(CNN) - Rick Perry used his experience as the governor of a border state to try to bolster his foreign policy standing Thursday, saying he had tried for years as governor of Texas to increase security on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"I've been sounding the alarm on Washington for a long time now on the border security with Mexico," Perry said Thursday on CNBC. Perry will appear Friday on CNN's American Morning at 7 a.m. ET. He will unveil his energy plan later in the day from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
Perry was answering a question about Iran when he brought up his experience with the U.S.-Mexico border. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice revealed a plot in which Iranian government officials are alleged to have paid Mexican drug cartels to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States in Washington.
"When you think about the Iranians using Mexico as a base of operation, we know Hezbollah and Hamas are also operating out of there, and securing this border, the next president of the United States, well let me put it to you this way: When I'm president of the United States, I'll secure that border, because we know how to do it. I've been dealing with it for 10 years.
"It's time for a president to recognize the problem we've got with that porous border, and this Iranian issue is just another symptom of a border that is so porous, and America must secure that border."
i think you should go back to Texas and work on border security alittle harder.
Perry's energy plan wouldn't have anything to do with more oil and gas exploration now would it? His border security plan would require U.S. troops in Mexico and his Social Security plan means doing away with the program. What a genius!
When I'm president of the United States, I'll secure that border, because we know how to do it. I've been dealing with it for 10 years.
For the last ten years , Rick Perry has built and filed more prisons , Executed 236 condemned. Cut education funding , making Texas the leader in high school drop outs .
Rick , you don't understand history , foreign policy , national security !
Perry / Enron
This guy's advisers really need to teach him to keep mum when he has nothing smart to say...
Perry is correct......he has been trying to get better border security for several years, but Obama has snow balled Perry, on everything he has asked for, from border security to disaster aid for wildfires. Why? Obama doesn't like Perry, because he doesn't suck up.
Did you know that George W. Bush created a second defense department named Dep't of Homeland Security. It is an agency comprised of some 50 major sub-agencies; totalling over 400 in all. I am told that it has an annual budget in the hundreds of billions. At it's current rate of growth, it's budget will equal that of the Pentagon by the year 2020. Most of the budget is spent on hired contractors.
Is this Perry's "I can see Iran from my backyard" moment?