Washington (CNN) - Speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry focused his speech less on social conservative values and more on the economy, taking a swipe at President Barack Obama along the way.
"[Americans] aren't look for soaring speeches. They're looking for common sense solutions," Perry said Friday. "They know our first order of business to get America working again is sending our current president to the private sector."
The Texas governor primarily talked about American 'exceptionalism,' arguing the best way to maintain freedom is to protect the country's economic and national security.
And on the heels of an agreement this week between the White House and Senate Democrats on a 5.6% "millionaire's tax," Perry blasted the idea of raising taxes as a way to stimulate the economy.
"When [liberals] utter phrases like 'fair share' you just know they're once again playing fast and furious with the truth," Perry said. "And the truth is you can't rev up the engine of an economic growth by heaping higher taxes on job creators."
While he didn't touch on gay rights and education opportunities for illegal immigrants –two issues he's taken heat for from the right over recent months– Perry did delve into his stance on abortion. Notably, he said he was a consistent anti-abortion advocate unlike other White House hopefuls.
"For some candidates, pro-life is an election-year slogan to follow the prevailing political winds," Perry said in apparent hit against his opponent, Mitt Romney, whom he didn't name.
The former Massachusetts governor refused to sign an anti-abortion plan earlier this summer, drawing ire from his fellow GOP candidates. The plan called for the candidate, if elected, to end all taxpayer funding of abortion.
While Romney said he's against abortion, he couldn't "in good conscience sign it."
Gaining wide applause, Perry added that he signed a bill earlier this summer as Texas governor that defunded Planned Parenthood in the Lone Start State.
"For me, it's about the absolute principle that every human being is entitled to human life," Perry said.
Perry is a liar and makes it clear he's for the rich donors. He couldn't care less if anybody has a job or not, because he's got a job, screwing Texans.
Mr. Perry's Texas leaves much to be desired. With all that oil they should be doing much better in terms of standard of living. Minimum wage jobs shouldn't be a model for US. Perry just wants to be Prez to feed his fat cat friends. It would be welfare for the millionaires and billionaires until the economy crashes.
Is the Republican Party still talking about values?! I'm shocked they don't see the irony of booing an American serviceman or clapping to support pulling the plug on a 30 year old man who does not have medical insurance. Please, Republicans, especially the Christian ones: don't talk to me about values until you learn some compassion for others.
Texas: Last in anything good, first in everything bad.
@Allan Erickson: "Parry, Cain, Gingrinch, Romney and all the Republican candidates are only trying to return to tried and true economic principles that have always worked so long as they are applied correctly."
Like trickle-down economics which has resulted in real wages stagnating for the Middle Class the last 30 years?
"What we have is a socialist economic system because we have a monster central government destroying incentive, destroying initiative, destroying innovation, and destroying growth."
How do explain the 40-year economic expansion after FDR passed the New Deal? Why don't you just instead admit that corporate America couldn't care less about us, except to turn us into another cheap labor force. They are too lazy to develop new industries here and create living-wage jobs; they'd rather employ people at dirt wages overseas where no one expects benefits or a safe workplace, and sell those cheaply-made goods to the burgeoning middle classes of China and India.
How do you folks call yourselves patriotic and "real Americans" without your heads exploding?
Fear, hate, deception, bigotry, exclusion, childish games, and lies? Those are the moral values you're talking about?
With all humility, my fellow Americans, I predicted that the rise and fall of Gov. Rick Perry would be swift, scandalous and
embarrassing to the Republican Party.
Time to step back, step down, go away back to Texas Mr. Perry.
A Democrat in Republican sheep's clothing is clearly not what America needs at this critical time in our history or ever.
Go back to Texas. You will never, never see the inside of the Oval Office.
Money, can buy anything. Just ask a republican.
parry is dubya in a nice suit. since he is talking about seceding why doesn't he then he can be president of texas, what do you texans think? He has espoused states rights, what's that all about. Later for u guvner