ATLANTA (CNN) - GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry criticized President Barack Obama on Friday for imposing too many regulations on businesses.
"I'm not sure that there's anything that is more detrimental to job creation - and certainly the confidence of the small businessmen and women across this country - than the onslaught of regulations that's coming from this administration," Perry said at a conference in Georgia.
The Texas governor said if Obama will have to do more than intervene in a few EPA regulations if he is serious about improving the nation's job climate.
"What he should do is freeze all proposed federal regulations for six months starting today," Perry said.
Perry told supporters at the conference that he has worked to cut spending and regulations to help businesses grow during his tenure as governor of the Lone Star State.
Friday marked Perry's first appearance as a presidential candidate in the state of Georgia.
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