Monday, May 12, 2008

Perry Plays Trans-Texas Toreador


Perry, US Ambassador to Spain, tout trade in Dallas

May 12, 2008

Aman Batheja
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Copyright 2008

Gov. Rick Perry tied Texas history with trade talk at a Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce reception today along with Eduardo Aguirre, ambassador of the United States to Spain.

"Both our friends from France and Spain and Mexico all can claim they owned us at one time so we do have a very common heritage from that standpoint," Perry said. "Although we do have a blended culture, we have a singular future."

The governor touted Spanish investment in Texas and vice versa as key to the growth of both countries, singling out banking and biotech as two key Spanish industries.

"The best government program is the one that gets out of the way and lets the private sector work," Perry said. "I'm encouraged by the increasing amount of Spanish investment in the state of Texas."

Perry name-dropped a few Spanish companies setting up offices in Texas including biotech firm Grifols.

The company that notably didn't get a mention: Cintra, the controversial highway firm that he signed a $1.3 billion deal with for the Trans-Texas Corridor.

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