Former Texas Governor Rick Perry says 2016 will be a "show me, don't tell me" election. And in a video announcing his second run for president, he makes clear that he plans to put his record on the line.
CNBC has a lot of data to offer on Perry's biggest debate point.
Texas was America's Top State for Business three times during Perry's governorship—2008, 2010 and 2012—and never finished below second place while he was in office. When it comes to consistently solid performance in our rankings year after year, no state has come close to Rick Perry's Texas.
In a CNBC interview after the first title in 2008, Perry summed up his state's formula for success.
"We've got low taxes, we've got a balanced regulatory climate, we've got a fair legal system, and we continue to fund an accountable school system so that we have a good, skilled workforce," Perry said.
Of course, Texas has some built-in advantages that would benefit any governor. It is a big state with a big economy that until recently benefited from huge demand and rising prices for oil and natural gas. It has a highly developed infrastructure, including two of the nation's busiest airports and a vital seaport. In short, Texas is a state no business can afford to ignore, no matter who is in the governor's mansion.