Council Bluffs, Iowa (CNN) – The first event of Rick Perry's Iowa bus tour was billed as a town hall meeting, but Perry didn't take any questions from the crowd of roughly 60 people gathered at a Victorian mansion in Council Bluffs. Instead he introduced a surprise guest: Captain Dan Moran, a former Marine who was severely wounded in Iraq.
Moran –who has endorsed Perry and appeared in a video on the governor's behalf– spoke passionately about American exceptionalism, and ran through several reasons why he believes Perry is the most qualified candidate to be president.
"There's no doubt in my mind that he can get America working again," Moran said of Perry. "I started my own business when I came back – a simple idea. I want to create jobs for veterans. It was because of the conditions that he set in the state of Texas that I was able to go with that vision and be able to have a thriving business."
When Perry took the microphone he also touted his job creation record, portraying himself as the only outsider in the race, and without naming any of his rivals he took aim at the two frontrunners in the GOP primaries.
"Changing one Washington insider for another Washington insider is not going to change a thing," Perry said. "Taking a Wall Streeter and sending him to Washington DC is not going to change a thing. What this country's got to have is an outsider."
While Mitt Romney's private sector experience isn't technically on Wall Street, the company he founded, Bain Capital, manages $66 billion in assets and bills itself as "one of the world's leading private, alternative asset management firms." The leader in most recent polls, Newt Gingrich is a former House Speaker and spent twenty years as a member of the House of Representatives.
With voters fed up with both Wall Street and Washington, Perry spent time today highlighting his Texas roots in the hopes that some Iowa voters are still looking for someone untainted by either.
Following up on a recent ad aimed at social conservatives, Perry also doubled down today on his claim that President Barack Obama is engaged in a war on America's Christian values.
"His Justice Department is trying to impact longstanding law that basically says whether or not a church can hire or fire a minister and or their staff because of their values," Perry said. "Think about that. That's a war on values. That is a war on religion. And Americans won't accept this assault on their values anymore."
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"American exceptionalism" and "Rick Perry" in the same sentence? God help us.
If only he would quit gaffing when he speaks.
Please turn that ugly bus west and go home Rick. You are not ready, and if we are lucky you still won't be ready for 30 years.
Is there place for an elevated discourse with liberals. Liberals lack substance. They compensate for this with hate, vitriol, innuendos and personal insults. They are tyrannical in their assumptions and assertions. They try to demean or belittle those of opposing points of view. In academia there are both liberals and conservatives. Liberals are for elitism; to achieve this they've hijacked the words science and education- so that from their stand point only leaders approved by liberals believe in science are educated and can lead. They are indeed narrow minded. Wisdom dies with liberals. May they be informed that there are other world views.
When it comes to science and education Rick Perry is your kinda leader !
AlaskaPalin , you write so eloquently , yet so far from the truth.
Until Bachmann's $2.00/gallon gas plan comes into effect....
Crazy Cowboy Perry is going to fill up the tank of the 3-wheeled Bible Bus with some good premium Faith fuel – I’ll tell you what…
He keeps making stuff up. I can't wait for this ignorant clown to go away.
War on religion? "In God we trust" on our money, tax dollars going to christmas trees in the white house and just about every other public building in this country, every politician having to claim a religious belief to get elected. Yeah, sure, there is a war on religion. Give me a break. I have religion shoved down my throat every day in this country. Rick can walk around being proud of being a christian and talking non-stop about how he has a direct line to god, and yet no one can claim to be an atheist in public in this country without a huge backlash. Yeah, there is a war on religion. Pfffft, what a joke. The religious have threatened my life and the life of my children by restricting and banning science based upon their misguided ideas of mroality. The spread of aids due to religious people restricting talk about condoms. Yeah, right, there is a war on religion. More like a war from religion.
We tried that Texas Governor thingy once before....didn't work out well at all. Unless you are the 1% of course. Texas is super polluted state where the "free market" means free to pollute anyplace and anytime with anything. One day Texans will wonder what their forefather were thinking!
Perry will never take questions if he can help it.
Say what you want about Rick Perry...but I'm glad someone is sticking up for the Easter Bunny in Obama's war on Religion. Just like the President did when he travelled to Europe while stlill a candidate – Once Perry wraps up the bus tour and the eventual GOP nomination, he needs to spread the 'Good Word' abroad – beginning with the Republic of Solyndra.
Amen to that, I say.
""American exceptionalism" and "Rick Perry" in the same sentence? God help us."
Actually, it fits perfectly. The fact that Cowboy Fonzie is running all over the country displaying his outright ignorance and is still the governor of one of the largest states and is considered by and being sold to the American public by the MSM as a legitimate candidate for POTUS is truly TRULY a fantastic example of how exceptionally stupid and disfunctional our country is.
If I were he I'd not be taking questions either. I imagine he's prayed long and hard in search of a cure for his stupidity.
Expat American, people like you is the reason for America's decline.
Please don't breed.
I'm still waiting for Rick Perry to outline exactly how he intends to create all those jobs. "Drill, baby, drill" and opening more fast-food chains is not the answer. Not that many states actually have oil deposits. And minimum wage jobs won't get the US going again. We need manufacturing, construction and high tech jobs – jobs that pay a living wage. I haven't heard Rick Perry say how he plans to do that.
People are sick of the Bush family brand and the world is moving away from them.
This is the kind of republican that makes the party undesirable
Rick Perry= Bush 3.0
A crowd is roughly 60 people? Not so much.
quickest way home is south. i29 to i35 to Austin.
OK folks, Texas receives 94 cents on the dollar back from the Fed. We are a payer. Surprising isn't it! With all the farming, ranching and illegals you would think that would not be the case.
Next, we are $1.6 in the black this year. Just announced here in local news and newspapers. Maybe we can use that money to get rid of the illegals and put some more turrets on the fence.
Rick get on your bus and head for OZ...That brain you ordered is almost ready.
But what we really need to know- is his bus American or Canadian???
Please tell me Rick is not driving the bus. They will be lost for days and Iowa will have to send out the state highway patrol to rescue them.
I'll never understand how Perry was re-elected here in Tx. The only thing we can come up with is, the last election was rigged. He didn't attend the debates, education in this state comes up next to last out of 50 states, and this man is giving our tax dollars to illegals. No way he was put back into office with his pittiful record.
"That's a war on values. That is a war on religion. And Americans won't accept this assault on their values anymore."
that line was so scripted it's funny. typical bs to get an ignorant crowd of rednecks fired up about being retarded
I can't help thinking how smart the average texan is if Rick is all they could come up with to run the state.I think Rick should fund education more in Texas not less.......sad