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Bridget Johnson


March 14, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) returned to CPAC this year with the 10th Amendment message that got him as far as he went in the 2012 GOP primary.

The governor also took a stab at that race in arguing that conservatism is not dead: “That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2012 and 2008.”

He strode onstage coming “from what many people might see as a foreign country” — a state with a balanced budget achieved with a part-time legislature.

“If we had a part-time Congress in Washington, would they really get less done?” Perry quipped.

“President Obama is campaigning full-time against the sequester he created,” he continued, noting the White House is closed to everyone but well-heeled donors. “It would be laughable if he hadn’t taken it one step too far — dangerously releasing criminals onto our streets.”

Perry slammed the administration’s release of immigration detainees, with sequestration blamed, as “politics as a craven form of cynicism where everything goes in order to win the next election.”

“But he’s more than willing to do a photo op to decry spending less than one percent of total budget,” he added.

Perry charged “we have turned the Constitution on its head” and let federal government seep into every part of society, saying the “crux of the debate” is whether America will “surrender to a massive welfare state” in the image of Europe.

“We care about our poorest Texans. We want them to have the best care possible… We are compassionate without being cynical.”

And don’t miss Next Generation’s members-only coverage of CPAC 2013 — featuring former Congressman Allen West and Michelle Fields.Click here to learn more.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Though it probably will get little media attention, Perry's was one of the most substantive speeches of the day on Thursday. He did not mince words about his fellow Republican governors who have signed on to the Medicaid expansion, saying, ""A federal policy of fiscal coercion is behind Medicaid expansion and unfortunately, some of our allies have folded."

He said quoted Obama who said, "We can't simply put more people into a broken system that doesn't work."
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Top Center March 14, 2013 5:20 PM

I'm not just sure which speech you listened (?) too, but the speeches I've heard have been outstanding. Our country would continue to be sorely served should it fail to avail itself of a leader who has credentials, like these, from running a HUGE State successfully over time. As this article points out - a state with a balanced budget achieved with a part-time legislature. They have won many awards for their effectiveness in supporting business and creating a winning mix of low taxes, reasonable regulatory structure, fair court system and world-class workforce. This Governor walks the walk!
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It is a shame Rick Perry sometimes is one of the poorest public speakers I've ever seen. Philosophically I'm with him 100%, but he'll never win a Presidential election.
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