Texas' former Republican Gov. Rick Perry says he agrees with Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings' description of Texans as being "crazy."
Speaking before over 300 conservatives at the Red, White and Blue gala of the American Principles Project (APP), who ponied up $300 apiece to hear Perry and Louisiana's GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, Perry said, "He (Hastings) called Texans crazy. He is right. We’re crazy about jobs. We’re crazy about opportunity, and we’re particularly crazy about the Second Amendment and the Tenth Amendment.
"What we’re not crazy about is a government that taxes too much, borrows too much, spends too much," the Dallas Morning News reports.
Perry, who says he has 80 major donors signed on to his leadership PAC in preparation for his run for the GOP nomination for president in 2016, used the occasion to lambaste the Obama administration and establish his own credentials for the White House.
"Looking at 2016, we can’t be looking to elect a critic in chief. We have to elect a commander in chief," The Hill reports
"Americans face a very important choice for the future," Perry said. "Will we continue to follow the Washington model of reckless spending and taxes, job-killing regulations and a government that’s too big to work, or will we choose the red state model that’s alive in my home state, where taxes are low, regulations are reasonable and opportunity is on the rise?"
He added, "I’m skeptical that an agent of change can come from Washington."
Perry told the crowd that Obama "dithered" when Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded the Ukraine, has abandoned Israel, failed to defend America's borders and ignored the separation of powers with his executive orders on immigration.
He blamed the Obama administration for "the loss of American blood and treasure in places like Tikrit, Baghdad and Fallujah," The Hill reports.
"Gov. Perry is undoubtedly unafraid of what he believes," Sean Fieler, chairman of APP, told the group, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Although Perry has not officially announced his 2016 candidacy, there is little doubt of his White House ambitions. He's headed for New Hampshire next week for two days and plans to visit Iowa in March, the Dallas Morning News reports.
By May or June, Perry said, he will decide whether or not to run, The Hill notes. Perry still faces a criminal indictment stemming from his veto of funding to the office of a Travis County district attorney who refused to resign after a DUI. Last month, a Texas judge upheld the charges of abuse of power and coercion of a public official against Perry, which Perry considers to be politically motivated..
"I think it’s time we started thinking bigger," The Hill reports that Perry told the crowd.
"I happen to know we can unleash growth and opportunity and restore the American dream for the middle class, and I know it because it happened in the 13th largest economy in the world. It happened in my home state."
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