Rick Perry: A primer on the presidential candidate
A Rick Perry reader: DC Decoder offers a sampling of the best profiles of the Texas governor turned 2012 GOP presidential candidate.
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Also, Texas is tied with Mississippi as the nation’s leaders in minimum wage jobs. And conservatives argue that Texas can do more to lower its tax burden on businesses, which is higher than the national average and states such as California and Massachusetts that have a personal income tax.Skip to next paragraph
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2. Want the data behind what Perry supporters call the “Texas miracle” of job creation? The Texas Tribune has it here, including this choice bit:
Texas gained more jobs in June 2011, 32,000, and more jobs this year, 220,000, than any other state in the country. To put these numbers in perspective…. 237,000 out of the 496,000 jobs added to the national work force since June 2009 were in Texas.
3. “Dear Yankee,” Texas Monthly writes, “Eight things you ought to know before you start writing stories about Rick Perry.” This includes the fact that Perry is not George W. Bush, that he’s not a weak governor, and that it’s not a big deal that Perry was once a Democrat.
Perry for President
1. Even before he formally got into the race, more than a half-dozen “Super PACs,” political groups set up to rake in donations and then spend money on Perry’s behalf, sprouted up across the country urging him to run and campaigning for him in places like Iowa.
2. Widely regarded as a powerful retail politician, get a sense for Perry’s ability to work a room, kiss corporations babies and generally ingratiate himself with anyone and everyone with POLITICO’s story of Perry “schooling” Congresswoman Michele Bachmann at the ancient art of glad-handing.
3. Retail politics isn’t the only thing Perry does with aplomb - he’s also got an inside track to raising megabucks from major Republican donors.
4. Perry has cut a video introducing him to America, which includes clips from what appear to be campaign ads during his 27 years in politics. Check it out below.
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