WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Perry made his first appearance in western Pennsylvania today.

The Texas governor told an audience at the U.S. Steel Works in West Mifflin that he has an energy plan that will quickly create 1.2 million jobs.

During his visit, the Republican hopeful called for more off shore drilling, drilling in the Alaska arctic, construction of a controversial pipeline and lifting EPA pollution regulations.

He says he could do all of it without congressional approval and says it’ll create more than a million jobs.

“We have the resources that we need to fuel our cars, our homes, our power plants and those resources can be found in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and Ohio,” Perry said.

The Democratic National Committee was quick to attack Perry’s plan today, saying it would take seven years to create the jobs he talked about. They also say Perry’s plan would cause a lot of pollution.

Perry’s trip comes as his poll numbers continue to plummet.

On Thursday night, Perry held a fundraiser at Cioppino of Pittsburgh, a restaurant in the Strip District.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

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