Perry Supports English as Official Language in U.S.

By: Philip Elliott, Associated Press
By: Philip Elliott, Associated Press
Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is endorsing English as the national language.

Courtesy Associated Press

Mason City, IA (AP) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is endorsing English as the national language.

A voter at a county Republican Party fundraiser in Iowa on Friday expressed frustration with seeing products carrying directions in multiple languages, and said he'd like English to be made the official language of the United States.

Perry told the man that he agreed with him.

The Texas governor is looking to gain traction with conservatives just days before Iowa's leadoff caucuses.

Earlier this week, Perry strengthened his opposition to abortion rights, saying he opposes the procedure even in cases of rape and incest. He later amended that position to allow a sole exception for the life of the mother.


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  • by Mia on Jan 3, 2012 at 09:00 PM
    True story. At a national park, a Japanese couple decided to take their picture next to a buffalo. Now, the park literature warned people to not interact with wildlife and was written in several languages but not Japanese. The park ranger had to rush out to save the tourists. Makes the point that if you come to this country please learn to speak the official language. It could save your life.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    Who cares about Perry. He's history. Spending his war chest is a waste. Do not support this person in Texas. He's not what you want. He can change his colors in a moments notice. Abandined some people in Texas that had supported him. Just because of this national office. Texas people don't forget this.....
  • by ???? Location: Tallahassee on Jan 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM
    Wellll....Duh....and here I always thought English was our "official" language. Well how stupid could I be.:/
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      by tracey on Jan 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM in reply to ????
      not by law.
  • by Cpt FL on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    He would support abortions in cases of rape if his wife was impregnated by a black man.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    This is a solution searching for a problem.
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      by Ever LookInto on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:24 AM in reply to Gerry
      Gerry, ever look into how much taxpayer money is spent every year producing documentation in multiple languages? Obviously not. Customarily intelligent humans gather facts prior to forming opinions, or formulating their stance on a given subject. You might want to consider that approach at some point. Preferably sooner rather than later, if you are of voting age.
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        by Gerry on Jan 1, 2012 at 03:23 PM in reply to Ever LookInto
        How much was spent in 2010 in Florida and what is the source of your info?
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          by Ever LookInto on Jan 1, 2012 at 03:49 PM in reply to Gerry
          Get someone to read my post to you and translate it into words small enough for you to understand Gerry.
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          by Steve Florida native/resident on Jan 1, 2012 at 05:17 PM in reply to Gerry
          How often do folks ask you to site your sources? You will not. Just a loser...
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          by Gerry on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:21 PM in reply to Gerry
          @Ever Excuse me. I thought you knew the answer and the answer was some outrageous amount, greater than $100, for example. Customarily, intelligent humans gather facts prior to forming opinions, or formulating their stance on a given subject.
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        by Gerry on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:23 PM in reply to Ever LookInto
        @Steve Loser? Maybe. However, I do know when to use cite and when to use site.
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          by Ever LookInto on Jan 2, 2012 at 05:37 AM in reply to Gerry
          Gerry what counts is whether you know how to answer a question. Obviously you don't. What counts is whether you do anything on your own to inform yourself prior to making decisions. Obviously you don't. What counts is whether you wish to be part of the solution to the problems facing this nation. Obviously, you don't. That is what counts.
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          by Gerry on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:08 AM in reply to Gerry
          @Ever You're the one who brought up the cost but didn't know the cost. Thank you for your thoughtful post.
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        by Cpt FL on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:23 AM in reply to Ever LookInto
        Really? He asked for your source, and you cannot provide it...If you're so well informed, you should be ready to deliver. Stop wasting our oxygen.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    English was officially legislated to make it the official language in Florida - but since then there are more different foreign speakers here and they are NOT adopting English. Good luck with mandating that nationally, it will be like all of the other conservative mandates that we forced on citizens with no funding to achieve them since they can`t raise taxes but they can vote to increase their pay and cut yours. I like the truth in commenting where all of these candidates are being called idiots.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 01:50 PM
