Rick Perry obliquely critiques his opponents’ views on abortion

posted at 12:00 pm on October 23, 2011 by Tina Korbe

At the Iowa Faith and Freedom dinner yesterday, Rick Perry sounded exceptionally strong on social issues, emphasizing his own committed and clearly spoken position on abortion while obliquely critiquing Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, both of whose pro-life credentials remain somewhat questionable:

[Cain's] comments to CNN that put his position against abortion in doubt made him a target on the stage. Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a swipe at him, although he did not refer directly to the interview, in which Cain said that families should be able to abort a pregnancy in instances of incest and rape.

“It is a liberal canard to say, ‘I am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision,’ ” Perry said. “That is not pro-life. That is pro-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too.” …

“Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience. It is a core conviction,” Perry said, drawing a contrast not only with Cain but also with Romney, who says he opposes abortion rights but who had supported them earlier in his political career.

“When it comes to faith, it is the core of who I am. It is an essential act as much as breathing is an essential act,” Perry said. “I found the true source of hope and change, and that is a loving God who changes hearts of stone into hearts of flesh.”

Incidentally, that last jab at Obama happens to be my very favorite.

Romney wasn’t even at the dinner to defend himself, but Cain took the event as an opportunity to clarify his views on the touchy topic yet again. He reaffirmed his support for life, saying he thinks abortion should be illegal throughout the country and promising not to approve any government funding for abortion. Cain’s clarifications have been at least as confusing as the original interviews he gave on the subject — but, overall, it does, at least, appear that he seeks to err on the side of life.

Nevertheless, the headlines about this event will focus on Perry for a reason. The Texas governor typically shines in a setting like the Faith and Freedom Dinner, and, from what I can gather, he was at his best again last night. For all that the guy can’t debate, he can hold captive an audience when he speaks sincerely on a subject about which he cares deeply — and when the crowd is exceptionally friendly. That sounds deceptively easy — but it’s a skill no less than any elocutionary ability. It’s reassuring, at least, to remember this Perry, the Perry of confidence and conviction.

In 2008, Perry piqued pro-lifers with his endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for president. Various other decisions he’s made could also be construed as less-than-perfectly pro-life. But, by and large, he has enormous credibility on the issue. Pro-life leaders in his state love him, for example.

“This issue really is dear to his heart, he understands it and he has always made it a priority,” one said. “He’s not necessarily going to put it in every speech because he knows he’s got to get elected, but … he’s not going to run from it, because it’s just who he is.”

Last night illustrates that, when he is able to put a little of “who he is” into a speech, he easily overshadows his competitors. Would that he could bring that self to debates …


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Would that he could bring that self to debates …

Well, he clearly can’t.

Rational Thought on October 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM

This must be a “full court press” on someone.

SlaveDog on October 23, 2011 at 12:04 PM

We’d be a lot better off if the GOP candidates didn’t have to pander to the social statists of western Iowa. What have they done to deserve the ability to veto candidates for the rest of us?

TedInATL on October 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Cain is vulnerable on this.

Spathi on October 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Despite the confusion caused by Cain’s response to the abortion question, he’s done more for pro-life causes than any of the other candidates, including giving over $1mil to the cause. His response was less than eloquent, but his actions are pretty clear. This might be why Perry isn’t attacking him directly.

Book on October 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Why would someone want to be born into Obama’s economy and his 9% unemployment~?

Every issue should be turned back on Obama’s failures.

EVERY issue.

profitsbeard on October 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Because the only thing Obama has going for him is foreign policy (cuz he “iced” a bunch of people, ya know!), that means the Obamamedia will try to focus all of the debates as much on foreign policy as they can to prop up their boy. Perry cannot stand up to that. It will be gotcha question after gotcha question, and he’ll fumble around looking the fool.

Rational Thought on October 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

[Cain's] comments to CNN

Get back to me when Rick Perry decides to show his face on the boob tube other than the debates.

Knucklehead on October 23, 2011 at 12:12 PM

“It is a liberal canard to say, ‘I am personally pro-life, but government should stay out of that decision,’ ” Perry said. “That is not pro-life. That is pro-having-your-cake-and-eating-it-too.” …

So, he is in favor of using federal law to outlaw abortion in all cases with no exceptions? That should win him the general election right there if he gets the nomination./s

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Perry went on to add,

“Aauugeeuhauauhueouaeeh.”

HitNRun on October 23, 2011 at 12:19 PM

We’d be a lot better off if the GOP candidates didn’t have to pander to the social statists of western Iowa. What have they done to deserve the ability to veto candidates for the rest of us?

TedInATL on October 23, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Well, they gave us Huckabee in 2008 and the entire state followed up with Obama.

They could at least go to a primary election with one man/one vote, instead their goofy caucus system.

Personally, I think a regional primary system would be better. But what do I know.

SlaveDog on October 23, 2011 at 12:19 PM

“Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience. It is a core conviction,” Perry said,

Yep. Same with being pro-amnesty and anti-border, Rick, but you knew that already.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Because the only thing Obama has going for him is foreign policy (cuz he “iced” a bunch of people, ya know!), that means the Obamamedia will try to focus all of the debates as much on foreign policy as they can to prop up their boy. Perry cannot stand up to that. It will be gotcha question after gotcha question, and he’ll fumble around looking the fool.

