The Most Controversial Rick Perry Quotes Politicians
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The Most Controversial Rick Perry Quotes

In August of 2011, Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry declared his candidacy for president in 2012, putting to rest weeks of speculation that he'd seek the GOP nomination. And whether he's speaking as a presidential hopeful or a governor, Perry's made some pretty controversial statements on everything from jobs to taxes to the BP oil spill. This is a list of some of the most controversial Rick Perry quotes ever made.

Rick Perry is the state of Texas' longest-serving governor. Perry became governor when George W. Bush resigned to become president. Since then, he's been elected governor three times.Perry is well-known for his no tax, small government views, and several of these quotes reflect those platforms. He's also a conservative Christian, having no problem with publicly expressing his beliefs - like when he asked Texans to literally pray for rain in April of 2011. Apparently his prayers were largely ignored: The summer of 2011 saw the state of Texas in an unprecedented drought with billions of dollars in losses in livestock and crops.

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    Half of All Americans Don't Pay Income Tax

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    "We’re dismayed at the injustice that nearly half of all Americans don’t even pay any income tax."

    Again, this quote comes from Rick Perry's speech the day he announced his presidential bid. Does he mean here that he'd actually raise taxes for more people? Because that's sure how it appears. Probably not. Again though, this statement is somewhat misleading - you have to look at the specifics and that's where 'The Washington Post' comes in again: Perry is not talking about payroll taxes - and that's stuff like Medicare and Social Security (paid largely by middle and low-income taxpayers).

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