Perry Hits Familiar Notes at Conservative Conference
Gov. Rick Perry may have abandoned his bid for the presidency, but today he stepped back into the national spotlight.
Perry spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, touching on many of the themes of his failed presidential bid — including a populist attack on Wall Street’s role in the housing crisis.
“Those paying the price are not the large banks who were overleveraged, not the insurance companies who took on too much risk, not even the executives who continued to reap these large bonuses even after the walls came tumbling down,” Perry said. “Nope. It was people like you and me. It was those of you in this audience and all across this country that are paying the price: average Americans.”
But the line that got the most applause was a reference to something Clint Eastwood said in a commercial that aired during last Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“If it’s halftime in America, I’m fearful of what the final score’s going to be if we let this president start the second half as a quarterback,” Perry said.
Notably absent in the speech was any mention of Newt Gingrich. Perry endorsed Gingrich last month when he ended his presidential campaign.