Rick Perry

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Rick Perry

Rick Perry

Assumed office 
December 21, 2000
Lieutenant Bill Ratliff (2000-03)
David Dewhurst (since 2003)
Preceded by George W. Bush
Personal details
Born March 4, 1950 (1950-03-04) (age 67)
Paint Creek, Texas
Political party Republican Party (since 1989)
Democratic Party (until 1989)
Spouse(s) Anita Thigpen
Children Griffin
Residence West Austin, Texas
(Temporary residence since 2007, during repairs to the Texas Governor's Mansion)
Alma mater Texas A&M University
Religion Methodism
Military service
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1972–1977
Rank Captain

James Richard Perry, popularly called Rick Perry is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. He has held the office since December 2000.

Rick Perry's Views and Stand



October 6: Rick Perry releases a new video comparing Mitt Romney to Barack Obama when it comes to environmental policies.

August 16: Rick Perry says that he would like to be a President who is passionate about America. When asked if President Obama doesn't love America, Perry said: “I think you want a president who is passionate about America -- that’s in love with America. You need to ask him, I’m saying, you’re a good reporter, go ask him”

Donald Trump calls Rick Perry, an 'impressive guy

“Well, I think he's a very impressive guy. I've spoken to him a number of times. He's going to come and see me next week. And I think he's a very impressive guy with a very good record.”

August 14: Rick Perry releases a statement on Tim Pawlenty dropping out of the presidential race.

“Tim Pawlenty is a good friend and colleague who I have worked closely with over the years, including visiting our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a governor, Tim stuck to conservative principles despite leading a blue state like Minnesota. He and Mary are true patriots who are committed to our country, and ran an honorable campaign that reflected their integrity. Gov. Pawlenty’s common-sense conservative voice will remain prominent and influential as we work to beat President Obama in 2012 and get America working again.”

August 13: Rick Perry officially announces his presidential bid. Perry addressed a crowd at Charleston in South Carolina. He said that his campaign would focus on the economy.

Perry announces his Presidential bid

Referring to economy
"It is time to get America working again."

Referring to the downgrade of US credit rating
"In reality this is the most recent downgrade. The fact is for nearly three years, President Obama has been downgrading American jobs, downgrading American standing in the world, downgrading our financial stability, downgrading confidence, and downgrading the hope for a better future for our children."

Click here for the full speech made during the announcement of his presidential bid.

July 29: Governor Rick Perry speaks at a Western Conservative Summit in Denver. He urged the conservatives to push more liberals in the private sector in the 2012 election. Perry said, “The mixture of arrogance and audacity that guides the Obama administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American and a threat to every job in the private sector,”

July 27: Rick Perry says abortion a states' issue. He says that it is up to the states to decide the legality of abortion.

Abortion a states' issue

“You can’t believe in the 10th Amendment for a few issues and then something that doesn’t suit you say, 'We’d rather not have states decide that.'”

Last week, he said, "Our friends in New York six weeks ago passed a statute that said marriage can be between two people of the same sex. And you know what? That's New York, and that's their business, and that's fine with me. That is their call. If you believe in the 10th Amendment, stay out of their business."

David Carney, adviser to Rick Perry said that if Perry will most likely not have an exploratory committee if he decides to run for the President. Carney tells CNN, "Rick Perry is not a half-in kind of person on anything, ever. If he decides to move forward he'll be all in. If he is out, he'll be out just as quickly. But we have not made any hard decisions yet."

July 21: Dan Hopkins, president and founder of Segmented Media is urging Rick Perry run for the president's office in the 2012 Presidential Election. Hopkins created a website asking Perry to run. “We heard that Perry was considering a run for the White House, and so we thought that Perry is a leader, and we thought that Perry has a good track record, and it’s somebody we could get behind. We thought of coming up with an online grassroots movement to garner some more excitement about him and give people an opportunity to encourage him to run.”, Hopkins said.

July 19: Rick Perry says that he would prefer to be the Governor of Texas rather than become the Vice President of the United States. Speaking to reporters, he said that he is seriously considering running for president in 2012 and would meet would-be donors for a dinner to discuss whether his campaign can raise enough money.

July 18: Rick Perry hasn't made up his mind about running for the Presidential election. He said: “We’re going through a thoughtful, steady process in making a decision, and when we make that decision we’ll let you all know, and gosh we’ll probably have a lengthy press conference, and ask all questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.”

July 16: Rick Perry, in an interview, said: “I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in, But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs.”

Meanwhile, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says that he believes Rick Perry is most likely to run for the President's office in the United States Presidential Election, 2012. Rick Perry also won the approval of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. “He’s got the best record in the country on job creation. The No. 1 issue in the race is, how do we get America back on track, how do we be competitive with the foreign countries and what are the fiscal policies that’s gonna increase the entrepreneurship on our soil and bringing companies back to America. Perry’s done the best job of any governor in the country," Bob McDonnell said.

Rick Perry Calendar

Date Time Event Location
October 8, 2011 9:30 am Hosting a meet and greet event at McCarthy and Bailey’s Irish Pub Sioux City, Iowa
October 8, 2011 12:30 pm Hosting a meet and greet at Blue Mountain Culinary Emporium Orange City, Iowa
October 8, 2011 2:30 pm Hosting a meet and greet at Pizza Ranch Spencer, Iowa
October 7, 2011 11:30 am Speaking to the Values Voters Summit Washington, DC
October 7, 2011 6:00 pm To speak at the Johnson County GOP Fall BBQ Tiffin, Iowa
August 18, 2011 9:00 am Hosting a meet and greet at Popovers on the Square Portsmouth, New Hampshire
August 18, 2011 11:30 am Hosting a lunch meet and greet lunch at Harvey’s Bakery and Coffee Shop Dover, New Hampshire
August 18, 2011 1:30 pm Touring Epoch Homes Pembroke, New Hampshire
July 29, 2011 5:30 pm Speaking at “America at the Crossroads” Keynote Dinner Denver, Colorado
July 28, 2011 Speaking to the Western Conservative Summit Denver, Colorado
July 22, 2011 Attending the Republican Governor's Association summit Aspen, Colorado
July 21, 2011 Attending the Republican Governor's Association summit Aspen, Colorado

Endorsements for Rick Perry for 2012 US President

  • Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says she will support Rick Perry for president in 2012 if he manages to win the Republican nomination. However, Hutchison said that she is unaware of Rick Perry's positions on several issues. “I’m looking for the candidate that has had real business experience. I am looking for Gov. Perry’s opinions on federal issues. I don’t know what they are, because he’s been critical of the federal government, but I don’t know what his positions would be,” Hutchison said.