Rick Perry (Withdrew) quotes, statements and views
Born in Paint Creek, Texas in 1950, Rick Perry was appointed as governor of Texas in 2000. Making history as Texas’ longest serving governor, Rick Perry ran for the 2012 Republican nomination for the White House, however, Perry dropped out of the race after coming fifth place in the Iowa caucuses. Announcing a second run for the White House in June 2015, Rick Perry once again withdrew from the race the following September, in response to low polling results.
Assuming governorship of Texas in 2000, after then governor George W. Bush stood down in order to become president of the United States, Rick Perry was elected to full terms consecutively in 2002, 2006 and 2010.
A former United States Air Force officer and cotton farmer, Rick Perry first entered politics in 1984, when he was elected as a Democrat to the Texas House of Representatives. Serving on the House Appropriations and Calendars committees, Rick Perry also made a name for himself in regard to his pushing for austere state budgets.
Leaving the Democratic Party in order to become a Republican in 1989, Rick Perry was later elected over scandal-weakened Jim Hightower, as Agriculture Commissioner for the state of Texas. Promoting Texas agricultural produce both domestically and internationally, Perry was re-elected to a second term.
Declining to seek re-election for a third term, Rick Perry was instead elected in 1999, as the first Republican lieutenant governor of Texas since reconstitution. Becoming governor of Texas shortly afterwards, Perry has since referenced the state of Texas’ economic success during his governorship, as directly attributable to his own fiscal conservatism. However, controversy surrounds Rick Perry in this regard, due to significant increases in state debt while he was governor.
An outspoken opponent of health care reform, Rick Perry has criticized the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, despite Texas during Perry’s own time as governor, rising to the first in the U.S. in terms of uninsured residents and the worst state in the U.S. for access to essential services such as prenatal care.
Pro-life, Rick Perry signed bills whilst governor placing rules and restrictions on abortion and funding for abortion programs. Also a conservative in regard to traditional marriage, Perry supported Texas Proposition 2 in 2005, a bill which attempted to prohibit Texas from recognizing civil unions.