Governor Rick Perry returned to Washington, D.C. and the national political spotlight Thursday as one of the featured speakers at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC.

He talked about the recent release of detainees due to the sequester, calling the move a federally-sponsored jail break.

He also addressed his resistance to Medicaid expansion in Texas under the Affordable Care Act.

“I say Medicaid doesn’t need to be expanded, it needs to be saved and reformed,” Perry told the crowd. “We care about our poorest Texans. We want them to have the best care possible, and that can’t happen with a program that is on its way to bankruptcy.”

Governor Perry added that President Obama four years ago called Medicaid a broken system.

This was not the governor’s first speech at CPAC. Before his presidential bid, he gave a well-received address in 2011, and also spoke at CPAC last year after dropping out of the race.