Perry Criticizes Obama’s Leadership At Conservative Summit

Texas Governor Rick Perry

DALLAS (MCT) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry slammed President Barack Obama on Friday, saying he failed to show decisive leadership on issues like the border crisis and terrorist threats abroad and accusing the president of recklessly overreaching his authority on other issues.

Speaking at Americans for Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit in Dallas, Perry stopped short of addressing his own presidential plans and did not mention his recent indictment.

“American leadership is needed now more than ever,” Perry told the crowd. “Presidential leadership is needed now more than ever.”

Perry, who is considering another run for the GOP nomination for president, said the Supreme Court has scolded the president 20 times for overreaching the powers of his executive office. But he questioned why Obama showed “willful neglect” on other issues.

For example, he criticized Obama for not doing more to secure the Texas border and for not visiting the region during a recent trip to the state.

“If Washington, D.C., will not do its job to secure the border, Texas will,” Perry said, referring to his order to send troops to the border.

He also dinged Obama for telling reporters Thursday that the country doesn’t yet have a strategy to deal with the Islamic State, the Sunni militant group wreaking havoc in Iraq.

“ISIS is not the junior varsity,” Perry said, using one of the Islamic State’s common acronyms. “It is a clear and present danger to the free world. And Mr. President, the peace of the free world requires presidential decisiveness, not dithering and debating.”

–Sarah Mervosh

The Dallas Morning News


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