Governor Rick Perry of Texas criticized President Barack Obama's Washington-centric approach to solving problems in a Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. Perry was asked by host David Gregory about the recent botched execution of a convicted murderer in neighboring Oklahoma and the announcement from Obama that his administration would be "analyzing" the use of capital punishment in various states. Perry said he was confident about how Texas administered executions, and then offered a critique of Obama.
"All too often, whether it's on health care or whether it's on education or whether it's on this issue of how states deal with the death penalty, he looks for a one-size-fits-all solution, centric to Washington, D.C.," Perry said. "And I will suggest to you that's one of the problems we have in this country. We're a very diverse coutry, and allow the states, on these issues that aren't addressed directly by the Constitution, to come up with the solutions. I think the country would be happier, for one thing, I know the country would be more economically viable."
In the interview, Perry also spoke about issues like the economy, Obamacare, the minimum wage, and his unsuccessful run for president in 2012. Gregory pressed Perry about the possibility he may run again in 2016, though Perry didn't answer him directly. Watch the full interview below:
Perry spoke to THE WEEKLY STANDARD in March about reaching the end of his lengthy tenure as governor:
“I’m comfortable that we’re leaving at an appropriate time,” he says. “I still think I’ve got a passion for what I do. I’ve got 11 months left. I’ve got a deal that I’m working on. I got lots of deals that we’re going to be working on.”
Those "deals" Perry refers to are attempts to woo companies to relocate or expand in Texas, a major component of his economic development scheme. As Fred Barnes reported for THE WEEKLY STANDARD last year, Perry’s recovered from his self-admitted “humbling” presidential campaign by running another campaign—this one on selling Texas’s low-taxes, low-regulation, business-friendly regime as a prescription for the nation’s economic ailments. It may also be the basis for a second presidential run in 2016, to which Perry remains open. ("If I decide to be a candidate in the future" is how he discusses it.)