A Longer Wait for Perry's Economic Plan

Rick Perry thinks that increasing domestic oil and energy production is a key to turning America's economy around.

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By now, it's well-known that Texas Gov. Rick Perry thinks that increasing domestic oil and energy production is a key to turning America's economy around. He mentioned energy independence several times during Tuesday night's debate, even while discussing seemingly unrelated topics like Chinese currency manipulation.

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But what else will Perry do to get people working? We'll have to wait and see. Even though Perry said Tuesday night he would unveil his economic plan within three days, so far he's only scheduled one event--to discuss energy policy--on Friday in Pittsburgh. His campaign says that Perry will unveil other aspects of his planned economic policies later this month.

Perry has faced heat from his rivals for failing to come up with an economic plan so far in the race. Last week, Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign jokingly unveiled its version of Perry's plan, 114 blank pages. During Tuesday's debate, Perry tried to deflect the criticism by noting Romney's 2008 failed presidential campaign. "Mitt has had six years to be working on a plan. I have been in this for about eight weeks," he said. But with the New Hampshire secretary of state threatening to set his state's primary as early as December, Perry had better hurry up if he wants voters to know his presidential plans before they head to the polls.

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