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Rick Perry: US Needs "Clean Break" From Obama Agenda

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 09:53 AM

In the clearest sign to date that he is looking toward a 2016 presidential run, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that the nation has come "to our own time for choosing" and is ready for a "clean break" from the agenda of President Barack Obama.

"We have indeed come to our own time for choosing. And the experience of these years has framed the questions for us in the clearest of terms," Perry said in a speech that evoked the famous delivered at Ronald Reagan's presidential library in Simi Valley, California.

Framing the next presidential election in terms of competing visions, Perry said he believes "that come 2016, if the American people are given the choice, they will be ready for a clean break from the Obama agenda" or anything resembling it.

While the speech included specific criticisms of Obama from the targeting of conservatives by the IRS to the disastrous rollout of the healthcare website, Perry spoke in broader terms of a crisis in leadership.

"Don’t we have an obligation to aim higher, so that our children can have lives of opportunity at least as good as ours?" he asked the audience, before laying out the challenge America will face in 2016.

"The greatest problem of all is that in the face of these troubles so many serious challenges, we don’t have the leadership to deal with it. We are experiencing a crisis of competence in America, and the people know it," he said, laying out the argument for smaller government and less taxes.

Although most GOP presidential candidates attempt to link themselves with Ronald Reagan's vision of limited government, Perry also aligned himself with the former president's vision on foreign policy and in contrast to two other potential candidates Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

"I don’t sense any desire among America’s friends and allies to see this country less engaged in their security, or less involved in their future," the governor said in embracing a less isolationist position.

Perry has frequently been at odds with Paul over whose foreign policy vision most resembled Reagan's.

In a July 11 editorial in The Washington Post, Perry directly challenged Paul's claim to the Reagan mantle.

"Yet Paul still advocates inaction, going so far as to claim in an op-ed last month in The Wall Street Journal that President Ronald Reagan’s own doctrines would lead him to the same conclusion. But his analysis is wrong. Paul conveniently omitted Reagan’s long internationalist record of leading the world with moral and strategic clarity," he wrote.

Perry may be smart to target Paul, who leads him in most early Republican primary polls.
According to RealClearPolitics average of recent polls, the Texas governor garners 6 percent, well behind Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (11.8 percent) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (11.6).

Perry has used the midterm elections to lay the groundwork within the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. In the first half of October, Perry's political action committee, RickPAC, has contributed more than $60,000 for Republicans in New Hampshire, according to the Houston Chronicle.

His PAC also put more $30,000 into the important caucus state of Iowa, where he has traveled to eight times since late 2013.

In addition to donating to GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown, Perry has directed $37,500 to 22 groups whose goal is to put Republicans into elected office, a good strategy to build a reputation among the state's political infrastructure.

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