- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A fired-up Rick Perry told Iowa State Fair attendees Wednesday that he’s “mad as hell” and that restoring the country’s belief in the American dream will involve deconstructing the “crap” going on in the nation’s capital.

Washington, D.C. has decided that they are the fount of all wisdom. Washington, D.C. has decided that all decisions need to be made there,” said Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor who is running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. “You know what my answer to Washington, D.C. is? I’m mad as hell and I’m gonna do something about it to change it.”

The U.S. Air Force veteran also said there are many ways for people to give back to the country.

“I think it’s one of the reasons why we are a unique country — you can join the Peace Corps or you can join the Marine Corps, or anything in between,” he said, speaking on the Des Moines Register’s political soapbox at the state fair. “But give back to this country.”

“That is what we need in this country again is Americans who believe in the American dream, Americans who believe that you can attain the American dream,” he continued. “And we’re not gonna do it unless we deconstruct that crap that’s goin’ on in Washington, D.C., I’m tellin’ you — that is the challenge of our lifetime and you need a leader that understands how to do that.”

Mr. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, also called for getting back to being a “constitutional country.”

“Read the Constitution! Believe in the Constitution! Apply the Constitution!” he said. “That’s what we’ve got to do. We need a president of the United States that’s got a record of delivering.”

He said the country is going to have “8 years of a young, inexperienced United States senator, and I think from my perspective, he has gotten us in the ditch economically and he has gotten us in the ditch from a foreign policy standpoint.”

“It’s time for a president of the United States that actually has a record — this is gonna be a ‘show me, don’t tell me’ election,” Mr. Perry said to cheers and applause.

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