Rick Perry sounds like a candidate in his RLC speech 

With speculation swirling that he'll jump into the 2012 GOP nomination battle, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a pugnacious speech to the Republican Leadership Conference that had all the hallmarks of a presidential speech.

Here's Reid Wilson's account:

In a 20-minute address to about 2,000 activists at the Republican Leadership Conference, Perry decried the Obama administration and even Republicans he blamed for "apologizing" while touting his own record with remarks that sounded conspicuously like a stump speech.

"This administration in Washington that's in power now clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but it's the most qualified to make the most central decisions for every American in every area," Perry said. He called Obama's approach to the economy "an affront to every freedom-loving American and a threat to every private sector job in this country."

"I stand before you today as a disciplined, conservative Texan, a committed Republican and a proud American, united with you in the desire to restore our nation and revive the American dream," he said.

ABC News reports that he spoke to chants of "Run, Rick, Run" and CNN's headline read, "Perry wows Republican conference."

While he requested that his name not be put on the straw poll, if Perry went down to New Orleans to test the waters this weekend, it sure seems like he'll come away thinking the waters are quite inviting.

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