2008 GOP V.P. Rick Perry???
Posted by nytexan on February 5, 2007
I know the 2008 elections are some time away but while we are focusing on the Presidential candidates lets take a look at one possible GOP Vice Presidential candidate. Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Who is Rick Perry?
Perry started his political career as a democrat but in 1989, he announced that he was joining the Republican Party. He was Lt. Governor until 2000, when he took over as Governor after Bush stole the election. In 2002 he was elected Governor and was reelected in 2006. Perry has close ties to the Bush clan.
Perry, a conservative Christian who opposes abortion and stem-cell research using embryonic cells, counts on the religious right for his political base. In 2005, Perry, signed a bill limiting late term abortions and requiring girls under the age of 18 to have parental permission for an abortion. He signed the bill at a Fort Worth, evangelical Christian school. He came under fire from abortion advocates and supporters of church-state separation. Perry is also known for his socially conservative views on homosexuality; Perry condemned the United States Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas striking down sodomy laws and called Texas’s last such law “appropriate.”
Perry has been the lead proponent of the Trans-Texas Corridor, a US$ 7+ billion-dollar highway project, to financed, built and operated by private contractors, notably Cintra, a Spanish owned company, and its minority partner, one of Texas’ largest road construction companies, San Antonio-based Zachry Construction Company. The controversial aspects of the project include tolls, private operation of toll collections, extensive use of eminent domain to acquire property. Perry has come under fire for opposing the public release of the actual terms of the 50-year deal with Cintra to the public. Perry’s former liaison to the legislature, former State Senator Dan Shelly, returned to his consulting/lobbying work with Cintra after securing the TTC deal while on the state payroll. In the 2006, gubernatorial election, all of Perry’s opponents opposes the corridor project. Both the Democratic and Republicans party platforms also oppose the current corridor legislation.
Texas-based TXU (formerly TU Electric is an energy company headquartered in Dallas, Texas) is planning a $10 billion investment in eleven new coal-fired power plants over the next several years. In 2006, Perry fast-tracked the permitting process and limited the time frame for public comment on this proposal. The new coal fire power plant has been opposed by mayors of both parties through out Texas. Perry has taken more than $324,000 in contributions from coal companies over the past six years.
Views on non-Christians:
Perry has said that he believes in the inerrancy (exemption from error) of the Bible and those who reject Jesus Christ as their Savior will go to hell. Enough said on that topic.