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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Perry Indicates Support for English as National Language

Governor agrees with a voter who raises topic at Iowa forum.

photo of Rebecca Kaplan
December 30, 2011

MASON CITY, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested Friday he would support the implementation of English as the national language while answering questions at a Cerro Gordo County GOP fundraiser.

“I’d like to see English made the official language of the government of this country,” said a man who stood up during the question-and-answer portion of the event and expressed frustration with the fact that directions on store products are written in multiple languages.

“That is a statement that’s not a question, and I can agree with it,” Perry responded.

 

While Perry has sought to prove himself as a governor who is tough on immigration – a task made difficult by his support for a Texas law giving in-state tuition to the children of illegal immigrants that many conservatives disdain –- it is not a position he has brought up during his presidential bid. Other candidates, including Rep. Michele Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, have expressed support for the idea.

 

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