Timeline: Texas Gov. Rick Perry's career
August 11th, 2011
05:33 PM ET
12 years ago

Timeline: Texas Gov. Rick Perry's career

(CNN) - Rick Perry, the longest serving governor of Texas, has consistently won re-election due to his popularity among fiscal and social conservatives. Perry's announcement Saturday is expected to shake up the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

- March 4, 1950: Born in Paint Creek, a small farming community north of Abilene.

- 1972: Graduates from Texas A & M University and joins the U.S. Air Force.


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  1. My Name is Gregg & I'm Running For President

    Ask some people and they will tell you they think a "businessman" should run the country. They seem to think this person will be able to work some magic on the economy. But the truth is that the President has very little control over the levers that provide an impact to the economy in the short term beyond fiscal (spending policy).

    If I were President Obama, one short term drag on the economy I would remove is oil prices. No, "drill-baby-drill, is not a short term solution because any oil from a well started today would not produce oil for years.

    Instead, I would have VP Biden, SecState Clinton, & likely SecState successor Kerry visit Saudi Arabia and convince them to boost production by 20% immediately and hold that production level for the next 16 months. In exchange for this, as President, I would offer to sell them the F-35 Stealth Fighter, which they covet.

    Only under a Democrat can the Saudi's hope to get such a deal. Only under a two term Democratic administration would this ever happen because the GOP will allow the Israeli lobby to thwart the deal. [I would deploy Bill Clinton to Israel to assauage them]. Both Saudi Arabia and Israel would be made to understand that a strong US economy is in both their long term interests and that the United States expects them to get on board.

    At the same time, I would authorize a DELTA force mission in Libya to capture Moammar and turn him over to the International court. Our forces could use / train some rebels to do the most dangerous parts of that mission so that we suffer no casualties. With Moammar gone, Libyian oil probably flows in 6 months or less.

    The impact of that additional 20% from Saudi Arabia on oil prices would undo some of the pressure that the economy is under and would boost GDP. It's the best short term shot in the arm that petro-politics can provide. The restoration of Libiyan flow would keep the benefit's going.

    My name is Gregg & I'm running for President.

    August 11, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Amy from GA

    Run, Perry, run. Run to the Bushes. U will so not win. Obama will step all over u. Obama by a landslide.

    August 11, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. coy4one

    Perry's campaign slogan..... "A Vote For Me Is A Vote For George W."

    August 11, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. B

    Another Disaster looking for a place to happen!

    Arrogant, shoot from the hip, phony Christian, Corporate puppet.
    Been there, done that haven’t we ? It didn’t work out to well for anyone!

    Bush II

    This country is in deep Doo Doo and this is the best that the Republicans can find in the Texas brush ?

    August 11, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. arale norimaki

    Hey rick perry there no water in Texas (we want rain) maybe i can prayer for water?

    August 11, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Alexis

    Is it me? Cause every time I see Gov. Perry, He reminds so much Georges W. Bush.

    August 11, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    And becomes a secessionist traitor who speaks to his god and his god tells him what to do because he is such a loser, and only his kind of god, of course, because nobody else's god counts.
    Another village idiot from texas. We were watching a program this past weekend and they showed the shrub speaking at his "mission accomplished" fiasco and we couldn't believe that this dumb arse was appointed and then elected to be our president. We didn't vote for him, but what were people thinking!?!?!?!????????

    August 11, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    Sooo, the great TEXAN, born in TEXAS, raised in TEXAS, educated in TEXAS, married his TEXAS sweeheart and
    raised their children in TEXAS, a lifetime TEXAS politician will announce his run for the Presidency from the steps of
    his beloved ...................................................................drum roll......................................................................................
    redstategathering in charleston, south carolina? Well, all righty then.

    August 11, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Peter E

    Add to timeline:
    2009, Gov. Perry denounces the federal stimulus package.
    (later the same day) Gov. Perry quietly accepts the billions of dollars of federal stimulus money without hesitation
    2010, Gov. Perry takes credit for saving jobs and pumping billions of dollars into the state, denounces stimulus package again, keeping quiet about him having used it

    August 11, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Samuel Gilbert

    As Texas experiences 8.2% unemployment its amazing to see what this, "JOB CREATOR" is going to try to do in Washington. As I prepare myself for an upcoming 2% pay increase that is down tremendously over past years while my healthcare increases forty more dollars per month, IN TEXAS we have a Gov. who has done nothing for this state. Education is on a downward spiral and jobs are leaving the state faster than the storm clouds. Perry as much as he claims he is not part of the Washington politics is more like the identical twin. The U.S. thought they had something in Bush Jr. wait til they see the bootleg version in Perry.

    August 11, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |