vision of Amurika: all the jobs he "created" were minimum wage slave labor for, primarily, big box stores like Walmart, who by the way was lvoely enough to include slips of paper in their paycheck envelopes here in MA that explained how to obtain MassHealth public health insurance....you know, seeing as how stores like Walmart purpoesfully hire only on a part time basis and pay scales that help them avoid the need to provide benefits to their employees. So yeah...perfect spokesman for the GOP's vision of the future of Amurikan workers: indentured servant peon serfs in a banana republic straight jacket who have no choice but to accept what the rich and corporate elite are willing to allow to "trickle down" to them under threat that if they don't show sufficient gratitude, the rich and corporate elite will ship all those jobs overseas. Yo uare all ingrates and need to accept that your overlord Masters of the Universe own you. Remember the scene from "Oliver"...."More? MORE? NEVER BEFORE HAS A BOY WANTED MORE!" Accept what they are willing to give you or they will take it ALL away. Now eat your gruel and stfu.

    August 11, 2011 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  15. Debbie

    Focus on jobs...like the ones he killed in Texas?

    August 12, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  16. omegarising

    No other choice..RON PAUL 2012!!

    August 12, 2011 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  17. Lenny Pincus

    Excellent. His budget was balanced by Fed handouts. 26% of his state has no health insurance. Texas ranks near the bottom in education, infant mortality, quality of life, you name it. And Rick helped run Al Gore's 1988 presidential run. Yet he jumps to the front of Republican polls over Christianist Michelle Bachmann. Meanwhile Sarah Palin buses around screaming, "Look at Me!" All proof that right wingers are nuts.

    August 12, 2011 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  18. Obama 2012

    Don't be fooled by this snake oil salesman! The former Democrat is a now a liar just like all other Republicans. He's just like a wart that you can't get rid of.

    August 12, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  19. Lenny Pincus

    Oh yeah. Texas has the highest percentage of minimum wage jobs in the country, and the average wage in Texas is more than a dollar below the national average. And how much of my taxes goes toward putting out fires on the Texas wasteland, fires Perry can't afford to put out himself.

    August 12, 2011 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  20. fernace

    Guv'nah Goodhair, the man who wants to secede on a regular basis, wants to be the president of the nation he wants his state to leave? Is he joking, cause that's pretty funny! Lol ! His record for job creation in Texas, where I live, is not that great! He's being "propped up" by the various part-time, low-minimum wage jobs that have become available recently, through No initiative of the Tx. government! Earlier this year during the legislative sessions, he cut Everything, in a chop frenzy that had more people marching on the capitol than ever before! Education, healthcare, salaries & retirement funds of teachers, healthcareworkers, emergency services, police & fire personnel, all chopped to compensate for the budget deficit! Sound familiar? He's comfortable in his 10 G mansion,payed for by Texas working class people, struggling to put food on their tables! Texas is a great state..... for rich people to live!!

    August 12, 2011 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  21. rp

    Rick Perry isn't touting anything new. Tax cuts haven't created jobs period. Lack of regulation means lead in your kid's toys from China. Where are the new ideas? People might listen if you had an actual plan to create jobs (this goes for both parties!)

    August 12, 2011 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  22. A Kickin` Donkey

    All any governor does is steal jobs from one of the other 49 states.; they don`t CREATE anything.

    Jobs go to China, India , Mexico, etc. because of DIRECT LABOR costs, MATERIAL Costs, not taxes. Please tell me how whatever experience Perry may claim to have is relevant to address our 50-state wide problem.

    Additional DEMAND is what creates additional jobs.

    What a President can do is the antithesis of so called "free market / free trade" principles that the GOP claims to embrace. For example, REQUIRE companies that want to SELL here to MAKE here and EMPLOYMENT will go up. I guarantee that some money-grubbing capitalist will agree to these restrictions.

    As far as taxes are concerned , we have 10 years of evidence that lowering taxes doesn`t create jobs. It does increase profits though. So the solution to lower taxes in Malaysia isn`t to lower them here but rather to write tax laws so that corporations
    locate here instead of there – for example eliminate deductions here for taxes paid there.

    Less regulation that reduces food, health & safety is not what Americans want. Just like we can require good be made here, we can require certain products be made with environmentally sound processes.

    The key is to trade access to our markets for the things America demands.

    August 12, 2011 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  23. amalialay

    However, we should expect further worsening on joblessness in the country in the next quarter because of political anxieties in the Middle East, check out an article called "High Speed University" for relation between a degree and job and the pay rate.

    August 12, 2011 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  24. usindian

    A few weeks back we saw Perry have dinner with the person who hid OBL from US troops in Pakistan, the former dictator Musharraf. I could not imagine that a person with such bad timing for acquaintance could make a serious run for for white house.

    Governor Perry, Please explain what the Pakistani dictator wanted to know from you over the dinner table.

    August 12, 2011 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  25. Former Republican

    Sure Rick, jobs in Calcutta? Go away you GOP snakes!

    August 12, 2011 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
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