Latest Mostly True Fact-checks on Rick Perry Rick Perry stated on June 27, 2017 in a White House briefing: France "wouldn’t buy Texas beef for some reason, yet 76 percent of their energy comes from nuclear power." Rick Perry stated on June 4, 2015 in his declaration for president: "Texas now has the second-highest high school graduation rate in the country. And it has the highest graduation rate for African Americans and Hispanics." Rick Perry stated on June 4, 2015 in his speech declaring his candidacy for president: "In the last seven years of my tenure, Texas created 1.5 million new jobs. As a matter of fact, without Texas, America would have lost 400,000 jobs." Rick Perry stated on January 15, 2015 in valedictory speech as governor to the Texas Legislature: Starting in December 2007, "1.4 million jobs were created in Texas. In that same period, the rest of the country lost 400,000 jobs." Rick Perry stated on June 17, 2014 in an interview on Fox & Friends: Says the Obama administration never responded to his 2012 letter flagging the uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Rick Perry stated on September 18, 2013 in an interview on CNN's "Crossfire": "Ninety-five percent of all the wages in Texas are above minimum wage." Rick Perry stated on June 27, 2013: Says a growing number of extremely premature babies survive into healthy childhood. Rick Perry stated on June 10, 2013 in a bill-signing ceremony: Says the 2014-15 Texas budget increases spending by less than the rate of inflation and population growth. Rick Perry stated on March 14, 2013 in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference: Says Obama called Medicaid "broken" four years ago. Rick Perry stated on January 29, 2013 in his State of the State address.: Says Texas high school "graduation rates are at an all-time high—the third-highest in the nation—which represents a significant turnaround from just a few short years ago." Rick Perry stated on February 26, 2012 in an interview posted online by WFAA-TV in Dallas: "A hundred percent of all the jobs lost during the recession have been reclaimed in Texas … while the nation is at about 36 percent." Rick Perry stated on December 18, 2011 in a presidential campaign stop in Decorah, Iowa: Says there’s no proven instance where hydraulic fracking has polluted groundwater. Rick Perry stated on January 2, 2012 in an online video: Says Rick Santorum voted for the Bridge to Nowhere. Rick Perry stated on December 15, 2011 in an Iowa TV ad.: Says Mitt Romney raised business taxes 20 percent in Massachusetts. Rick Perry stated on November 16, 2011 in a letter to Nancy Pelosi: "A part-time Congress with half the pay would still make $38,000 a year more than the average American family." Rick Perry stated on September 30, 2011 in a speech: "My home state since June of 2009 created 40 percent of the new jobs in America." Rick Perry stated on August 13, 2011 in a house party in New Hampshire: Says that when President Obama visited El Paso, he "pronounced that the border with Mexico and the United States was safer than it ever was in history." Rick Perry stated on July 24, 2011 in an interview.: Says Texas has "the fourth-lowest debt per capita of any state in the nation, and we are the lowest of any of the big states." Rick Perry stated on March 9, 2011 in a comment to reporters.: Says a "rather extraordinary amount of non-classroom employees" were added by Texas school districts over the last decade. Rick Perry stated on November 4, 2010 in an interview.: "In 1981, Matagorda, Brazoria, and Galveston Counties all opted out of the Social Security program for their employees. Today, their program is very, very well-funded and there is no question about whether it’s going to be funded in" years to come. Rick Perry stated on April 15, 2010 in an interview: Says he said last year there's "absolutely no reason" for Texas to secede. Rick Perry stated on January 14, 2010 in a Republican gubernatorial debate: U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison “voted to continue Roe v. Wade.” Rick Perry stated on January 14, 2010 in a campaign blog entry during the GOP gubernatorial debate: "The Trans-Texas Corridor is dead." Rick Perry stated on December 29, 2009 in press release: "More than 1,000 people ... move to Texas every day."