Greenland, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off his presidential campaign in the first-in-the-nation primary state with a pro-business message and a healthy dose of Texas wisdom.
A tea party favorite who is making an appeal to both social and fiscal conservatives, Perry highlighted his record of job creation in Texas and accused President Obama of strangling economic growth and increasing the federal government's reach.
"The tax and spend and borrow agenda of this president has led to the first-ever downgrade of the credit of the United States of America," Perry said. "He's been down-grading American jobs. He's been down-grading our standing in the world."
Perry vowed to slash the size of the federal government and hold firm on making the spending cuts necessary to free the nation from debt.
"I'm not going to Washington to be liked," he said. "We will stop spending the money, unless I run out of ink in the veto pen."
The straight-talking politician sprinkled his speech with references to his Texas roots, including addressing the audience as "y'all," and spoke about his childhood, telling the audience he grew up without indoor plumbing and wore clothes hand-sewn by his mother.
Like his predecessor in the governor's mansion, Perry spoke with a strong Texas twang during his remarks at the backyard meet-and-greet, which is likely to prompt comparisons to former President George W. Bush.
Perry's New Hampshire roll-out was hosted at the home of state Rep. Pam Tucker, who serves as deputy speaker of the House. It drew a cross-section of Republicans including tea party activists.
When asked how he would defeat the president, Perry pledged to win with a jobs message.
"Americans aren't interested in a bunch of negative rock throwing and what have you," he said. "They're interested in solutions."
Perry will meet with local officials and attend another event Sunday before flying to Iowa. He returns to New Hampshire with an aggressive series of events later in the week.
America needs another Texas Govenor more than it needs this Illinois Senator!!!! He has created jobs in Texas!!!! For all those Americans who dropped out of high school, they should not be getting unemployment, they should be picked up on buses and taken to the farms to work in the fields. MAybe they will be the example to stop future generations form dropping out of high school.
Uh, I think the blame of the downgrading lies wholly in the court of the GOP. Remember when you guys said defaulting won't hurt us, or deficits don't matter?. It really doesn't matter what you do however, Obama and the Democrats will crush you and your silly little tea party in 2012.
I guess if Ames can say Bachmann won then New Hampshire would be willing to elect Judas Iscariot.
No matter where he speaks his forked tongue keeps showing. Here's the 1st part of what he said in this article: "The tax and spend and borrow agenda of this president has led to the first-ever downgrade of the credit of the United States of America," Perry said. "He's been down-grading American jobs. He's been down-grading our standing in the world." NOW HERE'S the 2nd part: "Americans aren't interested in a bunch of negative rock throwing and what have you," he said. "They're interested in solutions." WASN'T PERRY 'rock throwing' in the 1st statement; then turns around and implies in the 2nd that he's NOT 'rock throwing' but giving solutions! Watch.....there's much more of this to come from this evil man.
Just what we need....another republican unwilling to compromise.....with a my way or the highway philosophy! God help us!
Moron cloned from "W". Texas has lost it in education, infrastructure, social justice, and religious tolerance. This radical is toxic and America can't survive another moronic Texan "bubba".
Perry's economic success:
1. Buying businesses from other states. Jobs increase in Texas but drop else where. National unemployment stays the same.
2. Benefiting from big OIL companies. Bush invaded IRAQ for a reason folks.
Perry for President? He is the governor of the state with the largest state budget deficit at $27 billion, among the lowest public services and one of the worst K-12 education systems in America. Where would a Pres. Perry lead us? We already have enough challenges. Mr. Perry should just stay in his present job and limit his messing to Texas.
Poaching jobs from other states isn't job creation. Minimum wage jobs with no health benefits isn't something to brag about.
Ask Perry about why he wants to force 12 year old girls to be vaccinated for a non communicable disease?
Ask Perry about his Trans corridor project which would be one of the larges cases of eminent domain.
Ask Perry about the Texas state budget deficit where he used federal money to collect.
This guy is a face and a sham.
I saw this picture.....It was "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes"......or was it "The Eight Years of Bush"?
