Republican Candidates Campaign

By: AP
By: AP

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted President
Obama's handling of the economy and says his own record of creating jobs qualifies him for the White House.

Perry told nearly 400 activists that he's created 1 million jobs
while governor of Texas, all during a stretch where the nation was
losing 2.5 million jobs. Perry says he'll take a record of cutting
taxes and regulation to Washington and says the Texas rebound
proves that it works.

Perry was joined at a county GOP picnic by fellow candidates Ron
Paul and Thaddeus McCotter, but Perry was getting the bulk of the

Perry pointed to claims that record levels of food stamps are
helping the economy grow, and says that's a sign of failure.

POINCIANA, Fla. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Michele
Bachmann claims the U.S. has more energy resources than any other
country but isn't exploiting them because of radical environmentalists.

Bachmann says with shale oil, natural gas and coal, the United
States shouldn't be "begging" others for oil and energy supplies.

She said "we are the king daddy dogs when it comes to energy."
But she says environmentalists are preventing resources from being

As president, Bachmann said she would unlock those resources and eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

Bachmann spoke at a town hall meeting in a central Florida
retirement community Saturday. She is in the middle of a three-day
swing through Florida.

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