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August 11, 2011
Perry Interview: Yeah I'm Running
There's not really what you'd call a campaign theme here, but you can see bits and pieces that will shape that. It's not very specific, but it does show his emphasis, which will be economic.
He drops bits of his biography into his answers, about Texas and his wife. Part of his burden, of course, is convincing the country that it's okay to vote for a Texas governor again.
Halperin: Tell me what being a Texan means to you.
On his agenda, his first 100 days:
That is obviously an issue that is always in conversation or in your mind. At lunch today, [South Carolina Rep.] Tim Scott and I were talking about, “What do you do in the first 100 days?” So, yes, it’s not a, as we go through the appropriate thought process of making a decision about whether or not we’re going to run for the presidency—there’s certainly a parallel track that is ongoing about what do you do when you get there. What [are] America’s needs? And I’ve boiled it down pretty quickly to the four principles that we put in place in Texas that have worked rather well while the rest of the country has been going through some—most certainly the big states—pretty rough times. Texas has—I won’t say we’ve somehow totally missed this recession—but we’ve weathered it better than any other state from the standpoint of job creation. I think that is inarguable. But, don’t spend all the money. I mean, in Washington D.C. if you want to just get down to the pure epicenter, the nucleus of the problem in Washington D.C., is they’re spending too much money. Have a tax structure that’s fair, and as low as you can have it, and still deliver the services that the people require. Have a regulatory climate that is fair, predictable. Predictability is so important. Today in Washington D.C. the idea of predictability in the regulatory climate—it’s not there. That’s the reason there are so many people sitting on their money rather than investing it and taking the entrepreneurial risk. Then obviously, the fourth is to have a legal system that doesn’t allow for over-suing. And then government needs to step back and get out of the way. Stepping back and getting out of the way at the federal level is about allowing the states to compete against each other, the idea that Washington knows best how to educate our children, or knows best how to deliver health care our citizens, or for that matter knows best how to clean up the air. There are examples of each of those that I could go into, but I don’t want to filibuster here.
Here he manages to discuss his decision to run, his wife's support and counsel, and repealing ObamaCare:
Did you [and your wife] say, let’s sit down and figure this out today?
Don't shoot the messenger on this, but I think maybe he makes a big error in his foreign policy question:
I know if you run, you would have foreign policy positions—you give speeches on that. But what are sort of the basic tenets of Rick Perry’s view of America in the world?
Unless the Latvian PM gave him permission to float that, that's a diplomatic error. The claim will be made (and it's a fair point) that in an effort to name-drop some foreign policy credentials, he outed a confidential discussion with the Prime Minister of a foreign country.
It is possible, though, that Obama has so alienated Latvia that the PM didn't even say it in confidence. But I doubt that. Few heads of state outside Venezuela or Iran or North Korea are comfortable publicly running down the flaws of whatever President sits in the Oval Office.
Over at Hot Air, Perry is in a virtual tie with Romney as he gears up to officially enter the race. 17/15, with Bachmann at 12.
Ben and Caleb Howe have been kind enough to invite me down to Charleston, SC, for RedState's gathering, where Perry will give a speech making his intentions known, he says.
So I'll be heading down there tomorrow and staying through Sunday for that. (Perry's speech is on Saturday.) I've never actually seen Perry speak before, and I'm curious to see if he's actually good (as people say).
I might be able to get a short interview.
They've asked me to do a live podcast on Saturday, after Perry's announcement (and the other speakers at the event). That's at 9 PM Eastern. So I'll be doing that, too.
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