It’s Official – Rick Perry Announces Presidential Candidacy – Updated

Texas Governor Rick Perry has made his presidential candidacy official. He kicked things off with a statement on his website coming out swinging at President Obama.

What I learned in my 20’s traveling the globe as an Air Force pilot, our current president has yet to acknowledge in his 50’s – that we are the most exceptional nation on the face of the earth.

As Americans, we believe freedom is a gift from God, and government’s prime function is to defend it.  We don’t see the role of government as a nanny state, and we recognize there is no government money that wasn’t once earned through the sweat and toil of private citizens.

That’s why we object to an Administration that sees its role as spending our children’s inheritance on failed economic theories that have given us record debt and left far too many unemployed, threatening not only our economy, but our security. Our reliance on foreign creditors and sources of energy  not only compromises our national sovereignty, but jeopardizes our national future.

America’s place in the world is in peril, not only because of disastrous economic policies, but from the incoherent muddle known as our foreign policy.  Our president has thumbed his nose at traditional allies such as Israel and Great Britain.

We will not sit back and accept our current misery…because a great country requires a better direction…because a renewed nation requires a new president.  That’s why, with faith in God, the support of my family, and an unwavering belief in the goodness of America, I am a candidate for President of the United States. (Read More)

He also delivered a speech to a crowd of 500 in South Carolina touting his success as Governor of Texas.

Yesterday at an event in Alabama Perry called Obama a “threat to every private sector job out there.” How true.

Update: The climate change alarmists aren’t at all impressed with Perry. Good.