Rick Perry: 2012 Presidential Profile

By | May 20, 2011


Update: August 13, 2011- Texas Governor Rick Perry officially enters the 2012 Presidential Race

Personal Information

James Richard “Rick” Perry , a fifth generation Texan, was born March 4, 1950
in Paint Creek, Texas, to Joseph and Amelia Perry.

Family
Married to his childhood sweetheart, Anita, who he’s known since elementary
school. They have two children.

 

 

Education
1968- Graduated from Paint Creek High School
1972- Graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Animal Science

On His Honor
Boy Scouts of America (BSA)- earned the rank of Eagle Scout
The BSA later honored Rick Perry with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

Civic Organizations
Lifetime member of American Legion Post #75

Religious Beliefs

Governor Perry is a Christian who believes and agrees with this statement from Pastor John Hagee’s “God and Country” sermon, which Governor Perry was in attendance:

“If you live your life and don’t confess your sins to God Almighty through the authority of Christ and His blood, I’m going to say this very plainly, you’re going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket.”

Strong supporter of Israel from his religious beliefs. In an interview with the Jerusalem Post he stated

“I’m a big believer that this country was given to the people of Israel a long time ago, by God, and that’s ordained.”

August 6, 2011- Initiator of The Response prayer rally, which was a call to prayer for a nation in crisis.

Military Career
United States Air Force

Civilian Career
Tenant Farmer- farmed cotton with his father

Political Career
1984- Elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat
1990- Elected Agriculture Commissioner as a Republican
1998- Elected Lieutenant Governor
December 21, 2000- assumed the position as the 47th Governor of Texas upon the resignation of then-Governor George W. Bush
2002- Was elected Governor of Texas, which he still serves as today. When speaking of this position, he stated that he has “the best job in the world” as Governor of Texas.

Political Party Affiliation
1984- Started his political career as a member of the Democratic Party
1989- Changed to the Republican Party

Previous Political Endorsements
1988- Supported Al Gore in his bid for President
Served as chairman of Al Gore’s campaign in Texas
2007- Endorsed Rudy Giuliani in his Presidential bid
Later endorsed John McCain after Rudy Giuliani dropped out of the race in January of 2008

Political Associations
Republican Governor’s Association
Currently serves as Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association
Also served in this same position as Chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association in 2008
National Governor’s Association
Western Governor’s Association
Southern Governor’s Association

Political Stance
Pro-Life
Opposes same sex marriage
Tough on crime
Supports the death penalty
Does not support the theory of man-made global warming
Opposes a border fence to secure our borders, preferring instead to have more “boots on the ground”
2003- Sponsored a state constitutional amendment to cap on medical malpractice rewards. This was a very controversial issues that was barely approved by the voters.
Fiscal Conservative- However,  in 2006 Governor Perry found himself on the wrong side of fiscal conservatives within the Republican party because he supported an increase in the state franchise tax, in addition to a property tax reform bill. Many within the Republican Party likened his actions to a “back door” state income tax.
2007- Issued a very controversial executive order mandating that girls in Texas receive the HPV vaccine. There is an opt-out option for parents. Later that same year Governor Perry signed into law a bill that would undo his executive order.

Political Records Set
Is the first Governor to have been elected to 3 full terms- 2002, 2006 and 2010,
Is the longest serving current U.S. Governor
Is the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every possible state office, board, or commission position which requires gubernatorial appointment.
2001- Set a record for the use of the veto in the legislative session for the given year. He rejected legislation a total of 82 times, more than any other governor in any single legislative session in the history of Texas since Reconstruction.

Friends Worth Mentioning
Ted Nugent- A friend of Governor Perry’s performed at his second inauguration ceremony in 2007. Mr. Nugent “offended” some people in attendance by wearing a shirt with the Confederate Flag. When asked about this incident, Ted Nugent replied that the Confederate flag is a symbol of southern heritage.

Sovereignty of Texas
2009- Governor Perry endorsed a resolution supporting state sovereignty, stating this the authority for this action is in the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. At the time of the endorsement he made this statement:

“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our State. That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the States’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our State from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”

This is where I must interject my personal thoughts on Governor Rick Perry. There are a lot of things that I do not necessarily care for about him, first and foremost is that he is the “typical politician” who’s been in office for years.

However, the one thing that I admire and respect about him is his resolve for the Sovereignty of the great State of Texas. As a die-hard Texas lady who has often thought that perhaps the best thing for Texas would be to secede from The United States of America and become our own country again, Governor Perry receives a resounding applause from me on this issue.

The rumblings among the various political circles who have tossed around Governor Perry’s name as a possible option for President of The United States of America in 2012 has not meant anything to me until the last couple of days when I read this article. Today I saw a local news report that gave this article even more credibility.

I must say that the first thing that comes to my mind for Rick Perry in a potential bid for the Presidency, it would be as the President of The Republic of Texas, not President of The United States of America.

Here is a quote from Governor Perry after a tea party protest held on April 15, 2009:

“Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that… My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that.”

Later, when asked about this comment, a spokesperson on the governor’s staff stated that Governor Perry was not endorsing secession for the State of Texas. In a follow-up op-ed piece written by Governor Perry himself he stated:

“I have never advocated for secession and never will.”

