Iowa Caucus 2012: The Candidates’ Positions on the 4 Main Issues

Rick Perry

Job Creation: Rick Perry’s jobs plan calls for lower taxes, balancing the federal budget and opening American energy fields to expand energy exploration and development. 

Housing: Perry would privatize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which he says were at the “heart” of the nation’s economic meltdown and gave false hope to homebuyers.

Tax Reform: Perry’s "Cut, Balance and Grow" plan would allow taxpayers to opt to pay a 20% flat tax rate and deduct mortgage interest and charitable donations, cut corporate tax rate to 20% and eliminate the estate tax.

Government Spending: As president, Perry would cap government spending at 18% of GDP and calls for a balanced budget by 2020. Any new spending would require cuts in other areas. He also would eliminate the departments of Education, Energy and Commerce.

Job Creation: Rick Perry’s jobs plan calls for lower taxes, balancing the federal budget and…

Rick Perry