This is the full speech from tonight’s Black Hawk County Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo, Iowa. I have also included the full Q&A:
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Seriously, I’m glad he decided to run.
Tort Reform, first time I heard it brought up and it is about time.
May be the first time for you, but Tort reform has been, and still is spoken of constantly, and especially during the healthcare debates.
Yeah, but they actually passed tort reform. In Washington, they have stopped talking about it. Where is it spoken of “constantly”?
Tim pawlenty pushed through reform of the tort system in his state as governor, and advocated for it as a presidental candidate. He just dropped out of the race. Tort reform was a centerpiece during the Bush champaign in 2004. Even Obama touted tort reform in 08.
I am all in favor of Perry’s views on the 10th Amendment (States’ rights) and a federal government that stays out of State decisions, but wouldn’t Tort Reform be one of those State issues? Perry (and other States’ Rights candidates) need to be very careful about calling for national solutions to problems that are more properly dealt with at the State level. It was good, for example to hear Perry talk about getting the federal govt out of dictating education policy.
I’m not sure any amount of favoring of the 10th Amendment will work until the 17th Amendment is removed. The whole reason to have Governors pick Senators was so that the States have a say in laws that are passed. It’d also be nice to have one half of the Congress be untouched by DC special interests. Anyhow, I think Tort might be more of a State-level issue. If I remember correctly, its laws are different depending on the State it’s in. I’m not sure of that, though.
Good speech and question and answer session.
He talks with no sincerity,every so often he checks his computer to get his key word,the subject that people want to hear.Good term for this” he talks like a politician”.Just like Obama
Wow, you must be from a different planet.
Surely, you jest.
Did you just listen to the same speech as we did? Perry’s about as sincere as they come.
Yeah, I can see where Rick Perry is exactly like Obama. Brilliant analysis. Have you thought about a career in political punditry? Perhaps for MSNBC?
Nobody talks like Obama. He’s a one of a kind – I hope.
Your comment could only come from someone without public speaking experience or training.
I am not nor would I ever be a politician but I have done a lot of public speaking and would never do a planned speech without either an outline or list of keywords.
I have been waiting for Rick to announce. Finally some excitement in the R party.
I’m actually glad he announced. The more the merrier.
He says that we need to focus on getting back to work before doing anything about the “immigration” problem. One of the problems is that there are so many illegals working, when so many Americans are not. So many illegals are getting free housing, free food, free medical, free education, free tuition- how is this going to help Americans get back to work?
My families farm employs several Mexican families. They each have a house on farm land. They work and live more freely, in some respects, than I do. Though their pay is low, and they work for every penny, it won’t be long before some Americans will want their situation over theirs. There probably are now. I still have a job, so I’m not there yet.
While I don’t really trust the guy (he gives me the creepy politician vibe)- I think he’s probably our best shot to win out of the available candidates. Honestly, with the weak field we have, I’d take a gamble on the riskier candidates so long as I trusted them…..but if we want a sure win- Perry can probably deliver so long as he’s not too damaged by the Bush parallels that are sure to be drummed up and delivered daily by the media.
By the time the election rolls around, Ron Paul could unseat Barry with ease. Ron Paul is calling for many things that Barry campaigned on. Barry broke them all, and Paul wouldn’t have a problem getting the independent and some of the dems to come out for him.
Barry is done, as long as we don’t have another McCain throwing the election.
While I agree with you on trusting and creepiness, I fear that if people keep thinking that we have to beat obama at all costs, no matter who with, we will never get out of the mess we’re in. I don’t know what the answer is, but I couldn’t bare to see dear leader get re elected, but I couldn’t stand it either if he were simply replaced by a soft version with an R after their name either. 🙁
Interesting name there. First hate to break this to you but Illegals actually take up very little of the work force. And yes we do need to focus on jobs, most people care most about the economy-when you can’t afford to eat or feed your children that tends to become your primary objective in life. Nothing can be done on immigration or even talked about until borders are closed down & this is something that Perry has tried to get done for past 11 years.
There are millions of illegals in America. If only 10 are working- that’s 10 too many, especially when American citizens are not. I know as much as anyone that jobs must be a focus, and we need to secure the borders. My focus on the past 3 years has been on how to stretch a dollar to pay for basic bills and groceries. However, the focus needs to remain on doing something about those who are here even after the border is secured.. Perry may or may not be wanting amnesty or a strong anti illegal policy. No one knows. He says the right things if he answers a question, but things like in state tuition, failing to sign off on e verify and other things tend to speak louder. I hear the same things and see the same things from him that I do from those who are pro amnesty.
