Texas Gov. Perry: Congress, Obama Administration ‘Abject Failures’ at Border Security

November 9, 2010

This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” Nov. 8, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Texas Governor Rick Perry comes to Washington. What does he do? He takes the federal government to the wood shed big time. The title of Governor Perry’s new book is “Fed up — Our fight to Save America from Washington.” Governor Perry went “On the Record.”


VAN SUSTEREN: Governor, nice to see you, and welcome to our nation’s capital.

GOVERNOR RICK PERRY, R-TEXAS: It is a fun place to visit.

VAN SUSTEREN: There’s a lot going on, a lot of hot topics. I suppose you have seen the site in the House of Representatives over who is going to be minority leader, whether it will be Speaker Pelosi or not.

PERRY: They will get it all sorted out.

My focus is on getting those number elected member of the legislature to really go to the front not have to go to the back. There was a powerful message sent Tuesday. We want you to get the spending under control, get this government pushed back into that box we call the constitution, and allow the states to be the laboratories of innovation and competition.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you think the Republicans will be able to achieve that more easily or less likely if Speaker Pelosi is the minority leader?

PERRY: Speaker Pelosi has been a lightning rod. And so, again, I’ll let them figure that out. I know the issues are what’s really important here, and that’s to stop the spending, to get our tax structure back in place where it doesn’t punish job creators, and let the states, whether you block grant the Medicaid, Medicare — I even touched on my book “Fed Up” about Social Security. It is a Ponzi scheme it is broke. My children in their mid 20s they know this thing is no good.

VAN SUSTEREN: That’s the word you used, “Ponzi scheme” in describing Social Security, and compared to the Madoff crisis.


VAN SUSTEREN: Before we get to your book — lots happening in Mexico over the weekend. Not a surprise, but 20 more, at least, 20 more murdered.

PERRY: Five Texans lost their lives last week, including a Texas National Guard troop in Juarez who was killed. And my question to this administration, how many Americans have to die on that border before you really understand we need boots on the ground, a law enforcement presence, National Guard troops, predator drones flying in the air, that technology that those pieces of equipment have to give real-time information to law enforcement, to the local police chiefs?

We know how to secure the border, but this administration and frankly this Congress have been abject failures and have been for many years now. But we’re seeing our citizens being killed. And this is unacceptable.

VAN SUSTEREN: It is interesting. The big fight seems to be whether we seal the border and have comprehensive immigration reform at the same for do it in two steps. Does it even matter? We’re in the process of debating, or we are getting nothing done.

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