Perry may not speak at 'The Response'
July 20th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Perry may not speak at 'The Response'

(CNN) - Despite taking a lead role in an upcoming national prayer event, Texas governor Rick Perry may not speak at the religious gathering.

Organizers of "The Response," a day of Christian prayer and fasting set for August 6 at Houston's Reliant Stadium, say Perry's role has yet to be determined.

The Texas governor is considering whether to run for President, recently telling a Des Moines newspaper he is starting to feel "called" to jump into the race.

Perry is featured prominently on "The Response" web site inviting Americans to join him in prayer for what organizers describe as a "nation in crisis."

"We need God's help. That's why I'm calling Americans to pray and fast the way Jesus did," Perry says in a video message on the event's web site.

A spokesman for The American Family Association, a Christian conservative organization that is in charge of the event, said Perry's role is still being worked out.

"There will be a handful of speakers, in addition to a number of folks
leading prayer, plus some time for praise and worship music," AFA spokesman Eric Bearse said.

"Whether the governor will speak has not yet been decided at this point," Bearse added.

Critics say the governor's participation in a prayer event blurs the separation of church and state.

At a news conference on Monday, Perry was asked about some of the controversial comments made by the event's organizers and official "endorsers."

One endorser, Pastor John Benefel once referred to the Statue of Liberty as a "demonic idol."

Perry said it was unfair to tie him to the opinions expressed by some of the event's participants.

The governor also tried to downplay his comments about being "called" to run.

Perry explained he is being called by his faith, friends and family.

"My mother may call me for dinner," Perry said.

Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    The coward wants to "keep his hands clean" and let his lackies spread hate and fear and fairy tales. He's a loser, second ONLY to W.

    July 20, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. ARTRaveler

    "One endorser, Pastor John Benefel once referred to the Statue of Liberty as a "demonic idol."

    I assume that FAUX will be all over this like they were Obama's minister from Chicago.

    July 20, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Has he ascended to Heaven, then? Good, that means we're spared listening to his right-wing drivel.

    July 20, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Jamey

    We should also meditate the way Buddha did.

    July 20, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  5. End GOPerate greed

    I think we've had enough of squinting half-wits who can't speak English from Texass.

    July 20, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    Me thinks he really doesn't need to speak when he has guest showing up that believe such things as all the Nazis were GAY recruited by Hitler, that Oprah is the anti- Christ, that all gay people are evil and caught up with Satan, that Obama is a Muslim and if you look it up the list goes on and on. Yet this is supposed to be a Christian ceremony of fasting and prayer to help the nation. I wonder how many of these pastors would be willing to get up and offer a prayer for the POTUS? They would pray more for Rick Perry I bet than doing that.

    July 20, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    He will be too busy praying that all the GOP fund-raiser bundlers are not already committed.

    But do not pray too lone or you may miss a "call" from above.

    "Perry said it was unfair to tie him to the opinions expressed by some of the event's participants"

    John Hagee??? Seems I recall in the not too distant past, Rev. Wright, it escapes now, in what election cycle I heard that...

    July 20, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    This is rich! The secessionist is now trying to backpedal from his "calling" to the presidency at this "christian's only cult gathering?
    Sorry second village idiot from texas. I know people who know you and you ARE a little over the top with your religion.
    The Nation IS in crisis thanks to what that other governor left behind and the 2010 teatard class and rethugs who didn't have but ones enough to stop the madness when they had a chance.

    July 20, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Mr. Moderate

    His being "called" to run would not be so controversial if he had not stated in the past that he considers politics his "ministry."

    If he does speak I wonder if he will tell the truth about his economic record where Mr. Anti-government increased government employment at twice the rate of private sector employment and where most of the private sector jobs consisted of low paying service jobs.

    July 20, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. John

    Why do all Republican claim to be a Christian ,But can't tell the Truth about anything. This man should be label as a Trader, say he wanted to Secede from the Union. I don't see any thing In this guy but he dumber than BUSH.