“He says the right things if he answers a question…”
The same statement applies to Sarah Palin…and all the candidates.
In case you don’t know this, AbiC…
Ronald Reagan was the only US President to give amnesty to illegals.
He signed the Simpson-Mazzoli bill in 1986 which gave amnesty to about 3 million illegals.
[Yes folks…that was Alan Simpson (R) who co-authored that bill.]
People like to say that Sarah Palin is the next Reagan.
What’s her record on dealing with the problem of illegals?
And on Right-to-Work?
That is a huge issue for me.
People should be able to take a job without being forced to join a Union.
What is Palin’s position on that?
Alaska is not a RtW state.
Did she fight to get it passed there?
Perry worked for it back in the early 90’s.
It was passed there in 1993.
In the 80’s Perry was one of the ‘Pit Bulls'[they were called that back then] in the TX legislature who fought for austere measures in budget and budget cuts.
So Perry was a bloat-cutting pit bull long before our beloved Sarah even got into it.
I am getting irked by all this Perry-bashing, Rshill.
People are willing to overlook a lot of things in the background of the other candidates.
I don’t see the same level of scrutiny being applied that is now being focused on Rick Perry.
So I am ready to take the kid gloves off.
May the fleas of a thousand camels infest Perry basher armpits. Perry is to McCain what Superman is to Pee Wee Herman. One is a man, the other a mouse.
You might like to see the comparative college pics of Perry juxtaposed against those of O’s college pics. It’s probably a long way down the page at weaselzippers by now.
Obama will be a permanent blot in the history books, along with Jimmy Cahtuh.
Good on you Perse. Take it all off!
Yep…saw those the other day, after they were posted.
“millions of illegals in America.” Try 40 MILLION not the 12-20 million the MSM cites daily!
Small part of the workforce hmm. Maybe, but it’s at least a million jobs that American Citizens should have the chance to do. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/20/us-usa-immigrants-employmentexclusive-idUSTRE70J37P20110120
Excellent speech. Perry for prez. (wiping tears from my eyes) He is such a compassionate conservative. He is from Texas, he is a governor, he is a Christian, he was a pilot, …………….Oh my gosh! If he gets elected, it will be the ultimate irony. I am sure he will be much different though.
He sounds good, but insincere. I like him, but I don’t trust him. He’s my governor, BTW.
Been my experience when I see someone slamming Rick Perry & then claiming to be a Texan they are rarely even a Texan-they are a moved to Texas & now think suddenly they are Texan. News flash if your not at least 3rd generation your not a Texan. And anyone that thinks Rick Perry is a RINO or anything else is either lying or plain silly.
You’re making a lot of assumptions, chickie. I never said he was a RINO. He simply pegs my bullsh1tometer. Governor Goodhair tries a little too hard to convince me. Maybe his schtick works for you; power to ya. I ain’t buyin’ what Rick Perry’s sellin’. If you want to try where Rick fails, knock yourself out.
If it comes down to Perry or zer0, Rick’s my man. See how the primary thing works?
I know more than a few born and bred Texans who wouldn’t trust Perry as far as they could throw him.
Good for you, Dave. None of us should ever fall in love with a politician. None of them– Washington, Lincoln, Reagan– have been perfect and they all disappointed at points in their careers. They can and should be supported but we cannot look at them as our National Saviors. That’s Obama’s crowd. We are a republic, not a dicatatorship (yet) where we elevate our President to a position of a deity. Yes, we need a good, conservative President, but we *also* need a good conservative Senate and House to keep each other in check and focused and on the right track. So let’s elect good conservatives to the House and Senate who can propose legislation and solutions that a less-than-perfect President dare not veto, and a President who tears away at the bloated federal government and insane spending that the House and Senate dare not reject.
This is ridiculous, he is no way going to win anything. We are not going to relive Bush or what the left accuses us of being, dumb hicks. He’s a fake and he has a crappy Rino record, enough.
Perry is not Bush! That argument is not going to fly. He has a record that speaks for itself. I guess you have something against a Texas drawl like it is some sort of of plague. Bush analogies are not going to stick. Would you prefer to be eating Obama crap sandwiches for another four years???
