Today at the Texas GOP convention, Governor Rick Perry spoke to a large crowd of enthusiastic conservatives. He touched on a myriad of areas in which Texas has dominated on a national level, ranging from education, to energy, to the economy.
“Government can’t be all things to all people,” Perry told the crowd. “Government can only create an environment where those who work hard and dream big can find success…Federal money is not free. It is the fruit of taxpayers’ labor.”
He went on to say that millions of Americans aren’t working “because Washington isn’t working. More americans are on food stamps than ever before. more americans have left the workplace than ever before.”
But Texas is different. Perry said, “There is a better way, and it’s called the Texas way.”
“We’ve created the best environment for job creation in the nation…More people are moving to Texas than to any other state,” Perry said. “More than 98 percent of all Texas jobs pay more than the minimum wage…The national Democrats think Texas is the new battleground. Well let’s be very clear. Texas will be their political burial ground.”
The governor then shifted the focus of his speech to national politics, unquestionably making many in the audience wonder if he plans to run for president in 2016.
He said, “Red states are creating jobs. Blue states, not so much. Rebuilding America starts with adopting red state policies in Washington. Elections have consequences…We need to set the stage for 2016 when we will re-win the White House.”
“Let’s roll up our sleeves, let’s get to work, and let’s build America,” Perry concluded.
Perry later told Breitbart Texas that while this speech likely marks the last time he will address a large group of conservatives as the Lone Star State’s governor, he won’t be exiting political scene anytime soon.
While Perry apparently has not yet decided whether or not he will run for president in 2016, he told Breitbart Texas that he plans to continue to spread “Texas model” ideas to other states in the nation.
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