CafeMom Hosts Forum With Rick and Anita Perry on Jan. 16 in SC: Post Your Questions for Perry Here!

Rick PerryWe're thrilled to announce that Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry and his wife Anita have accepted our offer to appear before an audience of moms in South Carolina next Monday, where he'll answer questions on the issues you care about most.

Gov. Perry and his wife will be taking questions from pollster Frank Luntz, me, and a room full of moms in Myrtle Beach at 11 a.m. on January 16.

If you live in the area, you can RSVP to attend. If you don't, post a question in the comments of this post and your question just might get asked during the forum!

Read on to RSVP -- as well as to learn more about the Governor of Texas and his family.

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Rick Perry

  • Rick Perry was born in Paint Creek, Texas, to ranchers. He went to Texas A&M for college, where he was one of the university's five "yell leaders" (male cheerleaders) and was known for playing pranks. His grades there weren't great; he made "a lot of Cs and Ds," according to the Huffington Post.

  • After college, he was a pilot in the Air Force for five years, and after that, he worked as a door-to-door book salesman ("There is nothing that tests your commitment to a goal like getting a few doors closed in your face," he has said of the experience). He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1984 ... as a Democrat.

  • Not only was Perry a Democrat, but he also supported Al Gore for president in 1988 and was a key organizer in Gore's Texas campaign. He became a Republican in 1989.

  • As a Republican, Perry ran for Agriculture Commissioner in 1990 and won. Next, he ran for Lieutenant Governor and won. He became governor in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to become President. He has been re-elected as governor ever since. So far, Rick Perry has never lost an election, and he's the longest-serving governor in Texas history.

  • Perry wants to reduce the size of federal government and return power to the states without cutting spending to the military.

  • He supports amending the Constitution to read, "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman." He also supports an amendment outlawing abortion in all 50 states.

  • He opposes federal involvement in education and wants to abolish the Department of Education. As governor of Texas, he has increased public education spending there by 43 percent. He believes both evolution and creationism should be taught in the public schools.

  • He's a committed "drug warrior" and supports sending US troops to Mexico to fight the drug cartels.

  • He is a critic of Social Security and compared it to "an illegal Ponzi scheme" in his 2010 book called Fed Up! Yet a Perry campaign spokesman says Perry "wants to see the benefits for existing retirees and those close to Social Security be strongly protected."

  • He's a proponent of lower taxes and says he opposes government bailouts and federal stimulus spending. He claims that his 'Cut, Balance, and Grow Plan' would cut taxes and spending, balancing the budget by 2020 and creating millions of jobs. It would also abolish the tax code, replacing it with a 20 percent flat tax system that can be filed on a postcard.

  • Perry has been married to wife Anita for 29 years. They've known each other since elementary school. The couple has two adult children, Griffin and Sydney.

  • He once sat in on drums with ZZ Top.

Now that you know the basics, what would you like to ask Rick Perry? Let me know in the comments and your question might be read aloud during the forum!

And if you live in Myrtle Beach area and would like to attend the event in person (and/or our forum afterward with candidate Rick Santorum), RSVP here.

 

Images via state of Texas and Rick Perry's campaign

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