Rick Perry is nothing but a crook! His record is seriously distorted. As president, all he wants are the perks that comes with job, NOT THE JOB! SOMEONE ELSE (CORPORATIONS & BIG OIL INTERESTS) WILL BE IN CHARGE!! This country has gone nuts to even think about electing someone like Perry. Theres a whole list of negatives during his tenure as Texas gov. including a lot of dirt. Get educated people!
Hmm. I've never seen "Texas" and "wisdom" in the same sentence when it comes to politics.
How can they use the term "social conservative" Conservatives are people who want smaller government but so called "socail conservatives" want more government controlling our lives, peaking in to our bedrooms and pushing religious based initiatives. How is that conservative.
Just wondering how Governor Texas McJobs is going to fund the ink for that veto pen?
Really? This from a governor with current budget deficit of $27 billions even after cutting public education funding to Texas people? Really? The only reason companies are moving to Texas is because there is no state tax but property tax is high. Additionally, companies are exploiting Texas people by paying minimum wages to workers due to Perry's policies. This is not a job creation. Texas people can't find a better paying job there. Perry is the same as Bush. We don't need any Texas governor, wealthy friendly and middle class destroyer in the White House. Perry = Bush. All of the same.
His idea to get Obama out of the White House is just plain wrong. How does Obama losing help anyone but big business who only cares about profits. Much of the country depends on government spending and cutting doesn't help keep the government going. When there are more jobs and the economy recovers, then we can cut the spending.
Democrats; the Fat Lady is about to sing......one can push Americans just so far..we are fed up w/this President's quest to turn our Great Country into a Mirror Image Socialist European nation!
I could not believe anyone could possibly become President & have such a disdain for their own country, but then I saw....Obama really believes he is right; (he & hundreds of other 60's indoctrinated Flower Powered anti Establishment Rebels) which make him a very dangerous individual.
But I am grateful that Obambi came along when he did, because he has accomplished something that had long been lulled to sleep. It is that "Great Slleping Giant" the Japaneese Emperior wished had remained asleep in 1942. Yes, we have awakened & sleep will havevto wait until Obambi ,& his Social Agenda has been eradicated! Rick Perry is here!
Now, he is too funny...I guess all his supporters don't realize that Mr. Perry took stimulus money to bail Texas out? Oh there is a lot more that will come out on this dude...lol
Perry got that right!!!! must be his democratic roots speaking out. Hmmm? Got Solutions?
Economic success for Perry means getting rid of school teachers, closing schools in Texas, stopping school buses, paying for school lunches, etc., just the beginning of suceding. Some parts of Texas are like the dirty little secret that we saw in New Orleans during Katrina and if it had not been for former Mayor Bill White, this would have been New Orleans, Perry did nothing.
Perry is the second coming...of George W.
What’s more clear with Employment report is that when it comes to joblessness, having a college degree is more important than ever that is why we need the help of "High Speed Universities" now
Yes if you like raising a family on minimum wage then yes texas is the place to be
Perry will be hard pressed by next year about those same jobs. He managed to balance his state budget and hence curtail massive job cuts only because he accepted nearly $30 billion in stimulus money. Yes, the same stimulus that he publicly rallied against.
But the stimulus dollars dried up and he will have to make up for $15 billion in shortfall by next year. It is projected that over a net hundred thousand people will lose their jobs in Texas next year. Yes, the lost jobs will be in the public sector, but the private sector is far from being able to absorb that many layoffs. Perry will have a lot of explaining to do by next year.
Yes I am sure America will want yet another Texan to be running the country, merely four years after the last one drove us into the current mess.
And I am sure we want the rest of America to be just like Texas. Below average education. (okay, I guess it will be average by definition on the national level... it will just be lower than the current average) Below average health care coverage for children. Higher rates of poverty and crime. Higher prison population. (apparently incarceration, and the nearly universal gun ownership in Texas fail to be deterrants to crime there) Higher obesity rates. Higher rates of environmental destruction destroying community after community. But hey, lots of underpaying jobs! Awesome!