Rational Thought on October 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

This presupposes that Perry is entirely subject to the narrative drive of the media, that he has no ability to flip or control the narrative back on the media and Left.

I agree. He doesn’t. None of them does. This is sad and even tragic but it is where we are.

We cannot assume one of these Republicans can force his own narrative on the media and make THEM “fumble around looking the fool.”

rrpjr on October 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

HitNRun on October 23, 2011 at 12:19 PM

lol. hahaha.

“Aughhmmmm…….ghhhh” Perry said, when asked his opinion of the controversial remarks by Cain. “yeahugghhhmmmhmmm”, he quipped as supporters stared in silence…..

Perry roused the crowd at last with a loud “Yeeeehaaawww, Jesus loves amnesty!” foghorn leghorn soundbite that had the listeners chanting “Per-ry Per-ry”, and “wooooooooo doggie..”

hahaha, dood that was funny.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Sad day for America when core convictions are put on the back burner.

mobydutch on October 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Liberals: if you have to go against the Constitution to ensure that no one has their fun interrupted, do it.

disa on October 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

So how does the republican primary system get changed? I woul really like to know. I think having a nominee pretty much decided before millions of republicans get to vote is alienating.

Cain needs to learn to make his positions crystal clear. Still underwhelmed by Perry.

ldbgcoleman on October 23, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Yep. Same with being pro-amnesty and anti-border, Rick, but you knew that already.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Liar.

John the Libertarian on October 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Perry’s core convictions are amnesty, open borders, handouts for illegals, gardasil mandates, and the TTC.

Those NEED to be put on the back burner.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Sad day for America when core convictions are put on the back burner.

mobydutch on October 23, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Even sadder when they re-elect Obama.

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Anything that hurts Perry’s campaign, helps America by an equal amount.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Rick Perry’s interview in Parade mag is out in my Houston Chronicle this morning, and it’s a pretty good interview. My favorite part:

P: “Have you seen the film An Inconvenient Truth?

RP: No Ma’am

P: Have you read the book?

RP No. I generally don’t watch or read a lot of fiction.

Weight of Glory on October 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Speaking of core beliefs,…another Obama foreign policy triumph.

http://news.yahoo.com/libyas-transitional-leader-says-islamic-sharia-law-basic-154324774.html

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

RP No. I generally don’t watch or read a lot of fiction.

Weight of Glory on October 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Heh. That was nice.

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Real leadership: Obliquely referring to an answer in an interview given by a candidate whose done far more in time and money regarding said issue than you have.

The thought of that stammering fool debating Pres. Obama is chilling – Perry might give a good prepared speech, but the POTUS debates and how they are spun go a lot farther than stumping – Perry is the only one on the GOPer debate stage who could not out-debate Obama, and you’re still shilling for him.

Cain’s not perfect, but Perry’s a disaster. Keep hittin’ ‘em low, Tina.

elcapt on October 23, 2011 at 12:42 PM

“Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience. It is a core conviction.”

He needs to be reminded that getting elected IS a matter of campaigning. Politics is about NOT offending so many people that you DON’T get elected. Your own personal convictions are for yourself and people don’t want to be told about their own morality, much less someone else’s morality. They want the government to get out of their lives, secure the border, and produce valuable currency, which is all they are mandated to do.

When Cain started off the Piers Morgan interview talking about his faith as why he should be president, he lost the plot right there. People are looking for a chief executive, not a pastor.

keep the change on October 23, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Speaking of core beliefs,…another Obama foreign policy triumph.

http://news.yahoo.com/libyas-transitional-leader-says-islamic-sharia-law-basic-154324774.html

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM

The next president better get John Bolton in his admin asap.

VegasRick on October 23, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Whatever. Perry is “heartless”, or at least he thinks I am.

exdeadhead on October 23, 2011 at 12:43 PM

“Being pro-life is not a matter of campaign convenience. It is a core conviction,” Perry said,

Yep. Same with being pro-amnesty and anti-border, Rick, but you knew that already.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Perry does consistently make humane decisions, so Perry views illegal aliens as human beings deserving of being treated with dignity, all human life deserves to be treated with dignity – because they are human beings. Compared to Obama who voted with the folks in Illinois to let children that survive abortions to die in hospital utility closets.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Well he may have his convictions and they may be admirable, but they won’t get him elected. There are too many people, conservatives included, who feel like Cain does…while they don’t agree with abortion, they think it’s a family decision (choice), not the governments. So is anyone says they’re pro-life viewed as a hypocrite unless they want to outlaw abortion? If not, then why make it an issue? The United States is never going to outlaw abortion, and liberals will always find ways to fund them through various organizations.

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Even sadder when they re-elect Obama.

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

I’m not really sold on any candidate yet. Almost any one of ours is better than Obama. I honestly tried to support Paul but I can’t. I won’t vote for him. I just can’t. Even Obama would be better on National Defense than him.

