"What we did in Texas will work anywhere," former Gov. Rick Perry said Friday, a day after he announced his second bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
He said Texas' success includes tax policy, regulatory policy and a legal environment that doesn't allow for excessive lawsuits. Lowering the U.S. corporate tax rate by 10 percent will raise middle-level wages by 5 to 10 percent, he said.
"Every blue collar worker in the country ought to be saying, 'Perry, I'm going to vote for you if you're going to do that,'" he said.
He said another factor in Texas's success is an accountable school policy.
"If you are a Hispanic in Texas, you live in a state that has the highest graduation rate in America. If you are African-American, you live in a state that has the highest graduation rate in America," he said.
"You want to send a message to people—we care about you, we care about your family? Graduate them from high school because that puts them on a track."
Perry said Hispanics in Texas are nine times more likely to be employed and 2.5 times more likely to own a small business.
"I'd like to see that all across this country, and it can happen all across this country," he said. "We're just a few good policy decisions—and I think a leadership change at the top—away from that happening."