“We’re Still Cleaning Up His Mess”: Reactions to Perry 2016

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Yesterday, Rick Perry formally announced that he’s embarking on a second run for president in 2016. The internet reacted quickly, with a resurgence of the hashtag #RickPerryCampaignSlogans leading to some gems:

Meanwhile, Democrats reacted by reminding the world of the disastrous results Rick Perry’s tenure as governor.

Said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

“Under Rick Perry’s tenure as governor, two Texases emerged. In one, his allies and special interests did well, benefiting from billions in tax breaks for big business and the wealthiest Texans. But in the other, it was working families and the poor who bore the burden of Perry’s policies. Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, but Perry refused to expand Medicaid. Texas is the state with the most minimum wage workers, but Perry opposed raising the minimum wage. Perry also vetoed equal pay legislation and slashed billions from education funding.

Rick Perry’s failed tenure as governor of Texas tells us everything we need to know about why he should never and won’t ever be President of the United States.”

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa released a particularly biting indictment (pun intended) of Perry’s governorship (emphasis added):

“Rick Perry will go down in Texas’ history as one of the worst governors, putting his cronies, special interests, and the wealthy ahead of Texas’ middle class and hardworking families.

Texas is still suffering from Perry’s failed policies and misplaced priorities. He refused to expand Medicaid, leaving hundreds of thousands of Texans without health insurance. Instead of building a strong middle class in Texas and an economy that works for all, he increased income inequality by failing to raise Texas’ minimum wage and vetoing Texas’ equal pay bill.

Americans deserve a champion that will fight for everyone, not just for the top one percent. Rick Perry is not that person. Ask a Texan — we’re still trying to clean up Rick Perry’s mess.

Rick Perry’s going to have a tough time overcoming his image as a laughingstock after his 2012 campaign, but no matter what happens, it promises to be a very entertaining ride.

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Katie Singh

Katie grew up in Austin and has been involved in Texas politics since 2004. She has been a part of several campaigns, from state house races to working at President Obama's campaign headquarters in 2012. She loves public policy, public health, and tacos. Katie tweets from @kasingh19.

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