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Texas governor Rick Perry is one step closer to throwing his hat into the ever crowded ring of Republican candidates for president. Other Republicans have suggested that Perry will run and Perry himself suggested he has been called to enter the race in an interview with the Des Moines Register.
“I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in,” Perry said in a lengthy profile piece. “But I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do, this is what America needs.”
Although Perry is unclear who or what exactly is calling him to enter the fray. “There’s a lot of different ways to be called,” Perry said Monday to reporters after signing a health-care bill at the Capitol. “My mother may call me for dinner. My friends may call me for something. There are people that are calling from all across this country into either me directly or to people that they know and saying, ‘Man, we wish you would consider doing this.’ ”
A reporter asked Perry to clarify that statement and whether there were any religious overtones in his calling.
“Oh, no, no, no, no,” Perry said. “I don’t ever get confused about that I am a man of faith. I don’t make any apologies about my faithfulness. And the fact of the matter is, I think anybody who goes through life without having that foundation of faith, I don’t know how they do it. I couldn’t. So the idea that, do I look for signs and do I look for good Scripture that tells me how to live my life? Absolutely I do that.”
An official announcement is not expected before Perry speaks at his strange prayer event in Houston that he is hosting on August 6th. Groups that are attending “The Response” have recently come under careful scrutiny for the ridiculous controversial comments that they have made. The American Family Association, the lead group hosting the event, has said that gays and lesbians are in the “clasp of Satan.”
The group has also said that Muslims should not be allowed to immigrate to the United States. John Benefiel of the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, an official endorser of “The Response,” has said the Statue of Liberty is a “demonic idol” because it is a statue of a false goddess and liberty doesn’t come from false goddesses.
Perry has since tried to distance himself from the comments. A difficult task to be sure since he initiated the entire event. “I’m sure that in elections in the past there have been some groups that have endorsed me publicly that, I appreciate their endorsement, but their endorsement of me doesn’t mean I endorse what they believe in or what they say,” Perry said. “So I kind of put this in the same category as that.”