- The Washington Times - Friday, March 7, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off Day 2 of the Conservative Political Action Conference with a rhetorical nod to President Reagan, declaring “it is a good morning in America” and telling conservatives they control their own destiny in returning the country to first principles.

He said that in states governed by Republicans, such as South Carolina, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Florida, taxes are low and spending is under control.

The “common denominator,” he said, is “conservative governors.”

Mr. Perry fired up the crowd by deriding what he called restrictive tax-and-spend policies in blue states like California, and regulations “larger than a 30-ounce Big Gulp” in New York.

“We don’t have to accept recent history — we just need to change the presidency,” he said.

One of the themes Mr. Perry hammered home in his address was school choice, saying that the U.S. Constitution does not allow the country to “federalize classrooms” or regulate “the air we breathe, the land we farm, the water we drink,” or “federalize health care.”

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The 2012 presidential contender said the human tendency not to cede power once acquired is a “bipartisan offense” — which makes sending the right people to Washington all the more important.

“You have the power to change America… you are the path to the future!” he said.

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