Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that if elected he would not rely on new stimulus programs to boost the economy, The Associated Press reported.

You wont have stimulus programs under a Perry presidency. You wont spend all the money, Perry said Monday at the Press Club in Tulsa, Okla.


He added that the nationentrepreneurial spirit would get America working again, and pledged to reform the tax code to be light on job creators.

On the campaign trail, Perry has sought to contrast President Obama’s performance on jobs with his own record as Texas governor.

Perry’s comments came as a second poll showed him as the new front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

Thirty-two percent of Republicans named Perry, who formally launched his presidential campaign less than three weeks ago, as the candidate they’d most like to see win the Republican nomination in the latest CNN/ORC poll.

Earlier Monday, Perry called for a muscular foreign policy during a speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in San Antonio.

“As the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 approaches, we must renew our commitment to taking the fight to the enemy, wherever they are, before they strike at home,” he said.