Published Date: 
Fri, 2014-03-07

Contact: Meghan Snyder, (202) 347-9388, [email protected]

Washington, D.C. – Today, Governor Rick Perry of Texas helped the American Conservative Union (ACU) kick off their second day of events by addressing an enthusiastic audience at CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists. 

Governor Perry energized the crowd saying, "Conservative governors trust the people more than the machinery of government." He continued, "The contrast with blue states is crystal clear." 

In discussing the state of Texas, Governor Perry said, "We have created almost 30% of the nations jobs, while keeping taxes among the nation's lowest." He continued, "We have demonstrated that no state can tax and spend its way to prosperity."

Concluding with a standing ovation, Perry declared, "You have the power to change America!"
The Honorable Rick Perry is the Governor of Texas. He has defended Texans' conservative values, fought for principled solutions to tough challenges and worked to implement a clear vision for better schools, more jobs, safer communities, and a brighter future. With low taxes and government spending, predictable regulations, a fair legal system, and increasingly accountable schools, Texas has led the nation in job creation with more jobs gained than any other state in 2010 and over the past ten years. Texans are safer because Governor Perry has pursued an aggressive border security strategy that is putting more boots on the ground, more helicopters in the sky, and more resources into the hands of Texas peace officers standing between Texans and the exploding drug-related violence across the border. He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Instead, Governor Perry was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending.
CPAC is taking place March 6-8, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, offering three days of blockbuster speeches, policy discussions and networking opportunities – all celebrating the shared principles of smaller government, a strong national defense and traditional American values.

For additional information, download the official CPAC 2014 app by clicking here, on Facebook, or on Twitter at @CPACnews and #CPAC2014.

Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the nation. For 50 years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. ACU defines conservatism, grows conservatism, and wins for conservatism.
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