Perry followed the pattern established by Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the other GOP candidates who spoke before him at the forum by lamenting President Obama and accusing him of apologizing for the United States instead of standing up for its values.

"I'm not a psychiatrist, and I don't know how to ask the question to get into the president's head and say, "Why do you think that? What were you taught?'" Perry said. "That somehow or other America is not a strong and powerful and independent."

Perry was the only candidate addressing the group of Jewish Republicans to directly invoke the Holocaust, pledging that the U.S. would never permit another genocide to be perpetrated against Jews.

"We honor those who suffered the most inhumane treatment," Perry said. "It is in the spirit of thsoe words: never again."