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Perry rails against health law, vows to use executive order to strip it

FLORENCE, SC -- Speaking about what he calls the burdensome regulations of President Obama's health-care bill Friday, Gov. Rick Perry described himself as "the chief executive officer of one of the bigger states in the nation" and promised to use an executive order to nix the Obama law.

"If I'm so fortunate to be elected the president of the United States, on Day One, when I walk into the Oval Office, there will be an executive order on that desk that eliminates as much of ObamaCare that I can have done with an executive order," he said in remarks at at a hospital complex here. "Now hopefully, Lord willing, the 11th Court of Appeals has already found that that individual mandate is unconstitutional, and hopefully that will be gone to the Supreme Court, and I won't have to deal with that."

Perry, who has tried to counter Mitt Romney's highlighting of his private-sector experience, said his concern about the law stems from his tenure as the "chief executive officer" of Texas.

A man infamous for once nodding to Texas' secessionists, Perry also  earned giggles after starting an explanation of his home state's economy with, "If Texas were another country...." He went on to explain that it would have an economy comparable to Russia's -- "not inconsequential," he said.

Perry also said the costs of implementing the health-care law would force Texas to raise taxes -- and that other states will be bankrupted as a result of "ObamaCare."