Mike Allen reports at Politico that a draft of Rick Perry's announcement speech includes this passage:
In some of his phrasing, he sounds like ... President Obama:
The change we seek will never emanate out of Washington. It will come from the windswept prairies of middle America; the farms and factories across this great land; the hearts and minds of God-fearing Americans -- who will not accept a future that is less than our past, who will not be consigned a fate of LESS freedom in exchange for MORE government. We do not have to accept our current circumstances. We will change them. We’re Americans. That's what we do. WE roll up our sleeves, WE get to work, WE make things better.”
- "The change we seek will not just come from government alone, it’s going to have to come from each of us." -- speech in Manassas VA, November 3, 2008.
- "And my faith is renewed every day by Americans that I meet all across this great country who refuse to settle for the status quo. My resolve is strengthened every time I see an American who rejects the idea that Americans can no longer do big things. I am fired up by every American who still believes that people who love their country can change it. " -- speech in Boston, April 1, 2010.