CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Former Texas Governor Rick Perry started his tour of South Carolina Monday just a few miles down the road from where he announced his 2012 presidential bid.
But as he spoke to Citadel cadets, Perry laid out what he said he'd do as president, but not whether he plans to run in 2016.
Speaking to the Citadel's Republican Society, the former Texas governor seemed to flirt with the idea of being president, without quite saying he's definitely throwing his hat in the ring again.
"Should I run for president, and be so fortunate as to be elected, one of my first actions in office would be to invalidate the president's Iran agreement, which jeopardizes the safety and security of the free world," Perry said to applause from the audience.
Perry emphasized the need for a strong military and foreign policy, citing the recent nuclear negotiations with Iran.
"My point is until they get out of the terrorism business, I wouldn't have any negotiations with them at all, and I'd up the ante on sanctions," Perry said.
National defense could play a huge role in deciding the nominee in the South Carolina primary. The Palmetto State is home to eight military bases, and Gov. Nikki Haley declared South Carolina the most patriotic state in the country.
Perry didn't focus solely on foreign policy during his tour of the campus. He was accompanied by John Santorum, son of former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum and current Citadel Cadet.
Perry, himself a former Texas A & M cadet, told the students touring with him the punishments for disobeying an order at the two schools were remarkably similar.
Governor Perry continues his tour through South Carolina with two stops in Columbia Tuesday.