Rick Perry - campaign ended January 19

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Profile: Rick Perry

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Rick Perry is the current governor of Texas, and the longest continually-serving governor in the nation. The son of ranchers in the small town of Paint Creek, Perry was a Democrat in his youth and early political career before becoming a Republican in 1989 to run for state Agriculture Commissioner. Perry graduated from Texas A&M University in 1972 and entered the Air Force. He was first elected to the Texas state House as a Democrat in 1984 and switched parties in 1989 when he was elected as the state’s Agricultural Commissioner. Perry served in that capacity until being elected lieutenant governor in 1998. He assumed the governorship after his predecessor, George W. Bush, was elected president in 2000.
Full name: James Richard Perry
Date of birth: Mar 4, 1950 in Paint Creek, Texas
Family: Married to Anita Perry, 1 son, 1 daughter
Religion: Raised Methodist; regularly attends evangelical church
Education: B.S. Texas A&M (1972)
Resume: Texas state representative (1985-91), Texas agriculture commissioner (1991-99), Lieutenant governor of Texas (1999-2000), Governor of Texas (2000-present)

Profile: Rick Perry on the issues

  • Jobs Perry has begun rolling out, one-by-one, components of his jobs plan. The first, which calls for increased oil and gas exploration, would create 1.2 million jobs, according to the Perry campaign. He's also set to propose a flat tax.
  • Taxes Perry is expected to soon release the details of his tax plan, which calls for the current system to be replaced by a flat tax.
  • Budget He has said he'll push to cut spending, and favors a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.
  • Regulations Not available
  • Entitlement programs Perry has called Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" in need of reform, but has promised to protect the system for current beneficiaries
  • Health care reform Perry pledged to seek repeal of President Obama's health care law, and block-grant health funds to states.
  • Foreign policy Perry has called Obama's policy in the Middle East "naïve and arrogant, misguided and dangerous." He's also decried "military adventurism" by the U.S., and advocated use of force only when U.S. vital interests are threatened.
  • Immigration Perry signed and has defended a Texas law granting in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants. He opposes a border fence, and would defend the border with Mexico by using predator drones and troops on the ground.
  • Energy/Environment Perry has called for loosening regulations on exploration for coal, oil and natural gas, reforms he said would create 1.2 million jobs.
  • Abortion Perry considers himself in opposition to abortion rights, and signed legislation as governor meant to discourage abortion.
  • Same-sex marriage Perry signed a pledge calling for a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.
  • Climate change Has said that climate change is "not settled science".


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