WAUKEE, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a final sell to more than 1,000 Iowa caucus goers Tuesday, vowing to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in their lives as possible, a line he first unveiled when he announced his bid for the White House in South Carolina in August.
“If you give me the great privilege to serve you in Washington, D.C., I will get up every day and go to that Oval Office trying to make Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in your life as I can,” Perry told more than 900 caucus goers gathered at Point of Grace Church in Waukee.
In his five-minute speech, Perry shared the story of his upbringing in the small town of Paint Creek, Texas, and promised to wipe out President Obama’s healthcare plan.
Ann Romney, wife of Mitt Romney, spoke to caucus goers following Perry’s speech. Perry and Ann Romney hugged before they both took the stage. Perry later spoke at a caucus meeting at the Seven Flags Event Center in Clive where he touted his part-time Congress plan and pushed support for a balanced budget amendment.
Perry closed his speech in Waukee by asking voters to give him their support when they cast votes Tuesday night.
“God bless you all, thank you for coming out here today. I’d love to have your support and your vote. You keep America number one in your heart. You have my back today, tonight and for the next four years in Washington, D.C., I will have your back. God bless you, God bless Iowa, and God bless this great country that we love.”