But if one man or woman stated as a major effort during their presidency they would, work to confine abortions to only those instances where the mother’s life was truly in peril, give parents rights back in states where it has been taken in regard to their minor and unemancipated children, defund all federally funded abortion services, I would throw complete support behind them to include every dollar that I could afford.

hawkdriver on October 23, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I don’t know about any of these candidates. I got excited about Perry once he jumped in, then watched him crumble at the last debate. I got excited about Cain until I read more about his 999 policy and watched him flip flop. Romney? Please. He’s as appetizing as week old leftovers. At this point I wish we could draft someone to enter…tell them to put their personal issues aside and run for the good of the country. We’re in desperate need of a winner. I don’t think we have one yet.

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Well he may have his convictions and they may be admirable, but they won’t get him elected.scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Perry is running as the Christian Conservative candidate, he’s simply going on the record for the nationwide republican primary voters.

This elections is going to be about the economy – jobs and getting our fiscal house in order.

I like Ron Paul’s idea of getting rid of a bunch of useless government agencies to shrink the federal government, he also has said, the people in those government jobs can be transferred to private sector jobs in a 5 year transition so it doesn’t hurt the economy by having more unemployed.

We are paying way too much money for a federal government that’s wasteful, and many times plain incompetent. SEE DOJ, AFT, fast and furious.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM

hawkdriver on October 23, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Me too, brother. I just hate the hyperbole and candidates paying gotcha with each other as to who is the most pure. I hated Bachmann’s pledges she shoehorned all the others but Mitt and Huntsman into signing. It starts to stink of gamesmanship.

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 1:00 PM

This elections is going to be about the economy – jobs and getting our fiscal house in order.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Well, it should be, but introducing the social issues into the nomination process makes them fair game for the media in the general, and you just know, they’ll use them to deflect.

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Perry does consistently make humane decisions, so Perry views illegal aliens as human beings deserving of being treated with dignity, all human life deserves to be treated with dignity – because they are human beings. Compared to Obama who voted with the folks in Illinois to let children that survive abortions to die in hospital utility closets.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

America can enforce the laws without denying anyone their humanity. Grow up.

What an awful statement. What party are you even in?

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

At this point I wish we could draft someone to enter…tell them to put their personal issues aside and run for the good of the country. We’re in desperate need of a winner. I don’t think we have one yet.

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I don’t think Cain even has his names on all the ballots in all the states yet? For example I don’t know if Cain is on the Illinois state ballot? The site states he needs 3,000 signatures?

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM

this…

the lsm will truly focus on this to deflect for dear leader…

cmsinaz on October 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

America can enforce the laws without denying anyone their humanity. Grow up.

What an awful statement. What party are you even in?

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

An A$$ says What?

Are you under some delusion that anyone commenting on this thread has to answer to you?

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Well, it should be, but introducing the social issues into the nomination process makes them fair game for the media in the general, and you just know, they’ll use them to deflect.

a capella on October 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM

The media loves sound bites – I was sent to Salon War Room, when I was searching for the blurb, I had heard about Herman Cain needing to still get on some of the ballots in some states. They have their claws out. I went to one of his websites instead for the link for the source. Right now they are pounding on Rubio, and they have Ed Schultz video clips up LOL! They are going to make as much hay as they can out of anything the republicans say in the primary. If anyone wants a look at the far left strategy, they can surf on over to Salon War Room.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 1:15 PM

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 12:50 PM

that post is proof positive of how muddled cain’s answer was. you think you and cain agree, but cain has said NO abortions no matter what. and you think he is against abortion but thinks its a family’s decision. his “clarification” was that he wants abortion illegal

chasdal on October 23, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Perry does consistently make humane decisions, so Perry views illegal aliens as human beings deserving of being treated with dignity, all human life deserves to be treated with dignity – because they are human beings.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Can you name one Republican candidate that would disagree? Otherwise, I fail to see how this is a unique quality for Rick Perry.

MeatHeadinCA on October 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

What an awful statement. What party are you even in?

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM
You want to read an awful statement? Perry roused the crowd at last with a loud “Yeeeehaaawww, Jesus loves amnesty!” foghorn leghorn soundbite that had the listeners chanting “Per-ry Per-ry”, and “wooooooooo doggie..”

hahaha, dood that was funny.

mobydutch on October 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

How in the world did the conversation become social issues?

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Can you name one Republican candidate that would disagree? Otherwise, I fail to see how this is a unique quality for Rick Perry.

MeatHeadinCA on October 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Rick Perry is running as the Christian Conservative candidate, this is how he is marketing himself to the republican primary voters. Do you see Mitt Romney selling himself in this manner? Mitt Romney is selling himself as a “Conservative Businessman”. This is how Perry is presenting himself nationwide, to stick out in the republican primary pack.

I haven’t heard any of them use George W Bush’s favorite term “compassionate conservatism” If they are all smart, they won’t go there.

Whoever ends up being the republican nominee is going to take the exact same stance Perry has taken on illegal aliens (soft) to get the Hispanic vote. It’s stupid politics to alienate any voting block when running for President.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 1:34 PM

hahaha, dood that was funny.

mobydutch on October 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

You should have caught some of his speeches down here when he was running for Governor. I thought they were a little over the top, but Perry has been elected 3 times down here. Perry knows what sells in Texas.

I don’t know, does Iowa uses a lot of migrant farm labor?

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

How in the world did the conversation become social issues?

