WASHINGTON D.C. (CBSDFW.COM) - Governor Rick Perry spoke in front of the Conservative Research and Educational Institution in Washington D.C. Thursday making brief remarks on the case against him in Texas.
On Tuesday he formally pled not guilty to abuse of power charges.
"I am very confident in this case and I assure you I will fight this attack of our system of government, and with my fellow citizens, both Republicans and Democrats, I aim to defend our constitution and stand up for the rule of law in the state of Texas," said a confident Governor Perry.
Perry then turned to more presidential topics.
"How about we start with comprehensive border enforcement?"
He called the crisis at the border a threat to national security.
"There is no briefing from far away that can capture the scenes along our border," said Perry.
The governor then criticized the president for declining his invitation to visit the border on his recent visit to Dallas for a Democratic fundraiser.
"So why not chopper down to the border and see what's going on? He turned me down, and to this day, the president has yet to see the direct effects on the border."
Perry later addressed terrorism in the Middle East and how it may one day cross over America's borders.
"The demands of national security always require dealing with the threats as they come. Better still, we deal with them before they come in the faithful and vigilant protection of the U.S."
Perry later took questions from the audience who were there for a forum on immigration.
He explained his solution to better border security -- specifically, boots on the ground, the use of drones and strategic fencing at the border.
The governor is hitting the road with scheduled appearances in states that would be crucial if he were to run for president in 2016, among them New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.
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