Rick Perry Focuses on Failures of the Obama Admin at Road to Majority Conference


Former Texas Governor Rick Perry addressed the crowd at Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C. His focus centered on the failed policies of the Obama’s administration, ISIS, and the issue of abortion.

Previous presidential hopefuls gave their remarks on the horrors that occurred last week in South Carolina, where nine people were shot to death inside a church in Charleston. Perry condemned the shooting as a “heinous hate crime.”

“That depraved individual didn’t just take the lives of black Americans. He gunned down nine children of God,” Perry said

Perry’s remarks of Charleston shooting drew controversy on Friday from an interview he did with Steve Malzberg’s Newsmax TV show. Misleading headlines from social media and news outlets quoted Perry as referring to the Charleston shooting as an “accident” which led to huge criticism. A spokesperson for Perry’s campaign responded to the remark, saying the government intended to say “incident.”

After addressing the shooting, Perry used the rest of his speech to criticize President Obama on foreign policy:

“We have been led by a divider, slicing and dicing the electorate and pitting Americans against each other for political gain.”

Perry blasted the Obama administration for allowing the growth of ISIS by withdrawing our troops from Iraq:

“Weakness at home has led to weakness abroad, the president’s withdrawal of troops from Iraq. We won the war, but the president failed to secure the peace.”

Towards the end of the speech, Perry cited during his tenure as governor, he has done more to protect unborn life compare to the other presidential contenders in the crowded field. “A lot of candidates say the right things about protecting life,” he said. “But no candidate has done more to protect unborn life.”

Perry’s pitch on the issue of pro-life helps him to differentiate himself from other 2016 contenders based on his record on the issue of abortion. As governor, Perry signed into legislation a ban on abortions after 20 weeks as well as parental notification and consent.

In emphasizing his record and experience on social, economic and foreign issues. Perry looks to distinguish himself from the crowded presidential field.

Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a PolitiChicks political reporter based in New York City covering politics and NYPD. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign trail from the road and at home. Prior to joining PolitiChicks, Mona started with Wayne Dupree's WAAR where she covered NY politics, 2014 mid-term elections, and the NYPD. In 2015, DC Gazette considers Mona as one of the 20 rising Conservative stars. She was cited as "generally one of the most stunning women in political commentary with a huge future ahead of her, we’re pretty sure Mona Salama will soon easily be the next Andrea Tantaros and a common conservative household name." Currently she is finishing her Masters, all while at the same time covering the 2016 Presidential race, in Public Policy at John Jay College in New York City. Mona can be followed on twitter at @MonaSalama_ and email: [email protected]

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