May 7, 2015 10:39 PM

Rick Perry tells NH1 News: 'We'll have enough money to be competitive'

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MANCHESTER – Rick Perry says he isn’t worried about raising the campaign cash needed to run for the White House.

"We'll have enough money to be competitive. Are we going to raise more than anybody, no. But the presidency's not something that's for sale. It's about people's ideas," Perry said Thursday in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News minutes after the former longtime Texas governor landed in New Hampshire for a two day visit.

During his failed 2012 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Perry had much of the GOP money in Texas to himself. But this time around he’s facing competition for Lone Star State donors from a fellow Texan, Sen. Ted Cruz, as well as from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who both have family roots in the state.

Asked about such competition, Perry said “there’s a lot of money in Texas. There’s a lot of money in Tennessee, in Florida, in California. We’re going to all those places. There’s still a substantial amount of money in New York. Those are all places that we’re going to raise money.”

Perry spoke with NH1 News minutes before attending a Londonderry roundtable discussion at Freezer Warehouse with some business leaders and a couple of state lawmakers. This is his sixth swing through the first-in-the-nation primary state since last summer. Asked when he’ll make a final decision on a 2016 White House run, Perry said “we’ll make a major announcement in the next month or so.”

Perry arrived in the Granite State hours after a federal appeals court ruled that the once secret program by the National Security Agency to gather millions of phone records is illegal under the Patriot Act.

Asked about the controversial program, Perry said “we do need to be monitoring those that would do hard to the United States but at the same time I mean, listening in on phone conversations with my wife I don’t think is particularly of great interest and it’s none of their damn business.”

And if he were president, Perry said “I would make major changes in the program. I think Americans need to know that the federal government is not snooping on them.”


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