James 'Rick' Richard Perry's Political Positions

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Rick Perry has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Rick Perry is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "Gov. Perry is the most pro-life governor Texas has ever had and has implemented a number of significant reforms to protect life and strengthen Texas families across our state." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/486738/issue-position-pro-life#.VTrAA6C0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • "As president, Gov. Perry will work to implement a plan that cuts taxes across all income groups, leaving more money in Americans' pockets and encouraging greater investment in the private economy instead of federal government." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/647836/gov-rick-perry-unveils-plan-to-cut-taxes-and-spending-balance-the-budget-and-grow-the-economy/?search=deficit#.VUAEwaC0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • US News "The states are laboratories of reform, led by vigorous governors. This is not sentiment. It is hardheaded realism: Prison systems cost the states more than $50 billion a year, Viguerie reported, up from about $9 billion in 1985. Texas, under the leadership of Gov. Rick Perry, in 2007 rejected a proposal to build eight prisons. Instead, it is shifting nonviolent offenders into alternative treatment. Probation rather than prison is a key. Savings of approximately $2 billion were achieved in projected corrections spending increases, Viguerie wrote. The incarceration rate has fallen nearly 20 percent, and Texas now has its lowest crime rate since 1968." http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/05/09/its-time-for-prison-reform-and-an-end-to-mandatory-minimum-sentences (www.usnews.com)
  • FAMM "Texas Governor Rick Perry has been similarly outspoken on the need for criminal justice and sentencing reforms. At a panel earlier this year at CPAC, Governor Perry criticized "harsh minimum sentencing guidelines" and endorsed alternatives to incarceration for drug offenders. He highlighted Texas' reforms, and added that Texas is "not a soft on crime state, but I hope we get the reputation of being a smart on crime state." Perry went further, explaining that conservatives should be leading on criminal justice reform: "You want to talk about real conservative governance? Shut prisons down. Save that money.""http://famm.org/top-gop-presidential-contenders-support-mandatory-minimum-reform/ (famm.org)

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  • "In his remarks, the governor noted that to truly protect taxpayers, a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is absolutely necessary. He pledged to reduce spending across several agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency, while returning greater regulatory control of those responsibilities to the states. Gov. Perry's plan to balance the budget will cut federal spending to 18 percent of GDP from the current rate of about 23 percent and will reduce non-defense discretionary spending by $100 billion in the first year. It will also institute other fiscal reforms, including elimination of baseline budgeting, an end to non-emergency spending in emergency bills, and the elimination of earmarks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/647836/gov-rick-perry-unveils-plan-to-cut-taxes-and-spending-balance-the-budget-and-grow-the-economy/?search=deficit#.VUPC_qC0QVZ (votesmart.org)

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  • "We need to make life more affordable, by helping Americans keep more of what they earn, and by lowering the cost of everyday expenses." https://rickperry.org/issues
  • "Cutting Business Taxes. During the 81st Legislature, Gov. Perry called for and signed HB 4765, which exempts small businesses with less than $1 million in gross revenues from the state's franchise tax, up from $300,000. This is expected to spare 40,000 small local employers from paying any franchise tax, saving them $172 million in taxes, money which now can go to paying employees, expanding their businesses and otherwise bolstering the Texas economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/488308/issue-position-fiscal-conservative#.VTq_86C0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • Forbes "Perry has a long record of speaking out on education issues, including banning Common Core curriculum standards in Texas. As governor he promoted homeschooling as well as lifting the cap on charter schools. As a presidential contender in 2012, he supported the elimination of the Department of Education." http://www.forbes.com/sites/maureensullivan/2015/06/04/rick-perry-on-education-7-things-the-presidential-candidate-wants-you-to-know/ (www.usnews.com)