Barry is almost impotent other than foreign affairs. That might be better than a globalist sellout RINO with new political capital to screw us with. I’m not sure that I want the RINO congress getting along too well with him anyway. It will be a republican version of Pelosi and Barry.
Plenty of Americans have something against a Texas drawl. It’s a fact. I’m not saying it’s right but you must admit that it’s a negative for Perry. It reminds people of Bush who most Americans still credit with the economic downturn. Bush did spend money like a drunken sailor and he did pile on with the every American deserves their own home bull.
Perry also has a crony capitalist problem as does Romney.
Most Americans don’t know who he is. He will be vetted now just like every other candidate.
So far he is as lifeless as T-Paw to me. I don’t feel any excitement to get actively involved to campaign for him.
Everyone has their own hot buttons. I am just as much against socialism as crony capitalism. I believe this is the right moment for a true conservative and Perry is not that person. He has increased the debt in Texas. Sounds like Bush to me.
jeannie you have already been busted on Twitter for being a liberal troll & now your busted again…you are so transparent it is not funny.
..don’t know much about Rick but I do know this:
(1) He is NOT Obama and
(b) if he gets elected, he’s gonna annoy the hell out of the libs with the accent, the 4H and Boy Scout anecdote, and the religious reference.
Also he’s an Air Force type; what’s not to like.
Oh he’ll annoy “libs”? I can tell you he’ll annoy more than them when the real Rick Perry starts to ooze through that Armani suit.
You don’t think that he will be using that new toll road NAFTA super highway he stole land from citizens and gave to international interests for the purpose of continuing the trafficing of drugs across the border that were grown by our troops in Afghanistan, do you?
Did I understand you correctly? You believe our troops are growing drug crops in Afghanistan? really?
growing, guarding, shipping,…………..you decide
I’m for Palin but yeah he’s going to annoy libs with that accent, thought the same thing.
visions of GW
Much more charismatic than GWB. Much more savvy with a podium and a microphone.
By the way, ignoring libs is great. What’s better. Libs can suck it I want them annoyed as much as possible. I’ve been annoyed to no end by O’. Nothing against S.P. but he is way easier on the ears than she.
It cracks me up to hear Palin supporters even bring up the issue of Perry’s accent.
They really shouldn’t go there.
When Sarah Palin hits those girly high notes…and bounces up and down with her speech levels…it reminds me of Julia Child the cooking lady.
I mean, I love her a lot.
But I’m not the only one who cringes at her way of talking sometimes.
It’s gotten better…so she must be working on it.
But it’s still there.
Yeah, they’re already calling him Elmer Gantry.
There is a very good chance Perry will be the next POTUS. God bless Texas 😉
he is about heartland common sense…some north easterners might think he is a hick…but i would vote for a common sense hick over a chicago law professor who lies
I agree with your premise, but as far as having heartland common sense – I’m still in the discovery mode.
Perry/Ryan please. thanks.
Genuiness. So refreshing.
Gawd, I wish he wasn’t from Texas. Anyone notice the same mannerisms that he has, as the other texan?
I’m skiddish on perry.
Have a sugarcube and some grass, and unhobble yourself. He’s from The USA.
okay that was funny!
Hot damn! Chris Christie, sir, your services as President won’t be necessary after all. Thanks..
Yes, one RINO is enough.
Wow, it’s refreshing to hear someone talk about real issues as opposed to the gauzy BS that emanates from the Teleprompter of President Downgrade.
nobody goes from the House of Representatives to the Oval Office, period.
Supporters of Texas Governor Rick Perry are not going to like this article at all. Right now, Republicans all over the United States are touting Rick Perry as the “Republican messiah” that is going to come charging in to save America from the presidency of Barack Obama. Many believe that if Rick Perry enters the race, he will instantly become the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in
2012. Perry certainly looks the part and he knows how to give a good speech, but when ordinary Americans all over the country take a hard look at his record, they may not like what they see.
The truth is that Rick Perry is a big-time globalist, he has raised taxes and fees in Texas numerous times, he has massively increased the size of government spending and government debt in Texas, he has been trying to ram the Trans-Texas Corridor down the throats of the Texas people and he tried to force young women all over Texas to be injected with the Gardasil vaccine. No, Rick Perry is not going to save America. In fact, he would likely be very, very similar to both Bush and Obama in a lot of ways.
Don’t believe the lies spread by Perry’s critics, such as Johnry here
Read this article
It actually has FACTS backed by sources
Rick Perry is NOT a conservative.
