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A Moment From Rick Perry's Time On The Stump


From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

All this week, we're highlighting stump speeches from the Republican presidential candidates. On the docket today: Rick Perry. Last week, Perry visited a restaurant in Muscatine, Iowa called the Button Factory. And his focus was about job opportunities for the next generation.

GOVERNOR RICK PERRY: I'm so glad to see as many young people in this room as there is, 'cause this election is really about you and your age. As you all decide about where you're going to go off to college and then, am I going to have the opportunity to have a good paying job; am I going to have the same opportunities that my mom and dad had. And that's what this election is really about.

It's not about me. It's about the millions of Americans out there who truly believe that if we can get the governments from overtaxing and over regulating, and giving you your freedoms back - as government has gotten bigger and bigger, our freedoms have gotten smaller and more constrained.

Who's going to stand up for your generation? I'm not afraid to call Social Security a Ponzi scheme, a broken process, because you know that if it's not transformed that when you get to retirement age, it's not going to be there for you.

SIEGEL: That's Rick Perry on the campaign trail in Muscatine, Iowa last week. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.