Today in Dallas, former Texas Governor Rick Perry officially launched his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination of 2016. As we know, this is the second time Gov. Perry has run for president.
Since that infamous moment, Gov. Perry further distinguished himself when he was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts after allegedly trying to pressure a district attorney to resign.
Outside of his legal and memory issues, Gov. Perry has established a record over his 14 years in Austin that shows him to be at odds with American Jewish votes. During his time in office, he has:
- Dismissed the fight over equal pay as "nonsense"
- Likened homosexuality to alcoholism
- Slashed funding for education, costing thousands of teachers their jobs
- Signed legislation imposing one of the "most extreme sonogram proposals" in the nation on Texas women
- Seen his state rank as one of the top 10 worst in the nation on poverty, then stated that the Bible proves poverty "will always be with us"
- Claimed that "religious freedom does not mean freedom of religion"
- Denied the existence of climate change, arguing that "scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects"
- Called evolution a "theory" that had "some gaps in it"
Rick Perry has shown time and time again that he is out of touch with the American Jewish community. Four years ago, it was no "oops" that he failed to win the nomination - and the voters will remember why.