Texas governor Rick Perry broke through as a serious presidential hopeful Friday with a spirited speech to a cheering crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Perry brought the audience to its feet with a call to bring the successful conservative policies of red state governors to the national level.
“It’s time for a little rebellion on the battlefield of ideas,” the Texas governor said, paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson.
“We don’t have to accept recent history — we just need to change the presidency,” Perry continued. “We must elect the right kind of leaders to represent us to Washington.”
“Let’s take a red state. Shoot, let’s take Texas,” Perry said to cheers and laugher, before using his favorite U-Haul example: It costs more to rent a truck to go from San Francisco to Austin than vice versa.
A fired-up CPAC crowd cheered as Perry told them they deserved better than the Obama administration’s recent foreign-policy failures and ongoing economic woes. The longest-serving governor in Texas history even took a shot at the U.S. Postal Service: “Deliver the mail, do it on time and, heck, do it on Saturdays.”
“My fellow conservatives, the future of this nation is upon you — it belongs to you,” he shouted over roaring applause.