Rick Perry stresses veterans issues, states rights in Mt. Pleasant speech

Published: Jun. 9, 2015 at 2:59 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2015 at 3:04 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC - Joined on stage with half a dozen veterans, Gov. Rick Perry stressed the importance of state rights and securing the nation's border.

"It requires the personnel, it requires strategic fencing in the metropolitan areas," Gov. Rick Perry said when asked about immigration reform." Once you get that done, then you can have a conversation about immigration reform, but not until."

The former three term Texas governor is barnstorming South Carolina on the heels of announcing his campaign for President.

He said he is confident that he can attract enough financial resources to launch a formidable bid for the White House.

Gov. Perry said he learned a lot from his failed 2012 campaign for the White House. He added that he plans to run a much different campaign.

His message to voters, however, remains similar.

When asked what his solution is to improving schools, Gov. Perry had this to say:

"I trust your Governor and legislature and your teachers and parents working together to come up with it (the solution)," he said. "I don't think Washington is the fountain of all wisdom."

And when it comes to foreign policy, Gov. Perry took a jab at President Barack Obama.

"If I were Commander in Chief today, you wouldn't be hearing me say we don't have a plan to deal with ISIS," Perry said. "We would be engaged with our allies in the Middle East to eliminate ISIS."

Gov. Perry said he is open to sending American troops overseas if diplomatic and strategic options were exhausted.

"If we have to go, we will go with power and we will go with expedition and we will crush the adversary," he said.