Cindy Munford on October 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM
I think it is in reference to the faith and freedom dinner.

mobydutch on October 23, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Perry knows what sells in Texas.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Too bad he’s doing a piss poor job of trying to sell it to the rest of the country.

Knucklehead on October 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Perry knows what sells in Texas.

I don’t know, does Iowa uses a lot of migrant farm labor?

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM
Dr., I am from Texas. (not sure about migrant farm labor in Iowa)

mobydutch on October 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Perry knows what sells in Texas.

I don’t know, does Iowa uses a lot of migrant farm labor?

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Yeah, Texas eats double helpings of televangelist RINO bullcrap, and Perry never disappoints.

Look at your website. You are the “unseen” of the Perry campaign.

Don’t worry, you’re RINO sellout is done. He won’t admit it yet, but he is.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Too bad he’s doing a piss poor job of trying to sell it to the rest of the country.

Knucklehead on October 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

The rest of country ain’t buyin the horsecrap that he sells by the quarter ton in TX.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Whoever ends up being the republican nominee is going to take the exact same stance Perry has taken on illegal aliens (soft) to get the Hispanic vote

I’ll bet neither Cain nor Romney will do so, and Perry won’t be the nominee, so that’s that.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

And they won’t “Get the Hispanic vote”, even if they do, as the GOP nominee never has.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Perryfreaks in full rehab mode today……

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Is anyone 100% behind any of these candidates? Or do find them lacking substance and wish someone else would jump in. I like a little bit about each one of them, including Paul, but not behind any of them 100%. These debates are really ridiculous, they don’t help any of them IMHO.

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Dude, you’re the one obsessing. Your’e the new jenfidel.

juliesa on October 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:53 PM

really?? cause it looks like its mostly you on here spewing your lies and nonsense.

chasdal on October 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM

and at: 12:29 PM, 12:32, 12:35, 1:05, 1:47, 1:48, 1:50, 1:50. 1:53

Perryfreaks in full rehab mode today……

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:53 PM

I don’t know about that, but one yahoo nutball is in full libtard meltdown over Perry…again.

cozmo on October 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM

I’m reading on twitter that Newt praised ethanol at this event, while Perry is against the subsidies.

juliesa on October 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM

That’s rich coming from Perry seeing how he flip-flopped in the same way Cain did.

Darth Executor on October 23, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Too bad he’s doing a piss poor job of trying to sell it to the rest of the country.

Knucklehead on October 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

That’s true, he dug himself a hole, and he now he has to dig himself out.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 2:25 PM

It’s just stunning to me that in this media age, after the long character torture of George Bush and after the last 10 years of the open, vicious and unrelenting siege against America by the Left (peaking under Obama as America fractures), that we can offer a roster of candidates so categorically inept at forming and driving a cogent and full-throated pro-American, pro-individual and anti-Leftist narrative.

We are pathetic.

rrpjr on October 23, 2011 at 2:25 PM

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Given the alternatives, I will pull the lever for Perry. Perry is capable and dependable.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Is anyone 100% behind any of these candidates? Or do find them lacking substance and wish someone else would jump in. I like a little bit about each one of them, including Paul, but not behind any of them 100%. These debates are really ridiculous, they don’t help any of them IMHO.

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Remember what Rumsfeld said about you don’t go to war with the Army you want, you go to war with the Army you have….it feels a lot like that with the republican primary candidates, going into the primary election.

I lean Libertarian, and I like some of Ron Paul’s proposals, but he always goes too far, and starts sounding nutty.

I also liked this response by Perry

Rick Perry’s interview in Parade mag is out in my Houston Chronicle this morning, and it’s a pretty good interview. My favorite part:

P: “Have you seen the film An Inconvenient Truth?

RP: No Ma’am

P: Have you read the book?

RP No. I generally don’t watch or read a lot of fiction.

Weight of Glory on October 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Despite the confusion caused by Cain’s response to the abortion question, he’s done more for pro-life causes than any of the other candidates, including giving over $1mil to the cause.

Book on October 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Sorry man – but the $1M he spent, which you speak of – was spent on one ad campaign that rain in the Black community and accused Democrats of having an genocidal agenda against African Americans because AA’s have abortions at a disproportional rates to other races. It was pretty over the top stuff actually – and didn’t have any effect on the elections the ads were aimed to influence.

That hardly puts Cain into HERO category for Pro-Lifers.

Want a REAL HERO on the subject … don’t listen to me – listen to the words of TEXASRIGHTTOLIFE.COM …

Texas Right to Life has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with our Pro-Life Governor, Rick Perry, since before he was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1998; therefore, we are quite pleased that this Pro-Life champion has entered the race for President of the United States. While the Republican candidates who have already declared their candidacy also espouse Pro-Life views, Governor Perry’s record is unmatched.

Governor Perry enthusiastically signed the Pro-Life pledge put forth by our colleagues at the Susan B. Anthony List. He has been an outspoken and unapologetic advocate for protecting the sanctity of human life from fertilization until natural death, and he has effectively put his advocacy into action during his tenure as Texas’ top official.

No state in recent years has passed more Pro-Life legislation or removed more tax dollars from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion committer, than Texas. In fact, Governor Perry partnered with Texas Right to Life to cut revenue to the abortion industry in the state’s budget in the recent 2011 Legislative Session. As a direct result, six Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics are closing in North Texas.

