Thursday, June 4, 2015
Rick Perry poised to try again for presidency
ADDISON, Tex. — Four years after a disastrous first campaign for the White House, former Texas governor Rick Perry announced here Thursday that he will try again, and the contrast between then and now could hardly be greater.
Perry made it official Thursday at an airplane hangar north of Dallas, where he was surrounded by military veterans and with a C-130 transport plane, which he flew in the Air Force, as his backdrop.
Perry’s announcement included sharp criticism of President Obama’s leadership at home and abroad. Perry said it is time to reset the relationship between the government and its citizens.
“We have the power to make things new again,” he said. “To project American strength again, to get our economy going again. And that is why today I am running for the presidency of the United States of America.”
He promised to return power to the states, boost economic growth, reform the tax code, tackle entitlements programs, reduce federal regulations, secure the border, protect the middle class, build the Keystone XL pipeline. Internationally, he said he would, as president, rescind any nuclear agreement with Iran negotiated by the Obama administration.
Perry said 2016 would be a “show-me, don’t tell me” election, where voters look past the rhetoric to the real record. The question of every candidate will be this one: when have you led? Leadership is not a speech on the Senate floor, it’s not what you say, it’s what you do.”
Perry served for governor of Texas for 14 years, longer than anyone else in history, and he stressed his executive experience as an asset going forward. But as he begins his second campaign, he continues to be trailed by questions about he can overcome the negative impressions he left behind after his first campaign.