GOP presidential contender Texas Governor Rick Perry made a stop on the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier Thursday to make a speech–reaching out to veterans.
“I had the great privilege of serving 4.5 years as a pilot in the United State Airforce, volunteering my service to our country. I was proud to follow in my dad’s footsteps. Footsteps that many other individuals who understood that service and sacrifice is what’s made America great,” says Perry.
Perry told the crowd of mostly veterans that America needs to have the best funded and best equipped military on earth.
“When it comes to military funding, the question we must ask is not what we can afford to spend on our national defense, but what does it cost to keep America secure and safe,” says Perry.
Recently, the Obama Administration has changed the military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Perry says that was a mistake.
“I think our president made a huge error when he changed the policy, particularly in the middle of a war and two different theaters of war, basically using our military as a political tool to advance his bases position and their desire to make those individuals public,” says Perry.
According to the latest Winthrop University poll, Perry is in third in the South Carolina GOP race at nine percent.