Rick Perry Wraps Up Five Days in Iowa Speaking Foreign Policy

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Over the lunch hour Wednesday, former Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke at the Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security Forum. The focus of the event was foreign policy.

Governor Perry discussed his plans to rebuild the United States military, showed support for putting boots on the ground in Iraq in order to help eliminate the threat of ISIS, and discussed the nuclear situation in Iran.

“I can’t for the life of me figure out why we are negotiating with Iran,” Perry told a crowd of about 100 guests.

For Perry, the big question yet to be answered is whether he will make another run at the White House.

Should Perry decide to run for president, Radio Iowa news director Kay Henderson says he would enter the race in a different position than he was in 2012.

"He entered the 2012 race as the favorite, but enters the 2016 race in the back of the pack and has to prove himself to voters who already have a first impression of him,” Henderson said.

That first impression in Iowa might not exactly be a positive one.

Ahead of the 2012 election, Perry didn't campaign in Iowa until the day after the Iowa Straw Poll in August 2011.

It wasn't his only mistake before a fifth place finish in the Iowa Caucuses.

"He had an apocalyptic event on the debate stage which caused people to change their opinions about him,” Henderson told Channel 13 News.

This time around, Henderson says Perry isn't ignoring Iowa but using the state to launch his campaign.

"We're a few policy changes and a leadership change at the top from the best days this country has ever had," Perry said to the audience.

Events like this are key to getting him back in the good graces of Iowans.

"This was a good event for him to do. He has a military background. He can speak with specificity on military issues,” Henderson said.

According to a spokesperson for Perry, he will announce his intentions at an event in Dallas on June 4th.


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