Thursday, June 04, 2015
Rick Perry announces 2016 presidential campaign
“We have the power to make things new again. To project American strength again, to get our economy going again. And that is why today I am running for the presidency of the United States of America.
"We are a resilient country. We've been through a civil war, two world wars, the Great Depression – we even made it through Jimmy Carter. We will make it through the Obama years."
"We need to return power to the states and freedom to the individuals.
"Weakness at home has led to weakness abroad.
“The world has descended into a chaos of this President’s own making, while his White House loyalists construct an alternative universe where ISIS is contained and Ramadi is merely a setback, where the nature of the enemy can’t be acknowledged for fear of causing offense, where the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, the Islamic Republic of Iran, can be trusted to live up to a nuclear agreement.
"Let no one be mistaken, leaders of both parties have made grave mistakes in Iraq. But in January 2009, when Barack Obama became commander in chief, Iraq had been largely pacified. America had won the war, but our President failed to secure the peace.
“How callous it seems now as cities once secured with American blood are now being taken by America’s enemies, all because of a campaign slogan.
“Now is the time for clear-sighted, proven leadership. We have seen what happens when we elect a president based on media acclaim rather than a record of accomplishment.
"This will be a ‘show-me, don’t tell me’ election, where voters look past the rhetoric to the real record," Perry said.