    July 20, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Jilli

    The organizations sponsoring the event give Christianity a bad name. Perry is tied to these haters – they're an albatross around his neck, wear it proudly mr. perry.

    July 20, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    Am I the only one, wondering why a self-avowed secessionist that caters to ONE religious cult and excludes all others, wants to be President of the 49 other states?

    Isn't being President Perry of Texas, enough?

    July 20, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. vet in texas

    He is a fraud, all of Texas agrees with my statement.

    He MANDATED texas teen age girls get and HPV vaccine (vaccine kickback)
    He took private property under eminent domain so that a foreign owed company can collect the revenue from the toll roads (another kickback)

    Basically, he should be reviled amongst tea partiers for the same things you gathered against Obama for. Perry used to be a Democrat before he was a Republican, I guess he figured out there was more money in it for him to switch......He is a fraud!

    July 20, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    The Statute of Liberty a demonic idol? That's cute. Then tell us, GOPers, what does that make the money that the rich and corporations are spending on and for you to control your policy positions?

    July 20, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Mike

    Agree with vet in texas. Perry also signed a bill that allows illegal immigrants to attend Texas colleges at in-state tuition rates.
    Conservative? He might say the "right" things here and there. But in reality, he's just another RINO.

    July 20, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Phillip Martin

    Perry can't duck the responsibility of what his endorsers say - not if he's really "The Initiator" as he claims on the site.

    July 20, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Patrick from Minnesota

    I don't think America is ready to send another Texan to the White House, especially how the last two went...

    July 20, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. thomas

    Death in Texas , the execution capital of the world !
    In addition, juror Jenifer Sheehan is asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to spare Stroman's life, according to the British anti-death penalty group Reprieve.
    Big week for the Gov .

    July 20, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  19. loveurick

    No, all of Texas does not agree with you, "Vet in Texas." We're proud Texans (several generations) and active duty military.

    Governor Perry is no fraud. He's the longest-serving governor in his state's history and under his leadership, Texas is a job-creating MACHINE - ranked number one in job creation in the country, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    I really don't care whether or not Governor Perry has a prayer meeting. Actually, seems to me the country is in trouble, and prayer probably couldn't hurt. And I think most Americans would agree with me.

    Which is why they'll be voting him into office before too much longer.

    Perry/Rubio 2012

    July 20, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Nice to see the American Taliban has found its very own Osama bin-Perry.

    July 20, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Perry has an atrocious record of fiscal mismanagement, just like many of the GOBPbaggers who claim to be responsible while their actions prove just the opposite. I have 23 billion reason to toss Perry in the dumpster of history. Just research the current condition of the Texas budget.

    July 20, 2011 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. GonzoinHouston

    The only things Perry will be praying for that day are that Palin doesn't enter the race and Romney does something stupid in public. He's running, folks, and if you ain't a hard-core right-winger, he's planning to run all over you. He created a $23 billion shortfall with an ill-advised tax cut in 2006, and his way of handling it was to slash education spending in the face of growing enrollment, in a state already running a bottom-five public school system. If you really want to take America to third-world status, Perry's your man, all right.

    July 20, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Why is this guy who wants Texas to secede from the U.S. even being considered by some people for president. He thinks he is Jefferson Davis and will hold the country hostage for what he wants. The last rational governor of Texas was Ann Richardson, but there is little chance of a rational candidate getting elected there, due to Karl Rove's re-districting of the state to stack it in favor of the republican party no matter who runs. Jack the Ripper could probably get elected in Texas if he ran as a republican.

    July 20, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. once upon a horse

    @ vet in Texas.....
    I live in Texas too and I think you'll find there are MORE people that agree with YOU than with loveurick. All a person need to do is just look at various pictures of Rick Perry and you can tell this guy's elevator doesn't go all the way up to the top. Then again niether do those who go out and support him.

    July 20, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. loveurick

    We're in the middle of one of the worst recessions in history. Most states are broke - in the tank. So yes, times are tough, and Texas is having to make tough calls, just like every other state. Which makes the governor's successes even more impressive.

    July 20, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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