Governor Perry wows audience at Reagan Library

By Debra Tash

Governor Rick in rose garden at meet and greet, Reagan Library

Texas governor, Rick Perry, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd Monday evening at the Reagan Library.  He touted the business friendly climate in the state where he was voted governor for three full terms.  “It’s nice to visit California even when I’m not recruiting businesses.”

He feels good about the coming mid-terms and said, “This president is going to get a taste of checks and balances.”

October 27th marked the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s “Time for Choosing” speech, given in support of Barry Goldwater during Goldwater’s failed 1964 presidential campaign.  The speech, marking Reagan’s launch into the public arena, was celebrated at Library earlier in the day.  Governor Perry referred to the milestone during his own speech.  He compared the choices facing the American people 50 years ago as being the same choices this generation must face, between big government and personal freedom.

Perry listed the external threats America now faces, from Iran to China to the Russian aggression in the Ukraine,  “When our allies are threatened we defend them.”  The governor referred to Obama’s ineffective “red line” in Syria and attributed the rise of ISIS to the President’s neglect.  Perry then went on to address the many scandals under the current the administration beginning with the IRS targeting citizens to the mishandling of medical treatment by the VA.

“Does anyone think this is the best our country can do?”

The governor touted his own state’s increase of jobs, a net of 1.3 million over his tenure.  “Capital moves where it is welcomed.”

The question and answer period was disappointing.  It was not open mike but canned questions read from cards.  However, Perry did admit he was ill prepared to run in 2012.  He had just had major back surgery on July 1st of that year.  He was in ill health, still recovering, and admittedly a bit arrogant, by being unprepared and unschooled in the major issues.  With a strong indication he would be running in 2016, the Governor assured the audience that would not be the case this round.  By their overwhelming positive reaction, it sounded like they’re ready for some real hope and change.

Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.


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