Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry describes the federal government’s commitment to securing the U.S. border with Mexico as “lacking and almost nonexistent." During a breakfast roundtable with reporters on Monday in Washington, D.C., he told Newsmax that he favors a two-pronged approach to immigration reform: border security first;
then dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants who are already in the United States.
Perry was in the nation’s capital to promote his new book, "Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington." With a foreword written by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the book makes the case for returning power to the states and to the American people through a constitutionally limited federal government.
The Constitution clearly does give some responsibilities to the federal government, Perry told Newsmax, adding: “Securing our borders is something they [the federal government] must do . . . Americans want to see that border secured and drug cartels pushed off that border.
“Then we can have a conversation about how we reform the immigration policies . . . I don't think the American people trust Congress to do them."
Perry, who was just elected to an unprecedented third term as Texas governor, said the midterm elections were all about spending and sending a message to Democrats and President Barack Obama that “You’re spending too much money on programs we don’t want. The healthcare bill, I would suggest, is ‘Exhibit A’ — a program that costs too much money.
“Do they [the Democrats] want to have a conversation about how to make healthcare more accessible and more affordable, yes? That bill was not it.”
On taxes and the struggling economy, Perry said he believes that the government should “cut the taxes. You cut the regulations, and you let the free market again become a very powerful engine of economic growth.”
The Bush tax cuts, which expire at the end of the year, should be made permanent, he said.
Perry served as lieutenant governor of Texas under George W. Bush for two years and took over as governor a decade ago when Bush resigned to become president in 2000.
Will Perry follow in Bush’s footsteps and run for president, perhaps in 2012? Perry told reporters at Monday’s breakfast that he wanted to clear up a recent reference he made in which he said he didn’t know what he was going to be doing in four years.
"The Lord may have a different game plan for me. My point was I may not be alive in four years,” Perry said, insisting, “My plan is to be alive, and I plan on being the governor of the state of Texas.”
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