CONCORD, N.H. – Rick Perry transitioned from pushing his immigration message to slamming the link between Wall Street and Washington, D.C. Wednesday along with urging the New Hampshire legislature to override a veto on right-to-work legislation.
“If you pass into law a right- to-work law, you may join my home state and take over the title of the state that’s creating more jobs in American than any place in this country,” Perry said to a standing ovation by Republicans at the New Hampshire State House. “Unions have their proper role in America but you shouldn’t be forced to join one to feed your family. It should be your choice.”
As pro-union members assembled outside booed the Texas governor from the balcony of the assembly, Perry’s appearance came over an hour before the legislature voted to override Governor John Lynch’s veto of a right to work bill. The veto override measure failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed by 12 votes. At a town hall yesterday, Perry predicted the passage of right-to-work legislation would make New Hampshire the “crown jewel” of the Northeast.
The Texas governor delivered one of his most energetic speeches in recent weeks before the legislative body, showing the Texas governor in his element speaking to legislators as he cited historical New Hampshire yarns and derided the recklessness of politicians in the nation’s capital.
“Washington politicians have acted like Black Friday consumers, engaging in a spending spree that puts our children’s future on layaway. Their motto is we buy now, they pay later,” said Perry at the state house.
Throughout the morning, Perry adopted a populist tone, lambasting the ties between Washington, D.C. and Wall Street titans. “Americans were snookered into deals with zero down and balloon payments and the regulators fell asleep at the switch,” Perry said at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Nashua. “These wall street high rollers, they hatched these get rich quick concepts and ideas and they profited and they were betting against America…that is what is so offensive to me .. those who didn’t see it coming, well they got bailed out.”
Perry attempted to distinguish himself as the lone outsider in the race, a characteristic he has increasingly promoted as politicians like former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who served in Congress for twenty years, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who sought the Republican nomination in 2008, lead the Republican pack.
“You don’t have to sit back and take it anymore. You don’t have to resign yourself to choosing between Washington insiders. You don’t have to settle for modest reforms that amounts to basically reshuffling the status quo. You can reach beyond the confines of the beltway and choose bold change from a true Washington outsider.”
During the question and answer session at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast, the topic of immigration was never raised as it was at each event Tuesday. Instead, the discussion focused on the economy, social security and foreign policy. One voter asked Perry to explain in detail his proposal to shut down the Iranian Central Bank, but the Texas governor offered no specific answer, saying only that the U.S. is faced with “bad options.”
“The idea of shutting down their central bank which basically shuts down their ability to do business, but we’re down to really bad options here. I don’t know what a medical analogy would be, but I don’t want the doctor standing by my bed and giving me those two options,” Perry said. “Allowing them to get a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.”
“I know there are people who say the price of oil is going to go through the roof, but listen we don’t have good options here.”
Perry’s two events Wednesday marked the end of his two day swing through the Granite State in what will likely be his last trip to New Hampshire until after the Iowa caucuses. The Perry campaign is expected to enhance its presence in Iowa within the coming weeks. Perry travels to California Wednesday for two days of fundraisers as his campaign attempts to raise money to carry him deep into the primary.
As Perry left his morning event in Nashua, he was asked about his latest gaffe, calling the New Hampshire primary, the “New Hampshire caucus,” but the Texas governor shook it off, admitting he’s prone to mistakes.
“I did. Yep. I’ll do that from time to time,” said Perry.