Rick Perry rallied conservatives attending the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference with a speech calling for Republicans to "wake the sleeping giant of American enterprise," and jokingly, "deliver the mail on time."
"Get out of the healthcare business. Get out of the education business. Stop hammering industry. Wake the sleeping giant of American enterprise," Perry said to a friendly crowd that eventually got on its feet to applaud him.
"It is time for Washington to focus on the few things the Constitution establishes as the federal government's role. Defend our country, provide a cogent foreign policy, and what the heck, deliver the mail, preferably on time and on Saturdays," said Perry who is clearly having a 'reset' moment as he considers another run for the GOP nomination to the White House.
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Perry, who opened CPAC's morning session said Republican governors like him are leading the nation's economic recovery.
The Texas leader says governors of Democratic-led states, in contrast, are promoting policies that produce higher taxes, out-of-control pensions and fewer jobs. Perry, a 2012 presidential contender, singled out New York and California as states where taxes are too high. He says that moving trucks don't even want to go to California.
Perry is among several prospective presidential candidates at the three-day conference.
Perry says the federal government should stick to national defense, foreign policy and delivering the mail — preferably on time and on Saturday.
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