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Virginia Republican Reboot: Celebrating the Failed Policies of Rick Perry

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From the Democratic Party of Virginia:


RICHMOND — If Virginia Republicans want to distract from the recent drama plaguing their ranks, hosting Rick Perry tonight is not going to help. The former Texas governor is the poster child for policies that throw working families under the bus, and has a disastrous record to show for his 14 years running Texas into the ground. 

What will Rick Perry talk about? Slashing over $5 billion from Texas education funding? Restricting voting rights? Vetoing equal pay? Maybe he'll give Delegate Bob Marshall a run for his anti-LGBT money and wax poetic about how homosexuality is like alcoholism

Will Rick Perry discuss the fact that just this morning, Texas cemented its dubious honor as home to the highest number of uninsured in the nation, with 24.4% of its population lacking healthcare? After all, Virginia Republicans and Rick Perry are two peas in a pod when it comes to denying quality, affordable healthcare to people in need. Perry even recently said that Texans “wanted” to be uninsured. Meanwhile, Virginia Republicans have consistently refused to close the coverage gap for over 400,000 Virginians, despite solid public support for doing so.

“If Virginia Republicans want to model themselves after Rick Perry's failed record in Texas, they're virtually sprinting down the wrong road for 2015,” said Morgan Finkelstein, press secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. “Rick Perry never fails to put allies and special interests before working families. His dangerous policies have no place in a new Virginia economy. By hosting Rick Perry at their keynote event, Virginia Republicans are doubling-down on their commitment to extreme ideas that hurt Virginia families and the middle class.”