Gov. Rick Perry was up for a live chat @SquawkStreet.
The financial cable network, CNBC, was touting Texas as “pro-business,” the message that the retiring Republican governor has been carrying around the country under his own power, taunting the (mainly Democratic) governors of competing states.
(Perry, who is not seeking reelection this year after the longest time served as governor of the Lone Star state, is said to be taking a look at another bid for the Republican presidential nomination.)
“My friend, Rick Scott reminds me that No. 2 is a good spot for Texas,” Perry said of Florida’s governor as he named a host of fellow Republican governors from Louisiana to New Mexico fostering pro-business environments.
“We don’t take any time off,” Perry said. “I wish Washington had that same understanding about competitiveness.” Washington should “allow these states to really compete against each other,” he said, citing Obamacare as one of the “top-down” issues foisted on the states.
If Texas is business friendly, he was asked, is it also environmentally friendly?
Nitrous oxides and ozone levels are down, he said, while the state’s population is up.
“You can safely, environmentally soundly, produce these resources,” he said, and “natural gas is the fuel that is going to drive the world in the future.”
“Innovation is what has driven this country from its inception,” Perry said, calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get off the blocks on fracking.
Perry also confronted questions about his state’s low standing in public education, countering this with high graduation rates. “We are getting a good result out of our expenditures,” he said, suggesting that New York and California cannot say the same.
Asked about Chipotle asking customers to leave their guns at home, the governor said: “People get to make decisions about where they shop everyday.’
Has he made up his mind about 2016?
“I have not.”
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) May 20, 2014