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Rick Perry to Run For President

Original post made by Cindy Cross on Jul 25, 2011

Rick Perry to Run For President by Cindy Cross
Three term republican governor Rick Perry is expected to announce that he will enter the race for president within the next couple weeks.
Before serious candidates began to come forward, little was seen of Perry in the news. Like Mitt Romney, Perry is an attractive man, with a gregarious personality, but where does he stand on the issues?
Here is a laundry list of where he stands on a few important issues:
Opposes all legal recognition of same sex marriages
Pro-life
Pro-Israel
Pro-Death penalty (In 2002 he vetoed the ban in Texas of execution of mentally retarded inmates)
Thinks global warming is a myth
Opposed to construction of a fence between U.S. and Mexico
Perry issued an executive order mandating that Texas girls receive the HPV vaccine that protects against some strains of the human papilloma virus, a cause of cervical cancer, free to those without insurance
Pro tort reform to limit malpractice lawsuits against doctors (In 2003 Perry sponsored a state constitutional amendment to cap medical malpractice awards)

Perry, an Eagle Scout, graduated from A & M University with a degree in animal science. After college he was a captain in the Air Force where he flew C-130's. His early political career started in 1984 when Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat. It is worth noting that Perry supported Al Gore in his bid for president in 1988.

Perry served three terms as Agriculture Commissioner, one term as Lieutenant Governor where he took over as Governor in 2000 when George Bush stepped down to concentrate on his campaign for president.

Perry has the political experience and a list of issues that would attract core republicans as well as the more conservative tea partiers.

Let's see how he handles himself during a debate. The next republican debate will be held on August 11th at the Iowa State University campus.



Comments (12)

Posted by Mellow Fellow, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2011 at 12:23 am

I've learned a lot from watching Obama talk up a storm before he was elected President. I bought it. He talked like a preacher speaking Pentecostal tongues of fire. Then reality sunk in and the flame retardant elocutionist became mired in mud and just couldn't learn the tedious dance steps of the congressional foxtrot.

My point is that we have to look beyond the person's "boy scout" background. We need to stop buying that they will lead us to the promised land or how they're going to change the world when they wave their magic wand once they are elected. The fact of the matter is that the global and American financial crisis is very complex. 90% of the problems we face are due to decades of economic mismanagement. I want to see a leader who can galvanize both sides of the isle with practical solutions, not wishbone thinking. You see, Obama taught me well. Let's be realistic this time around. I want to start hearing more depth in understanding the economy from a candidate, not hallelujahs and amen's. If not our precious lifestyles will become a distant past.


Posted by Bob, a resident of Happy Valley
on Jul 26, 2011 at 5:38 am

I admit I'm first generation wealthy gained after I moved from my home state of Texas. My wife and I have 6 Mercedes, 4 Lambourghinis, and 4 Jags, but she drives her Suburban most of the time and I drive my Hummer. As a first generation wealthy, white trashy kinna guy from Texas, Rick Perry sounds purdy good to me. I don't know about spending my tax dollars on free HPV virus shot, but other than that I like him. He's created lots of jobettes around Texas, and we can always use more small-business, jobette-hiring, sidewalk taco stands. Oh yeah, and minimum wage has to go. Its way overrated.


Posted by steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

Bob-give up your feeble attempts at sarcasm. Your just wasting space.
Now, back to the topic, Perry's positions have been all over the map during his political career, which makes it hard to predict what will happen once he is elected.
Like Obama, is could be smoke and mirrors during the job interview process (election cycle) and then no leadership once they've landed the job.
The one positive in having any governor or former governor run for President (as opposed to a Senator or Congressman) is that they've actually had to manage a budget and lead a state through all the various issues that make the states a microcosm of governing at the national level. This is exactlt the type of practical experience obama is lacking and it really shows now that we're dealing with budget and deficit issues.