When Texas Right to Life personally verified the clinic closings, the staff at these agencies confirmed that the loss of public funds [that’s my money and your money] was the sole reason for the closures. And Governor Perry helped Texas Right to Life take it away from Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider.

When Rick Perry took the role of President of the State Senate as Lieutenant Governor, his first move was to restructure the committees to facilitate a conservative agenda passing. In 1999, the Parental Notification bill finally passed because, at last, the bill could move through the legislative process without being bottlenecked by hostile committee chairs. Lieutenant Governor Perry was personally involved in shepherding that bill through to then-Governor Bush’s desk.

The Parental Notification Law required that parents be notified of their minor daughter’s intent to seek and undergo an abortion. The teen abortion rate has dropped noticeably since Texas enacted parental involvement laws, thereby strengthening Texas families and protecting the rights of parents.

Perry assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President. Perry was elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 2006, and 2010. His more than ten years in the office of governor has afforded him many opportunities to protect the sanctity of innocent human life, and he made the most of each one.

In 2003, the Texas Legislature passed Texas’ version of informed consent before an abortion, the Woman’s Right to Know law. The bill established a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion and also required that information be offered to women seeking abortion. Governor Perry shared Texas Right to Life’s view that abortion should not be held to a lower standard than any other medical procedure—particularly since abortion permanently changes not just one, but two lives.

Also in 2003, just days after the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner, were discovered, Governor Perry helped move the Prenatal Protection Act. The bill was being slowed by some in the medical community, and Governor Perry astutely drew attention to the loss of both Conner’s and Laci’s life. When 7½ months pregnant with Conner, Laci was murdered, and consequently, her prenatal son, also died. The finding of the bodies ended a protracted search; Conner’s tiny body was found separated from Laci’s. Governor Perry wanted to be sure that unborn children were considered victims of state crimes if they died or were injured during the commission of crimes against their pregnant mothers. As a result, Texas penal code recognizes unborn children at the moment of fertilization.

Texas became the tenth state to fund alternatives to abortion in the state budget in 2005. The Texas program was modeled after the extremely successful program in Pennsylvania, called Real Alternatives. Since its inception, the Texas Pregnancy Care Network has achieved and exceeded its goals, serving thousands of women who are pregnant, think they may be pregnant, or who have a child up to one year in age. This program is revolutionary and has empowered social service agencies, maternity homes, adoption agencies, and pregnancy centers to expand their outreach and services by supplementing their income with state funds. Governor Perry has ensured that the program remains fully funded, if not increased, since he signed that budget bill in 2005.

Governor Perry also approved a small measure in a bill that overhauled the Texas Medical Board (TMB). Some House members added some amendments to the TMB bill to restrict third trimester abortions and to change the wording of the Parental Notification statute to parental consent. Governor Perry was pleased that the House added these provisions and happily signed the TMB bill following the 2005 Legislative Session.

In the 80th and 81st Legislative Sessions, Governor Perry made known that he wanted to buttress adult stem cell research and cord blood banking in hopes of eventually matching the endless flow of private funds to the fatal embryonic stem cell research. Perry has proven uncompromising on embryo-destroying research, confirming that human life begins at fertilization. In sharp contrast to the Obama administration, Governor Perry does recognize the personhood of human embryos—including lives manufactured through scientific means in laboratories, whereas the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has declared open season on our nascent brethren by removing all restrictions on biotech research.

Perry has always been straightforward, helpful, and true to his Pro-Life convictions. He has intervened to stop anti-Life legislation on a number of occasions, which has been crucial, and he has helped clear obstacles when necessary.

Every one of Governor Perry’s judicial appointees adheres to a strict constructionist style of jurisprudence. His appointee

Sorry man – but spending $1M dollars doesn’t save babies. Rick Perry’s work as a Pro-Life governor in Texas HAS saved lives.

That makes HIM head and shoulders above the rest.

HondaV65 on October 23, 2011 at 2:37 PM

And they won’t “Get the Hispanic vote”, even if they do, as the GOP nominee never has.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

You mean like George W Bush never got any of the Hispanic Vote?

In 2004, George W. Bush and Karl Rove made significant impact with Latino voters. Bush won 48 percent of Spanish-dominant voters, says Sharry. But in 2008, there was a dramatic change. McCain won only 25 percent of Latino votes. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, Hispanics voted for Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden over Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin by a margin of more than two-to-one in the 2008 presidential election. Latino youth, just as all youth nationwide, supported Obama over McCain by an even wider margin: 76 percent versus 19 percent.

“It was inescapable for more Latino voters to understand that most Republicans hate them and don’t want them here,” says Sharry. “No wonder there was such a shift.”

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

I’ll bet neither Cain nor Romney will do so, and Perry won’t be the nominee, so that’s that.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

No sorry – but you’re wrong. Romney supported Bush’s amnesty plan.

HondaV65 on October 23, 2011 at 2:40 PM

I’m reading on twitter that Newt praised ethanol at this event, while Perry is against the subsidies.

juliesa on October 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Romney panders on ethanol subsidies too. If we are going to grow a crop for fuel, I wish the farmers would change over to the sugar beets . Brazil uses sugar cane. It make more sense we use corn in so many food products.