Is this just another case of political back-tracking to cover his own behind, or would Governor Perry do whatever necessary for the State of Texas if push came to shove? I would like to think he would be the Cowboy he professes to be and step up and do whatever it takes to declare the sovereignty of the great state of Texas. I pray with everything in me that it never comes to this. But if it does, so be it.

In the aftermath of these related incidents several other Texas politicians came out saying that this was a distraction or that he simply got carried away.

However, one politician came out saying,

“I’m receptive to the principle of secession. You should have the right to leave.”

It was none other than 2012 Presidential Candidate Ron Paul who made this statement.

Quotes From Governor Perry Concerning A Possible Run For President
December 2010, Governor Perry was asked if he was a “definite maybe” to run for President in 2012, to which he replied, “a definite no, brother”.

That definite no has turned to a definite yes, as of August 13, 2011.

Publications
February 2008- Rick Perry’s first book “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For” was published
November 2010- His second book,  “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington” was published

On The Web
Rick Perry For President Official Website
Governor Perry’s Facebook Page 
Governor Perry on Twitter 
The Response

In The News
June 9- New Whispers of Rick Perry 2012 Bid
Realclearpolitics.com article

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Sources:
Wikipedia
Office of the Governor- Rick Perry Official Biography

 

 

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0 thoughts on “Rick Perry: 2012 Presidential Profile

  1. Phil W.

    I support many of the platforms that Gov. Perry stands for EXCEPT he doesn’t believe in man made global warming. Of course he would say that because he’s from a state which produces a lot of fossil fuels that, when burned creates global warming. He said that because the rich oil companies wouldn’t support him in his campaign.

    1. greyfox

      Hey Phil, I don’t believe in man made global warming either and so do many others. If you believe it I’m cool with that , it doesn’t mean you’re right, it doesn’t mean I’m right, it only means that’s what we believe. A strong case can be made for either side and that includes so called experts. There’s a saying that says when experts disagree everyone becomes and expert. Think about it, when “experts” disagree everyone becomes an expert.
      It just depends on which expert you side with.

      1. Max

        greyfox and phil,

        A herd of Zebra were grazing when one of them let loose with a huge crap. The other Zebra’s raised their heads up and stared at the Zebra. One of them asked… “Do you realize how much C02 you just released into the atmosphere?” The other Zebra looked puzzled, and said… “If you’re asking if I give a crap, I already did.”

        The question of Zebra-made global warming is ridiculous. Just as it is with “man-made” global warming. ANd the true issue is this:

        Either you believe man is a product of nature, or you don’t. If you believe the former, everything man is designed to do is in pursuit of nature’s grand design. Much like a volcano that spits out enough atmospheric poisons to make auto emissions look silly.

  2. victoria_29

    While I believe that Rick Perry is the one candidate that can take obama down easily (IMO Obama will be lucky to carry even the 10 bluest of blue states) I dislike the idea of Palin-I think this would distract from Perry’s Positive record & message. Everyone would be too busy defending palin like they have spent last 3 yrs doing. I would like to see Thad McCotter as VP – due to geography as well as his record (which is about 90% solid conservative). Marco Rubio would not be a bad choice either, my only concern about him is the FL/TX thing-2 southerners on one ticket & there is some question if Rubio is a native born or natural born citizen-which could create a distracting controversy.

    The best thing about Gov Perry is when Obama starts blaming Bush & complaining of inheriting Bush economy, Gov Perry can say yep so did I, so….your point????

  3. Eve Turago

    Governor Perry, July 13, 2011
    I am a resident of NJ. My older daughter resided in your state for four years and praised you very highly.
    I am hoping that you really will consider running for President because we really need someone strong
    with good values to run for President. As it stands right now, our country is going in the toilet. Everything
    is being taken away from us under the Obama regime. I do not consider him a president. I think of him
    as the head czar of our country with all his little czars. We need someone strong, like yourself, that can
    straighten this country out. Please don’t let us American people down. If you run, I can’t give much, but I am
    willing to help monitarily. Thank you. Eve Turago

  4. Joyce & Larry Shiley

    We would like Rick Perry to run. He’s so outstanding! If were to win and select Marco Rubio for Vice, they surely would win the election.

  5. Kathleen

    Rick Perry beats the heck out of Romney….who I think is a RINO. Rick Perry has done outstanding for the State of Texas and I think he can bring that talent to Washington. He also has bounding energy and charisma which Romney lacks and service to our country in the Air Force which Romney also lacks…..and Romney’s sons apparently lack. Tea Party members take a good look at this man’s record and seriously consider him.
    Katpatriot

    1. Judy V.

      I agree 100% with you that Romney is a RINO, and proof was in his endorsement and strong support of Scott Brown (Major RINO) in his successful senatorial bid to take Ted Kennedy’s seat in Massachuetts. Americans needs a RICK PERRY and SARAH PALIN in 2012, which would be an incredible and awwesome ticket. Thank you.

  6. Reggie turnage

    I believe Rick & Sarah would a good ticket. Obama and his army is going to be hard to beat.

  7. Judy S.

    RICK PERRY AND SARAH PALIN….. UNBEATABLE!!!!!