Rick Perry - campaign ended January 19
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Profile: Rick Perry
|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)|
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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".
A look at Gov. Rick Perry's political career
The nation's longest-serving current governor is eyeing a presidential run.
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