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get our complete schedule at www.c-span.org. >> we continue our coverage of 2016 presidential announcements with remarks from rick perry who spoke on june 4 two supporters in addison, a suburb of dallas. ♪
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[applause] [applause] rick perry: thank you. thank you very much. i love you, honey. you know, i was born -- i was born five years after the end of a global war that killed more than 60 million people. i'm the son of a veteran of that war, who flew 35 missions over war-torn europe. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: when dad returned home, he married mom. they started a life together. they were tenant farmers. they were raised during a time of great hardship and had little expectation beyond living,
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putting a roof over our heads and putting food on the table. home was a place called paint creek, too small to be called a town, but it was the center of my universe. for years, we had an outhouse. mom bathed on the back porch in a number two washtub. she also hand sowed my clothes until i went off to college. i attended paint creek rural school, grades one through 12. played football. was a member of the boy scout troop 48, became an eagle scout -- >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: i went off to texas a&m, where i was a member of the corps of cadets. [applause] i got my degree in animal science. i was proud to wear the uniform of our country as an air force
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officer, as an aircraft commander. >> [applause] [cheering] rick perry: after serving, i returned home. i returned home to those rolling plains and that big old sky of west texas, and i returned to farming. you know, there is no person on earth more optimistic than a dryland cotton farmer. >> [laughter] rick perry: we always know that a good rain is just around the corner, no matter how long you've been waiting. the values learned on my family's cotton farm were timeless. the dignity of work, the integrity of your word responsibility to community, the unbreakable bond of family. and duty to country.
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these are enduring values, not the product some idyllic past, but a touchstone of american life in our small towns, in our largest cities, in our booming suburbs. i've seen american life. i've seen it from the red dirt of a west texas cotton field from a campus in college station, texas, from the elevated view of ac-130 cockpit -- a c-130 cockpit and from the capital in texas. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: see, i had the great privilege to serve a rural community in the texas legislature, and i led the world's 12th largest economy. >> [cheering] [applause]
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rick perry: i know that america has experienced great change but what it means to be an american has never changed. we are the only nation in the world founded on the power of an idea that all -- that all are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: our rights come from god, not from government. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: our people are not the subjects of government, but instead, government is subject to the people. >> [applause]
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rick perry: it has always been the case that there's been this social compact between one generation of americans and the next to pass along an inheritance of a stronger country, full of greater promise and possibility. and that social compact, it has been protected at great sacrifice. it was never more clear to me then when i took my father to the american cemetery that overlooks the bluffs at omaha beach. on that peaceful, wind-swept setting, there lies 9000 graves. including 45 pairs of brothers. 33 of whom are buried side by side. a father and a son. two sons of a president. they all traded their future for
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ours in a final act of loving sacrifice. >> [applause] rick perry: in that american cemetery, it is no accident that each headstone faces west, west over the atlantic towards the nation they defended, the nation they loved. the nation they would never come home to. it struck me as i stood in the midst of those heroes that they look upon us in silent judgment and that we must ask ourselves are we worthy of their sacrifice? >> [applause] rick perry: and the truth is we're at the end of an era of failed leadership. we have been led by a divider who has sliced and diced the electorate, pitting american
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against american for political purposes. six years into the so-called recovery, and i might add our economy is barely growing. this winter, it actually got smaller. our economic slowdown is not inevitable. it just happens to be the direct result of bad economic policy. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: the president's tax and regulatory policies have slammed the door shut of opportunity for the average american who's trying to climb the economic ladder, resigning the middle class to stagnant wages and personal debt. weakness at home has led to weakness abroad. the world has descended into a chaos of this president's own making.
