Perry likens federal phone surveillance to China

By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press
By: WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry has criticized the Obama administration with some of the harshest language since his failed run for president - suggesting he may be gearing up for another White House bid.

Addressing a grassroots Republican event in San Antonio on Friday, Perry said word of the federal government's sweeping, secret surveillance into the country's phone records is something he'd expect out of China.

He said federal officials "have spied on us" and suggested it was "an attack on 120 million American phones."

Perry added "there was never supposed this powerful, centralized government" and said citizens shouldn't stand for it.

The governor has not yet said if he will seek a fourth full term in office next year. But he also hasn't ruled out another presidential run in 2016.

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