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  • "When it came to border issues, Perry said what's needed to secure the border is not a fence, but manpower. Perry also said the government needs to send drones to hover over the border, all day, every day. But all of that may not even be necessary, Perry argued, if the Keystone Pipeline were allowed. Perry said the pipeline would create better jobs for Mexicans in Mexico and thus stem the tide of immigrants looking for work in America." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/945186/new-hampshire-public-radio-perry-tests-2016-waters-addresses-charges-keystone-pipeline-border-security/?search=keystone#.VUAC-6C0QVY (votesmart.org)
  • "The second order of business is for the president to approve the Keystone Pipeline. After six years, we have had enough of presidential dithering and debating, enough of coalition politics to appease a narrow base at the expense of the national interest. Keystone will create thousands of jobs, reduce our reliance on hostile energy, and show that this Administration is finally serious about energy security." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923939/gov-perrys-remarks-at-the-texas-public-policy-foundations-energy-and-climate-policy-summit/?search=keystone#.VUADYqC0QVY

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  • "Under Gov. Perry, Texas is moving aggressively to create a diverse portfolio of energy sources, including renewable, natural gas, coal and nuclear power to meet the needs of our growing population in an eco-sensitive manner." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/486735/issue-position-environment-and-natural-resources#.VTq_9KC0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • "Gov. Rick Perry announced Tuesday the state is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its recent finding that greenhouse gases endanger human health, the latest volley in his administration's firefight with federal authorities over climate change" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/630304/the-texas-tribune-texas-will-sue-the-epa/?search=greenhouse#.VTrBkqC0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • "In Texas, we believe in freedom, personal responsibility, and the God-given right to defend yourself and your family. We never lose faith in our Founding Fathers' wisdom to include the Second Amendment to the Constitution among the Bill of Rights" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/783347/gov-perry-highlights-wisdom-importance-of-2nd-amendment#.VTrCEKC0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • "Obamacare is an abject failure; it's time to overturn this ill-conceived, job-killing nightmare that ultimately will bankrupt this country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826649/statement-by-gov-perry-on-todays-obamacare-announcement/?search=obamacare#.VUACr6C0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • Wall Street Journal "When Mr. Perry sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, he memorably suggested in a debate that those who opposed the Texas Dream Act don't "have a heart." Now, with the benefit of hindsight and months of preparation for a probable 2016 White House bid, the governor, who leaves office in the coming week, says he chose the wrong words but was right about the policy. His stance suggests he will stake out a nuanced position on immigration in a future campaign at a time when many Texas Republicans are advocating a repeal of the in-state-tuition law, and as President Barack Obama's recent actions delaying deportations have stirred anger among GOP activists and lawmakers." http://www.wsj.com/articles/perry-stakes-out-nuanced-immigration-stance-ahead-of-2016-1421446237
  • "Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement of executive action on illegal immigration: "In Texas we know firsthand the problems brought by illegal immigration and bad federal policy. As we saw with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who came across the border, a bad policy led to children being put at risk. The president's decision tonight will lead to more illegal immigration, not less. It is time for the president and Congress to secure our border, followed by meaningful reforms. There is no more time for political grandstanding.'" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/938311/statement-by-gov-perry-on-executive-action-by-president-obama/?search=immigr#.VUAF8qC0QVY (votesmart.org)
  • "Additionally, the governor noted that following the dramatic influx of unaccompanied minors that illegally crossed into Texas over the summer, Texas has updated its contingency plan for dealing with potential mass migration scenarios. The governor noted that President Obama's announcement of executive action granting amnesty to millions in the U.S. illegally makes a mass migration scenario more likely than ever before." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940989/gov-perry-congress-must-act-immediately-on-border-security/?search=immigr#.VUAF7qC0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • "Gov. Perry championed a constitutional amendment that defines marriage in Texas as the union of one man and one woman, which was passed by Texas voters in 2005." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/486738/issue-position-pro-life#.VTrAA6C0QVY (votesmart.org)

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  • CNN "Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he would send American troops to the Middle East to combat Islamic State fighters who he called "the face of evil." [?] "We are going to have to have our military actively engaged" with other countries' armed forces that are combating ISIS, he said. That means boots on the ground, Perry said." http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/27/politics/perry-isis-troops/ (votesmart.org)

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  • "To save Social Security for the long term, Gov. Perry proposes five principles: [...] Allow younger workers to invest a portion of their payroll taxes into private accounts if they so choose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/647836/gov-rick-perry-unveils-plan-to-cut-taxes-and-spending-balance-the-budget-and-grow-the-economy/?search=deficit#.VUPguaC0QVZ (votesmart.org)

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