The Washington Times - August 15, 2011, 02:03PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on the Republican presidential campaign trail in Iowa on Monday, said his economic record is second to none in the field of GOP contenders.

“I respect all the other candidates in the field, but there is no one that can stand toe-to-toe with us,” Mr. Perry told the Associated Press.

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He said that if elected, he would call for a six-month moratorium on federal business regulations that he said were holding down job growth.

The AP reports that the Texas governor, the longest-serving in the nation, didn’t mention Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by name, but emphasized his credentials on jobs and economic issues