Which plants make the most ethanol?

Sugar beet in France yields 714 gallons per acre
Sugar cane in Brazil yields 662 gallons per acre
Corn in the U.S.A yields 354 gallons per acre, or roughly half the beet and cane yields.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Cain is an opportunist. No one who is an associated minister at a liberal Baptist Church in Atlanta whose minister uses Malcolm X for guidance is a conservative. That dog doesn’t hunt.

It is a matter of convenience when running for office because someone who is truly pro-life doesn’t have to keep giving different versions. You are either pro-life or you are not. I supported Rudy in 2008 because I didn’t like the other candidates and I am pro-life.

Romney is not conservative and not pro-life unless he is running for President. Didn’t like Huckabee who on some issues governed AR to the left of Clinton. Cannot stand Ron Paul. Didn’t like McCain. Thompson appeared unhealthy. Who was left — Rudy who would stand up for our national security and pledged he would appoint strict constructionist judges. Our field was bad in 2008, but I made the decision Rudy stood tall on terrorism and national security.

Now I am very happy to support Governor Perry who is truly pro-life and doesn’t have to think twice about the fact.

PhiKapMom on October 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Now I am very happy to support Governor Perry who is truly pro-life and doesn’t have to think twice about the fact.

PhiKapMom on October 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Doesn’t that make you heartless, or something?

cozmo on October 23, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Yeah, Texas eats double helpings of televangelist RINO bullcrap, and Perry never disappoints.

Look at your website. You are the “unseen” of the Perry campaign.

Don’t worry, you’re RINO sellout is done. He won’t admit it yet, but he is.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

You are really special aren’t you? I put up that post showing how Rick Perry is marketing himself to the republican primary voters. I am in no way shape or from an evangelist, although I don’t have any problem with religious people exercising their freedom to worship, and freedom of expression. As it turns out it’s free country, and that’s sorta of the whole point.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Now I am very happy to support Governor Perry who is truly pro-life and doesn’t have to think twice about the fact.

PhiKapMom on October 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

He does have to think twice. He was going on about the same federalist BS Cain was earlier in the campaign.

Darth Executor on October 23, 2011 at 3:01 PM

You are really special aren’t you?
Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Yes, he is special. But we try to avoid pointing out stuff like that in this PC world in which we live.

“Bless his heart” is sooooo much nicer.

cozmo on October 23, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Can you name one Republican candidate that would disagree? Otherwise, I fail to see how this is a unique quality for Rick Perry.

MeatHeadinCA on October 23, 2011 at 1:23 PM

pre 2005 Mitt Romney.

Bill C on October 23, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Rick Perry’s interview in Parade mag is out in my Houston Chronicle this morning, and it’s a pretty good interview. My favorite part:

P: “Have you seen the film An Inconvenient Truth?

RP: No Ma’am

P: Have you read the book?

RP No. I generally don’t watch or read a lot of fiction.

Weight of Glory on October 23, 2011 at 12:36 PM

That’s my favorite part, too. Really good interview. He’s quite good one-on-one.

capitalist piglet on October 23, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Cain is an opportunist. No one who is an associated minister at a liberal Baptist Church in Atlanta whose minister uses Malcolm X for guidance is a conservative. That dog doesn’t hunt.

PKM: Do you have a theory on why Cain is friendly to the liberal Romney, but hostile to the more conservative Governor Perry? If he’s so conservative, why would that be the case? How could he endorse Mitt Romney in ’08 and telegraph his hope to share a ticket with him in this race?

capitalist piglet on October 23, 2011 at 3:28 PM

It’s over folks. Unless Gingrich (ha!) makes some kind of comeback fueled by unicorn magic, Romney is the nominee.

The political reality is that you can explain away a gaffe and you can flip on an unpopular position or two (or ten). But you cannot run away from dumb. After several debates most folks see Perry as a moron. They have seen him struggle mightily to articulate the most basic arguments regarding economics, foreign policy and his fellow candidates. The mold is set and he is now seen as an incoherent version of George W. Bush.

Toast.

BocaJuniors on October 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

“Bless his heart” is sooooo much nicer.

cozmo on October 23, 2011 at 3:01 PM

In this PC day in age if you believe in God, it makes you a religious fanatic, although I believe the number of folks in the U.S. who believe in an Almighty are in the majority. Although the way the secular media spins it, believers make up some scary fanatic fringe, they like to keep those numbers ambiguous intentionally.

A late 2009 online Harris poll of 2,303 U.S. adults (18 and older)[55] found that “82% of adult Americans believe in God”, the same number as in two earlier polls in 2005 and 2007. Another 9% said they did not believe in God, and 9% said that they were not sure. It further concluded.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

BocaJuniors on October 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Perry is going to be Bill O’Reilly’s guest tomorrow evening on the Factor. O’Reilly has a large audience, and the interview will be watched by the other cable news outlets. CNN, MSNBC, and the Network news outlets, will no doubt be looking for sound bites to attack Perry with in the news cycle. I am sure Perry and his campaign team know this. He is going to be given an opportunity to rehab his performance. I hope he makes good use of his opportunity. This will help raise his profile among the voting public.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

“It was inescapable for more Latino voters to understand that most Republicans hate them and don’t want them here,” says Sharry. “No wonder there was such a shift.”