Posted by John Douglas, a resident of another community
on Jul 26, 2011 at 9:26 am

I shutter at the thought of another governor from Texas becoming the president of the United States. In my wildest dreams I never thought the hayseed Bush could ever get elected dog-catcher in America, much less the president and leader of the free world, but then again I over-estimated the intelligence of the American people. All Perry needs is a Karl Rove-like campaign manager and he damn well could get elected, which would not surprise me or shock me. It's America where a beauty pageant runner up can find herself on the ticket as a possible vice president, and then become filthy rich after the fact. What a country!


Posted by Repub votes no michelles, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Bob, your trash-talk is a waste. Our country is in serious trouble, and informed people need to engage in intelligent conversations. You don't even have good intentions, much less offer anything constructive.
Perry is not my first or second choice, however his accomplishments are of interest.... we've survived with a number of lesser accompished Presidents. But we are in extreme trouble and need to tread cautiously,
Good thread, Cindy. Your thread 'michelle headache or NOT " finished up with comments providing valuable insight into Obama's handling of the press and media.


Posted by Mellow Fellow, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

You know it's refreshing to see that sincere honest answers make the Town Square live up to its potential. Ignoring and repudiating snide remarks is a good thing that allows for more in-depth and serious discussion. I hope to see more it. And I agree with Repub ... good post Cindy. Reasonable people can disagree yet still appreciate the effort it takes to state a position in a constructive manner. (I'm crossing my fingers that it continues)


Posted by Franklin, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 27, 2011 at 5:48 am

Perry is famous for increasing pollution in his state, raising the high-school drop-out rate, and providing a massive increase of minimum and sub-minimum wage jobs. He'll chase out the gays and out-of-wedlock abortionist teen mothers, and he'll make sure there's a decrease in public-funded research on myths like global warming and dinosaurs. What's not to like? Thanks to Cindy for another keenly analytical, deeply insightful piece that adds so much more than would a 200-word USA Today piece.


Posted by Anybody but Obama, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Does not matter who wins the nomination to me. I voted for Obama last time and this time I would vote for Charlie Sheen if he were the Republican nominee. Obama is just beyond incompetent.


Posted by mimi, a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

Perry with the "hollywood hair" has run the state of Texas into the ground. Multitudes of teachers have lost their jobs, teach the state test for scores so they can keep their jobs, all the while the state has horribly low academic scores. He is now going to have a
"Day of Prayer. Piety and politics dont go together unless its election time. And Bob, please stay there, Texas doesnt need another hick.


Posted by Yet Another Nutcake, a resident of Parkside
on Aug 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Why are people objecting to Perry's much ballyhooed religious service scheduled for this week-end? In part because it's a cynical use of faith to achieve political goals—have you ever heard of someone launching a serious presidential campaign during a religious service? But it's not just his lack of respect for the idea behind the First Amendment, it's also that he's invited some genuinely crazy people to participate in his event. People like:

— John Hagee, a San Antonio evangelist whose endorsement was rejected by John McCain in 2008 because of Hagee's anti-Catholic statements.
— Mike Bickle, a founder of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Mo., who has called Oprah Winfrey a "pastor of the harlot of Babylon."

— Alice Patterson, founder of Justice at the Gate, in San Antonio, who has written that there is "a demonic structure behind the Democratic Party."

— And then there's John Benefiel, head of the Oklahoma-based Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, who once said this about the Statue of Liberty: "You know where we got it from? French Freemasons. Listen, folks, that is an idol, a demonic idol right there in the middle of New York Harbor."

With a roster of loons like that, is there any wonder why Perry is suddenly becoming the flavor of the month among GOP primary voters looking for an alternative to Mitt Romney?

Ah, say what you want about the GOP. Theirs is a big tent with participation for all!


Posted by Bush was our messiah, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Ah, yes, just what we need, another dumb-cluck governor from Texass.

Recently disclosed college transcripts reveal the dumb cluck did not distinguish himself much in the classroom. While he later became a student leader, he had to get out of academic probation to do so. He rarely earned anything above a C in his courses -- earning a C in U.S. History, a D in Shakespeare, and a D in the principles of economics. Perry got a C in gym.


Posted by Was in Texas once, a resident of California Reflections
on Aug 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

Dern right, pardner. Last thing we need is another C student gubner with theocratic ambitions. Still, it worked for W.


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