Chad’s Morning Brief: Governor Rick Perry Blasts Phone Surveillance, Ted Cruz to Iowa, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of June 10, 2013. Give me your feedback below and tune in to The Chad Hasty Show for these and many more topics from 8:30 to 11am.
1. Rick Perry Talks Surveillance (link)
On Friday, Governor Rick Perry again sounded like someone ready to run for President. In San Antonio, Perry blasted the Obama administration over the phone surveillance program.
A hint of his intentions, though, may have come in Perry’s fiery tone and focus on non-Texas issues while addressing the National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs, a Republican grassroots group active in 14 states.
“We have an administration today that is taking alarming steps to infringe upon our rights in the name of consolidating their power,” Perry told about 200 activists who gathered in San Antonio for the organization’s national convention.
It was revealed this week that the National Security Agency has been collecting the phone records of hundreds of millions of U.S. phone customers. That includes users of Verizon’s land and mobile phones, but also those from other companies.
“Who knew, when you were watching the Verizon ad and the guy said, ‘Can you hear me now,’ that was really just a mic check for the Obama administration,” joked Perry, who drew a standing ovation.
He called the federal government’s secret surveillance into America’s phone records a “fundamental misuse of the massive power of the federal government,” and added, “These acts are something I would expect to see out of China but not out of the United States.”
Word of the phone surveillance came as the Obama administration already faces questions over the federal tax agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups and the seizure of journalists’ phone records in an investigation into who leaked information to the media.
“They have spied on us, they have intercepted reporters’ communications, they have unleashed the IRS to target conservative groups and not just conservative groups … Faith-based groups,” Perry said.
The governor also referenced the September 2012 attacks against a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“This irritates me to a great deal,” he said, “no one has the authority at the White House or the State Department to pick up the phone to send elite forces to save and rescue our ambassador in Benghazi. But someone high enough up in this administration is authorizing the tapping of over 100 million American phones.”
The actions and speeches that Perry has done lately continue to tell me that he will be running in 2016. I don’t think Perry has “check-out” as Governor, but his eyes are on the White House, not the Governor’s Mansion.
2. Cruz in Iowa (link)
Speaking of Texans whose eye’s are on the White House, Senator Ted Cruz will be headlining a GOP event in Iowa next month.
Firebrand conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will headline the Iowa GOP’s summer picnic, the state party announced Friday.
A first-term senator who’s distinguished himself as one of the most dogged critics of not just President Barack Obama but also fellow Republicans, Cruz will keynote the Des Moines-area picnic on July 19.
Cruz hasn’t openly flirted with running for president, though a previous National Review article about his White House ambitions, paired with a visit to the state which traditionally hosts the first nominating contest in a presidential election certainly won’t quiet speculation.
The Dallas Morning News reported earlier on Friday that Cruz would also speak to an influential group of pastors while in Iowa, as would Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, another Republican who’s flirted with running for president.
3. Campus Carry Dead? (link)
Could we have to wait another two years to see debate over campus carry start again? It’s possible according to one report. As of now it doesn’t look as thought Governor Perry will add anything to the current special session which means that the issue could be dead until the next legislative session.
Of course Governor Perry could call another special session at anytime to address campus carry and other issues.
If it’s a dead issue until the next legislative session than that means we have longer to put pressure on Republican lawmakers to pass the legislation. I’d rather have the next two years than have a weak bill that would have done nothing. Let’s start putting more pressure on these lawmakers.
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