Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks from the Governor's Mansion on May 6, 2013, against proposed changes to allow gays into the Boy Scouts of America; his video appearance was part of the Family Research Council’s “Stand With Scouts Sunday” webcast.
Rick Perry, exhorting the Boy Scouts to continue excluding gays, analogized to Sam Houston and slavery on the eve of the Civil War. We wondered about that.
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Tracking the promises of Rick Perry
The latest from the Perry-O-Meter
- A law that mandates fingerprinting for gun purchasers is "a requirement that's reduced gun crimes in the five states where it's the law." — Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Education Fund
- "We have a tax code that allows groups to use their political operations within the tax code, under the guise of a charity, to use undisclosed millions of dollars to do political campaigns." — Xavier Becerra
- "The IRS doesn't have to prove something against you ... you've got the burden of proof." — Randy Forbes
- Says Hillary Clinton "was asked repeatedly to provide security in Benghazi on several occasions, including direct cables." — Rand Paul
- The IRS is going to be "in charge" of "a huge national database" on health care that will include Americans’ "personal, intimate, most close-to-the-vest-secrets." — Michele Bachmann