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Perry: ‘If it’s Halftime in America, I’m Fearful of What the Final Score is Going to Be’
By Matt Cover
February 9, 2012 

( – Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), referencing the ‘Halftime in America’ Super Bowl ad, said that he was “fearful of what the final score is going to be,” if President Barack Obama is reelected in November. 

“If it’s halftime in America, I’m fearful of what the final score is going to be if we let this president start the second half as the quarterback,” Perry said in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday in Washington, D.C. 

Perry’s remark was a reference to a Chrysler ad aired during the Super Bowl that featured Clint Eastwood talking about “halftime in America.” 

Perry touched on several hot-button issues during his speech – the first major address since he ended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in January – including the financial bailouts, ObamaCare, the EPA, and the 10th Amendment. 

Perry opened by making the case for conservative change on a grand scale, saying the GOP “can’t tinker our way to victory.” 

“What 2012 offers us is the chance to offer a starkly different vision for America,” Perry said. “We can’t tinker our way to victory – we’ve got to be bold. We’ve got to be clear. We must embrace constitutional conservatism.” 

Perry also said the debate could not be limited to how much to spend on one program or another, but should be focused instead on more fundamental questions of centralized political power. 

“The argument is not just about how much we spend on various programs,” Perry argued. “The argument must be about whether we continue to centralize power in Washington or [whether] we return it to the people, and the states.” 

Perry also criticized the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, saying that the president was “attacking the Catholic Church.” The rule, as part of ObamaCare, would require all health insurance policies – except for those in a church or seminary – to pay for sterilizations and FDA-approved contraceptives, including those that induce abortion. 

“Today, even our religious freedoms are under attack from the Obama administration in Washington,” Perry said. “Now, though, this administration is assaulting the Catholic Church and people of faith across our nation by forcing their pro-abortion agenda on religious hospitals, on charities, and on employees. 

“The Obama administration’s war on faith must be defeated,” said the Texas governor. 

Perry closed his speech by making a call for unity in the divided Republican primary electorate, saying that conservatives would not have to “settle” in 2012. 

“This election is about a smaller, humbler federal government,” Perry said. “You don’t have to settle, you don’t have to settle this election. You don’t have to resign yourself to the fate that this country is going to be less in the future than it was in the past.” 

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