Perry to outline plan to 'dismantle' Washington
November 14th, 2011
09:39 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry to outline plan to 'dismantle' Washington

Bettendorf, Iowa (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will outline a plan Tuesday to "uproot all three branches of government and overhaul Washington."

Perry will deliver his proposals in a speech in the eastern Iowa city of Bettendorf.

He previewed the broad strokes of his vision Monday evening at a Reagan-themed fundraiser for Republicans in the same town.

It was his first visit to Iowa since an awkward mental stumble in a nationally televised debate last week that sparked concerns among his supporters and donors, threatening to derail his campaign.

Speaking to about 300 GOP activists, Perry promised a dramatic and far-reaching plan to "dismantle" Washington as president and said he will address in detail the problems plaguing the three branches of government.

Perry touched on those branches briefly:

– "Lifetime federal judges who arrogantly rewrite laws from the bench."

– "The permanent bureaucracy of the executive branch, which thwarts the will of the American people to advance a big-government agenda."

– "A Congress that not only spends too much but is in Washington too much."

"Washington doesn't need a new coat of paint," Perry said. "It needs a complete overhaul."

The Texan will be joined at Tuesday's policy speech by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, a noted conservative and one of Perry's earliest supporters.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Rick Perry
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Pete

    At least he got the branches right

    November 14, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  2. JT

    Yeah, I don't think Congress works enough days per year, either.

    November 14, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Melo-D

    Perry already "dismantled" his campaign.

    November 14, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. Satberry

    Does he think anyone is listening after that last debate.heaven help us if he is elected.

    November 14, 2011 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  5. wanderer

    Based on his vision of ‘uproot all three branches of government and overhaul Washington', we can tell Mr. Perry might already know he won’t be elected to be the POTUS or even nominated.

    November 14, 2011 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  6. John

    I see, He decided that instead of taking Texas out of the union, he will take Washington out period. What a gigantic moron. Is this what the GOP has been planning all along? to wreak our form of government? vote these idiots out now before they do any more damage.

    November 14, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  7. damn texan

    no need for your plan because your not gonna make it there.

    November 15, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  8. metaphorical

    Does anyone believe that he will remember what it was he would dismantle?

    November 15, 2011 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  9. DoNotWorry

    Direct government by global megacorporations? I'll pass. Occupy!!!!

    November 15, 2011 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  10. Geo

    His proposals sound good but the devil is in the details. Government does need a overhaul. It has failed to respond adequately to the recession, unemployment and a myraid of other problems. Unfortunately, to simply attack government, to believe the solution to every problem is less government and less taxes does little to solve the problems and probably exasperates the problems. The only people who are going to tackle successfully the problems of big government or the social and economic problems of society are those who believe in government. Our society needs a healthier and stronger federal government: more efficient, more effective, more responsive.

    November 15, 2011 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  11. MazeAndBlue

    Both Perry and Cain are dangerous for America.

    November 15, 2011 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  12. MazeAndBlue

    Were did the republicans get these two candidates from. Surely there are better choices for the republican representation.

    November 15, 2011 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If he can do to Washington, what he has done to Texas, the United States will need to get foreign aid from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    November 15, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  14. RINO Bil

    Should be an effective plan. Perry's already managed to dismantle his failure-proof campaign and turn his Tea Party supporters on to other candidates.

    November 15, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  15. stevie

    Neuter Washington. Look what they have done to this country.

    November 15, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  16. Seattle Sue

    Perry is the prime example of an empty suit. All of these Republican/TP candidates are just too crazy for me.

    November 15, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |