Gov. Rick Perry made an apperance on the FOX Business Network tonight to discuss his office's relationship with the White House, the latest poll numbers in the race for governor and the cancellation of a Border Governors' Conference that was going to take place in Arizona, until Mexican governors boycotted the meeting in protest of the state's tough new immigration law.
FOX doesn't seem to have an embeddable video option so check out Perry's segment on the FOX Business site. He talks more extensively about immigration in a separate clip.
On polling in the Texas governor's race:
"Latest polls... put you darn near close to even [with Bill White.] The trend ain't been your friend, is it because of this immigration line?" Cavuto said. "Like you, I don't put a lot of faith in polls," Perry said. "People want to hear solutions, they want to hear somethin' positive, and we're doing that ... I feel very comfortable at the end of the day, we'll have the great privilege of serving the great state of Texas for four more years."
On whether he will attend the border governors’ meeting if it’s not held in Arizona:
“I talked to Jan (Brewer) early on and I said, ‘Listen we’re not going to be coming to the meeting. Regardless of what anybody else is saying…We’re going to support you. It’s supposed to be in Arizona, and if other Governors decide they don’t want to come in some type of protest, frankly that’s their business and it’s their loss.’ That’s my call on it. I won’t be there.”
On the Arizona immigration law:
“Every state is different. I totally respect Jan’s position of being able to do what she feels and her legislature feels they need to be doing on that border. We’ve got 1200 miles of border and have been actively pursuing this issue of border security. You cannot have an immigration reform debate until you secure the border.”
On Texas’s relationship with the White House:
“We don’t get a lot of calls from this White House. I have frankly never had a call from them ... This is an Administration that clearly has Texas on its radar, and it’s in a bad way.”
On the Administration’s new moratorium on deep water drilling:
“That’s like shutting down all the airlines because one aircraft has crashed. It makes no sense.”