DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry hit the road Saturday to drum up support in Iowa, a key primary state. He spoke before a crowd at the Polk County Summer Picnic in Des Moines.
At the event, the Texas governor slammed the Obama administration, blaming it for Iowa's economic problems.
"Today, one in eight Iowans are on food stamps. That is a testament to the widespread misery created by this administration that the state known for feeding the world has so many residents now dependent on government just to pay for their food."
Perry said food stamps are not a solution, but rather a symptom of the problem.
"Economic freedom comes from work and wages, not welfare," he said.
Rick Perry wasn't the only presidential hopeful attending the event. His opponents Ron Paul and Thad McCotter were also on hand to speak at the GOP picnic.