Perry makes jobs and energy pitch in speech

Rick Perry
In this Oct. 12, 2011, photo, Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at GOP forum in Indianapolis. Republicans aren’t sold on Mitt Romney and they’ve been looking for other presidential candidates.)Michael Conroy / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says his plan to expand domestic energy production could bring the United States more than a million new jobs.

Perry, the Texas governor, released an energy proposal Friday that would open up federal lands, including Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, for energy production. He also says regulation has crippled jobs and is promising to eliminate such hurdles.

Perry's speech comes as his campaign tries to move beyond some early bumps and revitalize his momentum. Shaky debate performances took away some of his early momentum. And his rivals have criticized him for not going into details on his policies.

Perry hoped his speech at a Pittsburgh-area steel plant would calm those jitters.