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Ahead of Elections, Perry Channels the Gipper in Reagan Library Speech

Veronica Zaragovia/KUT
Gov. Perry at a press conference announcing the state's infectious disease task force on October 7, 2014.

Gov. Rick Perry was at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California last night, talking about next week's elections.

Perry's speech played off a 1964 speech by Reagan called – perhaps fittingly, in light of Perry’s presidential aspirations – “A Time for Choosing,” which launched the career of the “Great Communicator” and future president.

However, presidential allusion aside, the speech wasn’t Rick Perry throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Although the Reagan Library's JoAnn Drake couldn't help but point out the Governor's obvious posturing for that race.

“He's also been traveling overseas,” she said. “And making more than a few visits to the state of Iowa.”

Perry's deferment of his possible entry into the 2016 race, doesn't mean the governor didn't use the time to claim success as Governor, saying low taxes, low regulation and a strong business climate have contributed to Texas' economic growth. He also pointed to what he considers the key deficiencies in the Obama Administration. He also let the crowd know the steps he's already taken to be ready this time around, if he runs.

“24 months ago, I started a very methodical process,” Perry said. “Coming out here to the Hoover Institute, sitting down with Henry Kissinger, talking about domestic policy, foreign policy.”

Those are all things he did not do heading into his failed 2012 presidential run.

Perry told the crowd he may or may not run, but, if he doesn't, it won't be because he wasn't prepared.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.
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