Sunday, December 28, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry pitches jobs in Philly fund-raiser

Texas Gov. Rick Perry held his first presidential campaign fund-raiser in Philadelphia this afternoon and sat down for an exclusive interview with PhillyClout before speaking to an audience of about 110 people at the Four Seasons Hotel. The word of the day for Perry was jobs, a theme he repeatedly returned to, no matter what question was asked.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry pitches jobs in Philly fund-raiser

Texas Gov. Rick Perry held his first presidential campaign fund-raiser in Philadelphia this afternoon and sat down for an exclusive interview with PhillyClout before speaking to an audience of about 110 people at the Four Seasons Hotel.  The word of the day for Perry was jobs, a theme he repeatedly returned to, no matter what question was asked.

Perry stressed his record in the last decade in creating jobs in Texas.  He said that grew from keeping taxes low, governmental regulations "fair and predictable" and preventing "over-suing" in the legal system.  In short, Perry says the federal government should stay out of the way and let business "do what the private sector does best."

Perry didn't mention President Obama by name but took two clear shots at two key presidential policies: Health care reform and transportation infrastructure.  Perry said the federal government should not tell the states how to handle those issues.

"I mean, the idea that Washington DC is going to get us out of this mess, from the standpoint of printing more money and putting more stimulus out there and raising taxes, it's a dream," Perry said. "Actually, it's a nightmare."

Perry steered the conversation back to jobs when we asked how he hoped to break the cycle of Republican presidential candidates losing Pennsylvania in every election in the last two decades.  He did the same when we asked how he might recover from a fall-off in support after a rough path on the debate circuit.

We noted that many Republicans clamored for Perry to enter the race, unhappy with the other GOP candidates.  That clamor has now turned to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  And advice for Christie, we asked?

"You know what?" Perry told us. "Everyone who is taking a look at this thing will come to the right conclusion on their own."

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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