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-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.