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 2:38 PM

This is your “Lesson” to the GOP? That if we want the immigration laws of our country enforced, we “hate Latino voters”?

There is no choice but to defeat the likes of you in the primaries, because you are nowhere remotely conservative when you adopt these lefty talking points.

You push Perry as the conservative choice, while you advocate policy that will turn FL blue IMMEDIATELY and Texas within a decade.

How do you call that conservative, when you are sealing the EC off from the R party? You can’t.

This is why no one is interested in Perry’s candidacy. Intuitively, they know he cannot protect the country and is not the least bit interested in doing so.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Another 9% said they did not believe in God, and 9% said that they were not sure. It further concluded.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

More flaming dishonesty. It’s not God, or Jesus, we hate, but the tactic of bringing them into matters as an excuse for failing to do the job in front of you.

It’s Perry who cannot garner support from conservatives, and he, his wife, or supporters, by trying to bring Christianity into it and claim some sort of bigotry is to blame for GOP voters who dislike Perry on POLICY ISSUES, smacks of TELEGVAGELIST BULLCRAP, like Benny Hinn and MIKE HUCKABEE try all the time.

I used to call Huck the “Benny Hinn of the R party”.. Now, Perry should receive that banner in his place, since he has assumed the role.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Perry is going to be Bill O’Reilly’s guest tomorrow evening on the Factor.

He is going to be given an opportunity to rehab his performance. I hope he makes good use of his opportunity. This will help raise his profile among the voting public.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Debates with Romney (or Obama) are not friendly interviews with O’Reilly. As Cain would say, “Apples and oranges. Apples and oranges.”

BocaJuniors on October 23, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Perry is going to be Bill O’Reilly’s guest tomorrow evening on the Factor.

..I hope he starts the interview off with a “yeeeee-hawwwwww!…hell, Billie boy, I’m gladder than a tornader in a trailer park ta be hyere, pardner!!!..and by the way all yall amnesty opponents out there a-critacizin me, well y’all better git right with Jeesus afore you go a bitin off moren you kin cheyew…”

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I keep seeing throughout the thread that Perry is pro-amnesty. That is either a purposeful lie or ignorance of not researching his record. This is as far from the truth as you can get.

Governor Perry is strongly opposed to amnesty and didn’t just say that to run for President. He always has been. Read his book.

The Texas in-state tuition bill is not the same and it was way overblown in the press and by his GOP opponents. It is not a Dream Act, nor does it have to do with granting amnesty. It is an in-state tuition bill, period.

Read Governor Perry’s interview here on in-state tuition and amnesty here: http://reddogreport.com/2011/10/gov-rick-perry-i-strongly-oppose-amnesty/

In 1982, Texas brought the case Plyler vs. Doe to the Supreme Ct. They lost. The court ruled that all states must provide free public education to illegals and their children.

A border state Governor has to deal with this and the Federal Government refusing to do their job on border security and enforcing current law. Due to this ineptness there are millions of illegals here and more are coming in. A state does not have the legal right to deport. Then they have to deal with getting sued by the Federal Government when they try to assert their state rights in protecting their citizens.

Now faced with a situation they cannot control, what do they do? Do they let them get on the government dole or do they help them either get off and stay off the welfare system? Do they help them to be self sufficient and contribute to society and become taxpayers? Or do they let them survive by committing crimes on the citizens and end up in the correctional system?

181 of 185 legislators, who in Texas are under the Lt. Governor, (which by the way Texas votes, is not neccessarily of the same political party as the Governor) not the Governor, decided they would rather have taxpayers than freeloaders. The majority of them are conservatives. It was supported in due part because it was no cost to the citizens. This is contrary to what the media and other Republicans are telling you. It was not a free ride. They didn’t get a position that would have gone to an American. They weren’t given preferential treatment to get in. They had to earn the money to pay for it and the grades to be accepted.

Rick Perry has a strong record on immigration. Passed a no driver’s license for illegals bill. Had bills put forth to ban sanctuary cities which the legislature did not act on. Here’s one such instance: http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/16335/

He spent over $400 million on border security in just the last year alone. When legislators voted to refuse to fund additional border security, Governor Perry took the money for it from the Governor discretionary fund.

He’s done much more too. You can read some of what he’s done here: http://wingright.org/2011/10/05/rick-perrys-record-on-border-security/

I hear most of you and other conservatives saying you want a President who will follow the will of the people. I do too. Yet you don’t want a Representative or Governor to follow the will of the people of his state? And I’m not talking about what a slim majority wants. 181 of 185 Representatives of the People of Texas did the will of the people and in an overwhelmingly veto proof vote. This is what the people of the state of Texas wanted. It is the job of the Representative, Lt. Governor and the Governor to abide by the wishes of their citizens just as we want our President to do.

Lastly, you say you believe in the 10th amendment and then punish someone for doing exactly that and following the constitution and the will of the people.

TriciaNC on October 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Dude, you’re the one obsessing. Your’e the new jenfidel.

juliesa on October 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

+100

Shay on October 23, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Governor Perry is strongly opposed to amnesty and didn’t just say that to run for President. He always has been. Read his book.

