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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Hits Up NYC On Job-Poaching Tour

Perry Defended Direct Approach To Trying To Woo Businesses
Texas Gov. Rick Perry in New York City - June 19, 2013 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry in New York City – June 19, 2013 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is wrapping up a five-day tour of Connecticut and New York, where he has been trying to woo businesses down south.

On Wednesday, with the smell of smoked brisket enticing taste buds at a Manhattan barbecue restaurant, the chief executive of the Lone Star State hoped his southern charm would work on local businesses, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.

“There’s a place in this country where you can keep more of what you work for, that’s got a great climate, and I’m not talking about just the weather,” Perry said. “Texas is a great place to live, to raise a family and have a business.”

Perry said New York has Broadway and the Empire State Building, “but their tax burden, their regulatory climate, is fairly onerous to the businessmen and women.”

He said 1,400 people move into Texas every day.

The conservative Republican former presidential candidate started out the week talking to gun manufacturers in Connecticut and this afternoon was spending his last few hours in the city.

“Venture capital. We’ve talked to hedge fund guys,” Perry said.

While other governors may take a more subtle approach to talking with businesses in other states, he launched an ad campaign on radio, as well as cable and local television.

“Because advertising works,” he said.

Perry said they’ve launched similar campaigns in California and Illinois that drew businesses to Texas.

“Competition is sometimes uncomfortable. But it will make you healthier and make you stronger,” he said.

Of course, politics wasn’t left out of today’s discussions.

“I’m really intrigued with having a national conversation, hopefully a very civil discourse, about red state vs. blue state policies,” he said.

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