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Perry’s day of prayer hints at presidential run

August 7, 2011

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— Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent a strong message to the nation’s evangelicals Saturday: He is a member of the important constituency for Republicans that he soon may call upon to help him secure the GOP presidential nomination.

The state’s longest serving governor hosted what he called a national day of prayer, an event at Reliant Arena that drew roughly 30,000 people and that was broadcast on cable Christian channels and the Internet nationwide, including in at least 1,000 churches.

“Father, our heart breaks for America,” Perry said in 12 minutes of remarks that included prayer and Bible passages — but no direct mention of politics or his presidential plans. “We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government and, as a nation, we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us.”

He asked Christians to turn to God for answers to the nation’s troubles and asked the audience to pray for President Barack Obama — though he did not use the Democratic incumbent’s name — as well as for the American troops killed in the weekend attack on a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan.

The moment gave Perry a national spotlight before a pivotal voting group in the GOP nomination fight — in the early voting states of Iowa and South Carolina in particular — as he nears a decision on whether to run for president. His entrance into the field could shake up the contest because Perry could attract both social and economic conservatives at a time when the GOP electorate is unsettled with the current slate of candidates. Many have been campaigning for months and are trying to break out of the pack.

As Perry held court in Houston, for instance, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann were holding multiple campaign events each day in Iowa ahead of next weekend’s test vote, a straw poll that is a barometer for a campaign’s organizational strength five months before the state’s leadoff caucuses. Both have a lot riding on the outcome.

Perry has been talking with potential donors, GOP operatives and party leaders about a possible run. But he has been tightlipped about just when he would announce a decision, though he plans to visit at least one early-voting state — South Carolina — over the next week.

He plans to keep what aides say is a long-held commitment to headline a conservative conference in Charleston, S.C., on Aug. 13, as well as meet with activists in the state scheduled to host the South’s first primary.

Ministers long have been a valuable constituency in the early nominating campaign, especially in Iowa, where they formed an influential network for 2008 candidate Mike Huckabee’s caucus victory, and this year’s candidates are trying to make inroads.

Perry’s audience Saturday was filled with people who sang with arms outstretched in prayer — and wept — as Christian groups played music on stage. And Perry, himself, huddled on the stage in a prayer circle with several ministers who helped lead the event. It was Perry’s idea and was financed by the American Family Association, a Tupelo, Miss.-based group that opposes abortion and gay rights and believes that the First Amendment freedom of religion applies only to Christians.

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equalaccessprivacy 3 years, 4 months ago

An Onion take on Rick Perry:

AUSTIN, TX—Describing Texas Gov. Rick Perry as grossly unqualified for the position, God, the Creator and Ruler of the Universe, urged Perry not to run for president of the United States Wednesday. “I prayed last night and asked the Lord to support my candidacy, and He said no,” Perry told reporters outside the Texas Capitol, explaining that God had cited the governor’s rejection of federal stimulus funds to expand state jobless benefits, his irresponsible speculation about Texas seceding from the union, and his overall lack of concrete solutions to the nation’s problems as reasons why He could not endorse a Perry presidential bid. “I believe God made some valid points about my lack of credentials, and He’s absolutely right. My extreme beliefs when it comes to social issues and states’ rights are not only disturbingly narrow-minded, but would also make me a horrible president.” When reached for comment, God said He would not be present at Perry’s much-talked-about Christian day of prayer on Aug. 6, calling the governor’s use of his public office to endorse a religion both “irresponsible” and a violation of the Constitution.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/god-urges-rick-perry-not-to-run-for-president,20981/

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

So they only half filled the stadium, huh? Considering this was a national event, it says a lot that Perry didn't get his hoped for SRO. Martin Luther King got 250,000 to come to Washington for his "I Have a Dream" speech. His 30K is pretty paltry in comparison. Obviously, Perry is no MLK, but it looks to me like people stayed away in droves. Maybe America really is waking up to what these people and their hate filled speech really are.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh and it also says a lot that only a 1,000 churches carried it on hookup. Again, this was a national event. There are at least that many churches in just one state.

Getaroom 3 years, 4 months ago

Mover over Brownbackward, there is only one Lord God Almighty, only one Jesus and they cast their votes the same according to Biblical scholars, at least the Texas scholars say it is so and you know you don't mess with Texas Christian Scholars - They are really BIG! Texans Better be very careful 'cause The Big Privatization Perry might have been praying to raise toll rates again, you know the Toll Road to Heaven he sold to them there Foreigner Operators on the Free Market. I am sure they are needing more revenue in Heaven to wage this Christian Crusade on the Presidency and you can be sure that increased revenue ain't comin' from the super wealthy in Texas - except through the legislature by way of the little people. I think I heard that the Lord wants them to use that new fangled alternative fuel - burning books they don't like. Oh well, we have Brownbackward and Fred Phelps to keep us on the straight and narrow path to salvation - nuttin' to worry about here! At least with Fred Phelps and his boondoggle gang there is no need to question why natural disasters and wars happen, or why Brownbackward got elected; its all because of the gays.

grammaddy 3 years, 4 months ago

WBC and the Phelps' clan was there, too. Seems like that would have been the kiss of death for his campaign. I find it scary that it was not.

Pastor_Bedtime 3 years, 4 months ago

"...was financed by the American Family Association, a Tupelo, Miss.-based group that opposes abortion and gay rights and believes that the First Amendment freedom of religion applies only to Christians. "

First Amendment freedom of religion applies only to Christans? Look out, folks. These culture warriors will be rounding up and reeducating the nonbelievers soon if they're not stopped in their tracks. It's important to note that not all Republicans buy into this sham and can fully see the man behind the curtain. Stop the fundamentals now before their war against America goes any farther.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 4 months ago

Looking at pictures of the event and the stadium, I think they lied about the 30k. There are four tiers to the stadium, including the field. Only the field was full. The second tier was only half full and the third and fourth tiers empty. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/06/prayer-rally-draws-thousands-in-houston/ By the way, why do they hold up their hands like that? It looks like a weird "seig heil" gesture.

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