Rick Perry focuses on Foreign Policy, Immigration and Unemployment at CPACPosted by Mona Salama on March 1, 2015
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Day two at CPAC kicked off with an energetic speech delivered from Former Governor of Texas Rick Perry.
Enlightening the audience, Perry referenced a “three points” bulletin, an infamous debate that cemented during his 2012 presidential flame-out. His three points focused on the current administration’s lack of policies that makes “our allies doubt us and our enemies willing to test us.”
Wasting no time hitting the issue of immigration hard, Perry touted his experience as governorship of 14 years to stop undocumented immigrants from crossing the U.S.- Mexico border last year. Recalling last year’s conversation with the president during his visit to Dallas, he told the president “if you don’t secure this border, Texas will and that is exactly what we did.” During the Q&A session, Perry was asked about his plans for immigration reforms. The governor didn’t offer specifics of his plan but called for an “aviation assets” to monitor the border.
Perry also focused on unemployment as he warned the crowd not to trust the figures Washington is feeding us in regards to low unemployment numbers. “The unemployment rate is a sham, it leaves millions of American workers uncounted.” Adding that it’s up to the Republican party to “take a stand for all the people that aren’t being counted in the unemployment.” Offering a tint of solution, he added that the “answer is not to expand the welfare state, it’s to build the freedom state.”
Similar to other 2016 Republican presidential contenders speaking, Perry criticized Obama on the issue of foreign threats like ISIS. Stating the new threat of the “Islamic State growing in the Middle East represents the worst threat to freedom since communism.” Comparing Obama’s leadership to former President Jimmy Carter, Perry added, “We survived the Carter years so we will be saved by the Obama years too.”
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