Standing in front of a steel plant in Pittsburgh, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will lay out his job-creation plan on Friday morning. Perry says his plan will create 1.2 million jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil by removing environmental regulations and expanding domestic energy exploration.
In appearances Friday morning on CNN’s American Morning, Fox & Friends, NBC’s Today show, CBS’s Early Show, and ABC’s Good Morning America, Perry described his commitment to restructuring the Environmental Protection Agency to make it an arbiter of conflicts between states rather than a “one-size-fits-all” agency. He also said he would roll back "job-killing" regulations.
Energy exploration will be crucial to his plan, which would be carried out in the first 100 days of his term, largely by executive order. "I’m not sure that you have to have that type of legal system that locks down the opening up of our federal land and waters," he said on Today.
Perry has seen support from likely primary voters tumble from 38 percent in August to 16 percent today, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, but he said he is untroubled by the drop.
"Polls are going to go up and down," he said on Today. "It's going to be a long race, so I don't worry too much about polls."
The Texas governor's wife, Anita Perry, said in a speech in South Carolina on Thursday that her husband had been "brutalized" by his opponents. “Family members always take these campaigns substantially more personally than the candidate,” Gov. Perry said on American Morning, and he told Fox & Friends that Americans can expect to see more of his wife on the campaign trail.
Perry refused to repudiate a controversial comment by supporter Robert Jeffress, a Texas minister who called Mitt Romney's Mormon faith a "cult" last Friday. Perry said on Good Morning America that while he didn’t agree with Jeffress’s statement, “I can’t say that he can’t say what he wants to say.”
The whole controversy is a sideshow, according to Perry. “If I have to spend all of my time disassociating myself with what someone says about me—or, for that matter, if President Obama has to disassociate people who support him with things they say—we are not going to get much time to talk about how create jobs in this country, and that is what Americans are interested in,” he said on CBS’s Early Show.