NASHUA, N.H. — In a visit to New Hampshire on Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry told voters that President Barack Obama has failed to fix the economy.Perry recently announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for president.
Before a Politics and Eggs breakfast crowd that was larger than it has been in some time, Perry wasted little time in putting Obama’s fiscal policies in his Texas crosshairs.
“One in six work-eligible Americans cannot find a full-time job,” he said. “That is not economic recovery. That is an economic disaster.”
In an interview with News 9, the 61-year-old discussed his record and his devout Christian faith.
“I’ll just simply say I’m a big believer in the 10 Commandments,” he said. “Which one of those do you have a problem with? My faith is part of my life.”
On the economy, Perry said he would follow the template he built in Texas. He also didn’t back off Tuesday’s comments in which he said that if chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke printed more money in a strategy to help stabilize the economy, it’s akin to treason.
“Quit printing money. Quit devaluing our dollars,” Perry said. “Let’s get back to what works. Cut taxes, cut the regulations and frivolous lawsuits. Get America working again.”
Perry said he plans to spend a lot of time in New Hampshire and looks forward to hearing tough questions from Granite State voters.
“I don’t really trust many people that don’t have an opinion,” he said. “So, New Hampshire folks, Granite Staters, they’ve got opinions.”
A new national poll from Rasmussen released Wednesday showed Perry up 11 points against former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, followed by Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul. It is the first poll in months that doesn’t show Romney as the frontrunner.
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