It was in this vein that Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the Heritage Foundation. Beginning with a feisty defense of law and order in his own, spurious indictment, Perry declared: “There are fundamental principles at stake here, namely a governor’s power to veto legislation and funding and the right of free speech. I’m confident in my case and I can assure you I will fight this attack on our system of government. And with my fellow citizens behind me … both Democrat and Republican I aim to defend our constitution and stand up for the rule of law in the state of Texas.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry warned a Washington, D.C. crowd that there's a "very real possibility" that terrorists from groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico.
"I am here today because I believe in the rule of law and because I did the right thing.
I will enter the courthouse with my head held high, knowing the actions I took were not only lawful and legal, but right.
If I had to do so, I would veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit again. I think any governor - Democrat or Republican - would expect this important unit, with jurisdiction over state officials, be led by someone who lives up to the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity.
The so-called "abuse of power" indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not only not going to hurt him in the 2016 GOP sweepstakes but it might actually help him. I say that because Perry immediately fired back at the charges with no hesitation, labeling the indictment the partisan political ploy that it really is. And in terms of threatening to veto legislation that would have funded the state's Public Integrity Unit, run by Travis County district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, Perry held his Texas constitutional ground. In a number of TV appearances, Perry not only said that he was legally authorized to defund the DA but that he would do it all over again if he had the chance.