Rick Perry formally announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination at Addison Airport outside of Dallas.
Perry was flanked onstage by former Navy SEALs Marcus and Morgan Luttrell. Taya Kyle, widow of ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle was also on hand to lend her support. A C-130, which Perry flew as an Air Force pilot, served as the backdrop. The atmosphere was fitting, as Perry spoke of the sacrifices of those who served, before turning his attention to the threats of terrorism and ISIS, and President Obama’s failed leadership.
Focusing on the economy, he alluded to Hillary Clinton declaring, “It’s time for a reset. Time to reset the relationship between government and citizens”, railing against Washington policies such as Dodd/Frank and ObamaCare that have stifled an economic recovery.
Turning to energy, Perry vowed to sign an executive order on ‘day one’ authorizing the construction of the Keystone pipeline. Tying energy to national security, he further declared he would sign a second executive order authorizing the export of American natural gas and oil to Europe as a step toward curbing Russian influence on the continent. “If energy is going to be used as a weapon, America will have the largest arsenal.”
Perry promised to secure the border, “Homeland security begins with border security.”
He vowed to rescind any agreement with Iran that allows them to develop nuclear weapons.
This is Perry’s second attempt at the nomination. In 2011 his campaign quickly sputtered after poor debate performances.