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Gov. Rick Perry: ‘I Dislike Washington; I Think It’s A Seedy Place’

Texas governor and potential GOP nominee Rick Perry called in to The Laura Ingraham Show in his first national radio interview as a presidential candidate. And quite an interview it was, with Perry gamely addressing several issues that have sprouted in the media since he first entered the race.

Host Laura Ingraham asked Perry how he felt about the dislike he’s inspired in people formerly close to President George Bush, like Karl Rove:

Look, I’ve got great respect for the Bushes. I don’t think there is a more honorable man, a better man than George H.W. Bush, one of the finest men I’ve ever met in my life—he and Mrs. Bush. They’re like everybody’s grandfather, you love them. They’re just really good people. And they taught their children. But at the end of the day, I’m Rick Perry, and I am who I am. I’ve got my own record. I’m not George Bush. I don’t try to be. I respect him, I consider him to be a friend. We’ve talked to each other a couple of times within the last–you know his birthday was July the 6th.

The Governor also addressed his signature “bluntness” — a lack of self-censorship that has drawn some criticism in recent days:

With all due respect to anybody that’s out there either directly or indirectly criticizing me because I speak plainly, I call it like I see it. Look, I am not an establishment figure, never have been and frankly I don’t want to be. I dislike Washington; I think it’s a seedy place. Our country is in trouble and I don’t have the privilege to sit on the sideline and watch our country be destroyed economically by a president who has been conducting an experiment on the American economy for the last two and half years. My wife told it like it was when she looked me in the eye and said listen, you have to do your duty. And that’s what I’m doing.

He then got down to brass tacks, as it were, calling out rival candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for his work on the state’s health care reform legislation. “I truly believe that you have to have the free market in play with our health care,” said Perry. “I think ObamaCare, which was modeled after the Massachusetts plan, is an absolute debacle.”

He then made a very serious pledge:

Ingraham: Can you make a promise right now–this is a really important promise–a pledge on The Laura Ingraham Show, that you will never vacation in Martha’s Vineyard?

Perry: I’m not even sure if I know where it is….Hey Laura, I’ll promise you one other thing, I’ll come on your program any time I can.

It is located in Not Texas, Mr. Governor.

Have a listen to the full interview, courtesy of The Laura Ingraham Show:

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