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McBerry is one of the leading proponents of the restoration of the Constitutional Law concept of States' Rights found in the 10th Amendment and is one of the most frequently requested lecturers on the subject.
2010 Gubernatorial campaign
In the straw poll taken at the 11th District GOP Convention on April 18, 2009, McBerry came in second. The poll included both announced as well as potential candidates. The 11th District includes Cobb County, which contains the largest number of Republicans of any county in the state.
Later in April 2009, the Monroe County Reporter, a local paper, stated that McBerry had won a poll in Monroe county by a majority, defeating John Oxendine (who had previously been leading in local polls) and three other candidates.
McBerry has taken a pro-life stance, supporting the official extension of human rights to the unborn.
"I believe that all children, including the unborn, have a right to life and that the state of Georgia has the responsibility to protect that right. I support amending Georgia law so that it more clearly recognizes these basic rights of the unborn, beginning from the moment of conception."
In keeping with his state's rights platform, McBerry supports the right of the state of Georgia to enforce stricter protections for the unborn than are currently allowed under federal law. He has also stated that he would work to extend the right of due process to the unborn.
McBerry takes a strict constructionalist view of the U.S. Constitution and has strongly supported the Second Amendment in his campaign, making it one of his main issues.
"I adamantly oppose any effort to infringe upon the right of law-abiding people of Georgia to keep and bear arms and encourage public awareness of the principle that the best guarantee of liberty is a well-armed populace of good citizens."
Regarding the lawsuits against firearms manufacturers, McBerry has stated that, as governor, he would support legislation as well as executive action that would prevent lawsuits.
"Furthermore, I support the further strengthening of legal immunity from civil and criminal litigation for firearms manufacturers residing within Georgia, save in the cases of faulty workmanship, materials, or design. I will even consider using interposition of the office of governor on behalf of those manufacturers to prevent federal or other authorities from enforcing any rulings contrary to such immunity, even in those rulings handed down by the courts of the federal government or other states."
McBerry has taken a firm stance against illegal immigration and has put forth a five point plan to deal with illegal immigration.
"As governor of Georgia, I will accept the responsibility to lead our state:
- To secure Georgia’s borders from illegal immigrants using all state resources at our disposal, including authorization of numerous state departments who are not currently involved, in the apprehension of illegals.
- To apprehend those illegals already within our borders.
- To notify the federal government that it will be billed daily for expenses accrued in the holding of those illegals until they are removed from Georgia.
- To forward legislation that will hold employers accountable for the hiring of illegal aliens through the means of both monetary fines and providing for increased access to our citizens for legal recourse against employers who displace them from gainful employment in favour of illegal aliens.
- To impede access of illegal aliens to all of our courts for their purposes of waging suits against Georgia citizens and businesses; no person entering or residing within our state illegally has any legal standing in our courts and, therefore, has no right to wage suit against our people."
McBerry has supported the recent efforts in the Georgia legislature aimed at repealing the property tax. He supports a sales tax based model of public taxation rather than the current income tax and property tax based models, both at the federal and state level.
McBerry has one son, T.R. McBerry. He currently owns an advertising company in the Atlanta media market. He is a television host on SBN. He is a member of a Baptist Church.
- Yates, Paul: Ray McBerry Makes Bid for Governor, Retrieved on July 22, 2009
- James Salzer, Aaron Gould Sheinin: Open season for political campaigns, Retrieved on July 22, 2009
- Georgia's 11th Congressional District GOP
- "Life". georgiafirst.org. Retrieved 2009-07-22.[dead link]
- "Second Amendment". georgiafirst.org. Retrieved 2009-07-22.[dead link]
- "Illegal immigration". georgiafirst.org. Retrieved 2009-07-22.[dead link]
- "Taxes". georgiafirst.org. Retrieved 2009-07-22.[dead link]