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while his president lawless, they construct an alternative universe, where isis is contained, that ramadi is merely a setback, where the nature of the enemy cannot be acknowledged for the 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. no decision -- no decision has done more than the president's withdrawal of american troops from iraq. let no one be mistaken. leaders of both parties made grave mistakes in iraq. but in january of 2009, when barack obama became commander in chief, iraq had been largely pacified. america had won the war, but our
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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. i saw during vietnam, a war where politicians didn't keep faith with the sacrifices and courage of america's fighting men and women, where men were ordered into combat without the full support of their commanders. to see it happen again, 40 years later, because of political gamesmanship and and dishonesty is a national disgrace. >> [applause]
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rick perry: but my friends, we are a resilient country. >> [cheering] rick perry: you think about who we are. we've been through a civil war. we've been through two world wars. we even made it through jimmy carter. we will make it through the obama years. we will do this. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: you know, the fundamental nature of this country is our people never stay knocked down. we get back up. we dust ourselves off. we move forward. and you know what? we will do it again. >> [applause] rick perry: i want to share some important truths with my fellow americans today, starting with this truth. we don't have to settle for a world in chaos and an america that shrinks from its responsibilities. we don't have to apologize for american exceptionalism or
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her western values. >> [applause] rick perry: we don't have to accept slow growth that leaves behind the middle class, that leaves millions of americans out of work. we don't have to settle for crumpling bureaucracies. we don't have to resign ourselves to death, decay, and slow growth. we have the power to make things new again. to project america's strength again and to get our economy going again. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: and that is why today, i am running for the presidency of the united states of america! >> [cheering] [applause] [cheering]
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[applause] >> run, rick, run! rick perry: thank you. it's time. it's time. it's time to create real jobs to raise wages, to create opportunity for all, to give every citizen a stake in this country. to restore hope, real hope. real hope to forgotten americans. there are millions of middle-class families who have just given up hope of getting ahead. millions of workers out there who have given up hope of finding a job. and yeah, it's time for a reset time to reset the relationship between government and citizen! >> [cheering]
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[applause] rick perry: you think of the arrogance of washington, d.c., representing itself as some beacon of wisdom with policies that are smothering this vast land, with no regard to what makes each eight and community -- state and community unique. that is just wrong. we need to return power to the states and freedom to the individual. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: today, our citizens and entrepreneurs are burdened by overregulation and this unspeakable debt. and debt's not just this fiscal nightmare. it is a moral failure. i want to speak to the -- i want to speak to the millennials just a moment. this massive debt that's passed on from our generation to yours.
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this is breaking of a social compact. you deserve better. i am going to offer a responsible plan to fix the entitlement system and to stop this that from your generation. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: to those americans who -- those, i might add, forgotten americans -- drowning in personal debt, working harder for wages that don't keep up with the rising costs of living, i came here today to say, i hear you. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: i know you face rising health care costs, rising child care costs, skyrocketing tuition costs, mounting student loan debt. i hear you, and i'm going to do something about it. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: to the one in five
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children in families who are on food stamps, to the one in seven americans living in poverty, to the one in ten workers who are unemployed, underemployed, or have just given up hope of finding a job, i hear you. you are not forgotten. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: i'm running to be your president! >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: for small businesses on main street, those that are struggling to just get by, that are smothered by regulation, they're targeted by dodd-frank, i hear you. you are not forgotten. your time is coming. the american people, they see this rigged game, where the insiders get rich, the middle class pays the tab. there's something wrong when the dow is near record highs and businesses on main street can't even get a loan. since when did capitalism involve the elimination of risk for the biggest banks?
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>> [applause] rick perry: capitalism is not corporatism. it is not a guarantee of reward without risk. it's not about wall street at the expense of main street. the reason i'm running for president is i know for certain our country's best days lie ahead. there is nothing wrong in america today that a change of leadership will not make happen. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: we're just a few good decisions away from unleashing economic growth and reviving the american dream. we need to fix a tax code that's riddled with loopholes, that send jobs overseas and punishes
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success. we've got the highest corporate tax rate in the western world. it is time to reduce it. bring home jobs. lift wages for those working families. you realize by the time this administration has finished with its experiment in big government, they will have added almost 600,000 pages of new regulations to the national register, the federal register. on my first day in office, i will issue an immediate freeze on pending regulations from the obama administration. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: that same day -- that same day, i will send to congress a comprehensive reform and rollback of job-killing mandates created by obamacare, dodd frank, and other obama era legislation.
