Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday outlined his case for another presidential bid in perhaps his most explicit terms yet.
The likely 2016 Republican contender said in an address at the Reagan Library in California that after eight years of the Obama administration, America will be ready for a major change — then held up Texas as a model for that new path.
“Thinking on the next two years, I doubt very much that after this season of disappointment, mediocrity, decline, a slow correction in course is what voters are going to be looking for,” Perry said according to prepared remarks. “I believe 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 like it.”
He said the Democratic Obama presidency has been marked by “slow growth, static wages, scarce jobs, an expansion of entitlements and a narrowing of possibilities for the working people of this country.”
In Texas, by contrast, the job market is booming, taxes are low and “private enterprise” is thriving, Perry said.
“[M]iracles cannot be explained,” he said of the so-called “Texas Miracle.” “Economic recovery can be. It can happen anywhere in America. Growth and job creation far beyond what Americans have gotten used to these past six years. It can happen anywhere in this country, from Massachusetts to California, it is just waiting to happen. It is just a matter of whether we’re going to continue on the path of the last six years or choose a different path for our future.”
SOURCE: KATIE GLUECK