Declaring his own presidential run
on Tuesday, Donald Trump took a swipe at former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign announcement that was made in a blistering hot airplane hangar, saying some candidates "didn't know the air conditioner didn't work."
"I'll let the Donald do what the Donald does," Perry told Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto"
afterward. "But we're going to be focused on the real issues that Americans care about, and they care about how we get this country back working."
Perry's announcement site may have been sweat-inducing, but was held in front of a C-130 prop plane like he flew in the Air Force, pointing out his military experience. The only other GOP candidate with a military background is South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Perry added that despite Trump's business prowess, it is Perry who is the "full package" when it comes to candidates.
Not only did he spend 14 years as governor dealing with hurricanes, a border crisis and a space shuttle crash, he also revived Texas' economy during the recession, Perry said.
"When you look at the state of Texas, it's somewhere around the size economically of either Canada or Australia," he said. "What we did over the course of those last 14 years is not small potatoes."
Texas created 1.5 million jobs in the middle of the recession by putting sound tax and regulatory policies into place, he said.
"Nobody's going to be able to stand on the stage and say, 'You know what, all of that in the same package and he's also worn the uniform of the country,'" Perry said.
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