Politics

Where Does Rick Perry Stand on the Issues?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the latest Republican candidate to announce a run for the presidency in 2012. Perry is a darling of the conservative Christian wing of the GOP. Let's take a look at how he stands on the issues.

Abortion:
Perry is against abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother, reports On The Issues. During his State of the State address in 2011, Perry said he supports a law that would require women to have a sonogram before getting an abortion, saying, "We need to protect the unborn by fast-tracking the sonogram bill, so that women are fully, medically informed before they make the life-changing decision to terminate a pregnancy."

Gay Marriage:
Perry supports a Constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman. However in 2010 he predicted that gay marriage would eventually be the law of the land thanks to judges legislating from the bench, writing in his book "Fed Up!":

Gay marriage will soon be the policy of the United States, irrespective of federalism the Constitution, or the wishes of the American people. Not because it actually is protected in the Constitution, but because judges will declare it so.

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Guns:
Perry is outspoken in his support for the 2nd Amendment. He famously admitted that he takes his gun with him while jogging because he is afraid of snakes. In 2010 he shot and killed a coyote who threatened his dog while out on a run.

Health Care:
Perry has called for Obamacare to be repealed, writing in his book that it threatens the future of America:

The so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or what we often refer to as Obamacare, simply must be repealed. Period. If we are unwilling to repeal a 2,000-plus-page bill that its sponsors admitted to not having read, that will cost trillions of dollars, that is opposed by a majority of the nation, that unconstitutionally requires private citizens to buy private health insurance, and that spits in the face of any principles of limited government and federalism --then we should just give up. The future of American depends on reversing this law.

Jobs:
One of Perry's criticisms of President Obama is that he does not know how to create jobs. Perry said he has a history of job creation, saying during his 2009 State of the State address, "From November 2007 to November 2008, roughly 70% of the jobs created in the U.S. were in Texas. Think about that for a moment. Our state is home to one out of ten Americans, but seven out of ten new American jobs were created here in the Lone Star State."