The girl in the video is awful, ignorant and possibly illiterate. All the bullcrap that comes out of her mouth is rebutted throughly here:
I like listening to him, like what he has to say, the way he says it. And no matter what else, I believe he really does love this country, contrary to the person and persons who occupy the WH at this time.
I don’t know if he’s “all that” politicially, but I do know he’d be head and shoulders above the marxists who are trying to destroy this nation and re-make her into their own image.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I do believe we are looking at the next President of the United States of America!
It’s to Perry’s credit that he got any votes at all in that Iowa Straw Poll.
Perry has been outspokenly against Corn Subsidies.
Iowa is still our corn capital, after all.
If anyone watched that FoxBusiness video that I posted the other day…they would’ve seen Perry say that he was for incentives instead of subsidies.
He explained how corn subsidies have hurt our Protein Producers.
Beef and Poultry prices have shot up as an unintended consequence of corn being used for bio fuels…when there are other bio fuels that we could be giving incentives to.
I think we will see even more forceful speeches coming from Perry as he recovers more fully from his recent back surgery.
He hit the ground running after he had that.
I don’t know how he’s done it.
This doesn’t have anything to do with this particular commentary but…have any of you read the latest Whitehouse Insider: Part One segment on newsflavor.com? I hate to admit I’ve gotten a little hooked on those postings by Ulsterman..any thoughts?
No Rick Perry.
Perry’s Problematic Pals he has an alliance with Stealth Jihad
We need someone who is not this blind. I couldn’t vote for him, knowing this. Romney is also out for me. I’ve had enough of this willful blindness. This is from the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s mission in the U.S. is “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
The Navy Seals were no accident.
Muslim Brotherhood In Our White House – Vetting Obama
It’s like inviting the NAZIS in, during WWII. Please pass this post to all you can. I think the people in Washington have to be the most un-informed bunch around. They’re the smartest though, just ask them. They run car companies, banks, medical care, retirement, and supposedly the safety and security of America.
THE MUFTI OF BERLIN: ARAB-NAZI COLLABORATION IS A TABOO TOPIC IN THE WEST
Claiming that Rick Perry “has an alliance with Stealth Jihad” is completely outrageous, NJK.
Perry has been an outspoken supporter of Israel for a long time.
So who are you supporting to go up against Obama?
More stupidity from Perry critics
14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President
The nonsense Jim is sharing is rebutted here:
Where Obama is professorial, Perry is folksy. Where Obama is detached, Perry is passionate. And where Obama depends on his teleprompter, Perry speaks extemporaneously making direct and effective eye contact with the audience.
The net result is that Perry comes across as a man of the people, not a member of Obama’s University of Chicago faculty lounge. And unlike the patrician Romney, Perry has the oratorical skills to give voice to the nation’s anger and fears about Obama.
From the American Perry v Romney http://blog.american.com/2011/08/perry-vs-romney/
Praise God a TRUE believer and AND not THE one IN THE WHITE HOUSE that deceives and is playing Christian.HE PLAYED US WELL BUT NO MORE HE IS A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING.THANK YOU LORD YOU GIVING US A CHANCE TO TURN THIS NATION BACK TO YOU
Praise GOD WE HAVE A TRUE BELIEVER IN PERRY and i BELIEVE HE IS CALLED BY GOD and not like the one in the WHITEHOUSE who IS A WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING and is playing Christian.WELL NO MORE PLAYING US MR.POTUS.GOD IS giving us another chance to turn this nation BACK TO HIM! THANK YOU LORD
Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas Sends Warning to Republicans Nationwide About Perry’s Tax and Spend Record:
It doesn’t matter what feelings you have about Governor Perry, whether you love him, hate him, or are indifferent, the fact of the matter is that if he is elected president, he will pull this country out of the ditch. It’s just that simple.
I know this is premature, but I think we’re looking at a landslide victory, even against the Soros/MSM/Democratic complex. He is going to embarrass Obama in November.
The 14 reasons why Perry would make a bad president thing has been SO debunked and is getting SO tiresome to see it over and over again in comments. It was written by a diehard Ron Paul supporter and his army is out in force posting it wherever they can. Here’s a great source of information on Perry that includes the pros and cons and actual facts, leaving the reader to make up his/her own mind about him. As Reagan once said (paraphrased), if you agree with 70%, then put your support behind him/her: