Texas Gov. Rick Perry, one of Mitt Romney's strongest critics in the primaries, says he is "absolutely" behind the Republican nominee and his message of economic renewal tied to returning more power to the states.
"There is only one quarterback on the team," Perry, who competed against Romney for the nomination, said in an interview Wednesday with Fox News' Neil Cavuto.
Asked about whether he had been able to put aside his differences with Romney, Perry, said, "Oh, absolutely," adding that he believes Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan are committed to doing what Republican governors have done around the country — make progress on jobs and new economic development.
"That is what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will bring to Washington, D.C.," he said, adding that a Romney administration would give states greater authority to make decisions on a range of issues, including "healthcare, and education, and transportation infrastructure."
"Those are messages that I think resonate with the citizenry of the country," Perry added.
Perry also called Ryan "a great pick" for Romney's running mate, describing him as the "one person in this country" who can attract younger voters to the Republican Party.
"I think [he] really has the ability to go right into that 20-something-year-old, who is just starting a career, who is maybe just starting a family, and saying, 'Here is the reason it is important for the Republicans to be elected into this slot so that we can make sure we save Social Security, make sure we save Medicare. And I'm the guy working with Mitt Romney to make that happen.'
"Powerful message," Perry said.
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