TriciaNC on October 23, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Read his letters.

In 2001…

Shortly after George W. Bush was elected president, Perry wrote a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News, “I take strong issue with a news report in the Dallas Morning News mischaracterizing my position on amnesty for undocumented immigrants from Mexico. The truth is, I am intrigued and open to the Bush administration’s amnesty proposal. Most Texans would agree that it’s better to have legal, taxpaying immigrants from Mexico working in the United States than illegal immigrants living in fear of the law and afraid to access basic services.”

And again in 2006 during the Bush amnesty push…

(August 25, 2006)–Leaders of Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona signed a letter Friday urging US lawmakers to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan by year’s end.

No he hasn’t always been against amnesty and he did just say that to run for president because not very many years ago he was all for the amnesty plan.

sharrukin on October 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Perryfreaks in full rehab mode today……

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Son, I think you oughta reconsider your tack today. You’ve got a lot of falsehoods in your statements already and the vitriol you spout is getting a little lame.

Try not spitting while you type and belittle the cowboys amongst us……….

Subsunk

Subsunk on October 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

No, he’s not opposed to amnesty.

Perry told The Daily Beast he’s fine with a path to citizenship once the border is secure, and further, he’s opposed a fence and E-verify, as enforcement measures.

That amounts to amnesty. If you’re letting current illegals stay, when the law calls for them to return home, you’re an amnesty supporter.

So knock it off.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Perry supporters are

1 willing to lie
2 willing to use leftwing talking points
3 willing to play the race card
4 willing to slander conservatives

who oppose Perry’s no borders/ pro-amnesty immigration policies.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Subsunk on October 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I’m sure you’re a nice fella, but try not to be naive, ok? Pop?

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Now faced with a situation they cannot control, what do they do? Do they let them get on the government dole or do they help them either get off and stay off the welfare system? Do they help them to be self sufficient and contribute to society and become taxpayers? Or do they let them survive by committing crimes on the citizens and end up in the correctional system?

Do nothing with them. Apprehend as needed, grant them nothing, pardon nothing, and wait for the laws to be enforced, while doing ALL YOU CAN to protect your own border.

That’s the law.

You know this, you’re debating like a LEFTY for the same reasons the Palinistas did it: FOR A POLITICIAN.

Stop it. Our country cannot take any more of it. You think you’re doing the right thing, but you’re condemning your children to socialism for life.

Wake up.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 4:49 PM

the vitriol you spout is getting a little lame.

Try not spitting while you type and belittle the cowboys amongst us……….

Subsunk

Subsunk on October 23, 2011 at 4:39 PM

:)

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Typical of the the dumber-than-dogsh1t GOP base, happy to help the left anyway they can, and in the best was possible, by importing millions of their voters.

All with a slackjawed grin and a PC one-liner.

“You cain’t deport em all! Yeehaww!”….

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right……

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 4:59 PM

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 4:59 PM

You sound a bit unhinged. Take some deep breaths and step away from the computer. It’s Sunday. Go enjoy the rest of your weekend.

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 5:05 PM

See post above. You’re a weak-minded fool.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Actually, you may be right about that. What kind of weak-minded fool sits in front of a screen reading comments from a right wing unhinged yahoo spewing nothing but vitriol and hate. It’s a nice afternoon…think I’ll go for a walk instead. Yeeeeeehawwww!

scalleywag on October 23, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Enforcing the immigration laws is vitriol and hate?

Heh. Maybe you’re in the wrong party, navy.

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 5:18 PM

That Parade Magazine interview with Perry is really terrific! He has a wonderful sense of humor that had me laughing more than once.

Here’s the link:

http://www.parade.com/news/2011/10/23-rick-perry-hates-to-lose.html

Weight of Glory already highlighted my favorite part, but I also loved what he said about having voted for Carter in ’76:

Have you ever voted for a Democratic candidate for president?

Yes, ma’am. In 1976, I voted for Jimmy Carter, because I was in the air force, and I came from an agricultural family. A peanut farmer from Georgia had to be better than anyone else on the Democrats’ side. He was the last Democrat I voted for for president—in fact the only Democratic -president I ever voted for. Holy mackerel, what a mistake.

And his sly answer of “blue” was very funny. I liked very much what he said about Trump, too.

Lots of serious discussion, as well. I appreciated that he had a chance to talk about Israel.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on October 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Debates with Romney (or Obama) are not friendly interviews with O’Reilly. As Cain would say, “Apples and oranges. Apples and oranges.”

BocaJuniors on October 23, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Bill O’Reilly likes Romney, he doesn’t go out of his way to criticize any of them. Bill O’Reilly likes “ratings”.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 6:38 PM

..I hope he starts the interview off with a “yeeeee-hawwwwww!…hell, Billie boy, I’m gladder than a tornader in a trailer park ta be hyere, pardner!!!..and by the way all yall amnesty opponents out there a-critacizin me, well y’all better git right with Jeesus afore you go a bitin off moren you kin cheyew…”

rightwingyahooo on October 23, 2011 at 4:10 PM

There is nothing stopping you, from wishing Perry doesn’t dig himself out of the hole, he has dug for himself. If wishes were horses beggars would ride.

Dr Evil on October 23, 2011 at 6:43 PM

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