One week after declaring his candidacy for the presidency, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, First Lady Anita Perry, returned to the Lone Star State. The Perrys met with friends and supporters at Abel’s on the Lake in Austin, where both delivered rousing remarks. I’ve included both of the Perrys’ remarks in the following video. Both talk about their first week on the trail, and Gov. Perry wastes no time before taking aim at President Obama’s economic record. Noting that one in six Americans who want jobs can’t find one, Perry said “Mr. President, that is not an economic record, that is an economic disaster.” Perry also zings Obama’s 2008 “hope and change” feelgood rhetoric.
Regarding Obama’s record that the governor referred to a couple of times, it continues to drive the president’s numbers down. A little over a year ago it was a bit eye-popping to see him sink well below 40% in Texas, a state where it’s fair to say his policies have never been popular. But now the president is down to 35%…in Pennsylvania.
Both Perrys refer to the heat in their speeches. Not only has Texas experienced a historic heat wave this summer, it might have topped 120 degrees in the venue.