    German should have been the language spoken in this country due to the large population that settled here. As to Native American languages Cherokee is the one that has the largest group of speakers today. Yet, we speak English. Personally, tired of phone trees, signs and multiple language instruction manuals in consumer goods-let's save a tree or two along with saving time and our tax money spent on these communication projects. Let's all speak English. Signed off Cherokee, Shawnee, Wyandot, English, Irish, Scottish, French, German, Italian, Finnish, Dutch, Welsh and Swiss descendant. Gee, I am just tired typing about it and have given myself a headache.
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      by Gerry on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:33 PM in reply to Anonymous
      The Declaration of Independence and US Constitution were written in English. That's making a statement. The 13 colonies were colonies of England.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 07:18 PM in reply to Gerry
        So what. The point was to show which ethnic groups were the largest in this country. Maybe you did not understand the concept in the written blog. And BTW am also Swedish.
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          by Gerry on Jan 1, 2012 at 05:59 AM in reply to Anonymous
          You wanted to talk about yourself and your ancestry. Anonymously. Boring. All of the Founders I can think of were born in the US, except for Hamilton who was born in the West Indies and Thomas Paine, who was born in England. English was the native language of all of them. All these Germans you talk about moved to a country whose Constitution and laws were and are written in English, by English-speaking lawmakers.
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        by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM in reply to Gerry
        Yawn. Gerry do you have a problem identifying your ancestry? There were many countries who came earlier than the formation date of the United States: Spain, France, Sweden, Holland, etc... and had colonies in this country. Remember there were aboriginal groups already here. Not all of the "founding fathers" had English ancestry. I use the term "founding fathers" loosely since this country was already inhabited. Further if you remember your American history course in high school and I am assuming you have a GED given your quality of comments made on these boards then you would know German immigrant groups were already here and encouraged to settle on the perimeter of English, etc...settlements. The Scottish and Irish groups settled on the fringes near Native American areas. The English tended to be a propertied class and had "time" to assert an agenda. It was discouraged to allow English born foriegn persons to be involved in matters related to political activity here. Even Washington's private guards were supposed to be born here. Sorry you have difficulty accepting comments that do not agree with yours. Good grief you are limited intellectually. BTW Thos. Paine married into the family. Now, I really am laughing at you.
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          by Gerry on Jan 1, 2012 at 03:20 PM in reply to Anonymous
          Thomas Paine married into your family, Anonymous? Impressive. I used to be an astronaut and before that I was Prez of China. You are a very superior person, Anonymous. Unfortunately, you can't be distinguished from other Anonymous posters who are not as well-bred and superior as you.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 at 04:35 PM in reply to Anonymous
          There is an old saying-you cannot choose your family but you can choose your friends. I stand by my earlier comments on large populations having the opportunity to input their languages into the fabric of this country's communication choices. However, I do not see that we should have to pay for it as taxpayers. Get some lithium for the that obsession with being an astronuat and the president of China Gerry. Honestly, is there anything real about you?
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      by Cpt FL on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to Anonymous
      Typing is difficult, I know. Leave the big jobs for the big boys.
  • by Pete Zahut on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:34 AM
    It would be nice if Perry spoke English, instead of Texasredneck ... that aside, I'm all for English as the official language of this great country (and I speak two other languages). While we're at it, let's make it illegal for politicians to lie ... just think, no more Boehner, Cantor, Kyl, Grassley, Rangel, Cornyn, DeMint ...
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      by RF on Dec 31, 2011 at 09:48 PM in reply to Pete Zahut
      ...or Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and company...
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      by Anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 at 06:48 AM in reply to Pete Zahut
      Or Obama, Reid, Frank, Dodd, Polosi...
  • by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    "A voter at a county Republican Party fundraiser in Iowa on Friday expressed frustration with seeing products carrying directions in multiple languages." This has nothing to do with immigrants. This has to do with the majority of products sold in America being made overseas, mostly in China. These products are sold all over the world, not just in America, which is the reason the directions are printed in multiple languages.
  • by Bubba on Dec 31, 2011 at 03:59 AM
    Rick Perry speaks English?
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