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>> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: agencies will have to live under strict regulatory budgets. health insurers will have to earn the right to your money instead of lobbying washington to force you to hand it over. >> [applause] rick perry: on day one, i'll also sign an executive order approving the construction of the keystone pipeline. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: energy is vital to our economy, and i might add, to our national security. on day one, i will sign an executive order authorizing the export of american natural gas and oil, freeing our european allies from the dependence of russia's energy supply. >> [applause] rick perry: vladimir putin uses energy to hold our allies hostage. so here's our message. if energy is going to be used as a weapon, america will have the largest arsenal. >> [cheering] [applause]
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rick perry: we will unleash an era of economic growth and limitless opportunity. we will rebuild american industry. we will lift wages for american workers. it can be done. because it has been done. in texas. >> [cheering] [applause] rick perry: during my terms as governor, more jobs were created. [applause] in the last seven years, texas created 1.5 million new jobs. without texas, america would have lost jobs. [applause] we were the engine of growth
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because we had a formula. you control taxes and spending, you invest in an educated workforce and to stop frivolous losses. [applause] texas now has the second-highest high school graduation rate in the country. [applause] and it has the highest graduation rate for hispanic students and african-american students. we lead in the nation and exports, including high-tech exports. we passed tax relief and i'm proud to have signed balanced budgets for 14 years. [applause] we not only created opportunities, we stood for law and order. when there was a crisis at our border last year and the president refused my invitation
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to face that challenge, i told him, mr. president if you do not secure this border, texas well. -- will. [applause] because of that threat, because of that threat posed by jug -- drug cartels i sent the national guard. if you elect me as your president, i will secure that border. [applause] homeland security begins with border security. the most basic compact between the president and the people. it is to keep the country safe, the great lesson of history is
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that resolve brings peace and order, and weakness invites chaos and conflict. my very first act as president will be to with stand any agreement with iran that legitimizes the request to get a nuclear weapon. now is the time. it is the time for clear-sighted leadership. we have seen what happens when we elect a president based on media acclaim rather than a record of a compliment. -- accomplishment. this will be a show me, don't tell me election where voters look past the rhetoric to a real record. the question of every candidate will be this, when have you led? leadership is not a speech, it
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is not what you say, it is what you have done. [applause] rick perry: and we will not assign the kind of leadership we need by looking at that political class in washington. i've been tested, i've led the most successful state in america. [applause] i have dealt with crisis after crisis, from the disintegration of a space shuttle to hurricane katrina and rita, the crisis at the border and the first diagnosis of ebola in america. i have brought together first responders charities and people of faith. the spirit of compassion demonstrated by texans is alive all across america today.
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while we have experienced a deficit in leadership, among the american people there is a surplus of spirit. [applause] and among our great people, there is a spirit of selflessness. we live to make the world better for our children, not just ourselves. it is said that when king george the third asked what general washington we do upon winning the war, he was told that he would return to his farm and relinquish power. to that some of the monarch replied, if he does that he will be the greatest man of his age. george washington lived in the service of a cause greater than self. [applause]
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if anyone is wondering if america possesses the character of selfless heroes, i'm here today to say yes, i'm surrounded by heroes. they are in all generations. they are all different generations. they are woven together by the same thread of sacrifice. they are heroes, just like a soldier who survived in vietnam made it back to the safety of a water rescue, only to find out that his other team amber had been left behind -- team member had been left behind. he returned to enemy fire, retrieved his team member,'s winning -- swimming for two
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hours until they were rescued. [applause] heroes like marcus luttrell. [applause] he survived an attack on the side of a mountain, losing his three teammates. 16 fellow warriors were shot down trying to rescue him. he is not a lone survivor, to anita and me he is a second son. [applause] and another who suffered the loss of her husband. i think of her as a brave woman who carries the loss of chris's
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legacy. but she carries the grief of every family who has lost one to the war or its aftermath. anita and i want to thank her for her tremendous courage. [applause] america, america is an extraordinary country. our greatness lies in our people. each day americans demonstrate tremendous courage, but many of those americans have in knocked down and they are looking for a second chance. let's give them that second chance. let's give them real leadership. let's give them a future greatest -- greater than our past. let's give them a president that leads us in the direction of our highest dream, our best dream and our greatest promise.
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