On Tuesday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC, Texas Governor Rick Perry was asked how he is different today versus when he was a 2012 presidential candidate:
“Preparation to run for the highest office in this country in the most influential position in the world requires an extensive amount of preparation. Whether it’s domestic policy, whether it’s monetary policy, whether it’s foreign policy. And I did not not prepare. You know I was a bit arrogant, been elected governor three times. I mean what could be harder than that being the Governor of Texas for twelve years?”
“Preparation is the key to it. And that’s the thing that I’ve been working on for the last 22 months. Spent time with Henry Kissinger yesterday, he’s a great example of it. George Shultz out at the Hoover. AEI. With the Brookings Institute folks. I mean listening to both sides, absorbing that, listening to them, coming up with concepts and ideas of how to deal with this myriad of issues that you face as the leader of the free world, and before that as a candidate. And you’re going to be tested. And you’re going to this be tested greatly. as you should be.”
Governor Perry was asked if being president is what he really wants to do. He replied that public service is something that he has been passionate about since his days as an Air Force pilot, at the State House, as Agricultural Commissioner, as Lieutenant Governor, and then as Governor for nearly 14 years. He said that if the right policies were put into place, the United States would “explode economically,” especially with new energy policies that would lower prices and incentivize manufacturing.
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