Perry focuses on Obama
September 3rd, 2011
08:13 PM ET
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Perry focuses on Obama

Chichester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry focused blame for the economic slump squarely on President Barack Obama in a pair of speeches Saturday, as his stump speech continues to take shape.

Reading from notes, the folksy leader launched a blistering assault on the president for failing to turn around the country's fiscal struggles, and offered his record in Texas as his recipe for success.

"It's time for a change," he told a group of largely undecided Republican voters in Manchester, New Hampshire. "And I'm not talking about the rhetoric of change, I'm talking about a record of change."

Perry said he had created jobs in Texas, while the president had expanded the role of the federal government without creating long-term jobs, and had taken the country in the wrong direction, he said.

He also had some advice for the president as he prepares to announce a jobs plan next week.

"If the president wants to make a good jobs speech, he needs to stand up in front of the American people and say we're going to repeal 'Obamacare,' " Perry told an audience in Chichester, to thunderous applause.

Perry - who pledged to do away with Obama's health care plan on his first day in office - did appear to take a veiled swipe at GOP competitor Mitt Romney.

"As we consider the economic misery that's spread across this country by the Obama administration, we don't need a nominee who's going to blur the differences between themselves and President Obama," Perry said. "We're going to have a nominee who draws a clear contrast."

The former Massachusetts governor's health care plan was used as a model for the national plan, a fact Perry has sought to underline in recent appearances.

At the house party in Chichester, Perry spoke emotionally about service members fighting in foreign wars. He said the country should spend more money caring for its veterans. On the subject of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Perry said there should be a "national conversation" over the next year before the election, but said he did not favor setting timetables for withdrawal.

Perry was asked at each crowded event about preventing illegal immigration, and said it was the federal government's responsibility to aid in border protection by sending National Guard troops.

Gerald Easson, of Farmington, said he was impressed by the governor's candor.

"Talk is cheap. I'm going by facts. What they've accomplished, what they can do," he said. "Everything he's tackled, he's accomplished it."

State Rep. Al Baldasaro, who has yet to endorse a candidate, had a similar response.

"He looks you in the eye and he tells you how it is," Baldasaro said. "He's not looking over my shoulder. He's talking to me when I ask him a question."

Baldasaro said he asked for more information about Perry's record on caring for veterans in Texas to help him make a decision about supporting the governor.

Members of the media were kept a few feet away from Perry by his security detail at both events, and the governor did not take questions from the press.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. FocusOnBush

    He is the one that caused this entire mess. I should know, I'm from Dallas, Texas. And you will cause even more problems for us.

    September 4, 2011 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  2. willard

    I'm belived that obama uncle was not bither creficate in untied state amercian but his uncle make trying hide of where is place

    September 4, 2011 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  3. Marry

    How could Perry or for that matter all the GOP/TP “candidates”, be even considered to become the president of the US when they have such an incorrect understanding of “cause and effect”? (If they knew, then what they say would be an outright lie! Take your pick: liar and/or stupid. It is an insult to you to be asking to vote for people like that!)The GOP/TP obstructed all efforts for the last 3 years to bring the economy back after they had destroyed it and they have the gall to blame the President? The GOP/TP will not lift one finger to make a positive contribution because; they rather let the country suffer (as long as it does not affect the rich) in the hope that people are gullible enough to get them somehow back into power!

    There was an interview of a rancher in draught stricken Texas talking about how his farm is dying. Ask about “climate-change” he replayed that…of cause, there is no influence of men because only God makes the weather…I feel very sad for the situation these people are in – but that way of thinking is just so foolish, it takes ones breath away! And, that is where Perry fits right in!

    September 4, 2011 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  4. Anthony

    How do you explain Texas's 27 billion deficit? Was big government the reason? After all, most of the jobs that were created in Texas in the last few years were government jobs.

    September 4, 2011 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  5. thomas

    Perry , all spin and no solutions , or new ideas !

    Perry = Enron !

    The only thing I agree with Sarah Palin on is that Rick Perry is a career politician and bad news!

    September 4, 2011 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  6. Jim

    Mr. Perry, how much of your success in Texas was on the back of federal monies proviided to you? And how many of the jobs you "created" are good enough jobs to maintain a family above poverty level?

    September 4, 2011 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  7. willard

    I am belived that presdient obamas grandmother said that obama was born in keynea so I say bullshit out of presdient obama

    September 4, 2011 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  8. Irrma in North Carolina

    Dont worry Mr. Perry the guy up above as ways of taking care of you and your tea party friends.

    September 4, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  9. Realitybites

    Yak, Yak. Welcome to the sequel of George BUSH II. This guy is more phony than an 11 dollar bill. Religiuous fanatics, have at it!!

    September 4, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  10. diridi

    This is the Biggest Idiot of America..............o.k, Another Donald Trump......................Another Bush the Idiot....

    September 4, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  11. diridi

    Did this idiot know what is lack of Health Insurance? Oh., all minimum wage jobs no insurance, o.k, Did this idiot know when Insurance thugs deny pre-existing conditions patients? Did this idiot know how Hospitals were greedy to charge more and hire all foreign doctors, now they have to replace with American PAs, and NPs, who are just doing "Excellent Job" taking care of their patients. What an Idiot....

    September 4, 2011 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  12. clarke

    I don't vote for any one who places blame on others. I want to hear what he/she has in mind for a plan to fix it. It's easy to give a blame speech, It's not so easy to be proactive and give us a detailed plan of how you are going to fix it. So far it looks like I won't even be voting.

    September 4, 2011 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  13. jc

    Oh Ricky, you can hide from the media for only so long.

    September 4, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Why does he need to read from notes? Sarah Palin thinks that people who do are a bunch of retards.

    September 4, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    Lying GOP scumbag. The economy was trending out of recession until the Teabaggers took over the House in 2010. They are the sole entity to blame, and their corporate backers of course.

    September 4, 2011 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
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