Tulsa, Oklahoma — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry said Monday there would be no need for a stimulus program if he's elected president because his economic plan will "get America working again."
The Texas governor, said the nation's "entrepreneurial spirit" would create jobs and that his tax policies would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn.
"No. 1 is don't spend all the money, you can figure out what that means," Perry said at the Tulsa Press Club event also attended by U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. "You won't have stimulus programs under a Perry presidency. You won't spend all the money."
Perry said his tax system would be "as light on the job creators as you can be and still deliver essential services. He also called for a more predictable legal system "that doesn't allow for over-suing."
As he has often said on the stump, Perry told the crowd that Washington, D.C. — not the country — is in decline and that he wants to prevent the federal government from being a burden.
The candidate didn't attack President Barack Obama directly during his remarks about the economy, instead only offering himself as an alternative.
"We have seen a clear thirst for leadership in this country," Perry said.
In the oil-rich Southern Plains — the Tulsa oil boom was so big a century ago that huge containers had to be built around town to hold the overflow — Perry called for additional development of the U.S. nuclear energy industry so the country can become as energy independent as possible.
Earlier Monday, Perry's focus was foreign policy. He said American military commanders should control U.S. military forces abroad, rather than "multilateral debating societies." He also said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' annual convention in San Antonio that the United States should take the fight to the enemy rather than wait for them to strike at home.