LAS VEGAS – After his strongest debate performance since his entrance in the presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry shared a portion of his forthcoming economic growth plan which he will unveil in next week in South Carolina. The economic growth plan will include a flat tax, spending cuts, a balanced budget amendment and a call for entitlement reform.
“In six days, I’m going to release the details of an economic growth package that will create jobs, create growth, create investor confidence in America again,” Perry said at the Western Republican Leadership Conference Wednesday morning. “Scrapping the three million words of the current tax code, starting over with something simpler — a flat tax. I want to make the tax code so simple that even [Treasury Secretary] Timothy Geithner can file his taxes on time.”
Perry expressed his commitment to cutting spending and reforming entitlement programs, but offered no specifics. The Texas governor, who touts his own success in balancing the budget in the Lone Star State, made a call for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
“I will barnstorm this country from day one going to all 50 states if that’s required to generate the support for a balanced budget amendment that will require the necessary, that will demand the necessary changes be placed in our Constitution and make tough choices year after year,” he said.
The Texas governor, who came out swinging in Tuesday night’s debate, attempted to differentiate himself from the other candidates, characterizing himself as anti-establishment.
“I am not the candidate of the establishment. You won’t hear a lot of shifting nuance from me,” Perry said. “I’m going to give the American people a huge big old helping of unbridled truth that we can’t continue to spend what we’re spending, that we can’t avoid entitlement reform because we’re afraid of the third rail of politics.”
Perry’s appearance at the debate and speech Wednesday morning marked his first appearance in Nevada this campaign cycle, and he presented a more energetic persona than in previous weeks. Perry bounded onto the stage at the Western Republican Leadership Conference full of energy, at times even sounding like a yell-leader.
“Let’s get Washington out of the way in order to save and preserve the American way. Let’s do it. Let’s roll,” Perry said as he closed his speech while shaking his hands in the air.