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MARK THIESSEN: Rick Perry’s very good week – The Washington Post

August 23, 2011

Rick Perry’s very good week

By Marc A. Thiessen, Published: August 22

Manchester, N.H.

He left his cowboy boots in Austin, but Gov. Rick Perry brought some Texas straight talk to New Hampshire. “Live free or die, you’ve got to love that,” Perry told an audience in Bedford last week, adding that the state motto reminded him “of a little place down in Texas called the Alamo.” Perry’s promise to make Washington “as inconsequential in your lives as possible” is resonating in libertarian New Hampshire. He has moved into second place here after just a few days in the race, registering 18 percent support among Granite State Republicans.

The secret to Perry’s success? One word: jobs. As Perry explained in Portsmouth, he has “ten years of leading a state that inarguably has the best record of job creation in America — no offense to any other candidate, but no one else is close to that.” As if on cue to prove Perry’s point, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday that Texas had added another 30,000 jobs in July — the state’s 10th straight month of job growth.

At Epoch Homes, a Pembroke modular home-builder, Perry held a town hall where he explained the Texas model: keep spending low and put a stop to over-taxation, over-litigation and over-regulation. “We’re over-regulating ourselves out of work,” he said, pointing out that new regulations under the Obama administration last year cost American businesses $26 billion — money that could have created 650,000 good-paying jobs. That made sense to Dave Quinn, who has worked at Epoch three years and says regulations are preventing Epoch from expanding and hiring more workers. “I like his big push on deregulation,” Quinn told me. “I’m undecided, but that push to give control back to the people, that’s what’s really swaying my position to support Governor Perry.”

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