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."