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LAS VEGAS—The day after a combative debate performance that Rick Perry hopes will put new energy into his lethargic presidential campaign, the Texas governor offered up the outline of something else that has been missing thus far: a comprehensive plan to rehabilitate the economy.
In an arm-waving speech before the Western Republican Leadership Conference here, Perry previewed the broad outline of a plan that he said he will present in six days. Among its features, he promised, will be spending cuts, entitlement reform, and a flat tax
I want to make the tax code so simple that evenTimothy Geithner can file his taxes on time,” Perry said, a reference to the embarrassment that complicated the Obama treasury secretary’s confirmation in 2009.
In his appearance before about 200 GOP activists in a showroom at the Venetian hotel and casino, Perry kept most of his criticism trained on President Obama, whose “Keynesian politics will hopefully never, ever be tried again,” he said. “We can’t grow the bureaucracy in order to grow the economy.”
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