Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry: You Decide 2016
Campaign ended: Sept. 11, 2015
Current position: None
Career: Governor of Texas 2000 to 2015, Lt. Governor of Texas 1999 to 2000, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture 1991 to 1999, Texas House of Representatives 19985 to 1991
Hometown: Paint Creek, Texas
Family: Married to Anita Thigpen with two children
Religion: Nondenominational evangelical
On the issues:
Economy: Perry grew his state’s rainy day fund to more than $6 billion, while cutting taxes more than 75 times. He said he added 2.2 million new jobs to the state. He supports lowering taxes and retiring the national debt.
Education: Perry banned the use of Common Core in his home state, and led efforts to make higher education affordable and accessible for more Texans.
Environment: He has a track record of lowering nitrogen oxide and carbon levels, and pushing for more wind energy.
Gun control/rights: As governor, Perry signed “Castle Doctrine” giving homeowners more protection to use deadly force in their homes.
Health care: Perry is against Obamacare and did not expand Medicaid in his state. He banned abortions after 20 weeks and signed a law requiring women to have a sonogram before a aborting a fetus.
Immigration: The former Texas governor notes his experience dealing with border security. He supports increase manpower along the country’s southern border.
National security: Perry says we need to strengthen the military and work with our allies, forming a coalition with Israel, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
Social issues: He defines marriage between a man and a woman.